Getting a Front-End Developer Job
Table of Contents
IntroductionJerome Hardaway walks through the course outline and talks about Vets Who Code which is an organization that helps veterans learn to code.
The Three Hiring UsersJerome explains that frontend developers will encounter three types of users when applying for a job. The three users are bots or automated systems which scan a resume, the HR representative who may or may not have technical knowledge, and developers who have the technical expertise.
Technologies to Give You an EdgeJerome describes the knowledge that give a junior frontend engineer a career jump-start, namely design systems, web accessibility, understanding at least one serverless technology and usage of APIS.
Building Your Resume
Building Your ResumeJerome demonstrates why creating a strong introductory pitch that is well written and full of relevant keywords is a crucial first step when building a resume. Jerome provides some resources for improving writing skills and spends some time writing an introductory pitch from scratch.
EducationJerome recommends including education and degree information after the introductory pitch if the education is relevant. If the education experience is not relevant it is best practice to mention it later on the resume or omit it completely.
Showing ExperienceJerome explains why experience is the most important component of a resume. Prioritize work experience that showcases skills and understanding in the most relevant technologies. Also highlight experience that involved critical soft skills which are transferable to the technology sector.
VolunteeringJerome suggests using volunteer work as another way to add experience to a resume, and when including volunteer work on a resume, list the technologies used and the impact of the work.
Resume Q&AJerome answers questions from the audience. Questions include how to handle periods of unemployment, bad relationships with previous employers, how much experience to include on a resume, and whether or not to build an interactive resume.
Employer-Ready Github ProfileJerome shares some tips and resources for making a Github profile look more polished and professional. There are plugins available which add statistics and visual interest. Pinning repositories can help showcase specific projects.
Building a PortfolioJerome recommends including a contact form on a portfolio website so potential employers have an easy way to connect. A portfolio website allows frontend developers to showcase their personality alongside their work experience.
Macro to Micro ContentJerome introduces the hiring funnel, which is the cycle used for self-promotion and to get hired. The process starts with a strong presence on social media. Jerome showcases a few social media accounts of developers who are using their platforms wisely to get noticed.
Introductory Pitch PracticeJerome critiques introductory pitches submitted by students. Some common suggestion were to use "web developer" instead of "full-stack developer" and to omit years of experience or older technologies used if they aren't relevant to the current position.
Highlighting Experience PracticeJerome asks students to submit one experience item that includes the job, tools used, and impact of the work. Jerome then critiques a few of the submissions.