Job hunting advice from developer graduates who got jobs during COVID-19
Our full time coding fellowship has been running throughout the last year as we have adapted to COVID-19. Here is some job hunting advice from graduates that we have helped get jobs over the last 12 months.
- It’s okay to have imposter syndrome.
- Graduating with a certificate is good, but the real goal is getting a job. It really helps to go straight into job hunting instead of taking time off.
- Get used to rejections. They will happen. It can be frustrating. Don’t take it personally if you don’t hear back from somebody you don’t know.
- Consider the job application process as informative in that it helps you refine your job search to find the job that fits you.
- Reach out 1-2-1 with people on Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium. Find something in common and shoot them an email asking a specific question. This is where networks come from.
- Be careful when applying for everything and networking like crazy. This can lead to burnout and nobody wants that.
- Find companies whose culture and values you respect on Glassdoor or win awards for their organisation. Try and find places with great leaders and employees. Reach out to them. Tell them why. Be more intentional.
- Network by cold emailing, cold LinkedIn, chasing job submissions, follow up on all applications, connect with developer and blog post writers, suggest meeting for coffee (real or virtual).
- Apply for mid / senior positions as well as jobs that you’re not skilled in. You’ll probably be told that you’re not suitable but you’ll be the first person they’ll contact if a junior role comes up.
- Find ways that your past experiences are suitable for the roles you’re applying for. e.g. baking cakes as a metaphor for programming.
- Get used to explaining complicated technical things to people in simple, clear ways.
- Once graduated, don’t lose momentum.
- “I applied to a mid/senior position with a portfolio, covering letters & CV, and got a junior role out of it.”
- Remember – There is rarely a 100% match with the job description.
- “One of the things to focus on is networking 1-on-1: Medium, Linkedin, Twitter. I just ask for help mostly. Searching GitHub a lot, found a cool project and spoke with them and asked them, ‘would you take a phone call’? People simply gave me a bunch of resources because I asked.”
- Reach out 1-2-1 on platforms and ask for help to see what they can offer. Ask specific questions about or offer something positive yourself a better chance of connecting. If you read somebody’s code, just ask and talk about that particular line.
- Portfolio is very important for applying for jobs. Make sure it has your personality in it.
- “I would send a medium post and my Github. The post would contain the story about one of the projects in a digestible manner. The journey, the story behind it, obstacles, solutions, etc… Some type of expression of how you communicate was very useful.”
- “I phoned 60 people, got 10 rejections and 5 interviews. I’d recommend phoning people to get interviews.”
At Develop Me we give full career support in the form for live lectures during all our Bootcamp Courses. We have a dedicated Talent Manager who personally fits you to available job roles with our Hiring Partner database as well as supporting you setting up your own interviews – “can I really get hired straight out of a Bootcamp” is a questions we often get asked before people enrol with us – the answer is a clear and straight forward “YES and you will“.