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Why Technical Resumes Need a Profile (because we’re dumb)

There is significant variation in résumé format across candidates. Name and contact information is always on top, but on any given day a recruiter might see the next section as Education, ...
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Soft Skills: The Developer’s Life Manual – Book review and Coupon

John Sonmez, member of our JCG Program, is the founder of Simple Programmer, where he tirelessly pursues his vision of transforming complex issues into simple solutions. He has published ...
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Are recruiters generally all so bad?

I have a friend who’s a recruiter. Yes, that can actually happen. I mentioned to him that I’d been contacted by a really annoying recruiter, and he responded with “Can I ask you ...
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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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