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9 Incredibly Useful Websites To Get Hired As A Software Developer

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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

      Hired.com home page

        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

          toptal home page

            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

            TribeHired home page

              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.

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                    Employers include: Not listed

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

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                    Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                    Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                    As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                    Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                    According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                    “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                    A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                    What Is Your Personal Brand?

                    “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                    Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                    Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                    I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                    A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                    Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                    Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                    Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                    In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                    According to Castrillon,[2]

                    “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                    The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                    As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                    In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                    “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                    When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                    The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                    Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                    The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                    5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                    These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                    1. Set Your Personal Goals

                    What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                    2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                    Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                    1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                    2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                    3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                    4. What makes you different from others like you?

                    The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                    3. Write Your Professional Story

                    Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                    4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                    Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                    5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                    A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                    The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                    Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                    As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                    Other People’s Stories

                    Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                    Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                    Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                    “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                    So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

                    Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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