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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

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    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

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                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

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                    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 March 31, 2020

                    How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

                    How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

                    Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

                    But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

                    The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

                    Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

                    But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

                    As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

                    Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

                    There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

                    The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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                    • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
                    • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
                    • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
                    • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

                    But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

                    How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

                    When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

                    I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

                    Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

                    However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

                    Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

                    While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

                    Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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                    By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

                    How to Use Visual Learning for Success

                    Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

                    1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

                    We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

                    While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

                    I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

                    2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

                    Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

                    Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

                    As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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                    And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

                    3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

                    Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

                    With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

                    Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

                    It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

                    Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

                    Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

                    4. Add video streaming to meetings.

                    What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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                    When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

                    For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

                    Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

                    No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

                    You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

                    The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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