How to Get your First Job as a Web Developer

How to Get your First Job as a Web Developer

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If you want to be a successful web developer, you’ll need a job. How do you get your first one? Here are some ideas on how to get your foot in the door. -^-^-^-^-
Web development is an increasingly in-demand career that offers opportunities for those who are willing to work hard for it. Even though there are companies hiring developers all the time, it can still feel like a challenge getting through the application process and landing an actual job offer.
After several unsuccessful applications and technical tests, many job seekers give up and decide that working as a programmer isn’t for them. However, with some patience and perseverance, anyone can break into any field they’re passionate about. Below we have compiled our insights on how to land your first entry-level programming job as a beginner in the field of software development.

Be prepared for technical interviews

First, you need to be aware that most employers will ask technical questions during the interview process. This could be anything from basic computer knowledge to SQL or HTML questions. Having a strong foundation in these areas will set you up for success.

Don’t apply for every job you find

The first step to getting your first job is to narrow down the job titles you’re interested in. There are tons of different job titles that require programming skills, so it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. One of the best approaches is to try and find a company or company name that interests you. Search LinkedIn for developers with similar skill sets and check out their work experience and education levels. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then create a list of companies that interest you along with their website URL. Then apply to those companies specifically by emailing them directly from your own email account.

Network like crazy

The best way to land your first programming job is by networking. The word “networking” has a negative connotation, but it can be used as an excellent opportunity to meet people in the field of software development. It is important to remember that before you get a job offer, you should be working on your own projects. This will allow you to show off what you have learned and why you should be hired. To find out where the developers in your area are, join a meetup or attend a local college lecture about professional development for programmers.
Working side jobs or internships is also a great way to gain experience as well as connections with other people in the industry. A side project for beginners might include building web apps for fun or building simple websites for clients.

Be friendly, be helpful and be persistent

-As a beginner, you should start with the basics and work your way up. It’s important to start by being friendly and helpful.
-To get noticed, it’s important to be persistent by following up with potential employers after they have rejected you, emailing them as soon as possible, and calling them instead of sending a follow-up email.
-It’s important to realize that some companies are slower than others in responding. Some may only respond weeks or months later. If you have a good feeling about an employer and know that they will be responsive, you can take the risk of sending them an email in case they haven’t responded yet. If you don’t hear back from them within a week or so, send them another one! When applying for jobs online, make sure that your resume is appealing and includes any relevant skills you have gained through education or previous experience. Make sure your resume has a clear focus on what type of projects you’re passionate about working on as well as what types of companies interest you most (startups vs big corporations). Lastly, make sure that your application is brief but leaves enough room for additional information if the employer needs more specifics about how you can help their company succeed.

Offer more than your standard dev skillset

If you are starting from scratch and don’t yet have a vast range of skills on your resume, you should offer more than just the basics. According to a survey conducted by Stack Overflow, general software development skills like HTML/CSS, Javascript/JQuery, SQL and so on are not enough for employers.
To be considered for any position that requires these skills, the applicant must have an advanced understanding of at least one programming language that is related to their job role.
For example, if you want to work in data science or do work with APIs, you might want to consider offering these languages as well: C#, Java, Python and R.

Stay flexible and regularly learn new things

You have to remain flexible. As a programmer, you’ll need to learn new technologies and constantly be on the lookout for great opportunities that are worth your time and effort. If you don’t keep up with the latest developments in programming languages and web technologies, you could find yourself struggling for work.
If you want to get a job as a web developer, avoid being too particular about what kind of project or company you want to work for. Instead, think about the type of job that would benefit from your skills and experience. Working in agile software development teams? Maybe it’s time to look into freelancing or exploring startups. Want to take a step back from software development? Look into working on design or marketing projects instead. Keep an open mind about where you want to work and what kind of project will suit you best at that point in your career.

Conclusion

It takes a lot of hard work and self-motivation to break into the industry, but the rewards are worth it.
The key to getting your first job as a web developer is to stay flexible and regularly learn new things. Start with a broad skill set and offer more than your standard dev skillset. When you’re applying for jobs, don’t apply for every job you find, but network like crazy. Offer to help a developer on an open-source project and make friends with as many developers as you can — they might remember you years down the road.

Jonathan F King

Jonathan F King