Something got me thinking, a big part of any job specification is the amount of experience that a candidate has. In the current job market (Such a thing does apparently exist, its not just jobs for friends and ignoring anyone else), every little bit of experience seems to help. The question is however, how do you get this experience when no one will hire you? Do employers actually consider personal projects that might not necessarily follow a proper project life cycle?

If personal projects are can be worth the effort, what is your preferred way to show them off? On one hand you could list it on your resume (CV, whatever you wish to call it), or you could use a portfolio in a similar way to artists. How would you go about it?


Any one out there have any experience of getting going in the electronics/embedded software industry in these relatively tough times?