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How to get a 10,000 points StackOverflow reputation

How it all started In spring 2014, I initiated the Hibernate Master Class project, focusing on best practices and well-established usage patterns. I then realized that all my previous ...
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Job Security, Career Stability, and Employability For Startups

I was recently asked to answer a question on Quora about startups and stability, and as I read some of the other replies I noticed a trend. The question was basically “Would joining ...
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Job Search Trap: It Doesn’t Matter What I Look Like

If you are a technical person, you probably dress in a casual way for work. I do. When it’s time to meet people, either when you network or when you interview, do you wear the same ...
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Career Stagnation – Early Detection and Treatment

Have you ever been on LinkedIn and stumbled on one of their work anniversary announcements? In case you haven’t, they look something like this:The announcements are generated by ...
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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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