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Here’s the fastest way to get a web developer job

Are you looking for the quickest way to get a web developer job? You’re in the right spot. In today’s article, I’m discussing a job position that’s often overlooked by the web developer industry, but can have some serious positive impacts on your career trajectory. Let’s talk about it!


You’ve heard the story before:


“Hi, I’m Dolly Developer, and in three months I learned how to code and got a job!”

Or the more nonchalant delivery, something like:


“Coding actually isn’t that hard. I took a few Udemy courses, got my portfolio together and now work as a remote full-stack web developer. You just have to put your vibes out there.”


These stories are motivational for those of us who are still in the earliest stages of our coding journey, reminding us that our dream job (or something like it) is within arm’s reach.

The reality is, coding is hard. It does take time to learn, even the basics. I know people who have invested three, four years in self-learning before landing their first dev job. And you know what? That’s totally OK! This stuff is difficult.

Coding isn’t just about learning how to type weird combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols: it requires learning about computer science, architecture, planning, debugging, documentation, soft skills like clear communication, and dozens of other components; and then synthesizing all of those things so you can apply them to build and maintain computer applications.

That takes time, effort, lots of trial and error, and even more patience.

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At this point you might be thinking: “OK, so this article is about the fastest way to get a web developer job. Are you going to tell me or not?”


Oh yeah, I’ll get there. But I wanted to clear up some confusion for people who may be thinking they’re failing, or not cut out for the industry, or just plain feel defeated because some dude on the web got a job in two weeks after studying at Team Unicode. Those cases are very rare exceptions.

All that said, you may be the type of person who wants to get your foot in the door ASAP. Well, I do have some great news for you. If you want to get a job in web development fast, there’s a special type of job position that is perfect for newbies in your position. Ready?


WordPress.


That’s right, I said it: WordPress!

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It’s a dirty word in some dev circles, but if you want to get a web developer job fast, WordPress is one of your best bets.

People love to dump on WordPress jobs because they’re perceived as low-skill, $5/hr type things you find on hire-a-freelancer sites. In some cases, that may be true. Relative to web development (where you’re architecting, prototyping, testing, debugging, and doing all sorts of crazy voodoo with your keyboard), searching for themes and plugins on WordPress and clicking on the ones that sound or look good is not all that difficult. It does take a skill, but it’s also the reason WordPress devs have a bad rep sometimes. I like to call this type of development button-mashing WordPress.

However, that is only one type of WordPress development.

The type of WordPress that I’m talking about, the other type that is worth your time, is web development-level WordPress. As in:

  • Designing and coding custom themes.
  • Building custom plugins.
  • Extending backend functionality for admins and maintaining existing code bases.
  • Building, deploying, and troubleshooting databases.
  • The list goes on.

All of this requires working knowledge of the building blocks of web development and beyond:

  • HTML.
  • CSS.
  • JavaScript.
  • PHP.
  • SQL.
  • Even frameworks and libraries like React.

Web-dev WordPress jobs are plentiful. Not only that, you get to flex your web development skills in a contained ecosystem where you’ll quickly see how your code and other input is transformed into an enterprise-level solution. Making personal projects and studying online is one thing; coding for enterprise is quite another. And a WordPress job is a great way to kick that off.

Sure, you’ll probably be pressing buttons and browsing themes that somebody else made at some point. . .So what? As long as a part of the job entails working directly with code, it’s an opportunity worth considering. And remember, you don’t have to stay a WordPress developer forever — you could stay a year and then move on. You’ll then have an entire year’s worth of enterprise developer experience under your belt, making you all the more valuable in the eyes of thousands of employers.

A note about compensation with WordPress jobs. It’s true that they usually don’t pay as well as other web dev jobs. But while others are struggling to figure out how ES6 fat arrow functions work in practical applications, you’ll actually be working with real-life practical applications that range from troubleshooting a CSS flexbox issue to untangling a messy MySQL database. Think of it as getting paid to learn while doing your job.

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So if you’re trying to get a web developer job as quickly as possible, check out the job boards and search WordPress. Since there are so many out there, you won’t have to relocate to an expensive coastal city to rock this kind of job; they often have a less intensive learning curve compared to other dev jobs because the ecosystem is contained (whereas with other jobs, you might be working with multiple platforms, for instance); and you’ll be racking up some serious experience points as leverage for your next job.

Give it a thought! As always, if you have any questions about how to get a web developer job, let me know in the comments below.
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3 thoughts on “Here’s the fastest way to get a web developer job

  1. I agree. Most mid to senior devs trash WordPress and don’t know that they are hurting people’s chances on getting into the industry. You can become a content editor working with HTML, CSS, and WordPress. This alone could give you the boost you need to get on the right track as a dev. Besides, those types of jobs can pay between 40k and 50k and are super easy. A junior dev could just pick up that type of job, work his/her butt off on the side learning React, Vue, C# etc and within a year or 2 jump to another job making 70k+.

    Today WordPress, especially with the Gutenberg editor, uses React to develop themes and plugins(you can still use php though). I have seen tutorials that are using Gatsby, WordPress/Api, and Next.js. Working with a popular javascript framework like React and having API knowledge is crucial for the industry…and you can get that knowledge by first getting into WordPress.

    • Absolutely! As far as Gutenberg goes, it took me awhile to warm up to, but I don’t mind it at all now. I think incorporating React was a step in the right direction. Thanks for the great comment!

  2. I think I’m going to follow your advice as I definitely need to get into web-development as soon as possible. The only thing that concerns me is whether WordPress is going to continue being as popular with the web-development community, because of the changes brought about by Gutenberg.

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