Written by:
Iain Brook

How to increase your
visibility as a
Go Developer

If you’re a Go Developer looking to level-up in your career this year, there’s a lot you can do to boost your visibility and build a strong application in the market. 

I speak with established Go Developers and hiring managers day in day out and their views on what’s needed to build a strong application in Golang seem to focus on similar themes. I’ve correlated their thoughts and combined them with my own experiences recruiting within Go, have a read below…

First things first…

Every day’s a learning day…

Upskill! 

Developers who continue to learn new skills are often the developers who progress further in their career.

With technology constantly evolving, hiring managers want Developers who are hungry to learn and who can adapt in line with the market.

Enhancv recently recognised – Docker, Voltdb, Redis, SQL, MongoDB and Kubernetes as the top skills hirers like to see on Golang CVs, if you don’t know much about them, why not try to learn more?

While many tech companies invest in their developers with continual training, you may feel this is slightly lacking in your current company.

The good news is there’s online training and resources you can take advantage of in the interim.

Check out Udemy, Makers academy and Plural sight for more insights on how and where you can upskill.

Get out there in the tech community!

A great way to enhance your career, get noticed and find out about the best opportunities, is to get out there and be active in the tech community.

Go is recognised as having one of the most welcoming and empowering communities in the tech development world. Why not be a part of it?

There are loads of avenues you can take when on a mission to do that…

Attend Golang / Go developer events:

We’ve spoken about upskilling, and attending events is a great way to help you do that. 

In London alone there are more than 30 developer events you can attend every week (although they are all being run online at the moment), in a pre-pandemic world an average of 1,500 developers were attending in person, community events every week.

If you’re wanting to attend more events, as a starting point check out The London Gophers meet up and be sure to check out Eventbrite / Meet-up and Skiddle to be in the know of what’s on and when.

Recognise the key players…

Getting out there in the Go community is a great way to recognise key thought leaders, groups and companies you can align yourself with.

Networking will help build your personal brand as a Go Developer. By keeping yourself in the loop, you’ll be more likely to hear about opportunities relevant to you – whether they’re potential job opportunities or opportunities to share your programming knowledge and expertise with a wider audience.

Blog about Go:

Got a cool hack? Experienced a new way of building a project that other Go developers need to hear about? Why not share it with the wider community?

Blogging is a great way to build your brand as a Go developer.

Much like events, blogging is a great way to get noticed by potential employers when the time comes to begin your job search.

There’s some great platforms you can use to get your blog off the ground, including Medium and WordPress to get you started. 

I’d also recommend joining the Go slack channel,  everything you could want to know about what’s happening within Go in the UK is shared on this channel and will be a great resource for you when it comes to increasing your own visibility.

Register with a decent specialist recruiter!

I know what you’re thinking ‘Yeah, of course you’d say that.’ But, hear me out. By registering with a specialist Golang recruiter, you’re immediately putting yourself at an advantage.

Any specialist recruiter worth their salt will only work with the best hiring companies, so you’re already putting yourself at the forefront of the action when it comes to opportunities. 

Also, your specialist recruiter will be able to give you market insight and hints & tips from the clients they work with; advice that is extremely valuable when it comes to your job search. 

As I mentioned, I speak to both Go candidates and clients day in day out. If you’re looking for some insight into the market or advice on where to go next in your developer career, I’d be happy to talk to you. Click here to check out my profile and contact me.

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