On the matter of jobs, tbh, there is a lack of good software developers who knows their skill.
How do I know this? I manage about 2k+ developers directly in the ecosystem and I still find it hard to hire outside of a core circle of people.
Here’s what you can do:
- Volunteer. Most of the projects people use to build my portfolio are from volunteering to work on stuff. Last two Backend and Frontend gig I employed for was just because they volunteered for 30DoC. No CV. No interview. No cover letter.
- Build Projects and Tell Your Story. Can someone tell me what’s special about a weather app? Something that Google Assistant does effortlessly everyday? NOTHING. But I still built it and TOLD the story. What happened was a lot of people had it in mind that he does this thing and they started recommending me for jobs and gigs. It’s important to tell you story. Because only someone who knows that you know what you know can recommend you.
- Know clearly what you know and what you don’t. There are a lot of buzz words in this space. Just to build website, there is angular, react, Vue, WordPress and a whole whole lot. Omo mehn. Please know clearly what you want and master it well. Our agency collects gigs in React Native and I have never written a line of RN ever in my life.
- Wake up, dress well and approach the small businesses in your area and build a simple website for them or an NGO in your area. Make sure they pay for domain and hosting so you can have proof you did actual work for a actual brand that is going live. It helped me way back in 2012/13.
- Sign up for OHW 2020 – ohw2020.web.app.
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