How to stand out as a Junior Programmer?
Starting a career is not easy.
You’ve just graduated and have no experience in working for the company yet, but you want to start your foray into programming. You might come across many myths and “words of wisdom” regarding this profession.
- On what should you focus the most?
- How to prepare yourself to apply for job offers?
- On which aspects recruiters really pay attention to, and finally how to stand out on the job market?
Marika Gajewska-Święcicka, an experienced Headhunter, answers these questions.
Boast about your portfolio
Do you have an account in Github? Do you remember the projects you carried out during your studies? Now use all of it. A potential employer wants tangible evidence of your skills. Describe what exactly you’ve accomplished, what technologies you used and what you’ve learned from it. It’s a good idea to list these things, especially if you don’t have a commercial experience yet.
Are making progress? We want to know it
Are you upskilling? Have you taken a course? No matter how you gained knowledge – even free courses and university-funded training count. They are proof that you want to learn. The world of technology is constantly transforming and evolving. Thus, it is essential to keep up with what is going on in the industry.
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Show how ambitious you are
A factor that would surely convince many recruitment specialists is the additional activity during your studies. These include internships, workshops, being a member of a student organization, etc. Getting yourself involved in such activities is a sign of your pro-activity, industriousness, and diligence. And that will make a huge difference in your future career!
Specify your skills
Detail the level of your knowledge of each technology and/or programming language. This is important when selecting applications – people with different abilities are sought for different jobs.
Show your true self
Show your personality in your resume, not just your employment history – recruiters are people too! This will undoubtedly distinguish your application from the others. Writing a personalized message can also pay off. Describe how do you want to develop yourself and/or what you are most passionate about programming. Let yourself be remembered! 🙂
Use social media
Did you know… that social media can help you find a job? Show on Linkedin or Twitter what you’ve recently read, share your opinions and advice. You will build a personal brand and show that you are up-to-date with the latest tech news.
Looking for work can be a full-time job in itself.
Processes are often complicated, and finding the ideal workplace is a constant test. However, these pieces of advice can help you expand your opportunities and presenting in the best light.
I wish you all success in your recruitment – the career of a programmer opens up many possibilities for development!
- On 28/08/2018