Do you love coding and want to impress people as a junior developer? Even if you are a straight-A student, it is challenging to compete with the thousands of other candidates out there. You have to possess more than coding skills and a side gig to thrive as a junior developer in an enterprise. You should constantly upgrade yourself with new skills and be abreast of current developments in the tech space. What’s more? In this article at Medium, Charles Stover shares his life lessons from when he was starting his career as a programmer.
What to Imbibe as a Junior Developer
If you want to crack the junior developer interview, you must be prepared for it. Read Gayle Laakmann McDowell’s ‘Cracking the Coding Interview’. Additionally, apart from your industry-specific skills, you must be equipped with soft skills.
Look for Open-Source Projects
Working on proprietary software does not help to increase your value as a junior developer. When you are working on an open-source project, you interact with clients more often. This allows you to come up with solutions and take more ownership of your work.
Keep a Tab on Your Peers
You can stand out only if you know what you are competing against. Network on important social media platforms and forums. Answer questions, share your opinions, and keep your voice heard as a junior developer.
Update Your Resume
If you are not sure where you stand, a resume is the best way to jot down your achievements. Sync it with your online professional accounts. But remember to make it crisp rather than lengthy and self-absorbed.
Learn About Your Aptitude
When you are interviewing for a junior developer position, recruiters will ask you to describe yourself first. Understand what you want from life and the appetite you have to learn things. Otherwise, they will see right through you if you falsify things.
Prepare for the Interview
Many make the mistake of going to an interview without making so much as a background check on the interviewing company. Make a mental note of the projects you were involved with. Data is king. If you can show the results of the projects from an objective viewpoint, the hiring managers will tangibly believe in your accomplishments.
To view the original article in full, click on the following link: https://charles-stover.medium.com/become-the-junior-developer-that-companies-want-to-hire-c539f4c236d8