“Do you have any advice on finding a job as a developer?”
Many people have asked me that question, but I can’t give a proper answer because I have never been hired as a developer before. What I did was:
Wriggled my way into a Wordpress dev role in an admin-based internship
Run my own company
So I’m horribly inadequate at answering a question about finding a job.
But Chris Lienert is an expert at it. Chris has experience hiring and building teams of excellent developers. (A fun aside: He used to co-run CSS Singapore, which is a monthly CSS Meetup in Singapore).
I managed to grab Chris (before he left Singapore for good) and asked him to talk about the job application process. You’ll hear golden advice in this interview from Chris, like:
Chris’ opinions about the hiring process.
How to improve your chances of getting an interview
What to do if you don’t get a job
How you should write your CV
What to do during the actual interview
What questions to ask during the interview
How to answer any tricky questions you get
Note: We jumped around a lot in this 1.5 chat because Chris has so much to say about this topic. I highly recommend you listen to the audio version if you can.
To make it easier for you to digest, I also summarized what we talked about into three stages:
We’re fierce and protective when we talk about stuff we care about. And as developers, we care a lot about these topics:
Inclusivity and Equality
There are no problems with voicing your opinion. We all have our opinions and we want them heard. I understand and respect that.
But we should be mindful of the way we say things. If we voice our opinions as complaints, name-calling, and shaming, our opinions don’t get heard. No change would happen. They simply create a vicious cycle of worry, hate, and anxiety.
If we change how we project our voice, we can make real change happen. And our culture will change for the better.
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