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9 Incredibly Useful Websites To Get Hired As A Software Developer

9 Incredibly Useful Websites To Get Hired As A Software Developer

So you completed your 6-month coding classes. Now what?

Going by United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate of software developer employment is set to grow by 17 percent. That’s a huge difference compared to the average growth rate of 7 percent for all occupations.

You can probably expect another software developer in the job market every time you boot up your computer. So, how do you get yourself noticed with your newly minted certificate?

Here are nine websites you want to check out and increase your chances of getting hired in software development:

1. HackerRank

HackerRank home page

    Started in 2012, HackerRank is a platform that provides competitive programming challenges as the means to getting hired. Applicants have to submit their solutions and the winner is decided based on the accuracy and speed of the submission. So you get hired because of your awesome coding skills instead of the way you word your resume.

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    Employers include: Facebook, Airbnb, VMWare

    2. HackerEarth

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      In a similar vein, HackerEarth also has a competitive programming platform for applicants to duke it out with their coding skills. Their platform supports over twelve programming languages (including C, C++, Python, Java, and Ruby) so you definitely can find the right challenge for you and show the world what your codes are made of.

      Employers include: Adobe, Citrix Systems, Symantec

      3. Hired

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        Originally known as developersauction.com, Hired still stands by the label of their previous domain and uses a marketplace concept to auction their meticulously selected pool of tech talents. Companies will then be able to put in their best offer for the talent to review and decide the best one for them.

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        Employers include: Uber, Evernote, Stripe

        4. HackerTrail

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          Targeting the Asia Pacific region, HackerTrail provides a competitive programming platform for applicants to showcase their coding skills and outwit their competition. Each challenge comes with a prize (drones, pebble watches) and also a job offer. Keen to test out your skills before the real thing? HackerTrail also has an Arena which carries mini-games where coders can test their skills.

          Employers include: CapGemini, IDA

          5. Toptal

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            There are companies that prefer to outsource their development work. This is where Toptal comes in. They provide a global network of elite software engineers and designers. Developers can apply as freelancers to be screened and matched with clients whenever there are new projects. To get in, you must pass a screening process that includes tests for English and communication skills and a variety of technical exams so they can make sure you can do what you say you can.

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            Employers include: Zendesk, KDDI, JP Morgan

            6. TribeHired

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              A clone of the Hired.com model, TribeHired is based out of Malaysia and serves the Southeast Asia market. Once you get onto their exclusive top talent list, they will start marketing you to their pool of employers. Companies that are interested in you will let you know, and that kicks off the interview process.

              Employers include: GrabTaxi, Hartalega, Tune Hotels

              7. MomoCentral

              MomoCentral home page

                Another marketplace for companies to outsource their development work, MomoCentral is based in Singapore and caters more for the startup community. Each of their developers are verified, interviewed, and tested before they are made public to companies. This is a good way to score some much-needed experience for your resume.

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                Employers include: AppBackr, Xfers.io, Zookal

                8. gun.io

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                  Gun.io is a marketplace for companies to look for digital product development. They are constantly looking to expand their over 25,000 professional freelance software developers and work closely with clients to put product teams together. Developers get paid on an hourly basis over the project period. Their developers are usually based in the US or Europe.

                  Employers include: Zappos, SolarCity, Amazon

                  9. hirable

                  hirable home page

                    A new kid on the block, Hirable is a new freelance recruiting platform for developers. You create your profile and employers from startups, tech companies, and agencies can start following you just like they would on Facebook. Once you are available, they will know and you can get work much faster.

                    Employers include: Not listed

                    Featured photo credit: Alper Çuğun / Flickr.com via flic.kr

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                    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                    Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                    Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                    I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

                    How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

                    Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

                    So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

                    1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

                    Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

                    For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

                    Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

                    “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

                    2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

                    These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

                    This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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                    But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                    Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

                    For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

                    There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

                    3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

                    It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

                    Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

                    4. Use Your Phone Wisely

                    Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

                    If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

                    5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

                    If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

                    In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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                    One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

                    6. Use a “To Don’t” List

                    We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

                    But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

                    Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

                    7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

                    When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

                    Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

                    “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

                    And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

                    8. Be Concise

                    Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

                    One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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                    Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

                    • Making new contacts
                    • Talking about yourself at a job interview
                    • Meeting people at conferences or parties
                    • Phone calls to new clients

                    9. Ask the Right Questions

                    “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

                    How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

                    When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

                    Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

                    Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

                    10. Learn as Much as You Can

                    You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

                    Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

                    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

                    11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

                    No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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                    If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

                    What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

                    Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

                    12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

                    As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

                    But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

                    The Bottom Line

                    The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

                    Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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