Phase #3

You've finally made it 🥳!

You've created a portfolio, feel confident talking about code and your projects, and are ready to start your job search.

Now you should work on your (online) presentation (you don't need social media if you do not want that), create a great resume, and put the final touch on your projects.

There's still so much to think about, but I understand that you're exhausted and now you finally want a real job. But this is not the time to get lazy at all. After every chat, every meeting, and every job interview, I've found that there is still so much to do that I didn't think about before I started my job search. So I made a list of all the important items to think about before presenting yourself and your code.

What you need when you start your job search

Let's split my suggestions into two parts: the personal performance and the final touch for your projects.

Personal performance

I've written a few articles on personal performance that you should definitely check out. These tips have helped other people get interviews that no recruiter had noticed before.

Take a look at my GitHub profile to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Update your projects

I know you're thinking right now that you're happy with your projects, that you've put so much effort into them, and that they're ready to be displayed.

But there are still a few things you may not have thought of, and I want to help you remember to double check everything before you present it.

So here's a checklist , that you can work through for each of your projects and check that you've considered these things at all. Of course, no project has to be perfect and no project will ever be finished. But it's still a great feeling to know that you gave it your all to get the most out of each project. If you follow these simple steps, you'll have a lot more to talk about in job interviews.

Interview preparation

It would be a good practice to keep all the information about the applied jobs in one file. That's where Notion's Job Applications Template comes in handy. You can add the companies you applied to and the job description to be up to date when the final call comes (each job description is different, so preparing for it is sometimes very different).

To help you prepare, I've put together a collection of interview questions I've been asked often that you might want to know. There are so many collections of interview questions, so I personally focused my interview preparation only on the personal questions and acquired the necessary knowledge to be able to talk about my projects, which seemed enough. (Otherwise I would have gone crazy 🤪)

Hopefully it is self-explanatory that you have stable internet during the interview, have code ready to show (GitHub, live view, and VSC), are in a quiet environment with appropriate background and clothing.

Recommended sites & tools

You may need a student account on GitHub to use a site for free.

FrontendMasters: I highly recommend rewatching some videos to refresh your memory. It's free for 6 months if you sign up with a GitHub student account.

Notion.so: Manage your projects, applications and their status.

GitHub: Update your projects with readme.md files and thumbnails and make them look more professional.

Scrum.org: Familiarize yourself with agile methods and the way you will most likely work in the (Scrum) team in your new job.

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