The ability to build apps with no-code tools has empowered thousands of employees and founders alike, to the point where no-code / low-code platforms hit $12.7 billion in market size in 2020. This trend only keeps growing, so looking for a job as a no code developer might be your next best bet―but how?
At Rowy, we raised $3M to build the next-generation low-code backend solution so we know a thing or two about making a living from no-code. In the following article we detail how we would go about finding a no-code developer job, but more importantly how to grow a career in no-code. Let's dig in.
With a market size encompassing all businesses, no-code displays high demand that will keep on increasing. No-code is the perfect opportunity to get into the more technical side of the tech industry, building apps and websites without spending thousands of dollars on software engineers.
No-code doesn't require any skill to get started, so anybody can start learning today. Your ability to succeed will depend on how fast you can learn hard things to do, but no-code presents the advantage to drastically increase your execution speed coming up with proof of concept apps: just keep practicing and you'll eventually get hired or find a way to make a living from it!
The no-code movement also showcases a supportive community, so you won't have troubles finding someone to help you fix bugs or level up your skills. It's all out there for you to see, on the Internet. And this article is no exception: let's visualize how to land a job in no-code, without over-complicating it.
6 Steps To Land A Job And Keep It
1. Assess The Market’s Needs
First, you need to find which no-code tools company use. There is no no-code without tools to abstract the coding logic, so if you decide you want to get a no-code developer job you need to find out what people actually use to solve specific problems.
There are plenty of websites out there listing no-code tools. Go through them and choose 10 you find interesting. For example, WeLoveNoCode displays the most popular tools but also categorize them so that you can pick the ones that match your interests best.
Once you have a list of 10 tools, use Google Trends to find which are worth learning in terms of demand. For example, let's say you want to build websites. You pick a few website builders that look good to you, and then enter them in Google Trends. You want to avoid tools with declining interests, because it means there are better tools out there beating the competition. But you also want to avoid tools that are too competitive to get a job in:
In this chart, Wordpress is clearly the biggest fish in the pond. But if you look closely at the rising competitors, you might prefer Webflow:
In conclusion, you need to list tools that the market needs, in a specific niche without too much competition, but also that are interesting to you.
Now, we advise you to start with one single tool. First because you'll need to display mastery of a given tool and its related problems to get a job, but also because you'll eventually learn more tools as new problems arise.
Moreover, focusing on one tool allows you to target one specific niche audience, which will make it easier to market your skills and land a job. As a beginner, it's better to be very good at one thing instead of average at several ones.
More focus will also decrease your learning curve. Taking on many tools at once can feel overwhelming, so take baby steps and celebrate each win.
To keep the previous example, you might want to start with Webflow to build websites. But later you'll probably be led to use Figma for design, Rowy for database management, or Zapier to automate payment workflows.
3. Build A Portfolio
A portfolio of projects is key to learn by practicing your craft while showcasing your skills to potential recruiters. Even if you just read courses and tutorials, you should always have a portfolio to publish what you build―because in the end, people don't care much about your certificates, they want results.
Build a website on Carrd or SquareSpace or whatever easy website builder you can find, and showcase your work. Whenever you learn something new, build something with your newly acquired knowledge. Even better if you can blog about it, explaining your motivations and thought process.
Aim for 3 projects to showcase your skills while you're still learning. This way you'll be ready to apply for jobs as soon as you finish your course.
For example, here are 5 project ideas for Webflow developers:
- A niche content website optimized for search engines with programmatic articles and landing pages.
- An online store for a fictional brand.
- A landing page for a no-code SaaS product, optimized for conversion rates.
- A website for a local commerce with Google Maps integration and a contact form.
- A Webflow integration using Webflow's API and Zapier to connect with another no-code tool you like.
4. Use No-Code Job Boards
Building a portfolio of 3 projects should take you anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on your pace. At this point, you have developed some marketable skills and a portfolio to back them up: it's time to get feedback from the real world!
Use no-code job boards like WeLoveNoCode to look for companies hiring no-code developers and understand additional skills you might need to get a job:
WeLoveNoCode partnered with small startups and large companies alike to provide high-quality job posts to visual developers like you. It will not only help you get a foot in the door by joining a large no-code community, but also develop your skills with hours of video tutorials and dedicated training programs.
5. Apply To A No-Code Job
A job board provides you with job offers, but you need to apply carefully―quality over quantity.
First, make sure you have a filled Linkedin account you can use as a resume. A resume is always the first thing a recruiter will look at, and it usually only takes 5 minutes for them to decide if you have what it takes or not.
When you pick a company, do your research. Having no-code skills is one thing, but you also need to account for a good cultural fit. Each company has different missions and values―if they don't resonate with you, it will show during your recruitment interview. Getting a basic understanding of where the company is heading and how you can provide value will set you apart from other candidates.
During the interview, make sure to rely on the STAR methodology to pitch your value proposition and cultural fit. Telling a past experience to an interviewer can be overwhelming: your memory might falter or you might feel too stressed to even look at them in the eyes. The STAR methodology helps you structure your thoughts to stay calm and confident while highlighting your skills:
- Situation - Describe the initial situation. Example: I was studying at UCLA in the law department and I got an assignment where I had to create a fictional law firm.
- Task - What was the objective within the overall project. Example: I had to write a marketing plan for the fictional law firm.
- Action - How you completed the task. Example: I built a Webflow website because search engines are the top n°1 source of customers for small local businesses.
- Result - What you accomplished and learned. Example: I built a Webflow website from scratch and attracted 10 potential customers who thought it was a real law firm, which would equal about $5000 in gross revenues for my fictional company.
6. Re-invest In Learning
Congrats, you interviewed several companies and after getting the hang of it, you landed a job!
But tech evolves fast and you need to keep learning to stay relevant. It's the curse (or the charm?) of the industry. So make sure to stay curious and open your mind to the countless opportunities out there to future-proof your career.
Use Rowy To Power Your App’s Backend
Rowy offers all the benefits of a smart, no-code, collaborative spreadsheet with a low learning curve, while also offering ways to gradually gravitate toward low-code features to create more custom experiences. It’s the perfect way to get a no-code job as a visual developer, before learning about basic programming concepts.
The best part? We’ve got plenty of templates to get you up and running in 2 minutes! So don’t hesitate and try Rowy for free.