Today, we’ll explore 7 tips for finding your first Web3 job!
Within the Eat The Blocks audience, we have quite a few Web2 developers wanting to get into Web3.
In 2017, I was a web developer just like many and understood things were about to change. This is how I got started looking and found my first job in Web3.
It was the first time I found a full time job as a software developer, I was getting paid $100,000 per year and it was fully remote. It was such a massive upgrade for my career!
More than that, it was also an incredible opportunity to be part of a new wave of developers that will contribute to the future of the internet.
This pushed me to create a blog to help other web developers to do the same, this then led to me starting the YouTube channel that’s now counting over 140,000 subscribers.
And since 2017, we have had more than 7 million views on the channel and on our coding school. More than 10,000 developers took our courses, and recently I launched a six months boot camp for website redevelopment. Our content is 100% up to date, comprehensive and well-structured.
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All right, so let’s get started with the first tip: I see too many beginners going straight into Web3 development without any prior knowledge…
That’s a big mistake. Web3 is built on top of Web2. A lot of tutorials on Web3 already assume that you know the fundamentals of development.
And employers in Web3 prefer candidates who already have a few years of experience as a software developer. So if you don’t already know web development, you will struggle to get into the industry. So learn Web2 first!
If you are like most people, when you study something new, you watch some tutorials on YouTube. There is some great content here, but the danger is that you get stuck in tutorial hell.
It means you will copy and paste code endlessly without learning much, and it gets worse when you want to apply to jobs. If all you have on your CV is some online courses, it’s not going to fly high and impress anyone…
What you need is a nice portfolio of Web3 projects.
It doesn’t matter how good you become at web development. If nobody knows, you can do it.
That’s why you need to work in public. How can you do that? It’s simple.
You go to Twitter and you share what you are working on. There are a lot of developers on Twitter and this includes Web3 developers as well.
Talk of what you are building, the problems you are facing and how you solve them.
Another way to work in public is to create a blog and to share your crypto journey there.
Many website developers found their first offers after contributing to open source projects. If you go that route, make sure to pick a project that you care about.
There are two caveats here.
First, there is no guarantee you can work a long time on open source and not be rewarded.
And second, contributing to open source is difficult. It’s not always easy to get some guidance from other contributors. This is why I don’t necessarily recommend this to beginners.
You know the saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
Well, for something as technical as web3 development, it’s actually both of them.
If you just have the knowledge and not a good network, it’s not impossible to find a good job in Web3. It’s just that it’s going to take more time, so why not make it easier for you?
There are three places I would recommend to network first.
#1 Twitter. As I said before, on Twitter you have a lot of developer, including web web3 developers. So start to hangout on Twitter, follow other website developers, and participate in a conversation.
#2 another good place to network is Discord. You have a lot of communities for Web3 on Discord. Some of these communities are for web3 developers like the Discord on the blogs and you also have a lot of Web3 projects that are also on Discord, especially what we call Dao.
Dao are a special kind of Web3 project that are completely decentralized. And by being a member of a Dao and participating in conversation in their Discord, you can find some freelance gigs or a full time job, and usually when you get a job like this, you skip the typical recruiters process completely.
#3 And the last place you can use for networking is Hackathon.
I’ve spoken with several developers that were at the junior level and got their first opportunity through Hackathon. They hadn’t even started building anything yet.
And simply because some like the look of their profile, they were invited for an informal chat and the next thing you know, they’re doing great work and getting paid in ether. In comparison, in Web2, it’s pretty much impossible to do the same thing.
My next tip is to learn the Web3 culture.
If you ask the average person in the street, they will tell you that people in crypto just want to get rich quickly. This might be true for a lot of the investors, but for developers it’s a bit of an oversimplification.
It’s true that the extra money you can make in crypto is attractive, but beyond this, a lot of builders and developers in this space are really into the social project of crypto.
Crypto isn’t just some random technology thanks to decentralization. It has the potential to fundamentally transform our societies.
My last tip is to learn the lingo of Web3, fungible, non fungible token, etc.
You need to learn all these terms. The more articulate you are, the better you will be at picking up conversation and explaining this to others.
You will also sound more knowledgeable in interviews.
Learn the terms, learn what they mean and how they fit together.