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Landed a Junior Developer job in 3 months

I was trolling through the Dev.to AMA site…

And, came across this one from a developer named Verity:

“I landed a Junior Front End Developer role after 3 months of self study, Ask Me Anything!”

And one of her answers caught my eye.

She was asked:

“Did you ever feel like you were jumping the gun and applying to jobs too early?”

That’s a big one.

I get the exact same question a lot.

“When do I know enough to apply for a job?”

Well, here was her answer:

“I have a very ‘all or nothing’ type personality, and at the time was living on a savings account that was getting depleting fast, so I was highly motivated to land a job. I knew realistically that my biggest learning would happen once I started working on real projects, so I wanted that to happen as soon as possible. I also had no sense of how little I knew at that point, which helped with confidence hah!”

I want you to focus on this part:

“I knew realistically that my biggest learning would happen once I started working on real projects…”

THIS is the way through it.

That fear about “do I know enough”, “will my boss or co-workers think I’m a fraud”, “will I get hired only to get fired a few months later”… all that. You’ll learn the most AFTER you get hired, not before.

And, here’s the even bigger thing…

Most companies know that.

They expect it.

What they’re looking for is someone who is a hard worker, responsible, is a dedicated learner, works will with other people… all those cliche-sounding intangibles you hear about for ANY job.

Just as important here.

That’s why IBM hired my brother as a Java Developer…

And, he hadn’t even written a single line of Java code.

And, now he’s a Senior Consultant making well into the 6-figure range.

You’ll NEVER know enough before you get hired to feel 100% confident.

At some point, you just have to bite the bullet and go for it.

Why not today?

In any case, as you get going in this field and do need to learn those technical skills, I’m here to help. I’ve purposefully put my entire web development curriculum over on Skillshare to make it easy for you to get started.

Because, as a teacher there, I can give you an exclusive 2-month free trial.

So, you can take all my courses (plus 21,000+ others)…

Without paying a single penny.

Intrigued?

Link for all the details is here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare

Later,

John

May 13, 2019

The Embarrassing Secret Big Tech Companies Don’t Want You To Know

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I remember walking into the meeting sure the jig was up.

I’d just got hired back to a company that several months earlier I’d walked out on mid-shift. And, not only did they hire me back… but I’d be getting a “promotion” to a management position.

I’d wondered why they never asked about it during the interviews.

Turns out a “glitch” in their system had failed to identify me as a former employee. But, it was fixed and now, just a couple days into my new job, I’d been found out.

So, I walked into a meeting with the head of HR.

I wasn’t told about what… but when I’d been told the head of HR wanted to talk to me, I had a hunch. And when I saw his face, I could tell he was intent on catching me.

And, running me out of the building.

Embarassed, I’d “slipped through” his foolproof “process”.

I’ll never forget the trap he tried to set. He said:

“So, how have the first few days been going? What did you think of the factory having been through it the last few days?”

Immediately, I knew this was a trap.

So, I said:

“Yep, it’s good. Clean. Well-run.”

I knew to say as little as possible.

And sure enough, he immediately snapped back:

“Was it the same as it was the first time you went through it… when you worked here before and walked out?”

If you could have seen his face.

Like a 5-year-old who just told a fart joke.

He thought he had me dead to rights.

But, I knew confidence and keeping calm was the way through this kind of thing. That blunt, shocking honesty was the only way I was going to save my job.

So I said… very calmly without flinching:

“Yeah, it’s about the same.”

Bahahahahaha!

I thought he was going to explode. Suddenly, it was his face turning red… him scrambling for words… him thrown completely off-guard. And, I knew it was over. In fact, one of the other ladies in the room almost started laughing.

He stumbled through trying to grill me, but he was done.

I hadn’t flinched.

Eventually, he sent me back down to the floor, wrote up his little report and I stayed on… as a manager. I had to talk to my boss about it later that day and he told me formally they were keeping me on.

And the reason WHY is what’s important.

He said…

“Because you ace’d the interview. We believe in you.”

Now, think about that…

You have an employee who, in his actions, has walked out on your company mid-shift AND you could make an argument lied on his application in order to get hired. (Although I didn’t. I actually addressed the situation head-on in my cover letter… but apparently they didn’t read that.)

But, you keep him because of what he said in an interview.

That should tell you something about companies like this.

And, this was no small fry…

This is a company, who around that time, was on Forbes’ 500 Largest Private Companies and 100 Best Companies to Work For lists. This was a big company who you’d think would know better.

So, what does this tell you?

It shows how desperate these companies are for good employees. So desperate they’ll overlook what someone has done and rely on what they said because they “ace’d the interview”.

These companies WANT to believe.

And, this is the big secret they don’t want you to know:

They need YOU more than you need them.

And, if you can say the rights things… in the right way… and tell them what they want to hear and make them believe it… they’ll ignore almost everything else to hire you.

If they’ll ignore me walking out on them…

They’ll ignore maybe you not having all the skills they’re after…

They’ll ignore you being fresh out of college…

They’ll ignore you being a little older…

If they can ignore blatant, open betrayal and dis-loyalty… there’s a lot they’ll ignore. But, only if you “put on a show” for them in your interview and sweep them off their feet.

And, no… this isn’t about lying or being slick.

I never lied once in my interview.

You don’t need to bust out your fake smile and your hair wax to do this. In fact, I’m probably grumpier than most people you’ll interview. But, I know how to make them believe.

How to tell them what they want to hear in a way they’ll believe.

Anyway, the first lesson in my “Ace the Interview” series is now up over on Patreon. In it, you’ll learn what I did to sweep this company off its feet and get them to hire me… even though I’d blatantly walked out on them just a few months before.

This is for you if you’re someone who’s not interested in freelancing.

If you’d like to get hired with a tech firm and work a simple 9 to 5, making good money, doing something you enjoy… but you’re worried nobody will hire you.

They will.

I’ll show you: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/patreon.

Go there and sign up as an “Exclusive Courses” supporter and Lesson 1 should be one of the first things you see in your Patreon feed.

P.S. If you liked the show, give it a like and share with the communities and people you think will benefit. And, you can always find all my tutorials, source code and exclusive courses on Patreon.

August 5, 2016

The Secret Most Developers Will NEVER Learn About Getting Hired At a Tech Company

I’m surprised more developers don’t do this.

But before I get into that…

I thought she was going to jump out of her chair.

It was the first time I’d tried it and, to me, it felt kind of like awkward pandering. I knew my delivery was a bit off and it came out a bit funny… but apparently it didn’t matter.

Her eyes lit up.

She tried to hide it… but several years of sales had taught me how to read people… and she was excited.

I was at a first interview for a job I really wanted.

And, I’d been waiting for an opening. A question that was a natural fit for me to demonstrate I had researched the company. And, she’d finally asked one:

“What about you? What do you look for in a company?”

Bam!

I was in.

So I said…

“Well, I look for a company that has a clear idea of it’s culture and values… and really tries to live them every day. A company that values its employees and really embodies the ideas of teamwork and a people-focused culture.”

I went on for a few more minutes, but…

My entire spiel was straight from their website.

I was basically regurgitating their values statement back to them… just in my own words. I threw in a few examples from my experience that illustrated why those things were important to me…

And VOILA!

I had her eating out of my hand.

It was over at that point. I knew it. She knew it.

It was kind of silly.

I’ve done this so many times since… and honestly, I’m always surprised that it still works. It shouldn’t be that easy. But, what it tells you is people just don’t do it.

  1. Research the company
  2. Write out a spiel that shows you value what they do
  3. Regurgitate it back to them in an interview

Stupid easy.

And, I’m convinced… from having done it so much… doing this one single thing will increase your chance of getting hired… 5 or 10-fold. Because… companies that take the time to write out a vision, mission and values statement… really care about them. At least, they pretend to.

So, when you signal that you read it… and pretend with them…

It’s a weird kind of “hire me” virtue-signalling.

They’re almost forced to hire you… otherwise, they must not really value what they say they do. If qualifications outweigh culture in hiring… then they must not really care about their culture.

At least, that’s what they think…

And, it’s a tough cognitive dissonance for them… that works to your advantage.

But, this goes back to a larger point I always make about companies and their hiring processes. They really have no clue. Some think they do. Most don’t.

Did you know…

  • 66% of companies say they’ve experienced negative effects from a bad hire? And 10% of those say that bad hire has lead directly to a loss of sales for their business.
  • 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions (According to Harvard Business Review).
  • 36% of 1400 executives surveyed claimed the leading factor of a failed hire, outside of performance problems, is a poor skills match.

And, those numbers are roughly the same every year.

So, these companies know they’re hiring the wrong people for the wrong jobs. They know it’s ruining morale and client relationships. And, they know it’s costing them money.

Yet, they continue to do it year after year.

This is a big advantage for you, the hiree.

It’s the same advantage I’ve used to get hired for jobs I had no business getting hired for. Jobs I wasn’t qualified for or had demonstrated to that company I was unreliable.

(I’ve always readily admitted I’m not great at being an employee.)

And, you can leverage this advantage to land you a high-paying tech job… even when you don’t have all the skills required.

And, in Lesson 1 of my “Ace the Interview” series… which I just released on Patreon… I’ll show you. Plus, the secret big tech companies don’t want you to find out.

This is for you if you’re someone who’s not really into freelancing and would prefer a more normal 9 to 5… doing something you love.

All you gotta do is sign up at the “Exclusive Courses” support level right here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/patreon.

Lesson 1 will be right at the top of your Patreon feed.

P.S. If you liked the show, give it a like and share with the communities and people you think will benefit. And, you can always find all my tutorials, source code and exclusive courses on Patreon.

August 4, 2016