Art of Job Hunting

Art of Job Hunting

People always tell you there’s a high demand for developers. That’s true, to a point. What they don’t tell you is that there’s a high demand for mid to senior developers, not so much for new ones. Creating a network is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up. This includes a polished LinkedIn, a Github, a ‘work appropriate’ Facebook page, a personal web page and if you want to go the extra mile, a Twitter account to brag about your greatness. After you’ve established a way for people to get a hold of you, you need to find those people to get a hold of you. You can start with job boards; GlassdoorZipRecruiterDice or the many other ones. Of the hundreds of jobs I have applied to with that method, 90% never get back to you, and of the 10% that do, 2% are actually good offers. But it doesn’t hurt to try everything.

You can try job placement agencies. I have tried a few of those too. They usually want to jam you into a job that you aren’t really qualified for just because you have JavaScript on your resume. This isn’t because I’m unemployable, quite the opposite. I actually have a kick ass resume with many technologies, training and project management experience, check it out. The issue is that everyone wants a couple years of production work and freelance doesn’t count for much. What most senior developers will tell you is to leverage your network, hence building one. And Meetups, Hack-a-thons and other publicly interactive occasions are one of the best ways. If you had the option to work with your friends without having to submit resumes, wouldn’t you. There is a great podcast that talks about some of this stuff: JavaScript Jabber – Finding a Job.

Take what I’m saying with a grain of salt, his has just been my experience. I’ve heard better and worse stories. Another developer I know believes that winning a two day app contest with the IBM office in Redmond is the only job prospect he has. This is all theoretical so far. I’ll let you know when I get a job if any of this matters.

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