Great job! I hope I can become a front-end developer soon too!
Congratulations. Its good to see self taugh people getting somewhere.
u rock. Thanks for taking the time to share
Thanks so much for sharing your story! It’s posts like this that keep me focused and determined. I too will be a developer some day. Congratulations on your success!
Awesome post and awesome community. I feel that I’m exactly where I want to be. As someone who has done several previous jobs that I didn’t even care about, I know how much uncomfortable that can feel. It really gives me joy and motivation when I read stories like yours. We are all in this for many good reasons. My best advice for anyone who is just starting out is to focus on the reasons why you want to break into web development. The road is steep but we as a community we back each other up to make things easier.
I wish you all the best in your new job, Lupe. Remember to keep sharing with us all the important things you’ve learned in the process.
Really helpful to hear about your journey, thanks for sharing
Great Job @gcamacho079! Congrats! The portfolio looks great. I also like that band page.
Thank you for sharing these, I’m still on my journey with FCC and hoping for the best ahead. Enjoy this new path.
Congratulations!!! Thats unbelievably awesome very happy for you and to hear the news. Your writing is very nice and organize i can only imagine how beautifully organized your code is! Very cool and thank you for posting all of this and your comments about the interview process its very kind and helpful of you. Hope you do great in your future endeavors! Have a great night and have fun at your job!
Many Congratulations! I’m just starting as a 28 year old Chemical Engineering Graduate. I also graduated in 2014 and was on a job for 3 and half years. Now that I quit from the job and want to be a programmer. Thanks much for the inspiring writeup. Wish all the best for your future endeavors.
Ahh your story inspires me!
Congrats! I saw on your portfolio that you’re based in Portland! My partner and I are going to be moving there in a few months from the Midwest. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on what the programming job market is like there? What resources did you use to look for positions to apply to?
Awesome, future welcomes to Portland! The programming market is pretty good here. I actually jumped back into the job market last month and was able to snag a brand new front-end position within a week of submitting resumes, so it’s not a slow market by any means.
A few resources:
- Stay on top of the job postings at Portland Tech Jobs
- Be sure to check out Calagator for tech meetups, networking events, tech talks, etc.
- Follow the Portland Tech Jobs Twitter
My most recent job hunting success was with ZipRecruiter, so I’d give that a try if you haven’t already.
That’s awesome news Thanks for your time!
I like your website. simple yet appealing.
Muchas felicidades LUPE!!!
Que orgullo para ti saber que estas llegando tan lejos!
Podrias poner un update de como te esta yendo en tu trabajo?
Hey I have a question i know my projects and my website looks good(I really am not trying to sound like i am boasting ) but my problem is that no company checks out my website due to my resume does not show enough experience I was wondering did you have any work experience to put on your resume? Or maybe did you put a description of your projects to show your experience? Hope to hear from you.
This is where cover letters really shine. When I was applying, I completely tore apart the job listings and responded to every point they mentioned.
This is where you can really stand out, since so many people blast their resume to every company out there without taking the time to write a targeted cover letter. Even if you haven’t worked in the field before, outlining your competencies and the things you’ve built with technologies mentioned in the ad can really put you ahead of the crowd.
I’m part of the hiring process and applicant screening at my current company , and it’s given me so much perspective on the entire hiring process. A targeted cover letter and resume can make or break the application.
Here’s an example of a cover letter I might have written to get my first position (I cobbled this together from several iterations of cover letters to various companies):
I was excited to see your opening for an awesome junior front-end developer. The junior front end developer role looks like it would be an excellent match for my background and interests. I’ve been learning development for a little over a year through freeCodeCamp and The Odin Project and I would love to join up with the ____ team to create some amazing products. I know I’d be the perfect fit for the position, and here’s why:
- Creating best-practice, responsive web pages based on high-fidelity mockups
- Utilizing user stories to create web applications built with Twitch, Wikipedia, and other popular APIs
- Designing and coding a 5-day weather forecast widget using geolocation and weather APIs
- Implementing mobile and desktop-friendly UIs based on media queries
I’m always learning and looking for opportunities to level up my skills, and I’m committed to clean code and about implementing web accessibility and best practices. While I don’t have a computer science degree, I do have a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (chemistry) with some graduate coursework under my belt. Overall, I’m dedicated to personal development and continual learning and bring my best work to any position.
I’d love to get a chance to work with your team to _____(insert whatever here).
Thanks so much, and I hope we can schedule time to talk further about how I might be an asset to your team!
Definitely detail your personal projects in your resume. It might seem silly since it’s not ‘real’ work experience, but first and foremost, you’re trying to sell yourself, your skills, your passion, and your future commitment to the position.