Experience Dilemma

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  1. Adjust expectations. Code Schools like to talk about the six-figure salaries their students have earned right out of school, but that’s rare. Lower starting positions or smaller starting companies are usually less risk-averse.
  2. Amplify your strengths. If experience is a weak spot in your resume, find your areas of strength and make sure those benefits are clearly represented.
  3. Work your network. Every job I’ve ever had came from knowing someone at the company first. There are other paths, but leaning on your network can be the simplest. You never know which relationships might yield a new introduction or opportunity. Talk to friends and family. Ask for introductions to people they may know.
  4. Build connections. Companies don’t hire people. People hire people. Find ways to talk to and connect with real people within the company. Don’t push straight for the job, learn about them, and engage in real conversations. It’s hard to reject someone you like, even if they’re underqualified.

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CTO at Fast Company’s World Most Innovative Company (x4). Author of “Code School”, a book to help more people transition into tech.

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Morgan J. Lopes

CTO at Fast Company’s World Most Innovative Company (x4). Author of “Code School”, a book to help more people transition into tech.

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