How He Got a PHP Job in 3 Months

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I got this email over the weekend:

I have NO EXPERIENCE in PHP. I applied to a Job that said this: ‘Experience in PHP, MySQL, Ruby, or Haskell, and web languages such as CSS and HTML, are a plus.’ I only have basic experience in HTML5, CSS3, & Bootstrap3. No JS or PHP. I met with the owner today. Showed him my website (

He liked my personality. Knows I’m not the best PHP developer but would like me to focus and grow in it. I literally only made my website on Monday and made the finishing touches 20 minutes before my interview. I got hired. And accepted an offer for $45k for the first 3 months.

If I do well (and I will! As I study your PHP Courses) It will go up to $60k a year!! And I have been only studying code for 3 Months while working full-time! I just went for it like you said, and I got hired. I would have never thought in the span of 3 months, I would double my paycheck and not have to live in Silicon Valley to do it.

Honestly, I’m not surprised.

I’ve said this time after time… what you need to know in order to get hired is likely much less than you think it is. In this case, it was simply a willingness to learn, an easy-to-work-with personality and some initiative.

He followed up by saying:

Like you said, i decided to focus on one thing. I focused on specializing in making one-page websites & bootstrap which is what the company needed.

He’s not the only one either.

I talk about my little brother all the time. He got hired as a Java Application Developer at IBM… and didn’t know Java. Still doesn’t really. As he puts it, “I can read it, but never really written any.

And, he makes six figures.

Then, there’s Jen who sent me this awhile back:

I’m panicking here. I just got asked to come in for a “talk” about what programs I have worked with for a company that is looking to hire an independant web designer. Big company. I don’t feel I know enough. OMG. I use too many “templates” when I work! it’s sad, but true.”

And, I told her:

Confidence is key. You know what you know. If you don’t know an answer you just say I don’t know but this is my hunch and that’s something I’d be willing to figure out. They’re going to be after confidence, commitment and reliability. They probably already have a good idea of what your technical skill is and wouldn’t have invited you in if they weren’t comfortable with it.

She got the job.

I could go on and on with examples.

You can do this… and you only need a small set of basic skills to get started. Again, understand what I’m saying. You absolutely should learn more as you go… but to get started, that list is short.

Chris proves it. Jen proves it. My little brother proves it.

To master those PHP skills the fast way, enroll in my new PHP 101 course here:

And, be sure to send me your “I got hired” email when you’re done.

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