I’m wondering how long it’s actually going to take to get a job. I moved from a small town with no jobs outside of the service industry to a larger city in a new state (SLC). I’m blessed to actually have a phone interview in the morning with the CTO of a small SaaS company located here. But the job hunt is killing me.
I’ve been applying to everything I think I could be qualified for- not just those where I check all of the boxes. I’m doing the usual Indeed/LinkedIn/Angel.co type of sites, as well as reaching out to nearby companies directly. I consider tomorrow’s interview my first real one, because I’ve found that most jobs posted are posted by recruiters who are wasting my time, promising a lot and then ghosting me after telling me they’ll get back to me with a start date. Hell, at this point I’ve even been applying to call centers and tech support positions, and even minimum wage service jobs in the meantime.
Every time I find a job that I’m remotely qualified for, I apply immediately, but apparently so does everyone else. The company I applied for last week, that I’m interviewing for tomorrow, only had 4 applicants that week. The average number of applicants I see is somewhere between 60-100 for every opening, even the developer job I applied to that paid $12/hr had 120 applicants
I don’t have a degree in anything, which doesn’t help me, certainly. I’ve been trying to demonstrate that I’m not just someone who only picked up coding a few months ago by writing stuff on HackerNoon that delves into much harder stuff, like Assembly, security, encryption and shellcoding. Over the last year and a half, when I have been interviewed, I’ve always been told it was my security related stuff in my github that caught their attention. I’ve been building more stuff for my portfolio, and it’s expanded in the last year, which has helped a bit, but I’m not sure it’s been enough.
I’ve recently found a MeetUp page for developers here, and I’m going to try to find a way to go to meetups and network. It just seems like the barrier to entry is really, really high, because there’s TONS of people trying to get into the industry, while all the demand is for those who already have developer experience.
So those of you who actually got a job, how long did it take? What did you have to do?