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5 Common Mistakes Beginners Make When Applying for Their First Software Developer Job

Sigma School
7th February 2024

Applying for your first job in the tech industry can be a daunting task. Today, we'll discuss the top five mistakes beginners often make while trying to land their dream job in tech, and more importantly, how to avoid them.

1. Not Working with the Right Partners

The first mistake beginners often make is not working with the right partners, such as HR companies or tech recruiters. These professionals have a network of companies and people that they're hiring for, which can be leveraged by beginners who may not have established their own network yet. Tech recruiters can speed up your connections and provide you with access to thousands of companies. They also have a good understanding of what the industry needs and can help you tailor your skills and resume accordingly.

2. Not Showcasing Projects and Skills

The second mistake is not showcasing your projects and skills. As a beginner, you need to stand out from the crowd. One of the best ways to do this is by showcasing the projects you've worked on. This not only demonstrates your technical skills but also shows potential employers that you can complete projects successfully. If possible, deploy your projects live so that employers can see your work in action.

3. Lack of Preparation for the Technical Interview

The third mistake is a lack of preparation for the technical interview. It's crucial to understand your projects and be able to explain your code. Even if you've used open-source code or tools like ChatGPT, you should be able to explain what you've done and why. Understanding your code shows that you're not just copying and pasting, but truly comprehending and learning.

4. Poor Online Interview Etiquette

The fourth mistake is poor online interview etiquette. In an online interview, it's important to show your face and present yourself professionally. Dress appropriately, be on time, and make sure your environment is clean and quiet. This shows respect for the interviewer and demonstrates your seriousness about the job.

5. Not Tailoring Your Application to the Company

The fifth and final mistake is not tailoring your application to the company. When applying for a job, it's important to show that you've researched the company and understand its mission and values. This can help you connect with the company on a deeper level and show them that you're not just interested in a job, but in their specific company.


Avoiding these common mistakes can help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of landing your dream job in tech. Remember, the key is to showcase your skills, prepare thoroughly, present yourself professionally, and tailor your application to the company you're applying to. If you're looking for more guidance and resources to kickstart your career in tech, visit Sigma School's Software Development Programme. Start your journey with us today and take the first step towards your dream tech job. Good luck with your job search!

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