Let’s tie it all together!
So, now that you’ve looked at some typical job post items, let’s review some key things to remember:
1. Build an A-class portfolio
Create a detailed and well-designed portfolio that highlights your strengths, lets your potential employer get a sense of who you are, and shows them what you can do. Whether it’s a personal project or coursework, you can add any project that exhibits your familiarity with tools and grasp on concepts and languages.
2. Get real-world experience
Nothing stands out more than hands-on experience, and you can build a lot of experience even before you start your first XR Developer job. Attend hackathons, join school clubs and meetups, and leverage every opportunity to engage with fellow AR and VR enthusiasts or software developers to get as many quality projects under your belt as you can.
You can also volunteer time with non-profits such as Code for America or Code for Boston to solve problems for local nonprofits and polish your development skills. Along the way, you will also learn invaluable teamwork, problem-solving and project management skills.
3. Highlight your teamwork and communication skills
Your ability to collaborate is key to your success in any organization. Building software requires a substantial amount of coordination and communication. Every team-project and group-assignment helps you become better at these skills, and your resume and portfolio should definitely highlight your ability to work with others and effectively communicate with different stakeholders.
Bonus Tip: Start-Ups vs Enterprises
Smaller companies, like VR and AR dev-shops, have more specific needs, and they need their employees to be able to get up-and-running right out of the box. This is, in part, because they are often constrained by time and budget in a start-up-style atmosphere. Medium-to-large size enterprises (that do, or don’t, specialize in VR) can afford to invest more time into their new interns and employees so that they can gain that critical experience. With many of these companies, especially large software companies, you will have to face coding interviews, however, so study-up on these as much as you can or, of course, you can always get these necessary skills from a coding Bootcamp like ours.