By vicious circle - 22/12/2015 13:08 - Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
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Perhaps create a mock up of a newly designed website for them and visit them personally.
Because it's spec work. Imagine going to a restaurant and saying 'well, I don't know if your food is any good or not, so I want the entree for free'. In almost no other field are you expected to do unpaid work like this just for the chance of getting the job later.
I once read about someone who hacked into the site and changed it until they were hired. Try that.
The truth is the secretary is in charge of the website. Theg don't pay her any more than her secretary salary of $8/hr. She was given one outdated book on html and told to make it work like facebook with IM and ability for clients to post status updates. She works on it in the evenings after her regular 8 to 5 shift ends, and they refuse to pay her overtime for it. Oh, wait... that was my experience. Maybe they already have someone doing it.