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How to find a developer job without any experience

Maksim Shalamov
12-10-2020 13:19
How to find a developer job without any experience


Experience is considered one of the most important criteria in recruitment. However, not everyone can work while studying. There are also situations when you switch your career path and can’t combine your old job with practicing new ones. Since I’ve been actively participating in the interviewing and recruitment process for a long time by now, I’ve figured out a few steps one can undertake when trying to find a job without any experience.
One of the main advantages of Junior developers (and you can only apply to these positions for now) is the wish to grow and genuine passion towards what they do. Thus, you should show these qualities to your potential employees. It’s not a tricky task. I’m going to tell you what you should do.

First steps

Do your own projects and publish them on Github. Choose a project or a library you like and try to repeat it completely (or the most interesting part). Don’t try to find the perfect decision first. Do it independently. Choose a language you want to work with and the tools (you can find the most suitable ones doing some quality search). Write all the documentation and tests when you finish. There are few people who like (and can) writing tests. It’s a really important skill out there.
When finishing your project, start doing the next one. You can also read a bit more and think about how you can elaborate the previous one. Then you may do the second and the third versions and change the approach, language, frameworks and libraries. The most important point for you is to get experience and code you can show your potential employee.

Learn the chosen language

When you’ve chosen the language, learn it’s syntax and look for the examples in the books/internet. You may not understand how it works from the first try, especially when it comes to real life implementation. However, you are going to learn the general rules of the language.

Learn algorithms

The next step is to find out what structures there are in this language and how they work. Mainly I mean what algorithm lies beneath and its complexity (when it comes to different degrees of cases). You may find this information either in documentation or on the internet easily. Your task is to understand what algorithm complexity means and be able to choose the right structure for any case. This is going to help you when it comes to interviews or actual work. Surely, every language has plenty of peculiarities but we are going to forget about them for now.
I would also suggest you to get accustomed to trees (binary, search etc.), and the most important – with the self-balancing trees. Learning to write these algorithms before an interview is too much, but to know how to use it and the matter of it is going to be a true benefit not just for your interview, but for your future practice. There are a lot of algorithms around there. However, you’re going to be fine with these ones at the beginning.

Commonly asked questions during an interview

Then I would sort out four more things. They may seem a bit extra at first. However, they are not just commonly asked questions during an interview, they are far more important for in-depth understanding of how your programs work (and what issues there may happen). Here are those four things:
  • what happens when you type in the website address in browser;
  • processes;
  • currents;
  • asynchronous programming.
Surely, those topics are a bit more profound. You need to make sense of data transfer, the difference between processes and currents and why you need asynch programming.

Next step

The next step is going deep with regard to language and framework. For example, front end developers should know the basics of page making, back end developers should understand how databases work. Generally, the learning curve is going throughout your career. You can’t know everything. However, the steps I’ve listed before will help you to get a developing job and will be your base out there.
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