How to apply for an entry level developer position?

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andrewgbliss
5 months ago

How to apply for an entry level developer position? We will discuss what it takes to apply for an entry level developer position and what you can do to prepare when you apply.

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What is an entry level developer position?

  • Junior Developer - 1 - 2 years worth of experience
  • Mid Level Developer - 2 - 3 Years worth of experience
  • Senior Developer - 4 - 5 years worth of experience

An entry level developer is around the same experience of a junior developer.

What skills do I need to know?

It depends of what type of position you are looking for. There are many paths you can take when you start learning skills. First you need to decide if you want to be a Web Developer, Software Developer, Dev Ops, etc.

If you decide on Web Development then you want to decide if you want to focus on designing a website, front end development, which is taking a design and actually build the website, or back end development, which means you connect your front end to a back end API. For instance, when you login, you type your email and password, then click a login button. It will then call a back end API to check if your credentials are correct. If they are it will log you in to the app.

I would suggest focusing on what type of career path you want to take, then study all about that subject.

Should I apply for a position I am not qualified for?

Yes, you should always try to push yourself.

Even if you don’t have professional experience, talk yourself up, and show your skills.

What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get the position. You will learn what companies are looking for, and what their requirements are.

If you have even one of the skills they are looking for, they might give you a chance if you impress them.

How much do I have to know?

It’s not about how much you know.

It’s about how fast you can solve problems.

Everyday you are going to face situations that will require critical thinking.

If you are blocked because you don’t know something, how fast can you learn in order to solve the problem?

How many times do you have to talk to your boss or order to understand certain tasks.

Create a portfolio

  • Everyday create something new
  • Push yourself to learn new skills
  • Create a simple app that solves a problem
  • Create for desktop and mobile
  • Create a portfolio to show your skills even if you don’t have professional experience

Create many resumes

There are many different types of developer positions. Search many job sites, like indeed, and save the positions for which you want to apply. Write down all the skills needed, and create a resume to highlight the skills you have that would fit the position.

Focus on the main skills the position requires.

Soon you will develop the skills they need, then you can focus on smaller skills they are requiring.

Don’t get discouraged

Becoming a developer takes time. You will come across tasks and problems you don’t know how to solve. Reach out to people and ask how to solve them. Learn from other people. Watch Youtube videos. Go through tutorials. Read up on best practices.

Just like if you go to the gym once, you probably will not all the sudden be in shape.

Like anything else, becoming a developer takes time, dedication, discipline, and the most important, the want to have fun building awesome apps.

Creating Apps

An application is a piece of software that people use to solve problems.

A spreadsheet solves the problem of entering data and running calculations, such as calculating monthly expenses.

If you have an idea of an application, then go for it and develop it, even if you don’t get paid for it. It might solve someone’s problem, and you can monetize it.

Become a teacher

Once you develop skills in any field, you have the opportunity to teach others.

You have a unique perspective. There is no one else in this world that has your experiences and point of view.

You can teach others the skills you have learned. We can form communities and groups, making it possible to create better software.

How to apply for an entry level developer position?

  • Learn the skills needed for the position
  • Create a portfolio
  • Create a resume
  • Networking
  • Apply on websites
  • Talk to recruiters
  • Don’t give up

Links

This Github repo shows all the subjects you need to know and developer paths you can take

https://github.com/kamranahmedse/developer-roadmap

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