1. start a blog or website that demonstrates your skills. Simply show off working examples of your work, with descriptions. This is VERY attractive to prospective employers. To me, this is more important than CV’s in IT.

2. Earning a degree helps, but isn’t necessary. Without a degree, it’s more important to show you have the skills with demos. It also means an employer can use the lack of degree as an excuse to pay you less. A tafe course or short course will help with legitimacy as an alternative

3. Get a professional email address for applications. warez32, bigdog, ladiesman69 is kind of dodgy sounding. I know it’s fun, but I don’t know you yet, and I use everything I can to try to judge you quickly.

4. Make your CV easily accessibly. I don’t have Microsoft office. Don’t save as docx. Host your CV somewhere without ads. Google Docs would be a good choice.

5. Get some real paid experiance. It doesn’t matter where from. Get an odesk account and apply for jobs on there http://freelanceswitch.com/finding/how-to-win-any-job-on-elance-odesk-or-gurucom/

6. Contribute to an opensource project or even start an opensource project of your own. Obviously include this in your demo portfolio and CV.

7. Teach yourself about SEO and mention this in your CV and demos. This is very important to companies now. You may find you really enjoying it. If you do, choose a niche to try to rank a keyword for as a demonstration.