5 ways to easily secure the best Swift programming job

As Swift Jobs is a platform to help Swift programmers find work, we thought we'd share some tips to help your job applications to become even more successful.

  1. Do have a portfolio.

    Having a portfolio provides proof of your ability to deliver. I've found that this is especially important when applying for iOS development jobs.

    Prospective employers/clients really like to see iOS apps live in the app store. They enjoy being able to download, interact and explore them.

    Ultimately the apps you create and the code you write is an expression of you. When an employer is looking into a prospective candidate, they will use your portfolio (and more) to get the understanding of you that they require.

  2. Keep learning, and talk about it.

    The technology industry is notoriously fast paced, but hey - it's our job to innovate!

    • Swift is a young, ever-evolving language. Mention in interviews how you watched WWDC and are excited for X feature in the Y version of Swift.
    • Mention any frameworks you use or contribute to. But considering going beyond Swift.
    • Are you hacking machine learning scripts in Python? Or you running Node JS microservices? Mention it.

    It really doesn't matter if people are using these products/side-projects/outcomes-of-random-hacking it just matters that you are doing them and that you are learning.

  3. Use key industry tools.

    Being familiar with key tools like GIT and the command line massively improve your chances of landing a job.

    Despite these being common ground for any in-industry developer, a surprising amount of fresh grads do not get taught these skills on their CS degree.

    Investing in learning these tools will yield a huge return on investment.

    For example, check out Try Git and for learning Linux/Unix style command line take a look at Linux Command.

  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills

    Critical Thinking - noun: the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

    "Programming a computer to perform complex operations is probably more demanding of critical thinking skills than almost any other activity." - CS101 Skills

    As you probably already know, critical thinking skills are important! Therefore, these are skills that employers really like to see.

    But, how do I demonstrate critical thinking skills?

    Understand the decisions behind your code, for example:

    • Why did you use a for-loop instead of a while loop?
    • Why is algorithm X better than algorithm Y?
    • Why did you sub-class instead of extending?

    Decisions like these are every programmer's day to day life - and a lot of the time we sub-consciously make these decisions based upon a mix of previous experiences, knowledge about the set of solutions available and what is the easiest, simplest or cleanest solution available.

    Being able to articulate this logical process shows to employers that you are able to understand why you are making these decisions, as opposed to being a non-thinking code-cruncher.

  5. Build soft skills

    This is an area that many developers struggle with.

    Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

    The way that the team members work with each other and the rest of the organisation is critical to success. Having the best engineers in the world means nothing if they can’t work with other people in harmony.

    Teams that are the most effective embody talent, in both the hard skills (engineering prowess) and the soft skills.

    So how do I develop the soft skills?

    Fortunately, there are many good resources out there to get you going, a good starting point would be the Developer Tea Podcast which covers soft skills in depth; asks the questions that developers can be afraid to ask and even answers listener requests. The great thing about Developer Tea is it’s tailoring to developers – made by developers, for developers.

    Another great resource: Soft Skills, The Software Developer’s Life Manual is another guide tailored to just this – ‘offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a software developer’.