If it’s time to change job and would like to do it faster, we have two useful tips for you.
Changing a job, regardless of the reason, can be very time consuming and stressful. It takes a lot of searching to find what you are looking for and then, when you do, you have to go through the inevitable hiring steps.
The most time consuming steps are the coding challenges, whether they are live and one multiple times, or home assignments. You can reduce this time and make it easier, and also have higher chances of getting hired, by doing the following:
Contribute to Open Source
This has never stopped being an eye-catcher for recruiters and employers. The fact that you contribute to open source, says a lot about a developer. The sense of aiding the community, sharing the knowledge, but most importantly, shows expertise.
Contributing to open source can be a bit intimidating, as your code will be public for everyone to comment on. So start small, and start with the libraries and technologies you use. It’s easier, as you already know it and you might already have some improvements in mind.
You can simply do a few small PRs with minor changes and improvements.
Or the safest way, is to simply create some public repos with some useful code snippets.
And voila, you are an open source contributor! And this will look very good on your github.
Create a boilerplate/demo project on GitHub
It is very tiring to always go through similar coding challenges and home assignments.
Companies are more flexible now, and are willing to just discuss some existing code you have already written and it is public somewhere.
So no matter what libraries and technologies you work in, go ahead and create a repo with a demo app. But not just any simple demo app, really add in some functionality that is usually sought after in interviews.
And at an interview, even if you are given a coding challenge at home, try to kindly propose to go over the public repo you made. You’d be surprised, but a lot of companies would easily switch and do that instead.
We hope this will help you in your new job search, good luck!