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Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 10:02pm On Jun 08
I am a Django developer new to Backend development. I know Frontend and UI/UX Devs advertise their portfolio site but for backend it isn't the same or let me say I haven't seen it. So, Backend Devs in the house how do you advertise yourself potential employers or for potential gigs?

Stanliwise Qtguru Karleb
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by tensazangetsu20(m): 10:24pm On Jun 08
Django is bad market o.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 11:30pm On Jun 08
tensazangetsu20:
Django is bad market o.

Bro let's forget about how Django is bad market besides I am not targeting the Nigerian market. My question is how do you market your skills to potential employers as a Backend Dev?
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by tensazangetsu20(m): 11:33pm On Jun 08
nobody01:


Bro let's forget about how Django is bad market besides I am not targeting the Nigerian market. My question is how do you market your skills to potential employers as a Backend Dev?
Even abroad it's bad market. How do you market what doesn't have any demand. For beginners, you also do the same thing as frontend Devs. Projects.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by stanliwise(m): 11:39pm On Jun 08
nobody01:
I am a Django developer new to Backend development. I know Frontend and UI/UX Devs advertise their portfolio site but for backend it isn't the same or let me say I haven't seen it. So, Backend Devs in the house how do you advertise yourself potential employers or for potential gigs?

Stanliwise
To advertise your skill it is majorly by using your GitHub page. As a backend dev you must have portfolio that showcase brilliance implementation of business logic and unique application logic implementation in areas like
Mailing
CRUD operation
Payment gateway
Api oriented application
File management and processing
Etc

Using recent skill set and style like:
OOP
MVC architecture
Design patterns
Well the above is not a necessity except you’re working with in a team of large amount of developers

Or you could build a uncommon app like engines(game or graphics), payment gateway, library to abstract process complications etc.

Backend is beautiful but only to those who know what it is.

Avoid touting yourself for roles with
Web developer tag
Web designer
Programmer
If you do be ready to explain yourself that you’re a backend niche

Ensure you many times apply for roles with backend developer as their name and read the specifications to ensure it fit your stack.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 11:42pm On Jun 08
tensazangetsu20:

Even abroad it's bad market. How do you market what doesn't have any demand. For beginners, you also do the same thing as frontend Devs. Projects.

I made some research though before I dabbled into it
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by tensazangetsu20(m): 11:42pm On Jun 08
nobody01:


I made some research though before I dabbled into it
Your research wasn't deep enough. Please do more before going really deep into it so you don't regret it especially as a beginner.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 11:43pm On Jun 08
stanliwise:

To advertise your skill it is majorly by using your GitHub page. As a backend dev you must have portfolio that showcase brilliance implementation of business logic and unique application logic implementation in areas like
Mailing
CRUD operation
Payment gateway
Api oriented application
File management and processing

Using recent skill set and style like:
OOP
MVC architecture
Design patterns
etc

Or you could build a uncommon app like engines(game or graphics), payment gateway, library to abstract process complications etc.

Backend is beautiful but only to those who know what it is.

Avoid touting yourself for roles with
Web developer tag
Web designer
Programmer
If you do be ready to explain yourself that you’re a backend niche

Ensure you many times apply for roles with backend developer as their name and read the specifications to ensure it fit your stack.

Thank you for the advise

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by Karleb(m): 5:11am On Jun 09
Omo, it's hard o!

Apply only to jobs targeted at backend engineers. I once attended an interview were the test was divided into two, the front-end and the backend. Some companies are still sane enough to know the difference and when you go for interviews, tell them that you don't do front-end.

There was a time Cowyrise were looking for Django developers.


Showcasing your backend skills is actually very hard in s world where everything is about React. If you are not being interviewed by a technical person they might think you don't know anything because all they care about is animations and carousel.

I made a post about this here around last year.

They don't care whether the SQL queries are optimized, whether your tables are normalized or your form safe of SQL injections or CSRF protected or whether you're caching or not saving files in your database. As long as your pages are not dancing and singing then you are not good to them.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by WrksOnMyMachine: 7:25am On Jun 09
Karleb:
Omo, it's hard o!

When you look at a job like this and you walk pass

Django +
React +
Rails +
Laravel +

But see a job like this

Need to handle complex payment splits with Stripe
Retrieve and compare prices in Ebay and Amazon, display in Google Sheets with hourly updates.
.... .. etc

So If you need backend jobs, you have to talk about your experience with Linux OS (Debian/Ubuntu), API's (REST & GraphQL), DB's (Postgres & Mongo & MySQL sad)

Backend more about "integration". So, you talk about .. how you used data from A, B, and C to help D do something in E.

If your doing backend, just drop Vscode and switch to VIM, it will help. My code quality has improved a ton. Those fancy GUI's obfuscate alot of unreadable code.

Checkout these old books - Study the "coupling" parts.
A practical guide to structured systems design
Structured design - Edward Yourdon
Reliable software through composite design.

More fun reading old books
Writings of the revolution - Edward Yourdon

A thoughts from my quote lib:
As to method, there may be a million and them some but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. - Emerson.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by Karleb(m): 8:17am On Jun 09
WrksOnMyMachine:


When you look at a job like this and you walk pass

Django +
React +
Rails +
Laravel +

But see a job like this

Need to handle complex payment splits with Stripe
Retrieve and compare prices in Ebay and Amazon, display in Google Sheets with hourly updates.
.... .. etc

So If you need backend jobs, you have to talk about your experience with Linux OS (Debian/Ubuntu), API's (REST & GraphQL), DB's (Postgres & Mongo & MySQL sad)

Backend more about "integration". So, you talk about .. how you used data from A, B, and C to help D do something in E.

If your doing backend, just drop Vscode and switch to VIM, it will help. My code quality has improved a ton. Those fancy GUI's obfuscate alot of unreadable code.

Checkout these old books - Study the "coupling" parts.
A practical guide to structured systems design
Structured design - Edward Yourdon
Reliable software through composite design.

More fun reading old books
Writings of the revolution - Edward Yourdon

A thoughts from my quote lib:
As to method, there may be a million and them some but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. - Emerson.

I wouldn't advice anyone choose vim over VSCode/Sublime.

Vim is generally not used by a lot of professionals because it makes things harder, I'd even choose Nano over vim. You don't necessarily need experience with all backend tools to be a backend engineer.

Forget job requirements, most actual jobs need only a set of tools. In fact, job requirements and interviews are mostly harder than actual jobs.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by spartan117(m): 4:43pm On Jun 09
You advertise by building a project with your chosen backend stack and then in your portfolio website you explain in detail what the project is about, the tech stack used, key features etc. But you have to talk about the backend features more. Then you add a link to the project.

In my first backend interview I was asked some general questions related to my programming language of choice and then backend specific questions, after which I was asked about the last backend project I did.

I and the interviewer spent the rest of the interview reviewing that project: discussing why I implemented xyz in a certain way, the drawbacks and advantages of that approach, and how I could have implemented it better. The interviewer completely ignored the frontend part of that project.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by Karleb(m): 4:48pm On Jun 09
spartan117:
You advertise by building a project with your chosen backend stack and then in your portfolio website you explain in detail what the project is about, the tech stack used, key features etc. But you have to talk about the backend features more. Then you add a link to the project.

In my first backend interview I was asked some general questions related to my programming language of choice and then backend specific questions, after which I was asked about the last backend project I did.

I and the interviewer spent the rest of the interview reviewing that project: discussing why I implemented xyz in a certain way, the drawbacks and advantages of that approach, and how I could have implemented it better. The interviewer completely ignored the frontend part of that project.

Bro, you get luck o.

I've never had this kind of interview. Na HR dey interview since.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by spartan117(m): 4:52pm On Jun 09
Karleb:


Bro, you get luck o.

I've never had this kind of interview. Na HR dey interview since.
Nawao
All the few interviews wey I don do, na the CTO of the company conduct am but HR still dey there sha.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 12:44am On Jun 10
tensazangetsu20:

Your research wasn't deep enough. Please do more before going really deep into it so you don't regret it especially as a beginner.

I think there's a job for every developer regardless of their stack. I have seen folks get gigs with Go, so Django should have some opportunities out there. All the same thanks for the advise.
Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 1:00am On Jun 10
Karleb:
Omo, it's hard o!

Apply only to jobs targeted at backend engineers. I once attended an interview were the test was divided into two, the front-end and the backend. Some companies are still sane enough to know the difference and when you go for interviews, tell them that you don't do front-end.

There was a time Cowyrise were looking for Django developers.


Showcasing your backend skills is actually very hard in s world where everything is about React. If you are not being interviewed by a technical person they might think you don't know anything because all they care about is animations and carousel.

I made a post about this here around last year.

They don't care whether the SQL queries are optimized, whether your tables are normalized or your form safe of SQL injections or CSRF protected or whether you're caching or not saving files in your database. As long as your pages are not dancing and singing then you are not good to them.

I have about the bolded a lot, in fact it was an argument on Twitter that only technical Devs should interview for technical roles and not HRs. I am also side learning React and some other Frontend skils(just the basics though to understand those I will be working with in future). Thanks for your contribution.

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Re: Backend Devs How Do You Advertise Your Skills? by nobody01: 1:02am On Jun 10
spartan117:
You advertise by building a project with your chosen backend stack and then in your portfolio website you explain in detail what the project is about, the tech stack used, key features etc. But you have to talk about the backend features more. Then you add a link to the project.

In my first backend interview I was asked some general questions related to my programming language of choice and then backend specific questions, after which I was asked about the last backend project I did.

I and the interviewer spent the rest of the interview reviewing that project: discussing why I implemented xyz in a certain way, the drawbacks and advantages of that approach, and how I could have implemented it better. The interviewer completely ignored the frontend part of that project.

This is the dream of almost every Backend Dev

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