We can't promise and don't guarantee to get you a job. But the demand is so great and the opportunities are so broad, you can very probably get one if you can code. Here are some practical ways to go about it and improve your chances:
- Your job hunt should start on day 1 of StartFast Code. Put your desire for a new position in the headline of your LinkedIn profile. Get your classmates and instructors to write you recommendations and ask them for referrals to positions you might be good for.
- Open your mind to the many possibilities. A steady full-time job is very appealing to some. But as a developer, you have so many additional options. You'll be in demand for freelance projects. These build your portfolio as a developer and provide income and experience. You can assist a startup company. You can intern or work part-time. You might be able to get a promotion or a lateral move at your current employer.
- Every student in StartFast Code builds a portfolio webpage for themselves, highlighting their skills and their code. Make yours awesome.
- Take advantage of employers who come in to speak with the class. StartFast Code invites employers and recruiters to come in and meet you. Some offer internships, or invite our students to attend their internal meetings to see how their company works. Take advantage of every one of these opportunities.
- Participate in events. StartFast Code will introduce you to the developer community. Events like OpenHack and Hack Upstate are great opportunities to meet other developers. Also, the organizers of these events usually know all about the job opportunities that are out there. Ask them and the rest of the community to hook you up. Our StartFast Venture Accelerator can connect you with lots of startups that are looking for help. One employer event invited us to their company picnic. At each event, try to collect a few business cards from people who might have job leads. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Most of these events are free and many include food and drink.
- Start tweeting. People in tech often look twitter or Instagram. Most events have a hashtag. Tweet your participation and use the hashtag. Thank the organizer; thank the sponsors. Tweet about your projects, what you’re reading (related to), your classmates' successes (they'll retweet yours). All this shows prospective employers that you’re serious about coding and learning.
- Ask your instructors to give you mock interviews. Practice interviewing for a job so you'll be prepared when it's the real thing.
The people who get hired first tend to be the ones who work hard to have a great portfolio. Even so, it can take a few months. The people whose commitment is less usually get jobs too. They might use agencies to get freelance contracts that will help build their portfolios. Some people prefer the flexibility of freelance work. If you want a full-time job with benefits and a career path, you must get your portfolio in shape. You can and should build an impressive portfolio during StartFast Code.
Please understand that no bootcamp can guarantee an outcome, and no admissions process can avoid accepting people who fail for one reason or another. There are those that drop out during the bootcamp, or don't put in the time needed to complete the work. There are those whose requirements are too narrow (e.g. only wanting a very specific kind of job in a very specific geographic location). There are those who don't have the social skills to network and interview successfully.
Getting a full-time job at a tech company can be a long process. A typical process might be 1) apply, 2) satisfy a coding challenge, 3) in person interview(s) for cultural fit, 4) a second interview - pair program or meet an executive, then 5) an offer. This is just the way it works. If you plan on this process going in, you won't be put-off when they don't immediately offer you a job the first time you walk in the door. It can take 2-3 months.
During the interview process, people will certainly ask “what are you working on now?” Even if you've finished the bootcamp, you need to continue working on coding projects. Employers expect that you're interested in learning more than what you just learned in StartFast Code. That's why it's so great to take a small freelance project that lets you practice your skills while earning some money. Of if you prefer, take on a coding or design project of your own choosing, or teach yourself a new skill or language.
StartFast Code is committed to helping you achieve your goals. We firmly believe that the harder you work, the luckier you'll get.