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re: What to do — and how to find success — after a coding bootcamp VIEW POST

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Really nice article!

As a bootcamp graduate I totally agree with everything you wrote, I've done all of the things above and got really nice job in no time.

Just one note I would leave is, maybe don't send applications everywhere just on an off chance you might land a job. If you send too many applications, the quality is not as high and people can see you don't really care about their company. I'd say send fewer applications but write a killer cover letter and customise your CV to the company, most of my classmates who done that got more interview invites than those who sent CV to every listing. You know, be a sniper not a shotgun ;)

 

Thanks for the input Klaudia. I like the sniper not shotgun idea!

I do definitely see the validity of your point. My only argument would be the fact that I put the same amount of effort into every application that I was really passionate about. It was hard, but as I said in the article, finding a job is a full time job. I just set a target of applying at 5 companies a day, with solid cover letters.

That being said, I would never do that approach after gaining a lot more experience in the industry! Perhaps my post requires an update...

 

Oh, I agree with what you said I just wanted to elaborate the idea that you should get your name in front of as many people as possible because I saw people sending crappy generic cover letter to hundreds of companies hoping someone will reply (and they almost never did).

In the beginning of your career, cover letter is important as your experience is limited. Companies hire juniors based on their potential and passion, not knowledge. That being said, I agree with you about different approach once you had a job in the industry.

That's a great point, thanks for sharing! The elusive cover letter is a challenging thing to tackle!

It truly is. Without the doubt my least favourite part of job hunting!

And just throwing it out there for anyone who's struggling, I read an amazing article about cover letters last week here: thecut.com/article/how-to-write-a-... Really good overview in my opinion

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