Being contacted by recruiters w/no relevant experience?


#1

Hello everybody,

Wondering if you could offer your input from either end of the spectrum. Like many here, I have been using coding boot camps to help change my career. For the last 10 years I have been working in sales, and for a few years before that, working in GIS. Needless to say my portfolio basically consists of projects I’ve completed from here and Free Code Camp. Recently I’ve been active posting profiles/resumes on various job boards and in the last 2 days been contacted by recruiters within a few days of each other. I am wondering, do I address my lack of experience up front or really try to sell my portfolio? What have you done (particularly when a recruiter contacts you about a job that requires experience)?

I know from experience a good chunk of what you do is learned on the job…there’s only so much you can prepare yourself for with education. On one hand I feel comfortable having this conversation, but on the other hand, I dread screwing up what could be an ideal opportunity. What do you guys have to share?

TLDR: how do you sell yourself in interviews?


#2

Hi @zreska

I’m a bit in a similar situation (though at the moment I’m trying to build experience in real projects before applying for interviews because I feel like that’s what I need first). For me the interview part is not the most anxious aspect of it, because I never had any experience in my previous positions, which is what I use when the subject comes up: “well I didn’t have experience when I applied for this job, neither for this one, neither for this one, and yet I learned pretty fast and was among the best of my colleagues after less than a year, I did it before, I can do it again.”.

No the biggest problem for me at the moment is more regarding the likely “coding problems” that you can get in interviews, on which I’m anxious to underperform because of my lack of experience.
So at the moment I’m doing challenges at coderbyte.com, but if anyone has a project that he/she would need someone to work with on, don’t hesitate to contact me, I know some C and some Python, a few notions of JS/HTML/PHP but nothing serious.