When you’re just getting started as a junior software developer, it seems like it’s impossible to break into the market and get a junior developer job. Everybody wants to hire somebody with experience.
How do you get that experience if nobody will hire a developer with no experience?
It can be really overwhelming searching for a junior developer job especially when you’re new to the industry, and quite possibly making the biggest career shift of your life.
Fortunately there are tons of job sites out there listing vacant software developer positions—including junior or entry-level roles. In this article I list some of the 25 best sites I have found that will make your search for a junior developer job much easier.
They are broken down into six categories: general job sites, startups only, remote work, mobile development, Ruby on Rails development jobs, and WordPress positions.
1. Authentic Jobs
Authentic Jobs is a site for those who want to work on the web.
Their gorgeous interface makes it simple to search full-time, part-time, remote jobs, internships, and more. They even have listings in fields outside of web development, like content strategy and UI design.
GitHub, the most popular Git repository hosting service with 9 million users, has its own job board. Here you can search openings by keyword (like “Ruby on Rails” or “front end” or, better yet, “entry level”) and location.
They feature mostly full-time jobs. And, of course, all listings are for positions in the web devevelopment space or related ones.
Indeed is one of the largest job sites out there, with tons of postings culled from around the internet. Chances are you’ve probably already used Indeed in your job search—web development related or otherwise.
Type in your desired location and a keyword that encapsulates what you want to do (e.g. “WordPress development”) and let the search begin.
Jobbatical is based on the concept of a “sabbatical”, AKA a period of paid leave (most common with professors).
Basically, Jobbatical features paid international job placements, mostly at startups. The openings—which are predominantly tech-based—are for short periods of time: typically between 2 – 12 months.
Jobbatical is a perfect job site for globetrotters, or those who want to live in a new country for a few months…and get paid while doing so!
Krop is a job site for web creatives—including web developers.
You can easily browse job openings by “tag”, or key term. Most of the listings are for full-time employment. Even more: Krop gives you the ability to build a portfolio and showcase your work—unlike others on the list.
The popular site Mashable also has a job board, where all listings pertain to tech and/or the media.
No account required to apply to positions. However, you can also post your resume and cover letter to the site—and you need an account to do that.
7. The Muse
If you haven’t stumbled upon The Muse’s blog yet…where have you been!?!
The site also has an awesome job board where it is easy to search by level, type, and the company. Even better, they provide easy-to-digest company profiles. (And all the companies who list openings on The Muse seem cool, too!)
8. Smashing Magazine
Like Mashable, Smashing Magazine is a website that also has a job board.
However, jobs listed on Smashing Magazine are in the design and programming space only. Smashing Magazine also makes it simple to search full-time and/or freelance gigs.
9. Stack Overflow
The popular site where people post programming-related questions also has a thriving job board. Search openings by full-time, remote, and more.
They even have an option where you can search based on visa sponsorship. Most of the listings relate to engineering and software development jobs. If you’re just starting out, make sure to add “junior” or “entry level” into your search query to avoid all the senior listings.
The popular Tuts+ blog and online learning portal also has a job board where you can find developer and design related openings.
Even better, the Tuts+ job board has international listings. You may be thinking that the list is short, but it is updated often. And you don’t need an account to apply.
Want to work at a startup?
Then AngelList is a perfect place to search for developer positions at your favorite up-and-coming startups. With AngelList, you must create an account as well as profile before you start searching for your dream job.
Luckily, you can autocomplete your profile by uploading your resume. This may seem like extra work. But, on the bright side, this barrier to entry (taking time to fill out a profile) may keep out the masses.
12. Product Hunt
Another site we know and love with a job board is Product Hunt.
At first glance, you may think the list of openings is small but it is updated regularly, sometimes at least once a day if not more. And all the listings are at cool companies or organizations.
You don’t need an account to search jobs. But, if you want to post your resume for others to find *you*, you do need to sign up.
StartUpHire is another startup job listing site.
Here, there is no account required to apply for positions; you can simply apply on their site. You can even save listings as a “favorite” and revisit them later. Yes, without an account!
However, you will need an account if you want to create a profile on their site so that employers can more easily find you.
15. Y Combinator
Want to work at a YC-backed startup? If yes, this is your go-to place because it only features YC companies. Some of the positions are at brand new YC companies, others at established.
You’ll notice that there is not a huge list to choose from. But if you want to work at a selective YC-backed company, this is where you should look.
FlexJobs has remote, or telecommuting, job listings only. FlexJobs has a ton of job types featured at varying levels, from junior to executive.
To job hunt on FlexJobs, though, you need to create an account. And it will cost you from $14.95/month to $49.95/year. However, it may be worth the little extra because FlexJobs screens all of their job listings—which can save you time in the long run. And as we all know, time is money!
This job site is designed to match women in tech with remote jobs.
You must create a profile to get started. Then, you get vetted, and later matched to a perfect company. Think of it like a matchmaking service, but for remote tech jobs!
Even better, you get a paid working trial to see if the company is a good fit.
18. Working Nomads
Working Nomads is a job site that aggregates remote listings from across the web. Most come from sites like StackOverflow.
They showcase jobs in several categories: Design, Marketing, SysAdmin, etc. But without a doubt their development section is the most thriving. Moreover, Working Nomads has a newsletter so that you can get daily or weekly job opening updates straight to your inbox.
20. Android Jobs
As the name suggests, the job site features Android-only jobs. All of the listings are aggregated, mostly coming from StackOverflow, and updated hourly. You can also sign up for weekly Android development job updates.
21. Core Intuition
This site features strictly jobs for iOS development and Mac Cocoa developers. Jobs listed are truly top-notch, at companies like Apple, Expedia, Desk.com and more.
This may not be the best place for total beginners to search, given that number of listings are few and mostly senior level. But if you’re hoping to become an iOS developer, this is a great site to check out.
22. Ruby Inside
The popular Ruby Inside blog also has a jobs site with Ruby on Rails jobs. All of the jobs have been aggregated from SimplyHired.
There are plenty of filters you can choose from to find positions best for you. This includes an “experience” filter where you can look for listings that only require 0-2 years.
RubyNow is a site with RoR job listings only. While the list is typically on the shorter side, they also have a job alert system where you can get notified if a new RoR listing comes to your city.
24. WordPress Jobs
The official WordPress job board—hosted by WordPress.org itself. Sort by position type, like:
Jobs featured range from full-time to project based. There is no account required to search or apply. And for all of those living outside the US: WordPress Jobs has a fair share of international listings.
Aside from the official WordPress job site, WPhired is known to be best place to find WP jobs.
Most listings are based in the US and in the UK. They even have an option here you can post your resume to the site, making it easier for employers and companies to find you.
With so many developer-friendly job boards on the Internet, there’s no excuse to sit back and wait for one to fall into your lap. So, what are you waiting for? Start applying, and add some new experience to your resume!
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Geoffrey is an experienced software developer and open source evangelist. When not coding he writes and talks about current technology trends, small business tips and developer productivity hacks. He is no coffee addict.
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