You Don't Have to List Your Bootcamp on Your Resume

04/06/20191 Min Read — In Career, Hiring

At my day job, we hire plenty of juniors, fresh out of code camp. We make a pretty decent effort to mentor and guide them. Of course, we could improve but I'm pretty proud of most the work we do with these career switchers. We always treat them well and with respect but I don't think that's the case out there in the big bad world. I have seen listings outright say that bootcampers need not apply. This is disheartening but there is a way forward for you.

Just this weekend I saw this comment about how applicants should remove a particular code school's name from their resume. yelp review code school

But for a lot of bootcampers, this experience makes up the entirety of their dev history. The rub is, that just isn't sufficient. And now it's a black mark. You need shipped projects, working projects, you need recent action on your GitHub, you should publish an article, maintain a blog, build more than one personal site, contribute to open source. How in the HELL can you be unemployed, go to code school, AND do all this stuff? Two things: you make the time and you make better use of your time.

And to top it all off, you still don't want that code school experience on your resume. You use the projects to feed your articles, you use your new found skills to build projects for your friends. You keep a learning journal to track all of this. You publish your code to GitHub. When you use other people's code, you contribute back. You start a little LLC or Sole Proprietorship and do your work under this new name. You build a brand for yourself. Everything you do has 2 or 3 uses. You work a little harder and a whole lot smarter and you do it for yourself, helping others along the way. Your code schooling is just a tool to help get you there.