Am I Ready To Apply For Jobs?

Steven Kneiser
1-minute read

“How much coding do you need to know
to get into these interviews
and be offered a job?”

Before we get started, let’s clarify:

There is no such thing
as a Junior Developer™
or a Senior Developer™

There is no professional certification
You don’t get knighted by the Queen


You’re not licensed by The State™

Interviews can feel like college exams precisely because our industry has no formal regulatory institutions (with very few exceptions)

Doctors have their M.D. (or Ph. D.)
Lawyers passed the statewide BAR
You’re just another computer whisperer
(or someday, a Creator™ who codes)

The cop-out answer:

Software evolves sooo quickly
credentials can’t keep up

True, but that’s not half the story


You may apply to similar companies,
but they’re different teams of people
with different customers to serve

At first thought, that really sucks
but that means standards vary a lot!
This is your golden ticket

What if your job search was less like
“getting into a great college”
& more like picking a dream team?

College curricula are inherently designed
to be unremarkable & inter-changeable

I didn’t get my CS degree from Harvard
but we covered the same fundamentals:


Could we say the same
for your favorite athletes?

Do they share identical knowledge & technique? No.

Everyone disagrees on their dream team
because athletes are one-of-a-kind

You’re one-of-a-kind!
Why are you trying to be
a good-enough candidate for so many?

You’re not listed on the stock market
where multiple people can invest


Start today

Here’s some fantastic news:
all it takes is one “Yes”

You’re ready to start applying today
…just not everywhere

Stop sending 100+ applications

Find where you have Employee-Market Fit

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Did I offer a clear next action?


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