Following my post from a few weeks ago, I have now completed the Dynamic Web Apps and after giving my portfolio a little more polish I believe I’m ready to begin applying for jobs.
My portfolio: sean-smith.me
TL;DR — I just drove from Knoxville to San Francisco and finished the core projects in FCC and my portfolio and I’m now looking for a job as a React developer. I’m hoping to network in the local communities to find a job.
I’m currently in San Francisco and I am very keen on working here, or, possibly in Seattle. Also, each of my web apps is a React/Redux single-page application and I absolutely love working with React so I think my best strategy moving forward is to look for and find a position as a React developer on the front end.
I hope the FCC community (especially @P1xt and others I’ve corresponded with here and there) can provide some feedback on my projects and portfolio, as well as general advice moving forward. A note on my portfolio itself: I wanted to make a clean and straightforward personal site which gives the viewer all they need to know about me in a very concise way. So, that’s what I did, my portfolio page is essentially:
Who I am
What I’ve learned
What I’ve coded
How to contact/learn more about me
It’s hosted through GitHub Pages and I have done my best to optimize the file size of the images for each of my projects, but I’m aware they still tend to load a little slowly.
A note on my current situation & learning process: My original plan was going to have me begin looking for employment in Spring of next year. But let’s just say life gets in the way and I decided to accelerate everything forward a little. I am very confident in my skills and although I know I could continue to learn a lot more, I think I have learned enough at this point for an entry level position.
Also, if you take a look at my activity on GitHub, you will see a giant span of inactivity around August to October of this year. That marked my completion of the Data Viz Certificate and transition into watching MOOCs and reading books very heavily. I watched over 8 full semester courses and read about 10 books during this time. I definitely learned a TON from doing this and it served as a very usual supplement to FCC, however, my core knowledge and skills still come from the code I’ve written for the FCC projects.
Also a note on the non-profits: I still absolutely want to continue with FCC and contribute to the non-profit projects, but for the moment my focus has to become finding a job.
Now, here is my strategy for finding a job. Roughly in this order of priorities I am going to:
- Try to network in the local community here, e.g. by attending meetups, events, and really just trying to meet developers in any way I can.
- Search for job posting very specific to my skill set (i.e. React and i.e. through AngelList) and apply selectively for these (that is to say I’m not going to just fire applications at every job posting I see).
- Consider working with recruiters/hiring agencies (e.g. Triplebyte) which facilitate your introduction to companies (I would love to hear advice on this point if anyone has any).
Regarding my time frame, I definitely need to find a job sooner rather than later. However, I would like to achieve the best possible outcome for this situation and I know this may require a little patience. What I mean is, I don’t want to blindly accept the first offer I get. So, I’m willing to wait a little to accomplish my goal (within reason).