How to Get a Job as a Software Engineer
You are a software developer and want to find your dream job. Here are 5 tips to help you realize your software development dream.
1. Visualize Your Dream Job
Before you even start your job search, make a list of the characteristics of your ideal job—what excites you, what motivates you, etc. This will help determine if you’re as good fit for new opportunities.
If you’re looking to network and build relationships within your industry, consider participating in a Hackathon. Recruiters and potential employers typically attend meetups, hackathons and networking events. These networking events are a great opportunity to meet recruiter and potential employers in a more social setting. These connections can lead you to your dream job as a software developer.
3. Revamp Your Github Profile
If you’re just getting started in your career, Github is a great platform to showcase your technical skills even if you don’t have a long list of work experience. Upload a new profile picture (make sure it’s work appropriate) and update your profile with the latest on your work experience and contributions to other projects. Make sure these updates are professional, accurate and compelling. Be sure to include a link back in your resume as well.
4. Be Realistic When Reviewing Job Descriptions
Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses when reviewing potential job descriptions. If the job requires 5 years of experience and you are fresh out of school, it’s probably not the right position for you. Be careful to thoroughly read and review the job description and match the described job requirements to your skills.
7. Prepare to Be Tested
Once you get past the initial screening process, you may be asked to demonstrate the long list of skills you’ve included on your resume. Be prepared to take a test or work through problems on a white board. This is a common practice in technical interviews and is a tool to validate the experience and technical acumen you described on your resume.
Now you are ready to start looking for that software development position you have dreamed about….good luck!