In this month's php|architect there is an article written by yours truly entitled "Good (PHP) Help is Hard To Find." Here is the synopsis:
There is a huge difference in a PHP developer and someone who “knows PHP.” If you are looking for a job, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd to get noticed as a qualified professional PHP developer? The answer is simple. You have to build your geek cred.
It is the first time I have ever been "published" in a real way. I was extremely nervous about writing the article, and am now even more nervous about how my PHP community brethren will receive it, but I thought I did a pretty good job on my first REAL writing piece. I hope that the article is helpful to PHP developers looking to land a job and those of us just looking to improve our own skills.
It is kinda awesome though...knowing that the "who's who" of the PHP community will be reading something I wrote. Let's just hope I didn't screw it up too much. Check it out at http://phparch.com. My article is in the March edition, but if you are a professional PHP developer, you would be well served to purchase a yearly subscription. Well worth the money.