Table of Contents
IntroductionJerome Hardaway begins the course with some background about how the current job market compares to the market from a couple of years ago. The course will cover the three users job applicants need to be prepared for, how to prepare content for a portfolio, and successful networking strategies for tech newbies.
Human Resources AIJerome introduces the three gatekeepers a candidate encounters through the hiring process. Artificial intelligence is increasingly integrated into HR operations and is often used as a first-level filter for job applicants.
Hiring RecruiterJerome explains that recruiters play a crucial role in hiring since they are a bridge between the company and the candidate. A recruiter may be a primary point of contact in the initial stage of the process.
Final Boss: Dev TeamJerome shares strategies for dev team interviews. The development team has a deeper understanding of the technical requirements of a job and can better assess a candidate's skills. Recommendations for how to approach full-stack positions are also shared in this lesson.
Building a Personal Brand DatabaseJerome suggests creating a personal brand database with a cohesive and compelling narrative to showcase a candidate's unique skills, experiences, and values. Notion, Trello, and Airtable are valuable tools for creating a brand database.
Professional Summary & Work ExperienceJerome begins breaking down the components of an effective resume. A resume begins with a summary or objective statement along with contact information. Work experience should highlight how the responsibilities of previous positions directly apply to the roles a candidate is seeking.
Education ExperienceJerome shares strategies for including educational experience. Collegiate experience should be listed when seeking jobs requiring a degree. Boot camp experience should include the technologies learned and any soft skills acquired.
Skills, Projects, & CertificationsJerome finishes the resume discussion by highlighting how to include a summary of a candidate's skills, project or articles written, and certification.
Preparing Your GitHub Account
GitHub ProfileJerome explains why a GitHub profile is essential to a developer's brand. GitHub showcases coding skills, collaborations, and contributions to open-source projects. Employers often review GitHub profiles to review technical abilities and quality of work.
Pinned ProjectsJerome discusses the type of work that can be showcased as a pinned project on a GitHub portfolio. Pinned projects should be active, deployed projects with a thorough README containing a detailed description of the project and instructions for running the code.
Private Projects & Project BoardsJerome addresses the challenges faced when work experience is part of a private repo. Project boards are introduced and provide a public way to track work performed in private repositories.
Building a PortfolioJerome emphasizes the importance of a well-crafted portfolio. It is a powerful tool that helps engineers stand out from the competition and showcase their skills, experience, and projects.
Portfolio ChecklistJerome begins working through the portfolio checklist. Showcasing projects with clean code and a rich version control history indicates a candidate is prepared for real-world projects and team collaboration.
Portfolio Checklist Q&AJerome answers some initial questions about the portfolio checklist. Questions include how long it takes to create an adequate portfolio, the importance of lighthouse scores, and how to manage time and complexity when creating a portfolio.
Tracking & FormsJerome encourages adding Google Analytics or another tracking system to a portfolio to monitor traffic and engagement. Including a contact form allows potential employers to reach out and establish a line of communication quickly.
APIs, Blogs, & Responsive DesignJerome suggests leveraging an API in a portfolio. Incorporating a blog can also be a useful way to showcase technical communication skills. It is also crucial that a portfolio is viewable across all devices and screen sizes.
Performance & AccessibilityJerome recommends using Lighthouse in the Chrome Developer Tools to monitor the performance of a portfolio. A slow-loading portfolio site can negatively impact traffic and deter potential employers. Using accessibility best practices should also be prioritized over complex UI functionality.
SEO & SecurityJerome shares a few SEO tips to elevate the visibility of a portfolio. Candidates should ensure their portfolio ranks as well as possible for relevant keywords and is free of security issues like insecure or spam-like content.
Design Best PracticesJerome emphasizes the importance of using design best practices when creating a portfolio. HR decision-makers may not understand the technical details of a portfolio site however poor design techniques or illegible content may hurt a candidate's chances to move forward in the hiring process.
Error Handling, TypeScript, & Dark ModeJerome completes the portfolio checklist with suggestions for incorporating error handling and dark mode into a portfolio website. TypeScript is also a valuable skill and one in which frontend engineers should have experience.
Networking for Newbies
Informational InterviewsJerome explains that networking is a powerful tool for building connections, gaining knowledge, and advancing your career. It's a skill that helps establish relationships with mentors, find job opportunities, and stay up-to-date on industry trends.
VolunteeringJerome suggests volunteering to get involved in the industry and network with other engineers. Volunteering at tech conferences offers a unique opportunity to connect with professionals, speakers, and fellow attendees while contributing to the event's success.
Project-Based NetworkingJerome explains that project-based networking is a powerful tool to expand professional connections and build relationships within the industry.
Q&AJerome answers questions about specialization, portfolio strategies, and how to find the right job opportunities.