Helping our students find great jobs is a huge part of what we do at Epicodus. In fact, it’s our mission. Over the years, we’ve accrued quite a bit of job-hunting knowledge to help set our students apart. In the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our best tips and tricks for junior developers who are looking for their first jobs.
When you apply for a job or internship, employers will want to see code you've written so that they know what you're capable of doing. Spend some time getting your GitHub profile looking good. Make sure every repository has a README file that:
- Explains what the project does;
- Explains how to set everything up, if someone clones it;
- Provides information about the goals of the project. (What you were working on and what you were trying to learn);
- Provides a link to the live site (GitHub Pages, Heroku, etc) ; and optionally,
- Includes any known issues with the code, and a roadmap for features you'd like to build
- Is well-organized with markdown headers.
Go through all files in each repository and make sure that there aren't large sections of commented-out code, bad indentation, extra line breaks, or anything else that looks less than professional.
If you've completed a web development internship, also make sure to fork your internship project, so that you have a copy of it on your profile for employers to see.