So I’ve posted before about my struggle in landing my first Web Dev job (no patient to rehash it all here, but my post history has the details and there are no more than a few posts so far).
Advice that I see here on FCC forum and elsewhere say conflicting things. On the one hand I should just apply anyway, even when a particular job is “senior” level and has a smorgasbord of requirements listed. But this invariably just gets me rejections.
I hear that I shouldn’t lie, and just be humble: To just tell prospective employers “yeah, I have no actual experience in this field, but have been studying it a lot and have skills to show and am willing to learn blah blah blah”. But this doesn’t work.
I’ve put “Web Developer: December 2018 - present” (or other starting dates), just so that I’m not dismissed out-of-hand, but then when I do get the rare response from recruiters, they ask specific questions, and I end up waffling when trying to substantiate questions about my job “experience”, and they tell me sorry the client employer wants this expert level of (fill in the blank- Angular, Node, whatever), and that I’m not qualified. So, just now I took that “job” off my past employment on my LinkedIn profile (just look up my name if you’re wanting to see it).
I’m currently taking the FCC curriculum but I can’t wait till I’m absolutely done with it over a year from now if I’m lucky. I know I’m skilled enough to at least get an entry-level web dev job, but I’m just going to continue to get dismissed out-of-hand by anywhere I apply to.
My website is just my CodePen, randykomforty.info. A lot of it’s rough around the edges but it’s stuff I made myself from scratch, stuff I’m proud of, stuff that’s interesting, stuff that shows an above-mediocre skill level wrt my coding ability. It’s not much but it’s all I’ve got, and I can’t expect it to be dazzling and perfect prior to getting my -FIRST- web dev job. That’s absolutely ridiculous.
I’m not expecting to get a job from complaining about it either. I want to get a job based on my own merits.
I know no one owes me a job and I’m saying this up front to dismiss any inevitable “no one owes you a job” reply here (just in case).