How to Land Coding Job When You Have NO Experience

We often hear people say, “You need a job to get experience, but you also need experience to get a job”. This is true in most cases since recruiters often prefer hiring those who are experienced in their field. According to the NACE Job Outlook survey, nearly all (91 percent) employers said they prefer their candidates to have work experience, and 65 percent of the total group indicated that they prefer their candidates to have relevant work experience. In addition, as far as how a graduate’s work experience was gained, more than half of the survey respondents prefer that it comes from an internship or co-op. 

The good thing is, the programming field is so broad that you can even start your job search with no job experience in a big co-op or internship. However, there are two requirements you should meet here: First, you need to find an employer who is willing to hire coders or programmers who have a little less experience. Why “little less”? Because the second requirement is that you need to upskill your skills by doing some gig work. 

What is gig work? 

In a simple term, gig is a freelance job where a person works for themselves. This is different from freelancing because gig jobs do not need to sign a contract with a company. Gig workers are completely self-employed. 

By doing gig work, you can fill a special gap in the software engineering industry. This typically takes on jobs that are too small, too specialised, or too experimental to warrant hiring a full-time employee. Therefore, employers usually turn to gig-freelancers when they need to get a temporary job done. 

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Why should you do gig jobs? 

Doing gig jobs will not give you full perks and benefits like full-time employees. You will not receive benefits, 401K pension, huge paycheck or even job security. So, why still doing this? Wouldn’t it better to stick with a job hunt? 

Gigs are usually small and only require a few hours or a week to finish a project as employers usually do not want to hire gig freelancers for a long time. Yet, there are some employers who will use your service on repeat if you are proven to have the ability to meet their expectations. The work also requires less experience to complete. 

Gigs can also give you an opportunity to work for a lot of different people and on a lot of different projects. This is a great opportunity to do some exploration to find out what you truly like, whether it would be coding audio players, games, live streaming or video conferencing, etc. 

In short, employers do not have long-term commitments between you and them. No employee badges are printed, and no HR department should be involved. The job is pretty easy as you can do with less experience. The job will also teach you how to build trust, relationships, and meet the client’s expectations. All of these will help your job search easier. 

Who will hire gig-workers then? 

Your clients can range from entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs who are looking to build a proof of concept for an idea to individuals who have programming problems. These individuals usually have a low budget to start hiring experienced workers, thus, they turn to gig freelancers. 

How to start? 

Gig jobs are promising but there are a few things you should pay attention to if you want your gigs run smoothly. 

  • Find the right marketplace 

There are numerous gig markets out there. If you register to the wrong one, it will be tough for you to get the right clients. Typically, there are three niche markets: geographical focus, technological focus, and problem-space focus. These three are good to start, yet each of them has its own advantage for you. 

  • Geographical focus is usually built for local communities, meaning you can find entrepreneurs or clients in your local communities. You can easily meet them around your state. 
  • Technological focus focuses on particular technologies. This is good for you if you have some experience or knowledge about a broad range of technology. 
  • Problem-space focus is a targeted gig which can be broken down into a broad of freelancing sites, such as software marketplace, writer marketplace, or developer marketplace. 
  • Apply for the gigs 

After targeting your niche, it is time to start the search. First, you need to apply to freelance websites such as upwork.com or freelance.com. Then, have a conversation with an employer and convince them that you can solve their problem. You might be required to send an email or fill a form but it does not weigh more as long as you can build a trusted communication with your targeted employer. 

In your conversation, it is vital to let them know that you can solve their problem, how many hours or long it will take to solve it, and why you are a good match for them. You can include a few links to your past projects that are similar to what the client looks for. 

But I am new and I have no similar project, what should I do? If you have this question, it should not stop you. Instead, you can take this as your advantage by letting the client know that you are new to the freelancing world so that is why your rate is so low. You can also tell them that you need the project to build up a good portfolio. However, emphasise that even if you are new, you have a lot of experience in the particular industry. Remember your past experience when you help your friends or build a project with your friends, etc. 

  • Follow up 

Last but not least, always have a follow-up conversation with your clients. Whether it is about a new project or just want to get in touch with them for future collaboration. The follow up is the most essential that helps you build a wider relationship with like-minded people. 

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Jobs in-Demand in 2019: LinkedIn Survey

According to a data, college graduates are at risk of underemployment or unemployment. “Unemployment and underutilisation of human capital suffered by college graduates who began their careers during and following the great recession if unprecedented,” as mentioned in the data. It implies that as a job seeker, unfortunately, you might have to face challenges in finding your dream job.

While job market might not seem really good these days,  LinkedIn data shows there are some promising jobs you can get in 2019. Many recruiters are looking for talented individuals to fill in these positions. Based on the data, these positions come with high salaries, significant number of jobs openings in year following, and more likely to lead to a promotion.

So, without further ado, here are the most demanded jobs of 2019, see if your dream job is amongst them.

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Site reliability engineer

Median base salary: ±$200,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 72 percent

Skill(s) needed: Linus Software Development, Python, Cloud Computing, and SQL (standard query language)

Machine learning engineer

Median base salary: ±$182,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 96 percent

Skill(s) needed: Machine Learning, Python, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science

Enterprise account executive

Median base salary: ±$182,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 62 percent

Skill(s) needed: Salesforce, Cloud Computing, Solution Selling, Software-as-a-Service, and Sales Management

Cloud architect

Median base salary: ±$155,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 88 percent

Skill(s) needed: Cloud Computing, Software Development, Amazon Web Services, Solution Architecture, and Linux

Product marketing manager

Median base salary: ±$134,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 30 percent

Skill(s) needed: Product Marketing, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Product Development

Solutions architect

Median base salary: ±$139,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 47 percent

Skill(s) needed: Solutions Architecture, Cloud Computing, Software Development, SQL, and Software Development Lifecycle

Data scientist

Median base salary: ±$130,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 56 percent

Skill(s) needed: Data Science, Data Mining, Data Analysis, Python, and Machine Learning  

Engagement manager

Median base salary: ±$130,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 43 percent

Skill(s) needed: Program Management, Business Analysis, Business Process Improvement, Analytics, and Customer Relationship Management  

Product designer

Median base salary: ±$121,500

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 86 percent

Skill(s) needed: Product Design, User Experience (UX), User Interface Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop

Information technology lead

Median base salary: ±$121,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 141 percent

Skill(s) needed: Information Technology, Technical Support, Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis, and Troubleshooting

Product manager

Median base salary: ±$121,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 29 percent

Skill(s) needed: Product Management, Product Development, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Engineering, and Product Marketing  

Solutions consultant

Median base salary: ±$110,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 73 percent

Skill(s) needed: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Customer Relationship Management, Software-as-a-Service, and Business Analysis

Scrum master

Median base salary: ±$103,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 67 percent

Skill(s) needed: Scrum, Agile Methodologies, Software Development, Business Analysis, and Software Development Lifecycle

Product owner

Median base salary: ±$101,000

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 87 percent

Skill(s) needed: Business analytics, agile methodologies, Business Process Improvement, Scrum

Customer success manager

Median base salary: ±$88,500

Year-to-year growth of job opening: 80 percent

Skill(s) needed: Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce, Software-as-a-Service, Customer Satisfaction, and Cloud Computing

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Finding yourself trapped in a toxic work environment can be a stressful experience. You cannot even fake a smile as you need to struggle and survive when working under negative atmosphere at work. As stifling as it might be, leaving the job is not an option as well, given that you might be working with certain contract system that makes you unable to leave any time or you find it difficult to land a new job in today’s tough economic conditions. At the end of the day, you have no choice but to brace yourself and stay in the company until you can find better solution .

Maintaining professionalism in the toxic workplace is a challenge. Cheri Torres, a business leadership coach and an author, says that employees cannot work at their best in a distasteful workplace, while their mental health and wellbeing is at risk as well. So how to minimise such risk and stay productive in a toxic work environment?

Here are some tips to help you cope with a stressful life at the workplace:

01 Set boundaries

Limit yourself when interacting with the toxic people or environment around you. You might not realise it but if you still find yourself hanging around in an environment with negative vibes, eventually you will turn to be one of them as the environment you are living in can shape your personality and behaviour.

Of course, you don’t want to change who you truly are, let alone becoming one of those toxic employees. In this case, you should surround yourself with positive energy and if possible, stay far away from or limit your interaction with negative environment as well as the people who create it.

02 Don’t expect people to be nice

You cannot control what people say or do to you. You can, however, control how you react to such action. You should find a way out of that situation by accepting people’s behaviour around you. The sooner you accept that, then the better you can adapt and know where you should stand within the setting. This realisation will help empower you to improve your wellbeing at work. The point is, if you cannot control people, then learn how to control yourself because anger cannot solve anything, it will only give you regret.

03 Self-talk to yourself

Have you ever tried to talk to yourself?

Well, many people already did this and the impact is amazing. Self-talk can be either good or bad for your mental health because the source of this talk is yourself. Doing a self-talk can increase your mental well-being as you can try to spend few hours motivating yourself and let the positive attitudes come in your way. You can also take a walk around the office space and observe the good things by yourself; this will regain the positive energy in your mind. Besides, this simple practice can affect your daily life and can be your mood booster at work.

04 Reach out for help

Another thing you can do when stuck in a toxic work environment is to reach out for help. You might feel embarrassed to admit that but by asking for other’s opinion, you can find another way out from someone else’s perspective. It is good to talk to trusted colleague or friends even though they aren’t working in the same company as you. You can either get solutions for your problem or at least get someone to listen to your problems.

05 Take it as a lesson  

See your current condition as a part of learning experience. If you cannot deal with the toxic environment anymore, you can take it as a good learning experience. People say “the struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow”, meaning that personal strength can be built from difficult situations. Pay close attention to the situation, for instance you can learn from the bad management that you never want to do twice or your leader’s behaviour that you don’t want to imitate when you become a leader someday. Take as much necessary as the lesson you can and utilise it to achieve your own self-growth.

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