Roadmap Step 5: Tap the Hidden Job Market


After you've learned an in-demand language and built a job-winning portfolio, it's time to sift through for job postings and blast out your resume, right?

Not exactly.

When you answer a public job posting it's likely your resume will never be seen by a hiring manager. That's because as soon as they post a job ad their inbox gets flooded with spam, message from salespeople, and job applicants that don't quite fit.

And if the company uses talent management software then your resume may get filtered by an algorithm before it ever reaches a human for consideration.

If you want to reliably find a high-paying developer job, you'll have to tap the "hidden job market".

Forbes Magazine explains:

Most jobs getting filled these days aren’t even advertised. Instead, they’re typically part of the hidden job market — those millions of openings that never get formally posted.

Smart companies avoid posting their best jobs on career sites. First, they use their existing networks and trusted recruiters to hire developer talent.

This is good news for you if you know how to play the game. When you work the hidden job market and make the right connections you won't come in for an interview cold. Instead, you'll have another developer or a recruiter vouching for you before the interview begins.

That's why at Coder Foundry we go beyond teaching coding.

We connect our graduates with direct with employers who are hungry to hire entry-level and experienced developers.

Watch Dr. Jeff Segal, one of the participants in our Employer Network explain how he uses Coder Foundry:

It wasn’t obvious to us where to find [developers]. So, what did we do? We went on LinkedIn, we went on Monster - we did everything under the sun.

Did it work? It did not work.

We were still struggling to find talented coders to deal with the thorny technical problems that we had, as well as some of the creative challenges we were being faced with.

We one of the problems we typically see with interviewing job candidates is that we see a piece of paper and then we have a single, perhaps two faced-to-face interviews.

[At Coder Foundry] you can actually take a look at the work that the students, or “bootcamp-ees” have performed.

It could take years for a new developer to build up enough of a reputation and professional network to reach employers through the hidden job market. That's why we're so proud to shrink that timespan for our students down to just 12 weeks.


Interested in knowing more about how our job placement services work? Contact us and ask!