How to become a developer and get your first job as quickly as possible
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If you’re considering becoming a developer but aren’t sure whether it’s a good idea, here are a few things to think about:
Being a developer requires many skills, and there are two major factors in developing a skill:
You need to maximise both of these to help you become the best developer you can be.
As not everyone can afford to go to a bootcamp or knows someone who’ll mentor them, here's a plan for how to get your first developer job.
Web development is the easiest to get into. Requirements that appear often in job adverts will likely be:
A strong understanding of HTML and CSS will improve your chances of getting a job.
Freecodecamp is a website that teaches you everything to do with Website development. It takes you step by step through mini-lessons.
Version control is a system where you can see what you've changed and at what point.
It is the language that allows you to change a static website to an interactive one.
You will need a short CV or résumé that will highlight your strengths. Your CV should contain:
You should also have a portfolio website that could be hosted as a GitHub page. Apply only to jobs where you can meet 70%+ of the requirements.
A lot of developers talk about how awful recruiters are, but make sure to use them.
Start with the large sites like Indeed and Total Jobs, but try to find the smaller job sites, too. If they ask you about jobs that are way above or below your desired job, thank them and decline but remind them of the type of job you are looking for.
You probably won’t get an interview and job offer in the first weeks of applying for jobs. This gives you time to improve. Adding extra skills will increase your chances of getting an interview. Some skills to learn:
If you follow this advice, you stand a better chance of getting an offer.
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