web development

The choice to become a developer in today’s job economy is a wise one. Unlike other tightening job markets, the world of software is host to nearly endless new businesses and opportunities, both in established ventures and those in the early startup phase. However, this has also created a gold rush of sorts into learning computer science and coding-related skills. In order to secure one of these jobs, you will have be efficient in the way you search and stand out from your peers when you apply.

A professional, well-tailored resume is your ticket into the door for many well-established companies; but, for some companies, such as startups, they will want to hear more about your work experience and how you’ll fit into the company. Be prepared to talk about past jobs and how those opportunities will help you thrive in your new position.

Many businesses receive stacks of applications and resumes, so don’t let yours be discarded for avoidable mistakes such as grammar errors, poor spelling, or typos — it’s a fast way to land yourself in the “do-not-hire pile.” Until you are sure your resume is presentable, don’t jeopardize a potential opportunity by handing it in.  Be sure your LinkedIn profile is up to par as well.  Recruiters and HR representatives often use LinkedIn to find candidates and reach out to them. Whether you’re actively or passively looking for a job, there are networking strategies you should partake in to stay relevant in the field and be prepared for when you are ready to change jobs.

Get Involved 

Be active in the local developer/programming community. One of the easiest ways to do this is through meetup.com. There are a wide variety of groups and communities that get together weekly or monthly to work on projects, discuss new developments in the programming and technology field, and express their passion.

Blog

Starting a blog is a great way to build credibility for yourself and show potential employers your passion and knowledge about programming. However, consistently maintaining a blog of your own can be tedious, so if you are not up to the commitment, consider trying to become a contributing author on another blog. Create a list of established blogs in the developer community and begin submitting articles to them. Many blogs use freelance authors on a regular basis to have enough content for their audience.  If your writing is good and you create decent, well-informed articles, it is likely you will be able to find at least one blog that will publish your work.

Stay in Touch

You may not be looking for a job now, but your dream position can come your way if you simply stay in touch with contacts.  Dropping people a note on LinkedIn, email, or even Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with former colleagues, people you met at events, and maybe future co-workers.

Another tip if you are trying to land a job with a specific company is to get an inside referral. Applicants who can secure an inside referral are twice as likely to be asked for an interview and 40% more likely to land the job.

Though finding a job as a developer poses its challenges, approaching it with a clear strategy, a good resume, and the right attitude can help you appeal to recruiters and allow you to present yourself in the best possible light using all the tools you have at your disposal.