Experienced developers are needed in different fields - banks, retail, IT companies. But how do you get a job interview if you're a newbie without an impressive portfolio?
According to the estimates of recruitment portals, there is a shortage of developers in all areas, analysts, QA, and UI/UX designers. Directly in programming, according to our observations, there is always a high demand for mobile (Swift, Kotlin, Flutter), backend (Java, C#) and frontend developers (React, Vue.js, Angular).
First of all, the demand is high for Middle and Senior developers - with 3-5 years of experience. And how are things with beginners - Junior or just "juniors"?
Beginners often have problems with employment. There is very high competition between specialists of this level on the IT market. Many IT-companies are in no hurry to invite yesterday's students to join their team. They have to finish training them - as a rule, on internal, non-commercial projects.
More often than not, the standard developer enters the industry during his senior year of university.
During the training he understands the basics of programming and algorithms, learns the databases and forms the "foundation" for further specialization.
Decide on the direction and choose the path of further development is up to you. It will be better if you can get some advice from experts. They will help you not to get lost in the variety of information about the profession and understand where you need to go.
You can meet the IT community at meetings, conferences, intensive courses and workshops. The latter is the most effective way to acquire the necessary skills, because here you will be able to work on the project. The task will be educational, but it will allow you to learn the modern technologies currently used in the development of IT-products. In addition, you will be able to get individual feedback from the mentors of the workshop.
The information on your resume is the first thing a possible employer learns about you. On average, an IT recruiter takes from 15 seconds to 2 minutes to analyze this data. To make an impression in that time, describe your skills in a clear and structured manner.
If you're up to the task and put together a resume, chances are you'll get a response from IT recruiters and invitations to an interview in the next few days.
Listed here are some fairly common tiphacks. However, if you run through the list and do at least some of the items, you'll have a stress-free interview.
Each IT-company has its own system of evaluating the skills of a specialist. As a rule, the following key data are taken into account:
If the interview was successful, the head of the department introduces the newcomer to the projects he will have to work with during the first months. As a rule, in the process of preparation for commercial projects, a specialist first polish his skills on internal products of the IT-company.
From the first working day until the end of the probation period the employee is supported by an adaptation specialist and a mentor, an experienced specialist of the Middle/Senior level, who can be called upon at any time. Together they immerse the employee in the company's business processes.
IT is a dynamic and fast-paced field. Even in case of successful employment it is necessary to improve continuously, to pump up soft and hard skills.
For example, the specialists in our team attend conferences and webinars, communicate with the IT-community and make reports, share their experience and expertise, train newcomers. They also constantly try on different roles.
The main advice to a junior developer is not to stop at getting a job in an IT company, but to keep growing. A junior, as a rule, does not have much experience, so the tasks he is assigned are simple. If a specialist does not take care to upgrade his skills, he may "get stuck" in an easy routine job for a long time.
How to avoid this? Choose those companies where it is possible to connect to a variety of projects or to do them yourself.