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Tips and Tricks: How to find a job as a Junior Developer.

The Evelina Wahlström experience.
Jasper Henken
Intern at Codaisseur
2020-04-30
One of our beloved graduates Evelina Wahlström has been working at Loveholidays for 3 months now. You might know her from her blog series "The Raw Version". She landed a job as a junior developer in no time and we were curious how she managed to do so. We asked her to share her experience and give the rest of you a list of tips and tricks. This list will give you insightful information about how to apply for a job and what to expect.
How to find your first job as a Junior Developer Applying for your first position as a Junior Developer fresh from a Bootcamp can seem a little overwhelming. It sure did for me. And that’s why I wanted to share some tips and tricks on how to approach the ever so intimidating job search period with better confidence. Tip 1: Find YOUR StrategyWhat works for someone else, might not work for you. It’s important to think about your strengths. Are you a social butterfly? Then attending networking events might be your thing and something you might want to prioritize. Are you a bit shy, then networking is not off the tables – you can instead do it online via LinkedIn e.g. See the job search as a full-time job and try to make a plan for a week or two in advance. Set your intention for each day and make time slots for sending out CVs, writing customized Cover letters, building your portfolio, and improving your online presence on LinkedIn.
Tip 2: Make use of the given timeGo through job adverts for the positions you are applying for. Look for reoccurring keywords on both soft skills and technical/coding skills. When writing your CV and Cover letter, make sure to fit in those keywords – and match it with an experience you’ve had on a previous job for example. What if you don’t have the technical skills they’re asking for? The job searching period is an excellent opportunity to invest time in learning new skills. You don’t have to be an expert at the skill you want to put on your CV. 
Tip 3: Be creativeThink of non-conventional ways of getting a job. The truth is, a lot of jobs are never posted online, positions get filled internally or through referral. That’s why networking is SO important. I found that replying to job applications was too much of a slow process for me, so I decided to dedicate a lot of time to building my network online (in addition to the traditional sending out applications of course). 
My best tip is to go through your LinkedIn contact list and filter on industries and/or locations. There you will hopefully find people that are in the same industry as you and that might be able to link you to a person that will actually get you closer to the position you’re searching for. I would also advise you to try and connect with people that have technical positions at a company you liked, versus only connecting with people within HR. I was also on the lookout for people who had the “We’re recruiting” in their bio or something similar. In that exact way, I got in contact with the person that is now my boss. I wrote to him, a Head of Engineering with a short but informative message on who I am (+ the skills I have as a developer), what I liked about the company and asked if we could talk about an opportunity for someone like me to join a team within the company. From there on we had a meeting online and then I moved on to an in-house interview including both a technical challenge and a cultural interview.
As I was asked to do a whiteboard challenge, I prepared myself by going through some commonly asked questions and put it into a GitHub repo (https://github.com/evelinawahlstrom/whiteboard-challenge) with some tips on how to approach the situation that is the whiteboard challenge. I know it can be scary to write to people you don’t know online. But what's the worst thing that could happen? They don’t answer or they don’t have a position that’s right for you. I experienced both those scenarios. But you only need that 1 person to take a chance on you. And your career is worth putting in that extra mile for. Any questions – feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn!
Best, Evelina Wahlström

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