My 4 tips for Junior Developer candidates

At TDSOFT we receive a dozen junior CVs each day. The number of people trying to land a job in the IT world implies a need for you to stand out and attract the recruiter’s eye.

I’m lucky enough to have been around the recruitment process in our company for some time now, so I decided to share a few of my main observations on this topic in this article.

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Your GitHub profile

This is one of the very first things that the technical recruiter in the company is looking at. It’s almost the easiest way of filtering out the candidates who have done only the “to-do’s” projects.

Make sure you have any creative project that you can put in there publically.

When I sent my CV to TDSOFT, I was lucky to have a side project very close to the company’s interest. It was a barely working application showing tips on football matches, while TDSOFT turned out to be oriented at developing innovative betting products. This happened to be my silver bullet.

Obviously, I’m not suggesting creating a project for each company you send your CV to, but I believe that having something different than Bootcamp course projects in your GitHub account will give you a significant advantage over the other candidates.

Embrace your “soft” skills

In my time at TDSOFT I have seen many times that soft skills are crucial. Being a communicative person is so important these days, that it might make a crucial difference between landing a job or not.

Personally, I work in small 3 to 5 person teams. Human interactions are a significant part of every engineer’s work, so make sure you do your best in your interview. Even small talk is important 🙂

Grind your ES6 (for JavaScript candidates)

From the technical interviewer side of things… what I believe one should be looking at while interviewing a JavaScript engineer is — most of the time — ES6 knowledge and TypeScript.

Make sure you know array methods like map, filter, and reduce — those will cover at least a few of the questions asked.

Check company before attending an interview

Making yourself look like a good fit for the company from the very start of your journey is something worth spending additional 10 minutes. So before an interview, make sure to check the company’s core values, culture, and points of (business) interest. Those things are almost the entire content you’ll find on their socials, so it’s not any hidden or insider knowledge 🕵️

I believe that even if you address those four simple points can boost your chances as well as your confidence when applying to the next company 🙂

…are you still reading? How about you shoot your shot right now? Check out current openings at TDSOFT: https://tdsoft.com/en/

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