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28. 10 Reasons Why You Still Haven’t Gotten a Job in Web Dev

advancedbeginnerchallenge.com – I built a course to get your first job in web development, or upgrade from Junior to mid-level!

Connect with me on twitter @dainmiller/@startherefm or instagram @dainmiller/@starthere.fm.

In this episode I go over the top ten reasons you still aren’t a web dev.

Here they are:

  1. YOU’RE FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THING(S)
  2. YOU FORGOT ABOUT YOUR “PACKAGING”
  3. YOUR ABOUT PAGE SUCKS
  4. YOU DON’T HAVE PROJECTS ON YOUR PROJECTS PAGE
  5. YOU HAVEN’T SENT OUT 40 APPLICATIONS
  6. YOU HAVEN’T GONE TO 10 INTERVIEWS
  7. YOU’RE USING PROGRAMMING AS A CRUTCH
  8. YOU AREN’T GROWING IN OTHER AREAS
  9. YOU AREN’T CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN ABILITIES (AKA YOU HAVEN’T DONE 25 TUTORIALS)
  10. YOU DON’T BELIEVE YOU ARE WORTH BEING PAID FOR THIS SKILL

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BOOTCAMPS ARE A SCAM – How To Get A Job WITHOUT Going To A Bootcamp

How can you become a web dev without going into debt at a bootcamp? I break it down for ya here.

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FREELANCERS PAY ATTENTION – How To Avoid Being Ripped Off

How do you avoid being ripped off as a programmer or freelancer? I break it down here!

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The 2017 LinkedIn FORMULA For Developers & Focusing on “The Gist”

Video version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=reMFCighySg!

How do you use LinkedIn in 2017 for developers?

How do you use LinkedIn in 2017 for developers?

LinkedIn is much different in 2017, than it was in 2016 or even 2015. In 2012-2014 I mastered LinkedIn and used it to stand out from the crowd, and got many life changing opportunities from this platform. And I didn’t do it how you might think. I’m uniquely positioned to give you this advice, so please listen!

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Twitter Is Your WEB DEV CAREER SECRET Weapon (+ Personal Branding & How to Do It)

How do you use Twitter in 2017 for developers? This video covers all my thoughts on this topic.

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Freelancing 101: The WEB DEV Freelancing High-Level Overview & Business Setup

What is the high level overview of starting a business as a programmer? In this video I make the case for Freelancing being the easiest to get started with, and a high level overview of exactly what it is.

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How To Improve As A Programmer – DONT WRITE MORE CODE, READ MORE

How do you grow as a programmer? It’s a tough topic. Coding helps, certainly, BUT the Edge Effect has a power that is beyond belief. Don’t doubt the power of reading, in seemingly unrelated areas, and how it will impact your day to day skillset.

In this video I break down EXACTLY what books to start reading, and different genres of books you should be checking out.

Books mentioned:
– The One Thing by Gary Keller
– The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
– The Happiness Hypothesis
– Influence by Robert Cialdini
– The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
– Bold by Peter Diamandis
– Work RULES by Lazlo Bock
– The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

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The Web Dev ROADMAP: How to Get a Job as a Developer (Jr/Mid) EFFICIENTLY

The Show Notes

Step 1) Pick a language and framework

Video to help you with this step: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lU1FtIQz8c

Step 2) Get *prove-able* experience with this language/framework choice (Goto the advancedbeginnerchallenge.com for help with this)

Video to help you with this step: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDi9y7R0dU8

Step 3) Build the BASICS of your packaging (basic website structured correctly)

Video to help you with this step: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7xXOBisNqo

Step 4) Put the projects that you completed and deployed in the Advanced Beginner Challenge, on your “Projects” page. Described in portfolio video here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7xXOBisNqo

Step 5) Blog posts. Write 2 blog posts at minimum on the language/framework you want to get a job in. Described in video you’re on now.

Step 6) – Optional – Twitter presence as described in video. Described in vide you’re on now.

Step 7) Personalized job application blast. I’ll be recording a video on this one next.

Step 8) Repeat Next 2 Until Job

Step 9) Intro call. Described in video you’re on now.

Step 10) Tech interview.

Great tips to help you with technical interviews in this podcast series:

Mastering the Interview Process & LinkedIn for Developers Starthere-webdev – 26-level-up-your-web-dev-job-linkedin-for-developers-and-mastering-the-interview-process

How to Get a Better Job at a Higher Salary Starthere-webdev – How-to-get-a-better-job-with-higher-salary

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Q&A – Freelancing, Upgrading Your Career, & How to Solve Your Own Problems w/The Edge Effect

On this episode we cover some mindsets around freelancing that I thought about often to grow my business. We also talk about how the ability to solve your own problems is the most important skill you can possess. This episode ends with a huge rant on this topic.

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32. How to Build a Portfolio with NO Work Experience & “Nothing to Put There” – Step by Step Formula

How do you build a portfolio and website with NO work experience? This episode is for ALL BEGINNERS. MUST LISTEN.

Your personal brand is your biggest competitive advantage. You must start building it, NOW.

PS – If you’re a follower of Marco Arment, and you don’t like talking about “braaaaandds” b/c Marco makes fun of it, I’ll tell you this, do what he DOES not what he SAYS. He is laughing all the way to the bank, off the back of his ability to build brands. So you decide.

Note – I forgot to mention that there will be another video where we go over how to write blog posts, so don’t worry about the “dummy blog posts” for now. Sorry for not mentioning that here!

The Advanced Beginner Challenge Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDi9y7R0dU8&t=1s

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What Programming Languages Should YOU Learn in 2017?! (NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT)

X/post from new YouTube video! Check it out here www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lU1FtIQz8c

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How To Build Your FIRST Web App (Without Knowing Anything)

If you prefer to watch this episode you can do that here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxdrmwakXGo

Building your first web application can be extremely complicated. BUT, it’s easier if you break it down into “chunks” and then execute those.

In this video I go over exactly how I break down web apps into “chunks” that represent tutorials, then you can go google those tutorials and simply execute them, combining the tutorials together.

This method has made it possible for multiple students of mine, brand new to development, to build their first app.

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How to Set Goals as a Web Developer (& The Secret Power of Job Titles)

X/post from a new YouTube video we posted today! www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc7XLA1g8CE ❤️

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31. All Q&A, All Day! JavaScript, Freelancing, Clients, & How to Handle Challenges as a Developer

Quick note: I recommend listening to this episode at 1.25 – 1.5 speed! It’s a long episode, so it’s a great time to experiment with increasing the speed to get more listening done!

We cover Questions on Javascript, Freelancing, How to Learn, Job Interviews, How to Handle Ageism in Tech, & everything else!

Topics covered:
– The State of React in 2017
– The Best JS Frameworks to Learn for 2017
– How to split backend and frontend for complex apps
– The FASTEST Way to Learn JavaScript
– How to get your first freelance client – step by step
– How to charge and structure freelance client work
– How to deliver work to a client
– How to handle ageism and other potentially destructive negative emotions related to your career
– How to be adaptable in the face of challenge
– How to “manage up the chain of command”

Supplementary reference materials:
– github.com/acdlite/react-fiber-architecture
– github.com/facebook/react
– medium.com/javascript-scene/to…a397b711#.a0crjpyq8
– vuejs.org/
– www.meteor.com/
– www.wikiwand.com/en/Loss_leader
– okdork.com/2014/07/22/actions-…k-with-freelancing/
– javascriptweekly.com/
– rubyweekly.com/
– docs.google.com/document/d/1Iiiv_…FnVJKYFoLjRM/edit
– blog.careerfoundry.com/career-change…g-freelancer/
– www.creativeboom.com/tips/tips-on-h…reelance-work/

Email me for more info on our web development coaching programs! miller.dain@gmail.com

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Learn A Framework, Not A Language

Learn a framework not a language. The framework is a trojan horse for the knowledge you need of the language.

– Learn Rails, not Ruby.
– Learn Django, not Python.
– Learn Angular/Ember/React+Redux, not JavaScript.
– Learn Phoenix, not Elixir.
– Learn .NET, not C#.
– Learn Laravel, not PHP.
– Etc etc.

A few notes from today’s episode:

1. Look around at the industry you want to be in, what are other people spending 80% of their time on, that is only getting them 20% of the result? Hard to identify what exactly that is? If you have trouble with this, just identify what people spend 80% of their time on, and do the opposite. This is what makes people massively successful, mark my words.

2. SKIP OVER what you identified in #1. SKIP OVER what most people are doing. This is taking MASSIVE ACTION. Massive action is relative. Relative to the rest of humans on this planet, are you taking massive action?

Here are some examples of taking massive action:

– Learn a Framework: Deploy ANYTHING to Heroku (that only you will see) by tomorrow. No excuses.

– Learn a Framework: complete 1 page that has some functionality you agree with yourself ahead of time, deploy it to Heroku, then send to 2 friends on Facebook and ask them to try and use it.

– Go start interviewing for jobs, NOW. WHY WAIT? Stop sitting around and take action.

– Want to start a podcast? Launch a crappy first version by TOMORROW.

– Want to write a book? Launch a crappy first eBook by next Monday. No matter what.

Stop trying to make everything perfect on the first try, just focus on making stuff good on the second try.

Your first handful of job interviews, book chapters, podcast episodes, programming projects – they will all SUCK on the first go around. BE OKAY WITH THAT and push forward and keep going and you will advance beyond the crowd. Most people either A) get obsessed with making the first version perfect and never go anywhere, or B) feel so depressed from their first version being a failure they never go anywhere. SKIP OVER ALL THAT, and get somewhere.

Or don’t, and continue to take small actions, and remain in limbo for the rest of your life.

This is my challenge for you. Are you up for it? Tweet me @dainmiller and let me know you are taking massive actions. Ask me questions on the best massive action to take. I will hold you accountable. You aren’t allowed to do small things if you are following me. I will make sure you are accountable. Go to twitter and follow me and let’s do this.

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How to Stop Getting Stuck As a Developer

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30. The Advanced Beginner Formula: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming an Advanced Beginner

How to become an advanced beginner

1. Pick 1 language and 1 framework. If you can’t decide, pick Ruby on Rails and be done with it.

2. Gather Context! Read 10 tutorials in your framework & language. 10 is a lot. If you don’t know what I mean by this, I recorded an entire portion of an episode on this topic here: starthere.fm/webdev/one.

3. Reps and sets: Do 10-25 tutorials. can you do it?

4. BONUS: find mentor to ask questions on ur journey 🙂 twitter is great for this, check out my podcast on networking on twitter here: starthere.fm/general/28-how-to-…ing-for-introverts

4. Project Phase
A. Learn a version control system & setup git project
B. Find project online that u suspect uses ur framework and language
C. Pull out paper and do a “low fidelity” mockup of the website that you are seeing.
D. get basic application up and running by following tutorial “How to build a blog in FRAMEWORK/LANGUAGE HERE”
E. break your mockups into “sections” that are tutorials you might find online, then combine the tutorials together into an app

5. BONUS: Ask mentor any questions you might have at this phase
Attempt to develop relationship with mentor

6. Pre-job last educational push (courses, coaches, further professional development, etc). Modeling a person is a great thing to do in this phase. Find a course or program or person that you can model or learn from in this phase.

7. You’re ready to start looking for a job.

Please hit the like button if you listen to this podcast! I’m trying an experiment based on the number of likes different posts get. 🙂

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29. How to Eat and Exercise for Better Programming (& My Latest Experiments)

Hey everyone,

Thanks for being a listener and subscriber. Trying something incredibly different for this episode, just trying to have fun with the podcast and add music and other things I enjoy.

Let me know what you think. miller.dain@gmail.com

I’ll be back next time with some hardcore technical content for ya. But for now, eating and exercise. I know it’s a touchy subject, but we gotta’ talk about it. It will change everything.

Thanks to DJ Shadow for the audio. You can find the song here www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcxsheROd3Em. He’s incredible.

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28. How to Network and Stay In Your Comfort Zone (Step by Step Guide to Networking for Introverts)

Resources mentioned:
– Social book www.amazon.com/Social-Why-Brains…ect/dp/0307889092
– Compelling People book www.amazon.com/Compelling-People…ial/dp/0142181021

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25. The Secret to Project Management, Finding a Client, and Learning Comp-Sci as a Self Educator

Resources:
– Ruby on Rails episode 1 mentioned many times in episode here Starthere-rubyonrails – 1-bootcamps-vs-learning-solo-how-to-begin-with-ruby-on-rails
– Discrete Mathematics Textbook. For this one guys, there are like 40 options on Amazon. So what you want to do is find a book called “Discreet Mathematics and Its Applications”. Unfortunately though some versions of this book cost $240 USD, but the good news is some only cost 40 cents. So it varies wildly, and really you can select any version at whatever price you can afford. Here is a direct amazon link to the search result where you can select from the price point you can afford. bit.ly/search-for-discrete-text-on-amazon
– Analysis of Algorithms. For this one, I recommend this book www.amazon.com/Introduction-Algo…sis+of+algorithms which is about $60 USD. Worth every penny.

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How to Be A Successful Developer & How to Overcome The Advanced Beginner Syndrome

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24. Q&A – Click Here to Level Up: Cognitive Biases of the Brain, and How to Sell Yourself

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23. The Motivation Episode and Becoming a Programming Super Learner

On this episode we discuss the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset, what you should focus on for developer success, and how to overcome the challenges associated with procrastination and fear of failure.

Resources mentioned:
– Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Book) (Non-affiliate amazon link)www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psycholog…eck/dp/0345472322
– Aaron Patterson’s commit history github.com/tenderlove?tab=activity

Resources not mentioned, but that I think you’d like:
– The Art of Thinking Big (Book) (Non-affiliate amazon link)www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Thinkin…oduct_top?ie=UTF8

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22. Communication & Leadership for Developers, Managing Relationships with Partners

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21. Getting Into Web Dev & Learning How to Learn

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20. Introduction to Testing and QA

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19. A New Show! Start Here: Ruby on Rails

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18. The Freelance Playbook: How to Start Prototyping in the Browser

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17. The Freelance Playbook: UX & Wireframe Fundamentals

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16. The Freelance Playbook: Project Proposal and 2nd Conversation

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15. The Freelance Playbook: Your First Client Conversation

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14. Introduction to JavaScript

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13. When Do You Know Enough to Start Looking for Work?

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12. Nodejs & Getting Back to the Future

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11. Building Mobile Apps & The Future of Web Dev

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10. Introduction to PHP & Laravel

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9. Introduction to Ruby on Rails

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8. Building Your Portfolio and Getting Your First Project

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7. Introduction to a Career in Web Development

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6. Introduction to the Back-End

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5. Launching Your First Website

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4. Web Dev Toolbelt

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3. Introduction to CSS

In episode 3 Dain & Keith talk about areas of CSS that you should take time to understand.

Resources

learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/getting-to-know-css/ with Shay Howe

After doing this lesson you’ll understand more about the CSS cascade, specificity, selectors, common values and lengths.

meyerweb.com/eric/tools/css/reset/ by Eric Meyer

CSS Frameworks

getbootstrap.com/
foundation.zurb.com/
getuikit.com/

Talk to Us

What do you think are the most difficult CSS concepts to understand? miller.dain@gmail.com

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2. Introduction to HTML

Tasks

– Lesson 2, learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/getting-to-know-html/

This lesson from Shay Howe dives into more HTML goodness. Continue building the Styles Conference website and learn about page structure and properly using various HTML elements.

– Talk To Us

Tell us why you want to be a web developer.

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1. Start Here to Build a Career in Web Development

Tasks

– Read Steps 1 & 2 from DevelopAJob.com

This site is a good overview of web development. The author provides additional resources some of which you can purchase. We don’t believe you need to pay for an education in web development so bypass those resources. In step 2 we’d ask you to skip the Build Your First Website section. Our second resource provides a more thorough lesson.

– Work through Lesson 1, Building Your First Web Page, from learn.shayhowe.com

Shay’s lesson is a crash course and a fantastic introduction to HTML and CSS. Technically, it’s a lesson about building for the front-end but we think every web developer should know these things.

– Talk to Us

Please tell us why you want to be a web developer. What are your reasons and what job are you switching from? Leave us a comment below. If you have questions about web dev please ask away. You can also Contact us directly.

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