Hybrid Conf: You've done the tutorials, you've built your own apps, now it's time to get hired!

Hybrid Conf: You've done the tutorials, you've built your own apps, now it's time to get hired!

You've done the tutorials, you've built your own apps, now it's time to get hired! Presented by Desi McAdam (@desi) at HybridConf 2013. Desi discussed how you should prepare whilst job hunting to guarantee you end up with the right job for you. Here's what I learned from her talk.

The steps of preparation

  • 1. Work out what matters to you, it could be anything!
    • Salary, benefits, company values, remote working, environment, open source, holidays or the people.
  • 2. Make a list of companies.
    • Look at people you admire, where do they work?
    • People you have met at events, where do they work?
  • 3. Learn about the companies you have listed.
    • Learn their personality, when you eventually contact them you'll want to do it in the right way.
  • 4. Narrow the list down by your `what matters` list.
  • 5. Self-assess or talk through with a friend, work out your current skill level.
  • 6. Practice.
    • Approach the companies on the bottom of your list first. Get interviews, practise and learn before you get to your top companies.
    • Don't apply to the top of your list if you are not ready.
  • 7. Don't contact recruiters.
    • They don't care about your best interest and you won't get the job you want.
  • 8. Interviews are 2 way, you are interviewing them as well.
    • Do they sound like people you want to work with?
    • Ask them questions.
    • Know how to dress, if they dress casual then go casual, if they dress smart then dress smart.
  • 9. Process
    • Understand different companies have different processes.
    • Don't be afraid to ask what a company's process is.
    • If you don't like part of their process, try to negotiate

More advice

  • Don't make excuses for your code examples, if they are not good enough then write something else. Think about:
    • Cleanliness of code
    • Is there a read me file
    • Do you have comments
    • Are methods, classes, functions and variables consistent in naming conventions.
    • Include tests, do they need explaining?
  • Spelling and grammar is important, know their branding. If they use camel casing for their company name then don't change it.
  • Establish yourself, do good work and you won't need to interview.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself.
  • Remember, what matters changes.
Desi McAdam presents you've done the tutorials, you've built your own apps, now it's time to get hired!
Desi McAdam presents you've done the tutorials, you've built your own apps, now it's time to get hired!