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How to get your first iOS development job

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Do you have any suggestions for people trying to get their first iOS developer job, particularly in relation to portfolio projects and testing? Or suggestions for content?

Ellen Shapiro: It's always that catch 22 when you're trying to get your first job, nobody wants to hire you if you have no experience, but if you have no experience you can't get hired. Or you can't get experience without getting hired.

“I've always been impressed with people who can have something on GitHub where they can talk through, here are the decisions that I made, here are sort of some of the things that maybe I would have done differently if I had to do this again.”

One thing that I would say, I know that I've always been impressed with people who can have something on GitHub where they can talk through, here are the decisions that I made, here are sort of some of the things that maybe I would have done differently if I had to do this again. It is always impressive to have some stuff in the app store. I think the bar for that is lower than it used to be, given all the improvements to code signing.

You still have to bang your head on your desk a lot to make it work, but it's a lot less than it used to be. So it's definitely something where it is a little bit less of a thing to just sort of have something random on the app store. But I think having something where you can talk through, here's the problem that I identified, here's how I tried to solve it. Here's some thoughts about the architecture of the application. Here's some thoughts about some additional features I might want to do. Here's how I've tested it. Having the ability to talk through and describe that stuff is really great. And honestly, a really good way to practice that is to write it up in a README.

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