How To Get A Job With Basic Coding Skills

I am a frequent wallflower on Twitter where I go to discover new things that are of my interest. While browsing Twitter, I came across a tweet from a user asking whether it is possible to get a job with only a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS and Javascript.

Given that a majority of the population is using technology one way or or another, you would think that at solid knowledge in a programming language would be the minimum. As expected, replies from the Twitter community thought the same thing. Some weren’t so nice.

And this guy just makes it even worse. I’d doubt McDonald’s would even hire him. If you can’t provide useful comments, piss off loser!

There were plenty of folks who were more realistic and encouraging in their answers. Kudos to these users for making Twitter a community where you can learn as well as get hope and encouragement.

I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 10 years and have been on both sides of the hiring process. It’s a yes and no answer. It’s absolutely doable to find a job with minimal coding skills and I’ll explain why in a bit. At the same time, it’s ultra-competitive to get a job nowadays.

After rereading the original tweet, the op never clarified whether he is asking about a tech job or just any job. But I’ll assume he’s asking about getting a tech job. My answer is still a yes, especially at large Fortune 500 companies. Here’s why. All large enterprises’ websites are on a CMS (whether it is custom-built, hybrid, headless, or what have you).

Due to the size of the site, these companies have armies of web producers whose only job is to literally “copy and paste” content into the templated pages. But you at least have to know what headers, meta tags, and other HTML elements are. Any feature enhancements that involve development will be handled by the engineering team.

Yes, competition is fierce but it’s all about who you know or how lucky you are. I’m telling you right now, to have the highest chance of getting a job at a large company, you need to have someone on the inside.

Fortunately, you can build your network all online. Think industry forums, Linkedin, Twitter, etc. Obviously there are do’s and don’ts which I won’t go into detail here. But treat your online contact as you would someone in person. Don’t be pushy and oversell yourself.

Employee turnover is inevitable. Most companies trim their fat and freeze headcount towards the end of the fiscal year (November-December for many companies). Hiring begins in the new fiscal year when budgets get allocated. Tons of job postings will go up then. So check the job boards of companies you want to work for because they are always hiring like this web producer job.

Insider Tip: After you have found the job you want, hop on to Linkedin, and connect with someone who works at that company. After you’ve built the relationship, let him/her know about the position and politely ask if he/she can submit your resume. You may be thinking, “Why would this person do this for me?” Simple answer, because they’d get a referral fee if you get the job!

Once you get in, there is every incentive to stay with large companies for at least 2-3 years. Many tech companies have education reimbursement programs for their employees. Adobe can reimburse up to $10K/year for full-time employees who want to go to school. Now that is a sweet deal!

Last tip, if you’re young and adventurous, spend 3-6 months in a country like Hong Kong or Japan ๐Ÿ™‚ and try your luck at finding a job. I did just that when I was 26 years old. I went to Hong Kong and never looked back and you can do it too!