Apply even though you do not meet the requirements. One requirement of my first programming job was have a degree in computer science, I didn't have it but I got the job because I showed that I had the skills.
Have passion to learn and display it in the interviews. I interview programmers and those who get my attention are those that get excited learning new things, and demonstrate to have skills to learn fast.
Write code: personal projects, experiments, every little piece of code helps to show your skills and what are your areas of interest.
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