With the current job market seemingly handing out nothing by layoffs, it may seem like landing a junior developer job is an impossible task. While we acknowledge that it is more difficult than it was a year or two ago to land a junior developer job, all hope is not lost. There are always people hiring, even during the worst economic downturns and those that keep at it have a higher chance at succeeding. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss how to help a junior developer in your life succeed through mentorship, connections, peer code reviews, and more.
The tech market is currently plagued with: - layoffs - hiring freezes - lower starting salaries - internships on the rise
Competition is heating up between candidates "fighting" over a position
What you can do
These points are directed at people that are looking to help a junior developer in their life.
Code Reviews (peer reviews)
Urge the junior dev to create (ie blogs, videos, social media)
Refer junior developers for jobs - find postings you'd recommend - explain how to identify posts they might be interested in, especially if it doesn't say "junior dev" in the listing
Change hiring systems (this point is for hiring managers) - junior developers can be a great investment to teach someone new exactly how you'd like to do things at your company - junior developers do have less technical ability than a senior developer, but they are cheaper to hire and you can promote them as they get more experience - create paid internship programs - better onboarding procedures (no crazy interviews, no 7-part interviews with take home projects...only to ghost the candidates that aren't chosen)