In October 2020, I landed my first Junior Developer role. This is a part-time role, because I'm a final year BSc Computer Science student, so my studies are still my main priority.
So, how did I actually land this sort of role? 🤔 I hope to share the process in this article, along with tips for aspiring developers who are looking to land their first role.
I found the role using LinkedIn. Here's what I did on there:
My call with Tom lasted around twenty minutes, where we talked about the following:
As we ended the call, I was asked to send over some code. I was thankful that I had been utilising GitHub to document my learning of different technologies - I just sent a link to this.
After a couple of days, Tom got back to me and offered me the role of Junior Developer. I was pretty shocked to say the least, but was super grateful to have been offered a job with them. 😊
My call with the CEO could've gone badly. So what did I do up until this point in my developer journey to actually get hired as a developer? I've written a few points below which I think all helped me leading up to this point in my developer career.
For the past three years, I've been heavily active on Instagram, where I'd share my journey as a Computer Science student and aspiring developer. What I gained from this is making some solid connections in the industry, including with James Bedford (who shared my LinkedIn post that helped me get my job!).
As you will now know, I found this role on LinkedIn. If I didn't use LinkedIn, I wouldn't have known of the company that I now work for, Morrow, and they wouldn't know who I am. For this reason, I think using social media platforms to your advantage will certainly benefit you in the long run.
Ultimately, there's a couple of things I hope other developers can take from this post:
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