Seeking junior developer, 5+ years experience

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Wait, what?

This comes from a comment I got on YouTube:

“Today I saw a job post Jr Front End-Developer 5+ years experience Angular 2.  Recruiters make it hard.”

To which I replied:

“Oh geez. Chicken and the egg problem.”

Why does this happen?

Yes, sometimes people are just dumb.

But, you see it more than just to chalk it up to “everyone else, but me, is dumb.” This is what happens when an industry gets more competitive.

The bar starts to raise.

Until you see illogical things start happening.

I mean, how are you supposed to get started as a developer, when the bottom rung requires that you have at least 5 years experience?

It doesn’t make much sense.

But, you see things like this more often than you’d think.

And, more simply, for the person trying to break into this industry it can start to feel like, “What exactly am I supposed to do?”

And, it’ll only get worse.

The industry is only getting more competitive.

And, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that people employed as “software developers” will grow by 30% over the next 10 years.

More people coming in.

More developers to battle with for work.

But, one thing that’s happened that really hurts new developers is this focus on new, exciting and “cutting edge”. You see it in the jobs they pursue.

This quote from Business Insider says it perfectly:

“Find a comfortable niche in a company with steady revenue stream, be good at a really boring but important technology that 21-year-olds wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole…

“There are plenty of mediocre, even terrible software engineers working at older [not-secksy] companies that have excellent job security because the new college grads have no desire to work there, and the companies actually make [muney].”

So many developers get caught up in new, new, new.

They gotta work at Facebook or Google.

Or some start-up.

But, there’s so many boring, non-secksy companies out there who desperately need developers, use older more establishes technology…

And, will pay handsomely for the right person.

In fact, about 5 minutes on Indeed and I found a company paying 75-90k for someone who knew HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP and Bootstrap.

AND, it was a remote job.

So, you gotta work from home.

This stuff is all over out there.

If you just look for it.

So, don’t get so wrapped up in everything having to be new and exciting and ultra “secksy”. These old, boring companies need people like you.

They’re well-established and often more secure.

And, they tend to really appreciate their developers.

That said, if “boring”, “old” PHP is your thang and you need to get your skills right to apply for a job like this, then my PHP curriculum is your ticket.

Over 20 hours of PHP training.

Beginner to advanced.

OOP in PHP.

A blogging application.

Forms, emails, sessions, cookies…

Basically, everything you need.

And, you can get started for nothing. As a teacher on SkillShare, I can give you an exclusive 2-month, no-cost trial. You’ll get FULL access to all my courses.

Plus, 20,000+ others on the site.

Take all the courses you want.

Including my PHP curriculum.

Cancel any time before the 2 months is up.

And, never pay a penny.

It’s a great way to learn what you need to get a job without spending a bunch of benji’s to do it. Anyway, up to you. Link is here if you’re in: https://skl.sh/2JhEqT0

Later,

John

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I’m a 15-year veteran of freelance web development. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and average Joe’s next door. These days, I focus on helping other freelancers build their freelance business and their lifestyles.

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