How To Find A Job With Soft Skills When Coding Skills Are Weak VI

On Tuesday December 20th, 2022, I held a talk about How to get a job as a developer with soft skills when tech skills are weak.

It was for the last episode this year on The Monthly Dev event hosted by

Other skills

Github offers other things you can focus on like security or automation with GitHub actions.

You might find a niche you want to focus on more, like accessibility, SEO, or performance. With Google Chromes Lighthouse Extension, you can easily get into one of these niches.

Example of scores when using lighthouse extension showing performance, SEO, accessibility, etc.

Write about these things in the project's readme or wiki. Write about what you learned while creating a project, important concepts, share your design processes. This will strengthen your writing skills.

Wiki section in the repository of my SOS animal project.

As you can see, there are so many other things you can focus on when you're not so good at writing code.


Soft Skills is what landed me my first job. These skills are still the strong ones even after a year in my current job. And that’s totally fine.

In the end you are working together in a team, so everyone will have their strengths and weaknesses but together as a team it just works. Be proud of what you know and what you are good at. Focus on these skills.

Don't focus on code alone, because most of the time in your job you will be googling for a solution to your problem anyway, or talking about concepts and possibilities with other developers.

Focus on how to solve problems, on the mindset of how to develop a product (from the beginning of planning, to the development itself, to finishing the whole process), on business and social skills.

Quote from Kyle Prinsloo saying: "You can always outsource the coding part. But it's difficult to outsource the soft skills"

Be aware of your skills and talk openly and honestly about your strengths and weaknesses, what you know and don't know, and how you would handle a situation if you were unfamiliar with a subject.

This will help the interviewer get an idea of who you are and how you would fit into the team. There are a variety of positions on a development team, so there will be a place for you.

Watch the full episode

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Resources shared in all articles

  • GitHub Projects
  • Labels & Milestones
  • What is Scrum
  • What's a Git Workflow
  • Project shown on Page 13 (ReadMe, About, ect)
  • Communication for Dev
  • Pull Request Example shown Page 14
  • How to create a PR
  • Using wikis
  • Google Chrome Lighthouse Extension

Thanks for reading.