With the rise of the web and mobile apps, Software Developers are now some of the most sought-after employees across almost every sector. Experienced Developers are inundated with opportunities every day, but competition for the best roles is often stiff so you may need to up your game to stand out from the crowd. Here are three tips to help you land your dream job in software development…
1. You’ll have to prove your skills
In almost every application process there will be a technical test to assess you on the required skills. These could involve coding challenges – either at home in your own time or at the company’s office, technical quizzes, whiteboard challenges and technical conversational interviews.
- Take home tests: The most crucial aspect in the first instance is TIME. Make sure you have enough time to complete it to the best of your ability – we find that developers often underestimate the time it will take and are rejected not due to the quality of their code but the simple fact they ran out of time. We all have busy lives so consider what might impact the speed in which you can complete the test and give your prospective employer a REALISTIC return date.
- Whiteboard Challenge: A contentious one with some Developers, this is where the developer has to solve a tricky problem on a whiteboard – so no access to your laptop! You’ll usually be writing code or showcasing diagrams with some input from the interviewer.
- Never over-promise or exaggerate skills on your CV: If you say you are an expert in a programming language, make sure your test results will back that up!
2. Prove you can work alone and as part of a team
A good developer will be a problem solver and a collaborator at heart. They need to pull their weight, react well to stress and be able to succeed in both an individual and group setting. So, in an interview you will need to try and display that and show examples.
A great way of showing your experience with collaboration is to participate in a hackathon. They are increasingly popular and allows you to show off your skills to prospective employers, who know very well hackathons are the place to spot talent. These events usually take place over a few days and involve participants creating a program, designing an interface, improving an app or building an API…within a certain time. It’s an excellent way for junior developers to gain experience, enrich skills and network. You can find hackathons taking place across Europe here
3. Get on GitHub and Stack Overflow
Aspiring and intermediate developers are likely to be asked during an interview, “Can we see your GitHub?” by recruiters and hiring managers. Both GitHub and Stack Overflow are invaluable tools or resources for any Software Developer. Whether just starting out or a seasoned professional looking to transition you’ll need to get involved.
- StackOverflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their programming knowledge, and build their careers. Being part of this community will help you in any coding-related issues.
- GitHub brings together the world’s largest community of developers to discover, share, and build better software. Build a profile on GitHub and start using it. It allows you contribute to open source project, helps you gain more knowledge and to submit small projects. Nowadays some Junior Developers are landing jobs using just their GitHub profile!
This blog post was written by Hannah Evans, our awesome Senior Tech Account Manager, who specialises in Software Development.
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