So you’re looking for a programming job, but without any real-world experience. I assume you’ve learned a lot on your own. Here are some tips to help you in your job search:
- Build a portfolio: one great way to showcase your skills and demonstrate your programming ability is to create a portfolio of projects you’ve worked on in the past. This could be anything from open-source contributions to personal projects. Using a portfolio, you can show prospective employers your abilities, your coding style, and your willingness to learn.
- Contributing to open-source projects: Contributing to open-source projects is a great way to gain experience and work on real world projects. It also shows your commitment to the programming community and your willingness to collaborate with others, as well as certain qualities such as being a part of a team.
- Participate in coding challenges/tests: many companies and online platforms run coding challenges that allow you to showcase your skills and compete against other developers in short and long challenges. These challenges can be a great way to gain recognition and demonstrate your ability to solve coding problems.
- Attend networking events and meetups: attend tech meetups, conferences, and hackathons to meet other developers and make personal connections in the industry. This can help you learn about job opportunities and get advice from experienced developers – even as far as being offered some entry-level jobs.
- Apply for internships (country-dependent): While internships are often targeted at students, some companies may be willing to offer internships to self-taught developers who show potential and quick learning ability. An internship can provide you with valuable work experience and could potentially lead to a full-time job offer, if you excel at it.
- Consider freelancing: Freelance work can be a great way to gain experience and build your portfolio – and it may be easier to get by. Start with small projects, and the customers won’t care much about your experience, as long as you can bring results. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, and Toptal offer opportunities for freelance developers to find work and build their reputation – use them!.
- Develop your personal brand: By developing a personal brand, you can establish yourself as an authority in your field and attract the attention of potential employers – and get job offers!. This could involve writing blog posts, creating tutorials, or developing a strong social media presence. We recommend starting with linkedin. Try to publish a post every day and see how it works! You will quickly learn what works and what doesn’t based on the view/reply/share statistics you can see there.
Overall, emember that finding a programming job without real-world experience can be challenging! However, with the right attitude, dedication, and persistence, you can find success! Keep learning, building, and networking, and don’t be afraid to take risks and pursue your passions – it is your life on the line! Go for it, do it, and let us know if it worked for you and you found motivation in this post!
To help you even further, we suggest going beyond the above! It is all too expected and known. We’d like to provide the real answer to your pain.
Provocative job hunting methods
While traditional methods like applying to job postings or networking events can be effective, we suggest going beyond that! So here are some more unconventional and provocative methods for finding a job as a programmer.
Read carefully, and implement at your own risk. Here’s the list:
- Create a viral project (software, website, app, etc.): build a project that is unique, interesting, and has the potential to go viral – for a certain market. Think about a need of a specific segment of the population that you can solve, or even it even be something funny to share. Share it on social media and various online communities (facebook, instagram, reddit, etc.). This could attract the attention of recruiters and employers who are impressed by your creativity and skills – the virality will give you an extra edge.
- Gamification of job search: Treat the job search as a game: set yourself challenges or goals to achieve, such as applying to a certain number of jobs in a day or week, or reaching out to a certain number of people on LinkedIn and other social media channels. This will provide for a relief of the usual job hunting frustration.
- Create a parody or funny job application: Create a parody of a job application or resume that showcases your skills along with your sense of humor. This could catch the attention of potential employers who are looking for someone who thinks outside the box. Try it on people such as your friends and family. Make something that really stands out!
- Build a uniquely original resume: create a resume that stands out from the crowd: a video resume, infographic, or an interactive resume. This could help you make a long-lasting impression on recruiters and hiring managers. Again, test it on real people to optimize and refine the results.
- Reach out to relevant people on social media: Use social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or even Reddit to reach out to people who work at companies you’re interested in. Ask for advice/referral or even offer your services to them. The best strategy involves mentioning an important problem that they face and the solution you have. Be creative. Everyone has a problem! CTOs have technical issues and bugs, hiring managers have vacancies that are difficult to fill, and more.
- Host or take part in a coding contest: organize a coding contest and invite fellow programmers to participate. This could help you make connections with other developers and could also showcase your skills and passion for programming. Who knows, maybe you will find a friend that has friends and connections exactly where you want to work.
Remember, some of these provocative methods can be risky and may not work for everyone or every situation. Use them judiciously and only after carefully assessing the situation. While they may not be the traditional or recommended way to find a job, they could help you stand out and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Use with care and good luck!