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People often come to me and ask “as a junior developer, how can stand out against the noise to get a response when applying for a job?”
People often come to me and ask “as a junior developer, how can stand out against the noise to get a response when applying for a job?”

I have a tip that I only share in my 1:1’s that I’m gonna share now.

I’m def gonna delete this later so screenshot it
There are a lot of different methods that I recommend but the top one that I like is to choose some of your top companies you want to work for then create projects based on their job descriptions.

What do I mean by that?
In my 1:1’s I will sometimes ask them to send me a couple jobs that they want to apply for. Let me choose an example.

Here’s a Full Stack engineering role at Snapchat in London
A lot of times a junior developer (esp bootcamp grad) will have a project or two with some of these qualifications. So they’d apply with the same projects that they’d apply to every company with.

They might get a response. They might not. But a way to really stand out is —

— to take a few weekends to play around with the technologies mentioned in the job description. But then incorporate those frameworks and languages with any open source libraries that company already has.

In this example: SNAP has a few public APIs. This job works w gaming
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It asks for AWS experience, MongoDB, Python, etc. but primarily gaming.

If you have the access and ability to spend the time to create a small project with a few of these technologies, you’ll for sure get a longer glance at your resume
We’re fortunate enough to be in a field that allows us to create projects for free.

The people looking through your applications & resumes are *usually* not engineers.

So when they see experience matching what they’re looking for in any capacity, they’re going to pay attention
And if we’re being *completely* honest, a lot of bootcamp grads leave the bootcamp with very similar resumes. Very similar projects.
Another option is to pick and choose some of the languages and frameworks in the description, then choose a subject you *are* passionate about and create a project out of that.

Just have fun. I got noticed off an app about sex and zodiac signs
Like I said, I’m going to delete this thread bc I get paid for this type of help 1:1.

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25 days ago by dirtystylus
(((Leah Donnella))) on Twitter: "Last night I was SUPER stressed so I called my mom. Her advice: Make a list of everything you have to do. Take a hard look. It only gets worse from here. You don't have kids yet. Your prize at the end will be the knowledge
Last night I was SUPER stressed so I called my mom.

Her advice: Make a list of everything you have to do. Take a hard look. It only gets worse from here. You don't have kids yet. Your prize at the end will be the knowledge that most people who deserve recognition don't get it.
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september 2018 by dirtystylus

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