How to get a job as a web developer
In this course we're going to take a look at all the things! We'll dive into the "source of truth" when it comes to taking advice from other developers. Because, believe it or not, there is A LOT of really bad advice on the internet.
We'll learn about Git and GitHub, and why it's important to know. GitHub used to be optional in previous years, but it's so important now that job employers assume you know it. But is it more important than your portfolio website?
As some friendly advice I'll talk to you about perfectionism, and how being a perfectionist can be extremely detrimental to your career development as a web dev.
I'll also give you tips on how to find which skills are in demand in your area of the world. For instance, PHP is in high demand in Asia, but Python and Node.js are in higher demand in North America. Do you know if you're learning the right skills? We'll unpack this fairly large topic and discover how to learn what the market is willing to hire you for.
Together, we'll take a look at what companies are looking for in a new hire. It's not what you expect, I can tell you that. Most people think, "I have to be super skilled and incredibly smart to get a job in web development", but that simply isn't true. Companies take into consideration much much more than that.
We'll also have a serious conversation about your resume/CV game. Chances are you only have one or two resume variations. But in reality, you should have one resume per major skill.
In the middle of this course we'll unpack the BIG secret to landing your dream job (or landing any job, ever). Spamming your resume will only get you so far, you need to go a level deeper to land your dream job. And I'll teach you exactly what it takes to do this.
We'll also explore tips, tricks and insights into what companies are looking for in a developer, what are the most valuable skills you can have as a web developer, how to rock your first interview, negotiating your salary and what you should be looking for, and what to do once you finally get a job offer!
Lastly, I'll teach you how to earn while you learn: how to earn a little side income while you're learning to code and looking for a job – because we don't want your bills piling up while you take this journey to web development employment.
When you're done absorbing all of this information, there's a project! It requires doing some research and managing your resumes. More on this in the Your Project lesson.
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A burning desire to break into the web development industry
You must be willing to take this advice, as it's exactly how I landed 12 interviews in 12 weeks with 11 callbacks.
Your class project consists of making up at least a handful of resume variations based on the skill your applying for (ie. frontend vs backend vs devops).
You'll also need to research which skills are in demand in your geographical area.
Lastly, you'll need to read through a bunch of job postings and determine the top 3 skills that are in demand and figure out which ones you need to learn.