12 Things You Must Do to Land a Web Developer Job

Is a career in web development worth pursuing? The numbers say yes! As of 2024:

  • Hundreds of thousands of web developers are employed in the U.S. alone (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The industry is expected to grow by 16% from 2024 to 2034, much faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • There are over 25,000 web developer job vacancies on Indeed
  • The average salary for a web developer is $121,000 (BuiltInLa)
Pretty impressive numbers that show the high demand for web developers! But you might be thinking… “It’ll be YEARS before I, a tech newbie, can even start to dream about a job like that!” Well, think again! While the idea of breaking into the tech industry can be daunting, you can learn the fundamentals of web development faster than you think. And once you do, you can start looking for web developer jobs.

“Front-End Web Developer” is the term commonly used for people starting in the web development industry. But don’t let the tiny-sounding title fool you! Web developers bring home an average 6-figure and there are more than web developer job openings on Indeed as of this year!

Getting Started in Web Development

If you’re new to the industry, you’ll likely start as a “Front-End Web Developer.” Don’t let the title fool you – web developers earn an average six-figure salary, and there are thousands of job openings on Indeed as of 2024. With the right skills and training, you can join this in-demand field and start building a successful career.

To get started as a web developer, you’ll need the key skills :

  • HTML: Build a strong foundation in structuring and organizing content for the web. 
  • CSS: Master the art of styling and layout to create visually appealing websites.
  • JavaScript: Unlock dynamic functionality and interactivity for enhanced user experiences.

Then, once you’re armed with those digital superpowers, you should also look at getting to know these often-asked-for extras:

  • Web design / UX design: Develop a keen eye for design principles and user-centered design.
  • Photoshop: Familiarize yourself with the industry-standard tool for visual editing and design.
  • Version control (Git / GitHub): Learn to manage code repositories and collaborate with others.
  • Cross-browser compatibility: Ensure your websites work seamlessly across different browsers.
  • Responsive web design: Create adaptive layouts for various devices and screen sizes.
Here’s the thing, though. Learning these skills can be tough, especially if you’re new to the game. That’s where BeachCoders comes in! Our expert instructors and comprehensive courses (basic and advanced web development) will guide you every step of the way, helping you build a strong foundation and stay up-to-date with industry demands.

But is that enough? When you’ve got the coding basics and some bonuses down, are you REALLY ready to start your job search? Maybe the idea of trying to get a web developer position probably makes you feel like an imposter, and you’d be less nervous about a full root canal than an interview at a development agency.

It’s understandable. How can you feel confident in a job interview when you aren’t sure what all the job requirements actually are, or if you’re really and truly up to the job? That’s perfectly normal at this point, but you don’t have to stay paralyzed in fear and miss out on your dream career.

You’ve already conquered the hardest part of the process by getting those must-have skills. But if you want to be sure you’re a TOP candidate, there’s plenty you can do to prepare.

Here are 12 ways to get your phone ringing or email box filling up with invites to interviews. Get started with them today. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be a happily-employed developer!

12 must-dos to land your first developer job:


Creating your portfolio is JOB ONE if you want to get a developer job. Your portfolio is the first thing potential employers will look at when considering you, so it needs to be a real reflection of your skills and yourself. You can get ideas about what to put in your portfolio in step #2. But, before you can load up your portfolio, you need to code it and launch it on the wonderful World Wide Web.


Now that you’ve got your own site built, it’s time to load it up with all the things. Of course, you’ll include any work you’ve done for companies or clients (with their permission). But no need to worry if you haven’t done many—or any!—“real” projects.

If you’re new, you can always do a mockup of a landing page for a brand or product. Just make sure you let employers know that they are demos.

With our courses at BeachCoders, you’ll have the opportunity to work on real-world projects that you can add to your portfolio right away! 


Speaking of projects, a great way to get some for your portfolio is to do some freelancing on the side. It’ll give you the chance to build your experience AND beef up your bank balance while helping you round out your portfolio.

The projects don’t have to be huge ones. You can offer, for example, to re-do the navigation for a local restaurant’s website or to create an HTML newsletter for a charity organization.

And you might consider doing some charity yourself—in the form of pro bono projects. You won’t be bringing home any bacon from them, but they’ll be a great addition to your portfolio, and you can actually make unpaid projects pay off for you in lots of ways that will boost your job search and your career.


Github is the industry standard for version control, so many companies want to know that you already know how to use this tool. You can prove that AND show off your best code by creating your own Github account and using it as a repository for your projects.

After you get it set up, try to make regular contributions to your GitHub account to show that you’re consistently working on your skills. Even if they’re only for “imaginary” projects, keep your code clean and organized and include clear and concise README documentation so that employers know that you’ll be able to jump right into collaboratively coding on their teams and projects.


If most of your coding so far has been for your classes, mock projects, or solo gigs, you can also increase your teamwork cred by getting involved in an open-source project.

Open source is the term for source code that’s publicly available and can be modified by anyone. And there’s an incredible range of open-source projects, including famous ones like Ruby on Rails, Linux, MySQL, and loads of JavaScript frameworks.

Getting involved in open-source projects will:

  • Strengthen your development skills
  • Get your hands-on experience working on teams and projects
  • Let you meet and network with other developers

You can look for open-source projects of all kinds and sizes on Explore GitHub. And once you find a project you’re interested in and have explored it more, don’t be afraid to jump in and help! Some easy first steps you can take are reporting bugs, helping prioritize issues, beta testing, working on the project’s website, or improving documentation.


You can’t turn around nowadays without bumping into a hackathon! And they’re a fun and exciting way to get to know people with the same interests, tackle interesting problems, test your coding skills, learn from others, and maybe win prizes like gift cards, gear, trips, and CASH! And, oh yeah. There’s that thing of making you look good when you’re looking for developer jobs…At a hackathon, you’ll end up coding on a team, and if you’ve been learning to code on your own, proving you can hack it (get it?) with a team of coders makes you a lot more appealing to hiring managers at web development agencies.

To find hackathons near you or online, try searching sites like:

And remember to keep your eye out at the event for sponsors and recruiters. Many a web developer has gotten noticed at a hackathon and offered a job right on the spot!


In addition to fame and glory, hopefully, you’ll also get contacts in tech from those hackathons, but don’t let the networking stop there. Keep reaching out and learning more about the industry by meeting people online and in person.

The easiest way to do this is through tech meetup groups. Almost everyone city has them, and, if yours doesn’t, you can set up your own. Just pick the focus, find a place (even a coffee shop or local park will do!), and spread the word.

Or, if you’re really not in a location that lets you get together with other techies, look for communities online. Answer questions on Stack Overflow, comment on Reddit threads related to development, or help out on the WordPress.org forum.

Whether you meet in person or on the Internet, you’ll be expanding your horizons and getting to know people who can turn out to be your future co-workers or superiors.


To keep from freezing up right at the small talk phase when you meet all those techies OR during your first web developer job interview (!), start keeping up with what’s happening in tech.

You don’t need to be an expert on every story or topic out there. Just get to know what’s hot and what’s happening. And that’s beyond easy to do: You can read blogs or tech news sites over breakfast, listen to podcasts when you’re walking your dog, or scan Twitter lists while you’re waiting in line at the store.


Besides keeping up on the news, you should also keep up with learning new skills and tools of the trade. As a web developer, knowing these will make you that much more in demand.

A few Additional Skills that are most requested are:

  • CSS preprocessors like Sass or Less
  • Frameworks like React.js and Node.js
  • A CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress

Even though your portfolio is where you’ll show off your skills, a lot of companies still ask for resumes and use them to “weed out” candidates. That means yours needs to be as polished and professional as your portfolio if you want to get noticed AND hired.

Of course, you’ll want to update the information on your resume to fit web development. Also, make sure you highlight your core skills, play up any tech-related experience, and give specific details to prove your achievements and strengths.

In our Enterprise Portfolio Development Course, we don’t just focus on building a stunning portfolio – we also teach you how to create a resume that showcases your skills and experience in the best possible light.


Now that you’ve made the extra effort with these must-haves, it’s time to dive into some actual job listings. Start by just searching for a “junior web developer” and not worrying about the company or the location. The idea is for you to see what employers are looking for and what kind of options are available for you in general. BeachCoders has direct hiring partners that will find you a job that fits your skills and even gets you a paid apprenticeship to try the waters before you commit to a full-time position!

Once you’ve gotten a feel for what’s out there, go ahead and send out your resume for some jobs you’re really interested in. Be realistic but don’t be shy. Nobody’s going to come knocking on your door with a web dev position in hand. You have to put yourself out there.

And don’t forget the good ol’ grapevine! Let all your friends, family, neighbors, and—of course—hackathon/meet-up/online friends know that you’re actively looking. You never know who has a friend who has a friend who knows just the job for you.


When that shiny happy moment happens and you’re asked to go for an interview, go for it! THIS is the moment you’ve been waiting for! You can never be 100% prepared for any interview, but you know how hard you’ve worked for this so show them what you’ve got.

No matter how it goes, you’ll have survived that nerve-wracking first interview, which will make the next one that much easier. Plus you’ll have a much better idea of what future interviews will be like and what you need to work on for them. And maybe not surprisingly, there’s no better preparation for a job interview than a job interview. In no time at all, instead of just applying for junior web developer positions, you’ll be accepting your first one!

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