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MikaZuki Augus
MikaZuki Augus

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Job Search Blues

So just an update on how my job search is going.. If last week was an all ups then this week was definitely the all downs.

Unfortunately this is how this process goes isn't it especially when it comes to trying to get your first software development job.
They say getting your first job is always the hardest, and boy oh boy I'm starting to realise and feel that now. I can't wait for the phase of once you get the first job out of the way it only gets easier from there 🤕 .

I had 2 interviews last week that I felt went really positive with the hiring managers. I didn't hear anything in the beginning of the week so I decided to follow up and also reiterate how I had a very keen interest in the organisations and the position I was applying for. But nonetheless I got the replies back stating that they felt other candidates were more suited to the role. Which is probably the 30th time I've heard this. Bare in mind that these are either very Entry level roles or Apprenticeship roles I'm applying for. Not the typical "You need 3+ years experience in a previous Software Development role" tagline that you normally see on these job postings.

I actively avoid applying for those because I instinctively feel that recruiters/hiring managers won't even take a look once they realise on my linkedin/CV that I haven't worked professionally as DEV just yet. But listen, I lost hope a little bit this week. I'm not going to lie, However with the help of my Partner, my coding community and other individuals going through the same thing on Linkedin (I see you out there people!🤓) I was able to slowly crawl back to my Optimistic self.

I'm only using this experience now as fuel to keep going. I'm not going to aggressively apply for the time being as I want to build up more of my technical experience in the backend languages so I can further prove my Full-Stack capabilities. While taking on some Free Lance projects to also help build my experience. And Hey! It's not all doom and gloom, this week I'm officially starting to work on a Project with a startup where I will be paired up with some more Senior devs. So I will also use this experience to help bolster my own coding experience.
(Do stay tuned for my updates on that project! It's going to be very cool 👍 )

I also had a careers session with someone at my Bootcamp today and they had very positive things to say about my CV/Profile/technical abilities thus far while also giving very valid and honest feedback and critique to help improve on these aspects of my DEV profile. So I guess this is where I say the downer experience has now motioned into an upper experience again!

At this time currently Im getting stuck into some API's, relearning some basic Javascript and using some Flask. Next week I will be diving into languages such as Kotlin, JAVA and Python for the Startup project I'm working on.

I hope this article finds you well and acts as a beacon to remind you that if you are also a Junior Dev or a codenewbie on a hunt for their first role is to not give up either. It's tough out there but the world needs more developers out there! Have you seen how many job postings, terrible websites and Apps that need work and improving out there! You are still needed! So keep working, keep getting experience, work on cool projects that will catch the attention of people and surely someone will scoop you for your talent and hardwork that nobody else can or wants to do!

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Thanks for reading,
Malcz/Mika

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Tarwat

Thank you, I really appreciate the valuable insight that you've shared of the reality of getting your first developer job/gig. It sure is difficult. Nevertheless, with some resilience, you can definitely make it if you decide to never give up and keep moving forward! 💪🏽

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MikaZuki Augus Author

Thanks so much for this Tarwat, it has definitely been a struggle! But yes we cannot lose hope! We will get that first role as long as we believe we will and work for it! 💪🏽

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Erik Smith

Try not to get discouraged. The market is weird right now. Everyone has job openings, but they're reluctant to actually hire anyone. It's frustrating for candidates as well as the teams running understaffed all over the place.

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MikaZuki Augus Author

Thanks Erik, I had a feeling this would be the case also.
And of course Dev teams not having the capacity or patience to train up new Devs while there workload is too much already.

I experienced the same thing in my previous career with IT Support.
Many job openings but not enough seniors with free time to train the juniors.

But yes hopefully at some point I will build up enough value as to no longer be shunned by the hiring process.

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Andrew Robertson

Hi Mika,
I'm currently about halfway through a bootcamp myself, and I know this will also be the case for myself. All I can say my friend, is keep the faith. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I have little doubt you'll get there. Chin up 😉