I finished software engineering boot camp earlier this year and haven’t been able to land a job yet. Any advice

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Work on personal projects. Keep applying and keep doing interviews with any and all companies. Possibly even apply for interships. I applied to something like 100 jobs for my first software eng role, and did 30 something phone screens and 3 onsites before i landed one. It took almost a year. Good luck!

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I graduated from a bootcamp last year. It took me exactly 1 year from seeing my first line of code to actually landing a job.

What’s your financial situation like? Can you continue the job search without immediate financial need? What have you been struggling with in the interview process? How much effort are you putting in on a daily basis? Where are you applying? So many details that help with targeting your areas to improve upon.

To be honest, I barely got into the bootcamp (failed 2/3 attempts), I barely graduated the bootcamp, and I got denied by 450 jobs. My friend ended up connecting me with a cool startup (when all hope was lost) and the questions they asked (easy leetcode) were ones I had practiced just enough to ace the interview.

I studied for 4 hours a day and applied to 10 jobs every day. I focused solely on leetcode because it felt like that was what the majority of my technical screenings were about. I was totally honest in every application and never lied about my experience. Most people denied me immediately when I told them my background as a yoga teacher, tour guide etc with 0 computer experience, but I knew the right place would see value in me when the time was right.

And that’s exactly what happened. I landed a job with the exact type of company I had dreamed of when starting the journey, with the exact pay I imagined ($110 in SF) AND the exact expectations I had laid out in terms of my abilities.

All of this is to say that it is possible, no matter where you come from. In my opinion, don’t waste time on take homes, focus on one thing to get good enough at that you can pass the interview, and the rest you’ll learn on the job. Someone will take a chance on you…and then you’re in.

But echoing everyone, it’s continuous learning and humble reminders that we hardly know anything. Tune out the noise, focus on passing a technical interview, and move on to the next step.

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Open source. Hackerrank. Leetcode

Being a developer means a career of continuous learning. Doesn't end when you graduate anything

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That's definitely a good point, don't go to a random project and waste their time. But there are projects that are a lot more accessible to newer devs like the Mozilla foundation. of course having your own projects is the best look though

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1. Add fake experience to your resume.
2. Easy apply to like 500+ jobs on LinkedIn
3. You will bomb about first 20 interviews but then you'll know basically what they will test you on.

You will have many offers to choose from in about a week.

PS refuse to do any algorithm style interviews or take home projects. After I wasted 80+ hours on a take home I was very upfront with every recruiter and said no take homes or algorithm style questions. Most said ok and if they didn't I had too many to choose from anyway

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If someone asks you about your previous comp, don't lie. Say no, I'd rather not tell you that. If they pressure you, take that as a red flag and drop from the process.

Frankly none of their business and a sign they're looking to underpay you.

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Network, network, network. Grow your skills, learn new tech. I am in a Slack channel where bootcamp grads talk about getting hired, and the single thing that was the deciding factor was their network.

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Get more education.

I don't know you, but do you have any idea how many people there are right now who have completed a boot camp?

I don't mean to be harsh, but that is reality. I've also worked with developers who come out of boot camp.

Not a single one was actually prepared to work at a real business. So you have reputation working against you.

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Lol this debate on whether a bootcamp is good or not is a waste of time. I did a bootcamp, Lambda School(Bloomtech now) I got a job within 3 months after finishing.

My absolute best tip I’ve told other bootcamp grads. Don’t JUST apply for SWE, Front-end, Back-end, full-stack roles of that titles. Those titles specifically, are extremely saturated by new CS and bootcamp grads applications. Apply for technical support engineer, sales engineer, solutions engineer, etc these roles are technical, pay well, and will get you in the door. You will have an extremely higher chance of getting an interview through these roles over the former since new grads honestly don’t know these roles exist.

I’m a prime example of utilizing this tip. My first role in tech was a solutions engineer and within my company I was able to transition to SWE. Now I’m a SWE II at the very same company.

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Look for junior level roles at companies big enough to provide good mentorship. You'll learn far more in that environment than in one where you're on your own. After a year or two you'll be in a much better position to look for roles at companies you actually want to work at.

Keep learning, as others said.

When interviewing, be honest about your experience and showcase being eager (and quick) to learn, because that's what they're looking for in junior hires. They don't want to invest valuable mentor time in a candidate who isn't going to grow into a valuable contributor in a timely manner.

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What would impress people the most from a candidate with no prior experience is a url to their github/portfolio showcasing a project they are passionate about e.g. a full stack web app deployed on containers that leverages CI/CD pipelines. This is eye catching for recruiters and also gives you talking points when you have technical discussions with the engineers. I should also add that 1 really good project > 3 average hello world projects

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While this would definitely be very impressive, be careful about not setting too high of an expectation for yourself. This quickly starts getting into stuff that typically requires mid- and senior-level folks at larger companies to set up. Granted, we’re working with projects considerably more complicated than a “Hello World”, but our junior engineers often get lost when you dive them into so many layered stacks of technology. I don’t mean to discourage you from trying, but know that this stuff is hard, and I’ve seen the inexperienced burn out from trying to dive in too fast (even as their actual full-time job). But you absolutely would get good points for being able to talk meaningfully to what happens in those layers (it just isn’t realistically expected at a junior level).

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Write more code and continue to broaden your skills. For many, but not all, bootcamp graduates, there seems to be this idea that the domain of software engineering and what is considered relevant these days is building web apps but that couldn't be further from the truth. I get it, everybody wants to romanticize the idea of hitting it big by simply learning React or something but you shouldn't put all of your eggs in one basket, especially if you're first starting out. Go back, and get a good grasp on fundamental concepts and try to understand the ci/cd process. Learn as much as you can and keep interviewing. I know it's hard, but eventually you'll land the job you're looking for and will be in a lot better shape than those who try to find shortcuts.

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I got my first development job before I got my CS degree. There are many non traditional paths into the industry

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I’m sorry and I know how it sounds, but if you can play any minority cards - play them and emphasize.
If you are a White or Asian male and looking for a junior position is tech now and you are not absolutely brilliant - I don’t really have an advice other than “become brilliant”. But it’s tough without opportunity to get an experience.
From my experience, for junior positions your “diversity points” became pretty much all that matter. It’s not a merit based hiring. Of course it’s not true for each company, but for a lot of them.
In one FAANG company we as a team interviewed about 300 fresh grad candidates in a year, among them there were not a single White or Asian male CV, they were just filtered out by HRs on entrance.
Good luck.

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Name, accent, university that they graduated from, picture on a video call. Come on, folks, don’t pretend to be stupid.

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NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK! Utilize the power of LinkedIn, Meetups, Twitter, and Eventbrite in tandem. One thing that worked for me is I started sharing my journey on all my socials. One day I told a guy I used to sing with in choir congratulations on his recent engagement. That guy happened to be over a program that specifically scouted bootcamp and recent college/university grad tech talent. He’d seen my story but didn’t know where I was in my journey. We connected and caught up and the rest is history.

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Whatever you do, don't spend all your time applying for jobs. Your time needs to be balanced between learning/coding, networking, and applying with the understanding that the former two will pay more dividends.

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Why haven't you beenn able to land a job? Are you getting interviews? Are you failing code tests? Are you bombing soft skills? Are you aapplyong?

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Are you having trouble getting interviews or passing interviews?

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Build something.

If this is what you want to do, then do it. You'll continue to learn and have something to show.

questionable analogy:
You wouldn't expect a professional sports team to offer you a role after you learned how to play the game attending one sports camp. Show them you can play, however, and they won't care how you learned to play.

From my personal experiences the hardest part is breaking into a field for the first time. Ten years ago I made the switch into tech with a Business degree, few took me seriously and I didn’t have a hook to hang my hat on. What did I do? I took a couple masters software engineering courses to show that I had some level of technical competence and then sold myself to a smaller company. I didn’t sell my strong technical skills or some fancy project either (probably should have looking back), but I did sell my willingness to learn, my analytical/problem solving skills and my tireless work ethic. During my interview I said to them “I know others may have more on paper, but I’m so confident in my abilities let me have a trial period if you have doubts.” Mind you I was interviewing for a full time position. Not the fanciest job, but it got me into the door and taught me more than I could have imagined. My point is, be willing to focus on your strengths and to take the not so perfect first job to get in the door. All you need is an opportunity we all learn the real stuff on the job. Good luck!

As someone who hires engineers, if I see someone with no real work experience, I am looking for side projects.

Do a project related to a hobby or passion. Write software to solve a problem you have. It'll teach you about real world engineering and it solves a problem for you!

(I still use a script I wrote to figure out who had been eliminated from the playoffs in my fantasy football league).

Perhaps, but you also have more tolerance for mistakes, and you have more choice on the tasks you work on since there's no manager saying he won't pay you if you don't do what he wants 😁

Bad economy in this field right now, industry laying off thousands. I would chalk your experience to bad timing. Keep your skills up to date and be flexible in your job search would be my advice!

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