Worried about getting your first job as a Ruby on Rails developer?
So you've taught yourself to code, finished a course on programming or
otherwise bootstrapped your technical skills. How do you go from where you
are now to professional Rails developer?
Finding a job as a programmer with no track record, no network and no social
proof is hard. In this situation, the default strategy of spraying your
CV and crossing your fingers will yield less than optimal results.
A better way to find your first developer job
I've learned a lot since I started in this industry and as a way to pay
things forward I've written about all the strategies, tactics and techniques
I've put to use to find work into a short e-book, densely packed with
I've worked at venture-backed startups, bootstrapped businesses,
multinational companies and huge government organisations. I've been through
the job search and application process more times than I can remember and
have secured offers for work at upwards of twenty companies in the process.
While I can't guarantee you'll find a job after following my advice, I'm
confident that you'll be in a much better position after working through
"People often ask me how to get started programming professionally.
Scratch that off the todo list -- there is nothing I could add to Ali's
book. It addresses both the technical parts of leveling up as a
Ruby/Rails developer and the business side of things. Trust the voice of
experience: that's a painful education to get from failing your way
Go read it before I convince him to charge $50 for the book.
"Having seen lots of budding developers at Makers Academy, I know that
learning to code is only part of the job. You also need to know many
other things: how to network, how to interview well, how to showcase your
work, etc. Ali's book is great at teaching all of this. Before writing
it, Ali gave a talk at Makers Academy on how to start a successful
This presentation was rated as the most useful guest talk ever at Makers Academy.
This book will certainly form a key part of Makers Academy curriculum."
Here's what we'll cover in the book
You'll learn how to:
- Overcome the primary concerns of hirers evaluating junior developers.
- Create a portfolio that hirers will care about.
- Build up goodwill in your local programming community to attract offers of work.
- Tap the five main sources of viable leads for developer job openings.
- Figure out what matters to you in a new job and identify companies to work for.
- Provide a good account of yourself at interview, regardless of your technical abilities.
- Successfully negotiate an offer that you won't later regret accepting.
To get your hands on the book, click the big green button below:
Kickstart your developer career
All the best,
- Najaf Ali, Chief code-slinger at Happy Bear Software