In order to work in the industry, you need to get your foot in the door. In this video, discover how developers approach the job search and how it differs from traditional job searches.
- Let's talk about how developers approach the job search and how it's different from traditional jobs. You need to spend time with other programmers to make contacts, find out who's hiring, plus what the popular frameworks, platforms, and languages are. Every area is different, and the tools and languages that companies use are related to where you live. Almost 30% of all developers got their jobs because of a friend, while less than 20% found work by applying through a website. Companies value employee referrals because it's the best way to find experienced talent. Like in many businesses, it's not what you know but who knows you. A great way to participate in the local community is to attend local meetings. Now these are often called meetups. Meetup.com is a great site to find developer events in your area. Now most of them are free and a great way to start building connections. Attendance is only part of the solution. You will get the best results if you contribute in some way. So volunteer to take photos, sign up people, or even give a talk on a topic you're passionate about. Don't worry that you don't know everything. Meetups are great because everyone can learn something from each other. You can easily share about the tools that you're using or about the projects you're working on. Sometimes teaching is the best way to learn something. Now something else you can do is attend conferences, but these are pricier. They give you access to a different level of industry professionals. Some offer discount tickets if you volunteer or may have student pricing. There is almost always a job board at conferences where you can find local companies who are hungry for talented developers. Now there's a special type of meetup called a hackathon. It's more of a competition where you can sign up to participate with teams of developers to build real projects. It's usually over a weekend, and they are often sponsored by schools or companies. Now potential employers love to see real work, so this is a great way to get some experience. The key to meetups is to be friendly and helpful. Find events that truly interest you and try to get involved.
- Types of web developers
- Server technologies
- Getting web development training
- Choosing the right tools
- Getting a job
- Negotiating your salary