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To find a job

Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:35 PM

I used to work as a computer programmer at a small startup. I have not worked in over two years, and some of my skills may have weakened, but I want to get a new job as a developer. Unfortunately, I have no degree, nor do I know where to find jobs in my field that do not require a degree. Does anyone know where I can look?
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Re: To find a job

Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:38 PM

Plenty of job posting sites out there. Typically the degree bullet point can be swapped out for experience. Perhaps talk with a local recruiter company.
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Re: To find a job

Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 10 August 2017 - 04:38 PM, said:

Perhaps talk with a local recruiter company.


For sure. Experience + weird resume means "talk to a recruiter", for sure. Might not be the only thing you do, of course, but it's certainly not something you should skip.

Developing your network is not a bad thing. This won't pay off immediately, but it's useful to be around developers. Go to meetups about the languages and tools you like to use or want to move towards using. If you can, give talks about things that you've learned which other people might want to know - you'll find plenty of excuses to not do this, but that's okay. Give the talk anyway.

While you're doing this sort of thing, it's not a bad idea to answer questions on stack overflow, to keep your skills up and to get an idea of what people are asking about. Look for volunteer opportunities training folks in basic web dev, if you have those skills. Basically, find ways to be out in the world using and sharing your programming skills. If nothing else, you'll have spent your time doing something useful, and it's certainly more likely that someone will think of you for a position if they've seen you out in the world than if you've been at home playing games.
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Re: To find a job

Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:34 AM

View Postgarbus, on 10 August 2017 - 05:35 PM, said:

Does anyone know where I can look?

Dice, Monster, Cyber Coders, RoberHalf, Fiverr
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Re: To find a job

Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:59 PM

Get some sample projects done to showcase, will be a huge plus on your resume.
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Re: To find a job

Posted 21 October 2017 - 11:37 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 11 August 2017 - 01:34 PM, said:

View Postgarbus, on 10 August 2017 - 05:35 PM, said:

Does anyone know where I can look?

Dice, Monster, Cyber Coders, RoberHalf, Fiverr


seriously?
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Re: To find a job

Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:25 AM

They seriously have jobs yes. I've had a mix bag of experiences from them, & would refute your question of "seriously" with : When is the last time you did an interview? With a recruiter or with a hiring manager are both acceptable answers.
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Re: To find a job

Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:54 AM

Build up a portfolio of work in your preferred language....

Do voluntary work build a website for your local kindergarten or school for example...

Go to local programming meetups at meetup.com in your preferred language but also expand into other areas that you may not be comfortable with like sql or asp.. The people you will meet there will be invaluable and may end up getting you a position.

Read a lot of programming books....

or Go back to College and get a degree cos two years is a long time and you would be half way through that degree by now.
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