There are a lot of things wrong with the job market, but I don't see how working on side projects is one of them. Writing code is what I would be doing on the job, I think it's important that employers see what I can do! I also enjoy it, it's fun to whip up a little project.
There's nothing wrong with writing code. That's not what I meant. And if you enjoy it then that's good; I was only referring to doing it solely because of the pressure to stand out.
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