How to Get a Web Developer Job

Geek Grad: How to Land a Web Developer Job

Tech-minded 2012 grads are eager to pursue a job in web or computer programming, named one of the year's top 10 best jobs. We spoke to a web development recruiter for tips on landing that first entry-level job. From the most important coding languages to industry expectations, check out these tips to get closer to your web developing dreams.

Education

  • Earn the degree: Almost all web developers have some sort of degree in computer science, whether that's an associate's or bachelor's degree. However, it's not necessary to pursue a career in web developing. What is important is becoming proficient in coding languages.
  • Learn coding languages outside of school: A solid computer science education is important, but mastering the ins and outs of coding requires time outside the classroom to teach yourself more than just the basics.
  • Develop your passions: Some developers are more visual and prefer front-end engineering (building visible products/creating code that runs in browsers) while others may prefer back-end engineering (writing the code on the server). Develop your skill set according to your interests; it'll get you through future long nights of coding!
  • Learn the languages: Front-end engineers should know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Back-end engineers are best off with PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, Database Skills, Sql, Drupal, Ruby, Django, Cake PHP, and Spring knowledge.

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Extracurricular

  • Create your own blog: Beyond school, expand your skill levels by working on outside projects that showcase your talent. Create your own blog — better yet, a blog that covers your interest in web/app developing.
  • Get active in the coding community: Participate in GitHub or Stack Overflow communities. The more submissions you make to open source coding, the stronger your job application will be.
  • Intern and freelance: Find a way to use your skills in the professional sphere, whether it's helping to build websites for other students or gaining real-world experience through an internship.

Résumé and Interview Tips

  • Remember your buzz words: Don't copy and paste your coursework onto your résumé. Employers look for key words that detail your experience and knowledge of certain coding languages.
  • Be specific: Describe your experience with coding languages and specific projects that you developed.
  • Go to job fairs: Going to job fairs is the easiest way to meet tech recruiters. Express your interests and expertise, because even if the recruiter doesn't have a position you qualify for now, they might consider you for a future position if you are truly memorable.
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