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How to Find a Graduate Job as a Software / Web Developer

You’ve submitted your dissertation and walked out of your final exam. The feeling of relief is overwhelming, but in the back of your mind your thinking what’s next?

Surely a graduate with a degree in a Software & Web Development discipline won’t have a problem finding a job with the well-publicised current skills shortage in the IT market?

But as the competition increases for junior / graduate development jobs in disciplines such as Java, JavaScript, C#, you still need to know how to set yourself apart from the thousands of other graduates in order to land your dream job.

As a fresh graduate with limited experience of the market, it can be difficult to know where to start to find a graduate job in IT and Technology..

To help you hit the ground running, here are my top tips to ensure you can get ahead of the rest on your graduate job search:

Plenty of Preparation

You’ve heard the famous saying “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This rings true when it comes to finding your first graduate role.

Many employers begin searching for graduate developers months before your graduation date, so it is important to start preparing your CV long before you officially graduate.

Do some research and be sure to make it clear which locations you are able to work in, what type of business you would be interested in working in, and whether you want to specialise in a specific coding language (Java, JavaScript, C#, Ruby, Scala etc).

Get Yourself Online

This is essential to make sure you stand out as a fresh graduate in the industry and illustrates your passion for your subject matter - be it coding or design.

There are many ways you can do this but I recommend developing your own portfolio website to showcase your skills and projects from university and also any projects you have done alongside your degree (this is always a bonus!).

Creating your own Github profile and LinkedIn accounts exemplify that you are enthusiastic about your career and allows potential employers to easily access your most recent work and contact you about potential vacancies.

This can be a key deciding factor when choosing between applicants to bring forward for interview.

Make Your CV One to Remember

First impressions count.

With your CV potentially being one of hundreds applying for the same developer role, it’s essential that this is the best representation of you as a Software & Web Developer.

Include all of your technical skills you have gained at University and how you have implemented them in specific projects / modules.

What you have learnt in your own time? Where do your technical strengths / interests lie?

To really make your CV stand out above the rest it is important to include links to any examples of work, portfolios, LinkedIn, Github etc. - and make sure they are up to date!

Keep Up With the Latest Technologies

As you will know only too well, the IT & Technology industry is constantly changing with new technologies being released.

It’s beneficial as a graduate developer to show that you are keen to keep up to date with the latest trends and get involved with your local technical community.

With hundreds of conferences and tech meet ups taking place around the UK there is no excuse not to get involved, meet industry professionals and potentially pick up some new skills along the way!

If you're based here in Manchester, check out the Manchester Digital calendar for upcoming Tech events close to you.

These are just a few tips to help you kick start your career journey and land your first graduate role in this rapidly growing and competitive Tech industry.

If you need any further help / advice please don’t hesitate to contact myself or one of our team.

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Written by Melissa Houghton
Specialist Software & Web Development Consultant


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