Exercise Weekend

You've learned an awful lot about programming - Now it's time to show employers what you know, and why you're a great fit for their companies! We'll begin by taking a break from coding to fine-tune your resume.

LinkedIn Profiles

If you don't already have an up-to-date, professional-looking resume, I'd suggest starting by making a LinkedIn profile, which you can later be used to generate a resume. Many employers will even ask for your LinkedIn profile in lieu of a resume. For most people, I suggest you organize your LinkedIn profile as follows:

  • Include a recent photo.
  • Edit your tagline to something like "Junior web developer", "Student at Epicodus", or something similar.
  • Create a custom URL including your name.
  • Write a short summary of what you're doing now (learning to code), what relevant skills you bring from your previous work/hobbies/volunteer experience, and what you're excited about working on in the future. Keep it under five sentences.
  • Add a link to your Github profile (and optionally your website) to your summary. The link will show up as a large box, this is OK.
  • Add 1-3 of your Epicodus projects to the Projects section, including your internship project (after you've completed your internship). Include links to the Github code or a live site on Heroku, Github Pages, or another hosting option, if possible. Talk about what the projects do and what technologies were used.
  • Next, list your previous jobs under Experience, with a short description of what you did at each role. Be specific and succinct - use concrete numbers and examples, like "Responsible for onboarding and training two dozen new employees in 3 months", rather than vague statements, like "Fulfilled management duties beyond expectations." If you have more than 3 or 4 previous jobs, just include the most recent ones (unless earlier ones are relevant to the jobs you're applying for).
  • Break down past experience descriptions into bullet points. You can easily do this by using the Alt-8 shortcut.
  • Add Epicodus to your Education section. Write a brief summary of what you're learning and doing at Epicodus. Don't write about what Epicodus is - write about your experience. For example, one student wrote "I'm currently learning how to build web applications with JavaScript, Ruby/Rails, HTML, and CSS. More importantly, I'm learning how to think more like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies." Another wrote: "At Epicodus I've learned how to learn programming languages more than learning any one language for the sake of itself. I've learned how to work towards a programming goal on my own and with others until success happens. I've also learned how quickly I can process a tremendous amount of information that is new and uncomfortable at first, and have it feel comfortable like a worn pair of jeans by the end of a week!" Don't copy these examples - come up with your own that describes your own unique experience.
  • In the Skills section, list skills you've learned at Epicodus, like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Ruby, SQL, Ruby on Rails, AJAX, Git, TDD, pair programming, and more that are specific to your own course track.

Don't include months in any of the dates - just years.

After you finish updating your profile, check it out in an incognito window in Chrome to make sure you have all settings correct to make your information publicly visible.

Here are a couple examples of past student LinkedIn profiles to check out: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caleb-codes/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/moofmayeda, www.linkedin.com/in/mattwilliams85.