If you have all the qualifications but can’t land a junior developer job, you might need to work on these soft skills
To be a junior software developer you have to have excellent coding knowledge and experience, but you also have to be a certain type of person.
Employers are looking for these 8 attributes in every application they receive, so make sure to big up your personality!
1. Passion for problem solving
It might sound cliché, but employers love a problem solver. And, odds are you have some experience fixing things in your everyday life!
You need to be able to prove that you are a logical thinker with a love of resolving issues because it’s going to be a huge aspect of the job.
If you completed a degree in this area then you have probably developed the natural analytical skills, but make sure you have a solid example of when you truly saved a project for that vital cover letter or interview question. Your quick-fire fix-it skills are essential!
2. Natural need to help others
It might sound strange at first, but as a junior software developer you will be making products that change people’s lives – hopefully in a good way.
Employers are looking for you to show your passion for helping out a team, and for changing the world with your innovative ideas and your flawless code.
When you’re in an interview, big this up! It shows that you have thought about the bigger picture and that you will feel fulfilled but determined in your future role.
3. Endless creativity
You have to be able to be collaboratively creative to be a software developer. You will be working with really smart people, constantly bouncing ideas around the office and having a lot of fun doing it!
Creativity is really the backbone of your career as a software developer. You have to use your ability to think outside the box to find solutions to problems and come up with the ideas to get noticed.
4. Fantastic communication
Another essential is communication. You have to be able to speak well and explain your ideas.
Sometimes you will have to explain technical things to non-technical people. Other times you will have to convince a senior developer why your solution will fix a problem.
You’ll be communicating in different ways with lots of different people who have different styles of speaking, listening and understanding. The ability to adapt your communication style is a real skill, and one worth practicing.
It’s worth remembering that being a developer nowadays is much more than sitting on your own coding – you will be part of a team.
5. Excellent listening skills
This is more than listening to people – it’s listening to problems.
The only way you can get to the root of a problem is by taking the time to understand it.
Listening is especially vital if you get a job in a development agency and have to deal with clients. You will usually have a more distant relationship with a client than a colleague, and you may understand their business a little less, so taking the time to listen and understand everything becomes incredibly important.
You have to develop this skill to be able to understand what changes your clients and team need, to decipher a problem, and understand why you are on the job in the first place.
6. Team working
Development has become a team sport. You will be working really closely with other developers in your teams and sometimes in pairs – this is known as Pair Programming.
Your team is there to support you, so make sure you return the favour. In a team, everyone achieves more than if they were working on their own.
Sometimes you have to sit down – and yes – be humble.
It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can always improve. You have to stay curious and humble about your skills no matter your level, because there will always be someone better.
Be open to constructive criticism and prove that you know, that as a junior, you don’t know it all yet.
8. Eager to learn
Employers don’t want someone to just do their job and go home – you have to do more.
As a developer it’s so important to know that there’s more you can, and should, be learning. It’s not enough to get a good degree, so stay passionate and excited about learning.
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