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What Companies Look For in a Bootcamp Graduate

According to a recent study done by Indeed, the overwhelming majority (99.8%) of employers who have hired a bootcamp graduate say they would do so again. Towards the end of your bootcamp, you'll start to work on your resume and LinkedIn profile. You've heard the basic tips - check for typos, add references, plug in relevant keywords - but with the increase of recent bootcamp graduates (22,949 in 2017 up from 15,077 in 2016, according to Course Report) - what do hiring companies actively look for in bootcamp graduate resumes?

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A VESTED INTEREST IN THEIR COMPANY

As a coding bootcamp graduate, if you apply to every job under the sun with a generic portfolio and cover letter, chances are you're spreading yourself too thin. Take the time to write a bit about what drew you to the company, and what projects in your GitHub profile directly relate to their industry or mission.

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AN OPEN MINDSET

In terms of time, fresh bootcamp graduates do not have as much experience as tenured software developers and computer science majors. Go into your interviews with that mindset - and show a willingness to learn and absorb information. Don't forget to ask questions!

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ONGOING EDUCATION

Networking is key - so employers look for hires who are actively involved in continued education and networking. Keeping up with whats-what is important, and dedication to an outside organization shows your ambition and dedication to continuous improvement.

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EAGERNESS TO LEARN

This might go without saying, but it is extra important in this field. Technology is constantly changing - so developers and creatives must always be ready to switch gears and adopt new programs.

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ROBUST UNDERSTANDING OF TOPICS

Employers know what languages developers use within their company - so when they move forward to recruit new talent, they know what languages to look for. For example, If they need front-end developers, they'll look for graduates with experience in JavaScript.

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