The Graduate's Guide To Finding Work In Open Source

by Ostatic Staff - May. 12, 2010

While the job market is improving, it's still a tough environment out there, especially for college graduates who have little experience on their resumes. As noted in this post,  it's also possible to graduate with a technology-related degree but not end up offering in-demand skills to employers. We've noted before, though, that open source skills are increasingly in demand in the job market and can be a great differentiator for job seekers. Here is an updated collection of ways that newly minted graduates can explore working opportunities in the open source arena.

TwitterJobSearch, Elance and many other sites are good places to look for open source work.  TwitterJobSearch yields lots of jobs for folks with open source skills in the development area, in particular. Try entering PHP or Drupal, for a start.If you have skills with open source programming languages, showcase them on Elance for freelance work. While you're at it, put a citation up for your open source skills on RentACoder.

Along similar lines, register on oDesk and get hired for jobs emphasizing your open source skills. The company connects global tech employers with people who have tech-related skills. Also, look for openings at Look down the left rail for specific jobs emphasizing PHP, Unix and more.

Also, remember that you can showcase your skills here on OStatic. Just create an account, and follow the instructions down the right rail of our home page for how to fill out your profile and reach out to other open sourcers.