1. How can I gain valuable experience that will help me land a job?
It’s that classic conundrum that many job seekers and career-changers face. Lots of employers want you to have experience, but how do you get experience without a job?
Fortunately for web developers, there are plenty of ways to put your in-demand skills to good use. Here’s how you can get hands-on with programming before you’re officially hired:
How to prepare for a web developer job
Volunteer your programming skills
Volunteering is a great way to gain real-world experience and add some interesting projects to your portfolio. Not only will you be gaining valuable experience; you’ll also be giving something back to the community. Win-win!
Pick up freelance work
When you’re trying to establish yourself as a bonafide developer, freelance gigs will help you to build credibility. Check sites like Upwork and Fiverr for ad-hoc projects. It may also be worth approaching smaller local companies to see if they could use your services. This might not be the most lucrative endeavor of your career, but it sends a clear message to employers: you’ve got real-world skills and you’re ready to use them!
Get involved in open-source projects
Open source projects consist of publicly available source code that anyone can modify — and they’re great for new developers. As well as putting your skills into practice, open-source projects give you the opportunity to work collaboratively with other developers. You can find a broad range of open source projects on GitHub.
Never stop building!
When it comes to convincing employers that you’re job-ready, it’s all about getting hands-on and putting your skills into action. It’s therefore really important to keep learning and building. The more projects you work on — be it open source, volunteer or freelance — the more you will have to talk about in the interview room.