How to prove that you’re a great developer

In a recent study of over 50,000 developers, 62% said they were open to new job opportunities with a further 13% saying they were actively looking for their next role (Stack Overflow). And with over a third saying that building something significant was an important factor in their job, there is high competition when applying for the most exciting development jobs.

You’ll need to show employers your development prowess in order to be considered for the best projects. But how do you actually do that? Development recruitment expert Rupert Ronca offers some advice.

Demonstrate continuous learning

Some developers choose an academic route to learn about the craft, opting to take a degree in Computer Science but it’s the ongoing, regular learning that you do which will maintain your status as a great developer.

With the amount of online resources available today, it’s easy to find websites like GitHub and Stack Overflow where you can learn about development and invite peers to review your coding skills from the community. You can evidence this at your interview or even at an initial screening stage of the application process.

Build your personal brand

Contributing to the development community by offering hints and tips through blogging, is another good technique to show your expertise to employers. This will build your personal brand and help you stand out from the crowd. A great way to improve your brand further and network with other like-minded people is to attend one of the various meet-ups that take place around the country which cover a huge range of different technologies.


Choose your career steps wisely

For many developers the temptation is to take the job that pays the best. In our Voice of the Workforce research, 55% of developers chose good pay and benefits as the most likely attribute to attract them to a new employer. That’s fine if it’s a job that will give you the chance to build on your experience but if you have to choose between high rates of pay and a job that will let you hone new skills, it could pay in the long run to take the second option. Taking a job that allows you to gain the most amount of experience in a short space of time means you’ll have built up pedigree skills that can be applied in different projects in the future.

So if you can, prioritise your experience over pay; work for a start-up, try a large organisation and switch between industries to broaden your skill set. In the end it will add more strings to your development bow, look great on your job application and it might even earn you more.

Increase your toolbox

With the rapid rate of technological change happening across the globe, new languages are being developed frequently. By embracing this change, adapting to the new languages and using them to create your own products you can prove your worth to potential employers and demonstrate your willingness to learn new things. You can even ‘show off’ your work at your next interview by bringing in a piece of code that has solved a problem to really impress and differentiate yourself from the competition.


Show your passion

For the best jobs employers will be looking for developers that go the extra mile and not only do development as a job but also as a hobby. You can demonstrate what you’ve been working on in your spare time at an interview for example, by showing how you’ve contributed to coding problems on forums. This will show your passion for development and help you to stand out from the crowd.

Ultimately, if you can prove you’re willing to learn new skills, build up a broad portfolio and consider more than just pay when it comes to your next career move, you’re sure to impress your next employer.

To find out more about how to stand out from the development crowd, why not read our article: 7 qualities exceptional developers possess.


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