So I completed the Front End Dev portion of FCC last June. After that, I took part in a backend boot camp (which is when I decided I wasn’t interested in backend). Started applying for Front End Dev jobs.
A year later, I’ve had four sit down interviews. I’ve had a multitude of phone interviews with corporate recruiters who love my resume and feel like I’d be a good fit (“I’m going to pass you along to the department manager!”) only to either never hear back or get the, “We went in a different direction.” Of all my sit down interviews, I only really felt like one didn’t go well (I had just got back from a long trip and was still pretty groggy). I always feel like I click with the interviewer. I get emails and calls from the usual recruitment companies like Inceed and Robert Half almost daily, but nothing comes of it.
During this process, I’ve done the following to improve my chances:
- revamped my portfolio site, as well as adding links to all my code samples to github
- revamped my resume to be more compact and use more “active” language that shows the benefit of having me as a team member
- revamped my cover letters in a similar fashion to the resume
- started taking courses on codeschool.com
- attended some meetups
- applied for some UX/UI jobs hoping to get my foot in the door
- started rolling more of what I’ve learned in codeschool.com into my existing code examples
Sort of at my wit’s end. I’ve been in graphic design/web design for a long time, but the money is terrible where I live (OKC). I’m bored with the work and want a new challenge, hence the Front End Dev path. Part of me wonders if my age is hurting my chances (I just turned 45).
Looking for feedback, encouragement, etc. Here’s my website, if you’re interested: www.mikemorkes.com