5 Steps to Landing a Software Development Job

Posted On: March 15, 2016

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You need a solid portfolio that stands out from the rest to land that software development job, along with a Github profile that lists your own projects and open source contributions.

College graduation is looming and reality is setting in. You need to start looking for a job pronto or you’ll end up back at your parents’ house for the summer. If that doesn’t scare you into getting it together, nothing will.

R+L Carriers has the 5 steps to landing a software development job. So let’s get started.

Clean Up Your Social Media

First things first. You’re a professional now so you have to act like it. Check all of your social media accounts and pretend you’re an employer that’s checking you out. After you let that sink in for a minute and start sweating, delete all inappropriate content and consider adding some new content. What do we mean? Link to interesting articles you’ve read about programming and show employers how you keep up with interesting trends in the industry. Doing so could give you the extra edge over another candidate.

Start Blogstorming

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Drop off your resume in person to companies you want to work for and make a great first impression.

You need a blog if you don’t have one already. More importantly, you need a developer blog. It’s the place to direct employers so they get a glimpse into your work and how you think about all things technology. Plan on at least two to three posts, tutorials on different software subjects and reviews of different concepts about which you’ve learned. Let your future employer know you’re on the ball.

Provide a Portfolio

You need a solid portfolio that stands out from the rest, along with a Github profile that lists your own projects and open source contributions. It can consist of everything from well thought out code snippets you’ve written to comprehensive web applications you’ve designed. The icing on the cake?  Put the portfolio on your own personally designed website that includes a short biography
and explains what kinds of roles and challenges you seek in your next job opportunity. This is sure to impress any prospective employer.

How to Stand Out

If you land a software development job interview, do your homework. Show up with a list of clients the company already has and ask relevant questions about the work they do for those clients. Then offer suggestions on what you would do differently with those clients and watch them salivate over your words as you talk.

Pound that Software Development Job Pavement

Now what? Don’t wait for your cell phone to start ringing off the hook. Be a go getter and go pound that software development job pavement. Drop off your resume in person to companies you want to work for and make a great first impression.

R+L Carriers is looking for talented entry level software developers! Being family owned and operated for 50 years, we see each employee as a member of our family. We offer a work environment that is fun and challenging. If you’re looking for a software development position in a company that values family, apply today for a position in our IMT Department at career.rlcarriers.com/imt.

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