Here’s my story, in 2009 I started dabbling with html/css for fun during my last year of high school. I enjoyed being able to design something on paper and code it to a real web project. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to do this for fun while working at a factory until 2012. Early 2012, I enrolled in college for an associates in Graphic Design (big mistake) because I had assumed that graphic design was a sub for web design at the time. That was not the case. So here I am in 2014 graduating with an associates in Graphic Design. After college, I continued to pursue learning front end development on my own in my spare time while working full time paving roads for the state.
I was miserable paving roads because I knew it wasn’t for me. I eventuall made enough money by the end of 2015 to where I could live on my savings for the next year while paying rent etc and learning to become a front end developer professionally. This wasn’t the case, I actually ended up realizing I was still not good enough after a year of learning. Now its 2016, and I have gotten a part time job so that I can still have ample time to study and work towards a career. I did this all through 2016.
Now its February of 2017 and I landed a front end dev position for a startup. I was with them building reusable web components mostly with Polymer.js and was let go in December because they were a startup and lost their funding. At the same time, I also did a 3 month dual website project for another company as well, but their more IT focused so they didn’t have any more ongoing work for me. Now I’m unemployed for the start of 2018 and I revamp my resume, get tons of good feedback on it and my portfolio website, and I still haven’t been able to land a job. I have applied to hundreds of places on sites such as LinkedIn, Remote.co, AngelList, Indeed, WeWorkRemotely, and the local Craigslist as well. I can’t seem to figure out what the issue actually is on why I cant even land a junior position.
Overall, I’m losing hope and it’s been almost 4 months unemployed now and I have been applying to everything in my area, as well as out of state, remote, contract, full time and part time. I’m at my wits end and have no idea where to turn. I am looking for suggestions on how I can overcome this problem and land a job. Im looking for a position with a company that I can grow with for the long-term as well. Im not looking for a job, but looking for a career.
A link to my portfolio site is below - in case you would like to look at it for feedback or anything else. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My website - http://garrettschultz.me/