Finding a Job After Coding Bootcamp

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Finding a tech line of work after a coding Bootcamp can happen for you. However, like most graduation experiences, it will not be torment-free.

The days, weeks, and months after a Bootcamp is finished carry an expectation of instant job search success, but frequently involves the dismissal of your resume and frustration that causes many to question what they’re doing with their lives. . . . Except, of course, if you complete bootcamp with an offer for employment or some real leads.

Bootcamps are a crash course. You learn a lot in a brief timeframe. You develop solid foundations for figuring out how to code. However, you may not know enough to pass some coding challenges. You are a rookie who probably won’t have any specialized expert insights to show your potential, let alone demonstrate much value.

You may feel like a fake.

Because of these limitations, coupled with hearing the voices of cynics who question the authenticity of these non-authorized programs, you may be turned down for many positions. . . . Just like college graduates are. 

Statistics suggest that it requires an average a half year to get a new line of work of work after a coding bootcamp. Fortunately, most graduates find work.  

In case you’re considering a 12-week coding Bootcamp, it’s important to remember that it’s anything but a fast $15k hack for changing your life since you are:

A. Hate your job or your life

B. Have a low salary

C. Believe you will get a new line of work not long after the program closes

D. Or inquisitive/intrigued/charmed about what tech resembles

E. You are desperate to make this happen as soon as possible.

Many students and went to boot camp with returned to their old industry/work after a few months post-bootcamp. Some have landed exceptionally positions.

Here are a few ideas to help you land your first job after the coding bootcamp.

Get experience by volunteering.

It’s essential to keep on improving your abilities while concurrently improving your job search capabilities. Having production code out there is the best way to demonstrate your capabilities

Taproot connects nonprofits with talented volunteers. It’s a way to get some real world experience under your belt.

One person I’ve spoken with functioned as a frontend engineer for a mental health site, part-time, working remote. They did this while working full-time in their current job and volunteering on the side. They received a lot of coaching advice from coworkers and other volunteers while developing their heart skills and soft skills.

As a rule, it’s important to get some real-world experience. It helps you defeat your own fears and worries about your ability to perform.

In addition, the available for entry-level positions and apprenticeships. Many of them are available to bootcamp graduates, and the odds of you getting accepted into one is much greater than finding a full-time position at the same organization. It increases the odds of you getting recruited.

Ask people at your current organization whether anybody needs some assistance with something — possibly an expert site needs some repairing, or ask him whether you can offer some assistance. These are extraordinary to add to your portfolio!

Create a portfolio site with the idea that someone is going to find it or want to see samples of your work. After all, for you as a beginner, resumes don’t say much. You have to do the work to make yourself stand out from people who don’t.

Your site is a representation or sample of your best work. This is a place where you tell your story. Make the most of this chance to exhibit your competency. As this person told me, during several there site was commented on and there Medium articles were acknowledged.

Here are a few things you ought to include in your website:

❏ Bio/about area

❏ Projects (undeniably conveyed) with archived source code (Github)

❏ A downloadable resume

❏ Relevant web-based media profiles: LinkedIn, Twitter

❏ Easy-to-discover contact data

❏ Custom web URL

Linkedin

LinkedIn is your public face, so put yourself in a decent light. Frequently, when your application is thought of, recruiters and hiring managers peek at your LinkedIn profile.

Make sure your profile is finished. Have an great photograph and a detailed bio. Include your email address in your profile to make it easy for people to contact you.

The more information you incorporate about your work history, the effort to make HR recruiters about your experience. The more possibilities you have for getting reached.

The more information you provide, the less effort you ask recruiters both corporate and third-party, to put into evaluating you let alone even deciding to talk to you. Help them help you.

Get advice from somebody who is around services at your school and your first and second degree LinkedIn connections.

Attend networking events, Meetups, and Hackathons. Afraid to? Go to one and chat with someone. You will find many people there are just like you.

PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE.

Don’t hide. Remember, you are competing with other Boot Camp grads with similar tech experience. Put a face to your knowledge.

Meet people. Go to events. By chatting people up you may find someone who will help you find a job. Go to Meetup.com, and glance at the Tech group classification. It is searchable by city or ZIP Code

Connect with people you know on LinkedIn. Attend a Hackathon. It will help you connect with the tech scene in your area, while helping you improve your capabilities, learn more and network with people and industry specialists.

Study for the Interview: Coding Challenges

recruiters will want to find out whether you can do their job, particularly if you don’t have any prior tech experience.

Coding problems can range from the straightforward FizzBuzz challenge or something more complicated. For example, constructing a whole application. You must invest additional energy past the coding bootcamp

You can utilize this site to rehearse specialized inquiries questions: https://interviewing.io

Rehearsed by going on Glassdoor and looking at questions individuals posted that they were asked.

Have a supportive group to talk with. You will find it much harder to make it without support. The best support you can get is from others who attended your Boot Camp, or previous bootcamp-graduates who understand what you’re going through.

No matter what don’t let your frustration cause you to give up. Push on.

Be great!

 

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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