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How many applications did it take for you to find your first dev job?

madza profile image Madza ・1 min read

I've heard of hundreds of applications with no success, as well as cases with no applications at all thanks to internships or contacts in the field.

Thought this could be motivational for beginners, so could you recall how many applications did it take for you to find your first developer job?

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Matt Ellen

It felt like forever before I got my first dev job, but it was probably only eighteen months of applying for jobs after graduating.

I can't remember how many applications I sent out. The main problem was I was trying to stay in the city I went to university in, which at the time didn't have a lot of programming work. In the end I moved away, to get my first job.

I would guess I sent out a dozen or so applications.

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Michael Kohl • Edited

Only 1. I was doing a lot of FOSS at that time including being a team member at Gentoo Linux. So when I applied for a job at a Linux consulting company they not only hired me but actually brought me on as a senior because they counted the FOSS contributions like work experience.

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Tim Smith • Edited

37 . I tracked my applications meticulously so I'd know when to follow up. Many of them were for remote jobs and at the time I didn't have any experience with remote work and I was also still a junior developer on the cusp of intermediate, so I didn't have much to offer over other candidates. In the end, I found a (relatively) local company who gave me a shot while allowing me to work remotely most of the time. I learned a ton, made some good friends, and eventually moved on, but that team is still the gold standard against which I measure other teams.

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Travis Fantina

I kept track, I made a chart of 100 squares every time I applied for a job I'd put a sticker on a square. I filled the 100, I think I was somewhere around 130 before I got an offer. Thankfully it was an amazing job and 18 months later I'm still there.

I should caveat that a lot of those 130 jobs were not "serious" applications. I was applying for a lot of jobs through StackOverflow but I've come to view that as a waste of time compared to actually writing a cover letter and trying to network with real people. It's a huge time suck but those were the only jobs I ever heard back about let alone got.

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Greg Thomas

I got lucky with my first job, had maybe 5 - 10 applications out there and found a job. But for my second job, we moved, and I must have gone on about 20 - 30 interviews over the course of 3 months to find something.

I ended up having to take a source control admin job and then from within work my way back to being a full-time dev.

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Jonathan Boudreau

Definitively in the hundreds, and I was applying for anything (full time "job" for months). I somehow got an in person interview for a senior position. I didn't pass it for obvious reasons, but they liked me so when there was an opening for a junior position they called me back.

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Akshat Singhania

I am a high schooler , i have over 2 years of freelancing exp in MERN stack ,
i coulnt even find an internship that wouldnt underpay me , leave alone for jobs who are asking for masters in tech.
Ofc the internship or job would help me in my college application

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HeatherW • Edited

None, I was working as a technical content editor and was doing well at the technical side so I was offered the opportunity to upskill to dev. That first year was rough since I was spending a lot of time outside work hours learning about dev but it was worth it. It is great to work for a company that truly cares about it's people and is willing to help them upskill.

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Neha Maity

About 50 positions. I only passed 2 coding interviews.

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Nathan Le

My number was 2. I didn't let the numbers of done project bother me. Just made 2 or 3 projects but did it over and over again.

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Loouis Low

Sometimes only 1, sometimes not even I have many solid opensource projects at Github. Well... Depends.

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