Jobless & looking? Almost all of us at some point in our career lives have been in this situation – FRUSTRATING as H$@k at times, especially when you aren’t having much luck and it feels as though no ones listening to you.
I’ll keep this blog short AND relevant for my strongest audience; Junior to Intermediates in the web development space – after all these are generally the people I get to help the most with what I do.
An organisation here in Brisbane will phone through and ask for my help in searching for a talented new addition to their team. A general rule of thumb is that I advertise every 2nd or 3rd new position that comes in. This is followed closely by various other network leveraging strategies, emails and phone calls x 1 million*< just to name a couple ways of talent attraction – the real secret is – talent attraction never stops for me – I have relationships with a large number of companies around Brisbane, I can phone them after meeting someone talented and they’ll be only to happy to proceed with an interview.
Now this is where it gets good – for those juniors and intermediate web developers out there who’re finding it rather tricky to score a new and exciting job – here’s what’s really going on and the reasons that you’re probably been told you’ve come in second to someone else.
MOST of the talent who arrive on the market that get a new job quick, are generally the ones who’ve built websites, web apps, web products and or systems in their OWN spare time – not only on a uni assignment and not for a company that no longer is in business OR doesn’t have anything customer facing for you to show.
Here’s the secret again – come up with ideas / make some time and build something useful, using the skills and knowledge you’ve gained from uni, tafe or youtube (for the self-taught) – build something clever to show potential employers.
The first question I always ask a junior developer is, what have you built? Generally and unfortunately, silence is usually on the phone – however it’s getting better, thanks to sites such as GitHub or envato.com. If you haven’t heard of these sites and you’re looking to get the edge in this competitive digital market – don’t do another thing today until you’ve logged into GitHub and made a profile. NEXT, make time to go back in and contribute to it!
Following some of what I’ve just discussed, will have you on the right track to achieving a sweet new position, getting paid for what you love doing.
HOT TIP; Provide evidence of the potential value you can create in your own time AND surely someone will give you a chance to create more of it on their time – thus giving you a job. Do this and you’ll never have to ask for a job again.
For more inside tips on what you can do to earn an exciting new opportunity in web development, feel free to give me a quick phone call – I’m always happy to point the willing, in the right direction.
Your friend, Jason W. Roulston