I just thought id ask you for your opinion ... If you are looking to hire a CF developer, or any developer for that matter, what do you look for? Do you look for years experience, quality, skill set, job hopping, certifications?
I have helped make hiring decisions as both the Chief Technology Officer at my previous company and as the Lead Software Engineer at my current company (Epicenter Consulting). When I am talking to a potential employee I listen for one thing and one thing only: Passion. Is this person passionate about what they do? If hired, will they come in and enjoy the work, be ready to take on new challenges, and find joy in solving the tough problems? Or, will this person punch in, punch out, and do only what is necessary to get the job done?
To me, having passion about ones own work outweighs almost all other qualifications. In fact, I rarely even look at resumes. I find them to be very inaccurate representations of who the person is. Plus, I'm not interested in the person's past, I'm interested in the person's future and I find that the way they talk about their work is a much better indicator of the future than any resume or certification. Not only does passion go hand in hand with an eagerness to learn, I find that passionate people are simply more enjoyable to be around. And, at the end of the day, it is a necessity for me to like the people which whom I work.
In addition to hearing them talk, I like to look at some of their code. Generally, I only look - I never run the code. Anyone can make code that runs (especially when handed in as a sample), so its functionality doesn't concern me. When I look at code, I want to see that same passion show itself. When a person is truly passionate about their work, I can easily see it in their code - ever line, every comment, every tab becomes another chance for the developer to create a reflection of who they are and how they feel about the work.
Now, don't get me wrong - if someone has sloppy code (which let's be honest, even many talented developers do), it doesn't mean that I will immediately discard them as a potential employee; at the end of the day, its good to have smart people on board. What I am really trying to say is that if you want to stick out - if you want to set yourself apart from the herd - use your code as a platform for your passion. If you do that, people like me will notice and people like me will hire you.
Final tip: every interviewee should be able to answer the question, "What do you like most about this work?"