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Three Ways To Become a Better Software Professional

The other day InfoQ posted an article on software craftsmanship. In my view, software craftsmanship is no more or less than being a good professional. Here are three main ways to become ...
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Using the “Do You Have Any Questions?” Question

During most interviews, an interviewer provides the candidate the opportunity to ask questions. In most cases the highly-anticipated “Do you have any questions?” question falls towards ...
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Independent Contracting: How to Get There

The concept of self-employment is appealing for many technologists, but the path to getting there isn’t always clear. Independent contractors may cite several attributes of their ...
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What Happens When a Contractor Wants to Go Full time

This just happened to me recently.  I have been looking for a job actively for the last six months.  One of the major questions I had were if I wanted to stay in a government contractor ...
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Exploding Job Offers and Multiple Offer Synchronization

A recent post by Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, Exploding Offers Suck, detailed his distaste for accelerators and venture capitalists who pressure entrepreneurs into critical decisions ...
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How To Get a Job in a Different City

There are subtle nuances to job searches outside of the local area. Unless a candidate is considered superlative, non-local applicants are not always given the same level of attention as ...
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Who Needs Side Projects?

The topic of side projects or personal projects for software professionals (commonly in the form of mobile apps, websites, various GitHub repos, and even technical blogs) has been ...
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Job Search Trap: I Can Network Only By Computer

I gave a talk at a networking group recently about Manage Your Job Search. When the members checked in at the beginning they gave themselves points for their activity the week before. ...
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Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself

Here’s the thing… You could have been exactly where you want to be right now. You could have gotten the perfect job. You could have started that business you always wanted to start. You ...
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Programming Language Job Trends Part 3 – August 2014

After a slight delay we finally get to the third part of the programming language job trends. Today we review Erlang, Groovy, Scala, Lisp, and Clojure. If you do not see some of ...
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