Scaling through the hurdles of unemployment as a web developer

Ademola Adegbuyi
Nov 12, 2016 · 5 min read
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This was my cake in FreeCodeCamp Ikeja November’s Meetup. I was asked to talk on these:

✅ Do i look for employment?

✅ How do i get employed?

✅ How do i prepare for an interview?

✅ Must i negotiate my salary?

✅ Companies are looking for programmers everyday, is that true?

✅ What must be in my CV?

✅ Finally, Why do startups fail?

Now, let’s take these one after the other. Each question will be in its own subtitle. Some are pretty short, but let’s get started!

Do i look for employment?

I think this question is really a matter of choice. If you can take care of your expenses without any problem, you can just sit tight, keep on writing codes and grab some cups of coffee.

How do i get employed?

This question is pretty straight forward. Apply! And send your CV to the Company or Organization.

How do i prepare for an interview?

This is one of the major key in getting that dream job. These should happen before forwarding your CV to the said Company. You should be able to answer the questions listed . And you should also know most of the questions posted by Eric Elliott. Those might not really apply to those of us here in Nigeria because of our Technological drawbacks which will change over time.

Must i negotiate a salary?

This question is a critical path in getting good income. You should probably read article by Quincy Larson. It covers everything about salary negotiation.

Bottom line: You don’t have to give them a number, else they use that number to size you down. If you give a number, you probably wouldn’t get higher than that number, you’ll get something lower. Keeping those numbers to yourself should be your top priority because only you know your current salary and probably desire something higher.

Companies are looking for programmers everyday, is that true?

Yeah, this is somewhat true. Programmers are needed in various aspect in the Industry, and not necessarily in Tech. Let’s take this search results from google:

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Search Results by Google.

About 49 million results. Narrowing it down to , you’d have about 1.3 million results. And if you click on the links, you’d see that most of them are of — recent and still in need. Wow! This is super cool, right? Yeah it is. Most permanent jobs are in tech companies while most non tech company jobs are contract-based. If you think they don’t work, they do. I have a colleague who got a job at by applying at ; one of the . In Nigeria, there are some few sites to get a programmer job. Some are:

, as stated above.

. I usually call this “The LinkedIn of Nigeria” 😃

There are lots more but i’m positive about those ones mentioned above, most reliable from top to bottom.

What must be in my CV?

Your CV should entail those skills you are really good at, and the ones you frequently use, not all the skill you know because you might be called to write in any of them on a paper 😃 There’s a great article for that . Finally, your CV shouldn’t be more than a page.

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Elon Musk’s CV

Elon Musk’s CV is a case study. Despite all his achievements, his CV still maps to one page, so should yours.

Why do startups fail?

Failure is inevitable if you don’t plan in — time and think out of the box. Most failures come from building an irrelevant system, sorry to say. You should ask yourself this question: “What problem am i solving by building this?”. is there on top because it solves one problem; Connecting people, same with other top companies, they solve one or more particular issue. Here are some other reasons why startups do fail:

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Why Startup Fail (Image Credit: https://cbinsights.com)

Conclusion

These questions are linked in some fashion. “How do i get employed?” connects to “Companies are looking for programmers everyday, is that true?” because i explained how my colleague got employed and highlighted several other ways you also could. The latter sheds more light to the former.

There’s one more way around employment, which is “to keep on coding, have a good portfolio, update your LinkedIn Profile”.

I Started JavaScript with June 15 2015, before then i was a Php Developer with touch of JavaScript(JQuery). I was able to complete the algorithm section by November. I started the NodeJS section by December, looked pretty tough, we were still using the old curriculum(NodeJS & Angular with Jade template engine). I kept working on the backend section, day and night then i completed the first three backend projects around February 😃. The next thing i did was to update my portfolio then i got this message from Co-founder, Stanley Ojadovwa:

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It came as a shock to me because i wasn’t even a year old in JavaScript, then i said to myself “I’m reallllly going to have a long — lasting relationship with JavaScript”. I got some other few ones through . Yeah, i think that explains my point.

Thank you guys for reading or listening to this, i’m really grateful. You can reach me out on twitter as @_ooade. Keep the fire on 🔥🔥🔥

Let’s make Nigeria great again 😂. Happy Coding!

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