I know I am not the only one seeking their first dev job even with the pandemic. Although I have read several articles suggesting that companies are hiring more than ever, I have talked to several of my colleagues that have been ghosted by recruiters and receiving the usual "Thank you for applying, but we have found a more qualified candidate". You can probably relate to me if you have applied to 100+ entry-level jobs even if 80% of them "require 3-5 years of experience".
- I had the basics down, so I was able to understand the foundation better than some of my classmates.
- I took at least 2-4 weeks to understand exactly what language I want to learn and what field of tech I wanted to pursue.
- If I was stuck in a certain topic while self-learning, I could go back to it while in school and be prepared to ask important questions that could help you understand the topic.
If you plan on joining any coding boot camp, I highly recommend attending in-person classes vs attending online classes. Although there are several benefits to online classes(who doesn't enjoy only having to wear a t-shirt and pajama pants?!), it helps to have someone over your shoulder and be able to locate your problem right then and there. It might be difficult to find any school having in-person classes currently, but my class size was small enough that we were able to attend classes in the biggest room the school had and took a lot of precautions including 6 feet or more of the distance between each other and temperature checks as we walk in the door.
After I graduated from school, I took a couple of weeks off to spend time with my family. After so many restless nights completing projects and a lot of energy drinks later, it will take a toll on you if you don't listen to your body. I have applied to a few jobs during that time, but my main focus was to REST. After the two week vacation, my main focus was to apply for any job that I can get. I applied anywhere from F.A.A.N.G companies to small startups and the best I have received was one coding test and a phone interview. The school has been a big help providing listings that I have not found, but still seem to either get a rejection email or no communication whatsoever. Each week, I have made a goal to continuously improve anything I feel might have set me back from receiving a call from a company. I have started to decrease the number of applications I fill out and have shifted my focus to connecting to recruiters/managers on any forms of contact available. Another improvement I have made is to create more unique portfolio pieces that can stand out to employers.
I would love to hear from the Dev community on how they were successful in obtaining their first developer position in a similar background. I am active on Twitter(@shawnhumstl) if you prefer to reach out to me there! Thank you for reading until the end!