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Do You Need a Degree to be Hired to Develop Software?

I retweeted a link to Here’s a Thing: There’s No Correlation Between a College Degree and Coding Ability. I was a bit surprised by some of the reactions to that link. One colleague said, “I question whether people who wait until a college assignment to learn to code have the same obsessive interest in the topic.” I was quite surprised. Back ...

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Stupid Recruiter Tricks, Vol. 1: “Where are you interviewing?”

Anyone who has worked with a recruiter has probably been asked “Where else are you interviewing?” or “What other companies have you applied to?“. The question comes from both agency recruiters (‘headhunter‘) representing several hiring firms and internal corporate recruiters hiring only for their company. Candidates are understandably not always willing to answer, and recruiters may stumble to give convincing explanations as to why they want to know. ...

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How to Land a Software Engineering Job?

The other day I read this piece by David Byttow on “How to land an engineering job”. And I don’t fully agree with his assertions. I do agree, of course, that one must always be writing code. Not writing code is the worst that can happen to a software engineer. But some details are where our opinions diverge. I don’t ...

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7 Tips to Starting a Job Search

Do you have a resolution to find a new job this year? Check out these tips for a better, streamlined job search. Develop your LinkedIn Profile along with your resume. You need both. You might want to read 7 LinkedIn Profile Tips and Tricks in 2014 That Make a Difference. You  cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn. It is just as important ...

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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 Hibernate experience wouldn’t be enough for this task. I needed more than that. Hibernate has a very steep learning curve and tens of new StackOverflow questions are being asked on a ...

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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 a startup be a mistake for someone with the goals of stability and career progression?”. The questioner then defined stability as being able to support a family and have nice things (financial ...

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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 clothes that you wear to work? When I meet people at networking meetings, they are casual. And, I wonder when some of them last ...

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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 LinkedIn and typically followed by a predictable handful of likes, congratulatory words, and positive sentiments. I’m yet to see a comment that generally reflects my knee-jerk reaction to at least some of these posts. Longevity ...

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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, Skills, Experience, or even (gasp) an Objective. Career length influences which section comes first. Entry-level candidates usually choose Education, while veteran candidates gravitate towards experience and accomplishments. Unfortunately, going from a glance at contact information to dissecting intimate ...

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