How to get a job as a web developer

There is one golden rule to finding a career in web development: get experience.

Web development can be a rewarding career choice, although getting your foot in the door is not always easy, especially in the current climate. As a result of the weakened economy, it could be said that less opportunities have been available to people hoping to get into web development. Companies now require personnel that can hit the ground running, and that are well seasoned with web technologies, even for a junior role.

So, just how do you get the experience, if you don't have experience?