If you’re unemployed and burning through your savings, you don’t have much leverage and should take the next solid opportunity that comes along. It might not be ideal, but you gotta eat.

If you choose to leave your job and have enough savings, you can afford to be more discerning and wait for a role that fits your criteria.

Of course, if you have a stable job that satisfies your needs, you can hold out for your dream job indefinitely, provided you don’t burn out first.

This is all common sense stuff, but it’s important to assess your situation before you start your job hunt. And if possible, keep 4+ months of living expenses on hand. Because life happens.

You can’t definitively say, “I’m going to have a new job in 3 months!” But, you can dedicate 2–5 hours a week to networking, applying to jobs, and preparing for interviews.

You also have to consider how the market hires. For students, recent grads, and entry level jobs, hiring is cyclical.

June and January are big for recent grads. September–October is primetime for on-campus recruiting, and by April, a lot of the big FAANG internship programs are full.

You need to plan in advance or you’ll miss your window and have to wait until the next hiring cycle.

Later, once you’ve got some experience under your belt, you’ll find that hiring is need based. Companies hire developers & execs when they need to scale up or have to replace someone.

Look for news stories about companies raising money, expanding to new markets, or launching new products. That’s a sure sign they’ll be hiring soon!

Come work with us at Devpost as a Campus Ambassador! We’re looking for dynamic, personable, and creative students who are able to juggle classes with part-time work marketing our hackathon & recruiting products. Bonus points if you’re at one of our target schools!

Online hackathons

 

Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge

3D experiences are here, and Amazon Sumerian is the quickest and easiest way to build one! Amazon is challenging you to create AR, VR, or 3D apps using their browser-based IDE. Sumerian’s unmatched ease-of-use, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes for a variety of headsets, and both iOS and Android devices. Plus, with one-click publishing, there's no need to build for each platform from scratch.

There are over $100,000 in prizes, so fire up your terminal, goggle into the Metaverse, and try not to snow crash.

BTW, all participants will get access to tutorials & training materials and will receive support throughout the challenge via our Slack community, Twitch, and webinars.

 

AT&T Mixed Reality Hackathon with Magic Leap One

This isn't an online hackathon, but it's really cool and we don't want you to miss it.

AT&T and Magic Leap are hosting a mixed reality & spatial computing hackathon in San Francisco, CA on November 9–11. You'll be hacking with the Magic Leap One and competing for $10,000 in prizes.

You have to apply before October 22nd, by registering & submitting your idea on Devpost. Only 30 applicants will be invited to the hackathon, so stop reading this and get on it.

 

Amazon Aurora Database Challenge

In the first ever Aurora challenge, Amazon is challenging developers around the world to build an application that can reach internet scale using Amazon Aurora, a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database. Prizes include $24,000 in cash and AWS credits!

Judges will be looking for scalability, performance, security, and resilience while making use of the AWS ecosystem. They'll reward good development practices, including continuous integration & continuous delivery, microservices, serverless computing, and other modern design ideas.

 

PropTech Challenge—presented by REBNY

During the PropTech Challenge, you'll develop cutting edge solutions to solve real world challenges for NYC’s real estate market. There is a grand total of $50,000 in cash prizes, which will be awarded to twelve finalists at Demo Day on November 8th in New York City.

Bonus: Thanks to REBNY, you will have ongoing access to representatives from many of the largest real estate firms who can provide mentoring, insight, and guidance about the industry & major pain points.

 

The AWS AI Hackathon

Put your skills to the test by applying language and vision intelligence to a new or existing application and win $10,000 in prizes!

Use language and vision APIs including Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon LexAmazon Translate, and Amazon Rekognition to gain customer insights, personalize content recommendations, identify celebrities, objects and scenes, and much more!

 

Local hackathons in October–December