How to get a job as a coder after our coding boot camp

You are not alone in the job search after taking our coding boot camp as we match you with one of our career experts that will help you with interview techniques to resume preparation.  Here are some tips you can use in your search for a position after our full stack web developer program. 

Tip #1: Find the people that hire
Many students will take the shotgun approach to applying for their first job after coding school.  This method may provide a low yield as it is like throwing job applications into a black hole. Because we work with HR reps that know the industry, they suggest sending emails directly to real people with each request. It could be anybody. As long as someone read it's, you are on the right track. 

With this approach, whenever you submitted an application, search for the company on LinkedIn and email someone on their engineering or hiring team.

For most small companies or C-level executives, the email format is usually firstName@dreamCompany.com. For larger companies, it may be firstName.lastName@dreamCompany.com.

To verify emails, you can use Rapportive to cross-check emails with social media accounts.

Tip #2: Don't go big or go home. Apply smart
If you are looking to work for the big fish, it might best to learn in a small pond first.  We suggest to strategically set up your application process to have lower-level interviews earlier in the process, and higher-level discussions later on. This way, you can gain interview experience, built your confidence, and firm offers from companies that had less intensive interviews.

Like a game, the more you apply, the more you speak with recruiters, the more you can   “level up.” 

Tip #3: Study, study and, prepare to study. 
Getting that dream job is not easy unless you are some wonder kid which most likely you have started your own million dollar tech company (maybe you are on your way). For any interview process, the most important thing an applicant can do is to study and prepare.

Why? Because you won’t get the offer if you don’t have right answers to the questions they ask you. People won’t refer you if they don’t think you’re prepared for their interviews.

Practice. Every day.

You should block entire days to learning sorting algorithms. Other days, I focus on understanding how the internet worked. If you don't understand something, go to your local community and ask or even find YouTube videos that can help. 

Here are some significant resources to study. 

  • InterviewCake: Our favourite resource for data structures and algorithms. It breaks down solutions into step-by-step chunks — a great alternative to Cracking the Code Interview (CTCI). My only gripe is that they don’t have more problems!
  • HiredInTech’s System Design Section: An excellent guide for system design interview questions.
  • Coderust: If you’re avoiding CTCI like the plague, Coderust 2.0 may be perfect for you. For $49, you get solutions in almost any programming language, with interactive diagrams.
  • Reddit’s How to Prepare for Tech Interviews: An excellent tool to continually use as a benchmark for how prepared you are. 
  • Front End Interview Questions: An exhaustive list of front-end questions.
  • Leetcode: The go-to resource for algorithm and data structure questions. You can filter by company, so for example, you could get all the questions that Uber or Google typically ask.

Tip #4: Put the best you forward
Breaking into the industry is not easy, yet is so rewarding once you do. You have to perform well, even when you’re not adequately prepared. To succeed, you have to be your advocate.

Ultimately, you need to convince companies that you can do the job. At the same time, you need to convince yourself that you can do the job.

You can. Focus on your love for programming. Focus on what you’ve built with React and Node. Focus on demonstrating your in-depth knowledge in JavaScript and any other languages you’ve learned.

Only then can they justify giving you the job. As cliche as this sounds, the world is your oyster.