How to get hired as a coder

"Programming is one of the highest paying and most in-demand careers you can find these days—and it doesn’t require a four-year degree." according to LifeHacker. While many employers state in their job requirements that they're looking for candidates with a university Computer Science degree plus 2-5 years experience, most will give people a chance at the entry level because the need is so great. These days, with the cost of college rising, many just can't afford the time and cost of getting a degree.

Comparative costs of getting trained as a coder via various means.

Comparative costs of getting trained as a coder via various means.

Whether you're looking for full time employment, or part-time or freelance work, first impressions are meaningful. To make up for the lack of a Computer Science degree and 5 years experience, you need to build credibility. Fortunately, there are some relatively easy ways to do that. Set up a personal portfolio website, and sell yourself by showcasing the websites and web applications you’ve created in your 6 months learning coding. Also make sure that you create or update your profiles on:

  • LinkedIn
  • Upwork
  • Stackoverflow
  • GitHub

The second option is to accept an internship or part-time job – one that makes use of everything you’ve learned, with a startup or local employer. You're looking to get real work experience, pick up another mentor (your CTO or VP Development) and of paramount importance, get a written reference (one you can use on your Linkedin Profile).

You must also create an up to date professional resume. Please don't take shortcuts with this step. Here's a great article on creating your resume.

At StartFast Code, we create many opportunities for you to meet prospective employers, as well as exclusive offers for internships, working with startups and freelance work. We also bring in recruiters to work with you. A little preparation goes a long way.