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Sarah Yoder
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Digital Marketing Manager at The Greater Boston Food Bank

I'm working on transitioning from a career in marketing to web development. I have had technical aspects in my work for the last six years, and while I enjoy marketing, I don't want that to be my career. So, in 2016 I decided to take classes and learn more than HTML/CSS. Since then, I've learned many programming languages and built an online portfolio. I completed a certificate and am applying to jobs and attending networking events, but it is really tough not having a web development position to show employers. I'm persisting because I know that once someone gives me a chance, they'll be glad they did. I always do my best. and my employers have always been pleased with my work. I've never had anything less than a stellar review! So even now, at the bottom of my field with little experience, I'm persisting, and I know I'll reach my goal!

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Jim Reinknecht
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Captain Web Developer Javascript Developer at Patriot Harbor Lines

Make sure your personal website, portfolio, and github are up to snuff. Make sure You document the hell out of your GitHub repo. Write a tech blog even if no one reads it, put it on your portfolio. As others have said, freelancing / upwork / fiverr is a good way to build up experience. How is your JavaScript? You can contribute to open source projects too. You are competing in segment with not a lot of entry level / junior positions (even though the segment NEEDS it). You have to figure out a way to stand out from a bootcamp grad who has a full stack portfolio and real projects on their portfolio.

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Ronald Stanton
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Systems Administrator at Quest Wyndham Resorts

Sarah, like your name implies, patience. You re taking a bold and courageous step towards your new career choice. You will get there for sure. Just persist and keep positive, Meanwhile, do some creative web development on your own.

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Brian Waller
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Service Technician at Everi

Getting a job where you have experience is tough enough. No experience and changing fields? Better odds winning power ball. Not being negative but realistic. I've been out of work for 7 months and no end in sight with jobs I have multiple years experience in.

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texxgadget .
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Have you build yourself a home lab ? A couple machines with virtual box running on them to allow you to run a bunch of virtual machines will let you build some proofs of concept.

Everyone and their Uncle knows HTML & CSS. How are you with JBOSS? Can you create multiple vittual sites on the same Apache server?

Remember Unix & Linux based developers make more than Windows people. Too many people know Windows...

Checklist: Unix shell, Php, Java, Python, Ruby, MS Powershell ?

Are you going to user & professional groups?

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Rafael Angel LopezFerrer Sr.
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Information Technology Specialist (Inventory Management/Computer Operator III)

Yes you will! Have you tried freelance work? Doesn't have to be big or pricey, perhaps something for a local non-profit or small business. As you pad your portfolio (above table) you can grow the size and scope of your projects. This will get the attention of your big competitors, among which the smartest one will offer you a position. A one woman, one company, merger? You never know...

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Ashley Wilson
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Content Manager at Jobcase

Good luck Sarah! If you need anything let us know : )

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