I'm trying to figure out what a realistic expectation would be as far as job hunting. I am not really an entry level developer but yet I have never had a proper position as a programmer. Here's my situation:
I have been coding web apps for over 20 years since the early days of CGI and Perl, following with Classic ASP, PHP, Ruby on Rails and Laravel, which is what I have built my last three apps in. I have worked all those 20 years as a Systems Analyst and many times there are requirements that can only be met by a custom application. Since the clients are comfortable with me and I am very aware of their business needs and the application requirements, they ask me to write the code.
So, I've got 23 years of coding web apps, but I have always worked alone so my coding style is probably a little unorthodox and I no doubt have gaps in my knowledge due to being self taught.
I have grown tired of System Analysis and want to work on a team of programmers, in Laravel if at all possible. The jobs I see are either for entry level, which I think I am well beyond, or else Senior Developer which I don't feel comfortable calling myself either.
Any thoughts on how I should pursue a developer position?
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