Careers and Jobs
Thoughts about careers, jobs and job searching with a focus on tech jobs for older job searchers.
Colleges and Universities don’t provide a complete package to equip you for finding and keeping a position, especially in the tech field.
It is rare to find an institution of higher learning that includes concepts such as agile management in their ‘web development’ curriculum. Nor do they include any practical experience with content management such as Github or SVN. This leaves graduates struggling to catch up upon entering the real world.
An overwhelming majority of schools fail to teach students how to effectively network. Putting your resume out is one thing. But millions of other people are also doing that. What sets you apart from the pack?
Below are posts with tips, hints and hacks to help you gain a slight edge in getting and keeping a position.
A job seeker can easily make a mistake by accepting a position requiring temporary relocation. Here are some of the pitfalls of which you need to be aware.Continue reading
I received an email today from a recruiter that looked promising. It was for an IT Director position one town over. That would be perfect. BUT the spidey sense tingled a bit. I did some checking before replying with my resume. I’m glad I did because sending it would have been a mistake.Continue reading
The temptation while in a job search mode is to do everything you can to land a new position. However, you might be letting your guard down and giving too much information to recruiters.Continue reading
I am now into day 200 of my Great Job Search. I’m getting a steady influx of calls from recruiters. I’ve tweaked my job search a little. I apply a principle I call PEER to a lot of aspects of my life. It is Plan, Execute, Evaluate, Revise. There are a lot of variations of that methodology used by many people.Continue reading
I am now into day 192 of my Great Job Search. The local squirrel population is decreasing rapidly and I might have to purchase another can of Squirrel Helper ™. The robins will be arriving soon. A half dozen or so make a great robin stew.Continue reading
A degree from a university or certificate from a programming boot camp is a great start. Here are 3 things you will help you land a position as a developer and make life a little easier once you are in the position. .
There are some specific things you can do if you are seeking, or are in, a career in development: Establish and be active with Github, create an active Stack Overflow account and establish an account and be active with LinkedIn.Continue reading
Complacency can be deadly. Here are 14 things that you should be doing even if you are happy and feel secure in your new job.
Many workers completely abandon any trace of job seeking when they are working. This can be from being complacent or perhaps ‘there just isn’t enough time’ or ‘that isn’t a priority right now’.Continue reading