Coding bootcamps are hugely popular now. Some of the old guard (Flatiron, Fullstack Academy) are still going strong, and new ones are popping up every day (Grace Hopper, NYCDA, App Academy, Byte Academy, General Assembly). Most are drawn into the programs by the promise of a career change, a higher salary, or a happier work environment.

With the flood of recent grads entering the job market, it can be tough to get that first job out of a 3 or 4 month program.

This guide hopefully offers some tips to help you stand out and land that first gig! (And many thanks to cassidoo whose github post I forked and whose brilliant ideas I regurgitated below)


Your Resume - Do’s and Don’ts



Your Cover Letter - Do’s and Don’ts



Keep on Learning

Your education doesn’t end when the bootcamp ends. The time between the end of your program and when you start you first day at your new job as an engineer (you’ll get there!) is a prime time to strike out and find new resources to bolster your newly acquired skills.

Did your bootcamp not put heavy emphasis on foundational CS skills like data structures and/or algorithms? Or do you feel like you need to solidify your knowledge base?

Here's a checklist of commonly tested CS areas in technical interviews:

The internet has a wealth of resources for you to beef up your knowledge and practical skills in these areas.

Here are some good links to check out:

When practicing, try not to rely on an IDE to catch your errors or for syntax highlighting. Technical interviews often involve coding on a whiteboard (either in person on a physical board, or over digital whiteboards like coderpad). Likely you won’t be able to avail yourself of any AI shortcuts.

Put Yourself Out There

Attend Networking Events

Contribute to Open Source/Hack Contests

You know how job descriptions often mention wanting to hire people who are “passionate” about engineering? Working on OS projects, or participating in hackathons are a great way to show your dedication to the field. Here are a few resources for finding projects:

The Power of Referrals

Do you know friends/family members/acquaintances/someone you once donated an organ to who works at a company you’re applying to? That’s your in!

Tailor Your Online Presence

Recruiters/Hiring Managers will google you. They will! So why not make sure the content they see portrays you in the best (most hire-worthy) light? Some basic things you can do to boost your job-seeking online presence:

Learn to Talk About Yourself (& to Others)

Learn to Talk About Yourself

Learn to Talk To Others


You don’t need to drive yourself nuts trying to follow everything on this list. Pick a few things that you think make sense for you. Job hunting can seem like a full time job in itself sometimes, but it doesn’t need to take over your life.

After you get a couple years of solid experience under your belt, consider coming back to Clutch Talent so we can help you with future career moves!

You’ll find something great - good luck!

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