06 Jun 2020
Don’t be another applicant who doesn’t stand out from the hundreds of candidates.
While preparing your CV and a cover letter pay attention to details.
The recruiter should see that you really want to work with them. Write something about the company and the position you apply for. Don’t send the same CV to multiple companies. Personalising your CV is the best way to stand out.
Show that it matters to you who you will work for. After all, you don’t want to find whichever job as a junior developer. The atmosphere, a company’s mission or the duties are also important to you.
Get acquainted with all the requirements for the chosen position. Try to possibly enrich your knowledge and skills if you don’t meet the must-have section. don’t take the easy way, do more and gain abilities that are listed in the nice-to-have section. While you don’t have to know every of the required skills, be prepared to be asked about them.
Words themselves are not very convincing. Instead of listing a bunch of skills that you have, try showing them in the project you’ve created.
It doesn’t have to be a huge application. It doesn’t have to be finished. If you don’t have any idea for the project, create a clone of popular applications available on the Internet.
The most important part is presenting all the skills you possess. Especially the ones which are listed in the requirements on the position you apply for.
Even if you don’t have any experience, it’s good to start leaving a trail on the Internet.
Sign up on LinkedIn and gradually build your community.
Use GitHub to store your projects and code. You should share all your accomplishments when applying for a new position.
If you think about creating a blog or a YouTube channel, do it! It doesn’t have to be perfect - your goal is to learn and show a great attitude.
Visit the company website, social media and try to get acquainted with what the company does, what projects it runs and what technology it uses. Not only will it help you prepare questions you may ask, but also show recruiters that you put in some effort and prepared for the interview.
Seize each opportunity to enrich your knowledge, get to know people from the industry or even the company you’d like to work for.
Check if your dream company organizes local meetups or workshops. Join these events so you can meet the developers who work there and have a chat with them.
Do write a cover letter. It’s hard to present your skills, motivation and attitude in your CV. That’s why a cover letter gives you an opportunity to make the recruiter interested. Show them that you are the person that they are looking for.
Read both your CV and the cover letter several times. Try to remove all typos, fix the indentations, normalize the font and its size keeping these two documents readable, smart and neat.
Be positive no matter what. A job interview is stressful for both sides.
Most candidates mainly focus on technical skills forgetting that attitude is just as important.
Technical skills can be quickly learned on the job, especially in the junior roles, but if the recruiters see a hard-working attitude and willingness to learn, you’ll score additional points.
There are many questions which appear on each job interview. They are usually connected with your experience, interests, materials you use for learning or the projects you’ve done.
Be prepared. Practice answers in front of a mirror to make sure that they are clear and consistent. Don’t let yourself be surprised.
For other questions try to answer in as many details as you can, but don’t digress. If there’s a need don’t be afraid of speaking about problems and failures.
When the time for asking questions comes, don’t hesitate. Ask about everything. Really.
After all, you want to know about the company’s projects, style of working and the responsibilities on the position. As you don’t have much experience, I guess that you wonder what support you’ll receive from your co-workers. Find out how the work of junior developers looks like during the first weeks.
Even if you won’t be hired for some reason, don’t give up. Ask for feedback, follow the guidance, brush up your skills and fill in the gaps in knowledge and try again in a few months.
Companies seek self-motivated and determined people. If someone improves their skills according to the feedback and tries again, they’ll have much higher chances. It shows that a candidate is able to draw conclusions from constructive criticism and improve their skills, and what’s more, they really want to work in a specific company.