What makes a good developer?
A brief introduction to the site and what opportunities lie before you in the software industry
Introduction: The top 2%
Over 95% of Job applications are rejected. Read this to understand the importance of getting it right in recruitment
Applying for jobs
Most applications will be rejected within the first few seconds of being opened. Read this to learn the best way to deal with recruiters, how to track your positions.
Responding to job adverts
Here is a very simple way to make your application stand out from the crowds when applying for jobs.
Make sure your CV does not get rejected
Here is how to make sure your CV never gets rejected when you apply to jobs.
How a CV should look
Here are some of the basics you should apply to your CV to make sure it looks professional and easy to read.
CV Guide: Information to include on your CV
Here is our recommendation of everything to add onto and leave off of your CV.
CV Guide: Personal information
How much you should include and where should you put it.
CV Guide: Personal Statement
Many people struggle to find the right style to write a personal statement. Here is our recommendation on what to write, and how to write it
CV Guide: Technical skills
CVs are not the best way to get across how much skill you have in each technology. Here is our recommendation on how to display your technical skills.
CV Guide: Career History
Possibly the most important part of your CV and the part that prospective employers are most interested to see. Make sure you get it right.
CV Guide: Supplementary Information
Education, hobbies and references. It may not make or break your job application, but you want to make sure you get the very best out of your CV. Here is our advice on doing that.
CV Guide: The top 2% of CV’s
If you really want to guarantee the chance of getting that interview then read this to be streets ahead of the competition.
The call or meeting with the recruiter
As Developers are to recruiters; recruiters are often misunderstood by developers, but they can hold the keys to incredible positions. Learning how to deal with them to get the best out of them is very important.
Interview Guide: Preparing for and attending interviews
Here is an introduction to our interview guide
Interview Guide: Interview Types
This section will take you through the different types of interview, which some companies offer. It is good to be fully prepared on what to expect.
Interview Guide: Tests
A few recommendations when taking technical tests.
Interview Guide: Preparing for interviews
This will help you to feel totally prepared about the interview so that you can stride in to the interview room with confidence that you can handle any situation.
Interview Guide: Attending interviews
This will give you ideas on how to present yourself. It will help you to sell yourself as effectively as possible and learn how to conclude an interview professionally.
Interview Guide: The Top 2% of interviewees
Here are some optional extra ideas that really will put you in the top 2% of interviewees.
Book reviews and how writing them can have a great impact on your career
This will help you to see the benefit in writing book reviews and some useful links to make it easy to make a start.
Give your career a boost by adopting a JSR
As you will all have seen the LJC Adopt a JSR program has recently been launched. There are a lot of benefits to getting involved around building your profile, expanding your network, gaining new skills and your personal enjoyment. This is a brief post to cover some of the benefits of getting involved in the program.
Become a GDC Ambassador: How to seriously improve your profile whilst helping us move forward
The GDC Ambassadors is a new sub community within the Graduate Developer Community. Our goal is to get the message of the Graduate Developer Community out to more students and academics. We are currently expanding and want to get as many people involved as possible, so if you know someone who may be interested, tell him or her to get in touch.
You want to know what really goes on in the finance industry
We recently did a lot of research for a new post on the various careers in banking/finance. That post is coming – but one of the most interesting links we received whilst doing our research was this series, in which people across the financial sector speak to Joris Luyendijk about their working lives..
Which new technology to learn next
Apparently, developers only spend 3 hours of their day coding, what could there be to be stressed about? This post with Oliver White at Zero Turnaround interviewing Martijn Verburg of TeamSparq is definitely worth reading..
Java Developers: Boost your career in 5-7 minutes
From working in the Java London market for so long now, I have had the benefit of seeing people progress through their careers from junior to senior in many different ways. The great thing about the software industry is that there are an amazing amount of opportunities to improve your career…. giving a lightning talk is one of them.
How to get into Investment banking
A short post to on some thoughts on getting into Investment banking