Looking for a job in tech as a web developer with limited experience can seem like an improbable feat. We’ve broken it down into digestible bits to help any aspiring dev prepare with in order to land a great job. Here is a brief summary and link to the other two parts of the How To Get A Web Developer Job With No Previous Experience Series:
Assessing skills – taking stock of what you have & filling in the gaps
Portfolio site – why you need one & what to put in it
Personal branding – beyond the Google search
Resume preparation – tips for creating this important doc
How To Get A Web Developer Job With No Previous Experience – Part 3
Step 5 – Finding The Right Job For You
You feel confident in your skills and have some examples of your work to showcase. Maybe you’ve even contributed to some open source projects or picked up a client or two via word-of-mouth. You’ve built an online presence and your resume is polished and ready to go – but where? How do you find the right job when you’re just starting out in a new field?
Build a list of at least 50 potential companies that you’d like to work for. We’ve included links to two popular articles that we wrote on researching potential employers and how to build a target employer list. These articles go beyond just typing up some names and doing a Google search. We’ve dug into the psychology side (asking yourself some very important questions and using the answers to guide you) and shared sources for uncovering a wealth of info on potential employers before you’ve spent time pursuing them. We encourage you to check those articles out to help you complete this important step.
Something to consider: don’t limit yourself based on location alone! Many companies are making great strides to accommodate remote workers and for web developers, this is a no-brainer. Skillcrush compiled a great list of over 25 websites that list remote work opportunities. You can check it out here.
In addition to the articles above, we’ve also taken the guesswork out of navigating the “hidden” job market. These are prime positions that are seldom listed to the public, or in some cases are newly created positions for the “right” person.
Aside from tapping your network (which we cover in the article along with a handy email template to make contacting those you know) we also discuss working with retained search recruiters and why you’ll want to build a relationship with these professionals to expand your job-search reach. You can check out the tapping into the hidden job market article here.
Step 6 – Landing A Great Job
You’ve submitted your resume and now the real fun begins! Interviewing with potential employers and negotiating the best terms for your employment. Below we have compiled our top resources for interviewing, follow-up, negotiations and more. Be sure to check them out. Each article goes in-depth and has been tested for performance and accuracy of information. (In short, we’ve had candidates try it and we’re experts with 20+ years in the hiring arena. We know it works!)
INTERVIEW INSIDER – Great resources for answering a variety of interview questions, interview preparation & follow-up. The link will take you to all of our articles tagged for this category.
SALARY NEGOTIATIONS – Get paid what you’re worth. There are a variety of articles that cover the many aspects of negotiating a salary and understanding why deals fall through (and what to do to next.)
We hope that you’ve found all of the information in this series to be helpful for you as you embark on landing a job as a web developer. The average job search can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. During this time, keep your skills sharp and eyes on the prize. Thousands of people have settled into lucrative careers as web developers working for an employer, as a contract consultant through a firm or as their own boss. You’ve got this!