How to land your first Software Developer job

Last night the kind and helpful Codebar with the collaboration of Lostmy.name provided an awesome 2 hr session on how to tackle common problems when somebody outside/inside of the tech industry plans to get their first graduate/ junior developer role. Apart from how helpful they were and how cool and trendy the whole office is, we learnt a lot (and the pizza and corona!!). Everyone was giving great ideas and I personally loved the individual stories. As myself some ppl came from totally different backgrounds and it felt super encouraging to hear it is possible to make it. Especially when one does not have money for a bootcamp, or struggles to convince ppl that coding is possible without a school:(

Summary:

  • Definitely work on your CV, have some summary, some lines about your projects, list your achievements, use a short but expressive design
  • Don’t exceed 2 pages and make sure you have a nice and tailored cover letter
  • An interview can take even a day, it has usually 3-4 bigger parts (phone interview, technical test/take home test/ personal interview / spending a few hours with the team etc, whiteboard exercise)
  • They want you to communicate, talk through the process
  • They don’t want perfect skills but a team player
  • Be eager to learn
  • Be curious and committed to the company’s goals and philosophy
  • Don’t be shy to ask
  • Or say you don’t know but you’ll look it up
  • Keep trying as it takes a while
  • Don’t give up! 🙂

 

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