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Erik Erb
Erik Erb
7,529 Points

The Job Hunt

I'm having a bit of difficulty as I begin applying for jobs after finishing the Front End Web Development track. I am finding that many jobs require back-end skills from front-end web developers. I feel rather ill-equipped to find a job. Many also require (or strongly desire) frameworks such as angular.js, backbone.js, or react.js.

Are the JavaScript skills I was taught in the FE Web Development course sufficient to land a job?

Any insight, especially from the staff (who have gone before little beginners like myself, would be wonderful.

Thanks so much, guys.


1 Answer

Abraham Juliot
Abraham Juliot
47,353 Points

Hi Erik,

I recommend applying anyway. A lot of jobs will list a huge laundry list of skills they are looking for, but it's not easy finding someone who happens to have experience with all those skills. Start learning those skills, and in a potential interview, you can say that you don't have experience with React, but you started learning it and you are passionate about it (presumably)! Start building things and showcase that in your interview. Even if it's something small. If it shows that you are passionate about the skill, that means something.

In a recent live broadcast, Treehouse founder, Ryan Carson and Java Teacher, Craig Dennis, share some top tips for how to land your first job in tech. Check it out at How to Get Your First Job in Tech. I highly recommend watching much of the content at StartHere.fm youtube channel. Dain Miller has a lot of inspiring and useful videos on landing a job in web development. Check out How to Get Your First Web Development Job. And lastly, check out Chris Hawkes channel at Chris Hawkes. Watch My Tips for Getting Hired Out of Coding Bootcamp.

I hope this info is useful