Honestly very few people are generous enough to refer you to another firm. How do I explain to the outside world that I work in IT but I am good at coding?
- Make a cookbook application with programming languages and a stack of your choice.
- Check in your code to GitHub or Bitbucket with a Readme.txt.
- Be prepared to explain how you created the cookbook application.
- Go find recruiters who are recruiting for jobs that require familiarity with the programming languages and stack of your choice.
P.S. #3 is key because your ability to gain employment will be largely based on how well you can articulate how you created the cookbook application. Of course, you can only do this well if you created a fully functional cookbook application.