Land the Tech Job You Love

Andy Lester (Author)


You've got the technical chops -- the skills to get a great job doing what you love. Now it's time to get down to the business of planning your job search, focusing your time and attention on the job leads that matter, and interviewing to wow your boss-to-be.You can't just wing it.

As a techie, you're a special breed, with special challenges facing you in the job search. Your competition is smart, tech-savvy, and highly resourceful. Expectations among employers are higher. Your competition will run you over if you're not up to the challenge. Land the Tech Job You Love gives you the background, the skills, and the hard-won wisdom to bypass the mistakes of those who don't prepare.

You might not think you need this book. Conventional Wisdom has it that finding a job is simple: send some resumes, go on some interviews, and take the offer that sounds best. But that's only the start. You've got the background and skills to work the Web and other resources that the general job seeker doesn't. This book shows you how to take advantage of those skills or be left behind by competing techies who do.

It all starts with an examination of you, your strengths, and where you want your career to take you. Without a roadmap, you'll wind up in any old job. Life's too short to spend in a job that you don't love. From there, you'll see how to find the job you want that fits you and the employer, using your technical and web savvy to find the hidden jobs that never make it into the classifieds or Monster.

"Marketing" is not a dirty word, and you'll learn how to present yourself, your skills, and your background in the way that shows the hiring company that you're the right person for the job. Create a resume that tosses out conventional wisdom, write cover letters that sell your background, and assemble a portfolio of work that will wow the interviewer.

Social networking has been the darling of the Web in the past few years, but it's no substitute for the sort of personal interaction that makes relationships that help in future careers. As one manager said, "One recommendation is worth a million resumes." This book shows you how to make and maintain the connections that will drive your future career moves.

Land the Tech Job You Love pulls no punches and lays out the details for what gets you an interview, and gets you hired in a job in the technical world that makes you happy.

Product Details

$23.95  $21.56
Pragmatic Bookshelf
Publish Date
June 01, 2009
6.02 X 0.52 X 8.92 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Andy Lester started with computers early by keypunching letters to Grandma on IBM 029 punchcards. Now into his third decade of professional software development, he's the QA & Release Manager for Socialtext. Andy is also in charge of PR for The Perl Foundation and maintains over 25 modules on CPAN. Andy's two latest book projects are Mac OS X Tiger In A Nutshell from O'Reilly, and Pro Perl Debugging from Apress.04.19.2013 Platform RetrospectiveAttendees: Vered, Sarah, Jeff, Marcel, Matthew, Laura, AdamStart working together on Tasks within a Story for more successful completed storiesKeeps people more engaged in meetings since everyone is part of storyHelps keep team focusContinue having shorter review meetings by getting early acceptanceKeep to 15 minute Stand Up MeetingsStart discussing issues prior to meetings to keep moving forwardStop stressing to get meeting over - feel good to discuss what is neededWork outside of Sprint prioritizationWork with Manager outside of Team to align work and time spentStart having notes ready for last/next 24 / blocks to keep reporting quickStart calling 'further discussion' meetings if Open Floor is going longIf Open Floor topic going long, invoke 5 minute rule to move to another timeAsk if everyone is good to stay on or need a follow onStart - G2 reach out to anyone needing to be on Stand UpStart, more Product Owner buy in for the detailsTo help avoid missed details where no one person owns the full processProduct review of done-done - DemoWatch for changes to environment requiring a retestingOut of Cycle Release - CCD for all to view, exposure of release to QAOther options to expose release/changes to code/environmentsPoss: build release managerAvoid too much "process"Stakeholder - Product OwnerWhen differences occur, how best to communicateAcceptance Criteria is contract with Product Owners04.05.2013 Platform RetrospectiveAttendees: Marcel, Adam, Jeff, Sarah, RachelDo not add User Stories in middle of SprintA lot of stories rolled overMulti teams are requesting time of same resourcesBoth people and environmentsTime put into tasks to handle issues of prev sprint deliverablesTasks can be added as needed - but wont show in planningStories small enough to be end: end deliver/testAdd hours in testing stories to have hours to fix failuresTest plans cover full expectations of the Business acceptors Doable Acceptance Criteria Shorter, more focused meetingsFull attention in meetingsAvoid being pulled into areas not covered by team/sprintGet acceptance prior to Review meeting where possibleAssures story has been completed