How to Get a Job as a Web Developer
Yusupova's biggest piece of advice: "Network and make connections. No one will be able to hire you if they don't meet you, and now in this economy, the best opportunities will come from your network of contacts." In addition to recommending a solid foundation on the basics of Web development, she suggests that those aspiring to enter the field familiarize themselves with both design and usability, and "always know what is current."
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Web Developers
"How would you troubleshoot slow loading web pages and poorly performing stored procedures?" - UnitedHealth Group Senior Web Developer Candidate (Minneapolis, MN)
"How do you implement mobile compatibility?" - Coyote Logistics Web Developer Candidate (Chicago, IL)
"What are magic methods?" - NFi Studios Web Developer Candidate (Orlando, FL)
What is the Job Like?
According to Yusupova, workplaces for Web developers run the gamut "from a very flexible, hands on, nimble, 'fly by the seat of your pants' environment of a startup and [being] very involved with every aspect of a project, to a very structured environment with more levels of approval and a more bureaucratic approach with siloed responsibilities." She adds: "Web development is very exciting, demanding, and fun. You have the best of both worlds, where you get to exercise your creativity and have the exacting demands of coding. You always have to be learning and have the ability to learn on the fly."
Real Reviews From Web Developers
+ "The environment is awesome, you are surrounded my many different talented people working on projects that are well known and recognized." - Turner Broadcasting Web Developer (Atlanta, GA)
+ "Most people I am working with are very well-rounded, I feel I could learn a lot from most of them. I can contribute to products which are used by millions of people every day." - Google Web Developer (Mountain View, CA)
- "Never-ending high stress environment, far too many layers of management to operate at optimal efficiency." - Intel Corporation Web Developer (Hillsboro, OR)
- "It can be a bit silent in the office. There isn't a lot of interactions when you are in the office." - UPS Senior Web Developer (Atlanta, GA)
Review information and interview questions supplied by Glassdoor.