Finding a Job

Andy Pickle on June 21, 2019

I lucked into my first development job, I had just left my previous job in coffee without any specific goals in mind, reached out to some acquainta... [Read Full]
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How did you find your first dev job?

I got my first job offer from someone who noticed my personal website after seeing me as an active participant on an online forum.

Was/Is it remote, on-site, something else?

On-site.

What was your experience/qualifications before you got the job?

I was in college for physics but was building websites for fun on the side.

Did you actually meet all the listed requirements before you applied?

I didn't even know what that was - I just showed up for my first day after signing the offer letter.

 

That’s amazing! I bet you have a pretty unique story there. How did the first job pan out?

 

The startup exited for $150M, and had I dropped out of college a few months earlier I would have been a 21-year-old millionaire. Such were the days of the dot-com boom. The contacts I made during that first job, however, shaped the rest of my career for the better. It's where I found both my engineering mentor and communication mentor, and without them, I wouldn't be where I am today.

That’s so awesome! Glad it all worked out.

 

Hello, Andy.

My first dev job was found though the local community, one of the developers from a startup announced the job and I sent him a message, after that we set up a date for a presencial meeting. Getting there, I talked with the rest of the team and got the job. When I was applying, I did not met all the requirements, but I was willing to learn them. The job was remote and I had no previous experience, I was at the middle of my under graduation and the knowledge that I got was from udemy courses + friend help.

 
 

Kind of, I learned what was left but had trouble with the application itself. I think that I don't fit that well with remote, at least not at the currently level that I am. Before that job, I had a few interviews, from internship for junior level and got a great experience with them. That was some jobs that were looking for a higher level, but used lower to announce them so that they could pay less. My advice for you is: apply for the job if you meet at least 50% of the requirements, cause some job require easier tasks and could have someone to help you.

Interesting, I’m really intrigued by remote, but sure I’ll need some type of co-working setup so I’m not alone every day.

And Thanks Willane! I’ll take that into account.

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