2017 Tech Conferences for Software Engineers

Many of the major tech conferences happen in late spring and summer. Now is the time to put in speaker applications – or register with early bird prices and maximize your professional development budget. Keep in mind a lot of these conferences sell out quickly! We pulled together a list (separated by tech) to help …

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Interviews with Engineers: Vince Thomas

MEET VINCE THOMAS – SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ BLUE APRON We sat down for coffee with Vince recently to ask about his transition from the Chicago tech scene to NYC, his new role on the engineering team at Blue Apron, and his interests both in and outside of technology. Tell us about your first engineering job …

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Giving Notice — With Style

You’ve just accepted a job offer, but ugh… the dreaded conversation about quitting that you need to have with your current employer. How to do this right? Plan: First, tell your supervisor before your colleagues — and definitely before telling anyone above your boss. Schedule a meeting for same day: let your supervisor know it’s urgent. Think …

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How to Succeed in Job Interviews with Executives and Founders

It’s your last round of interviews at a company you’re really excited to work for, and you’re going to meet with one of the founders or top executives. Congratulations! You got this far, and it’s likely the final step before the job offer. Don’t be nervous; instead, be ready. Here are some insider secrets on …

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REVIEW: JavaScript Career Podcast – Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer

I heard about this new podcast, CareerJS, through the NY JavaScript slack channel. It’s hosted by three JavaScript developers, Jeffrey Biles, Erik Hanchett, and David Tang, who discuss SW developer career tips/strategies. One of the episodes, Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer, is tailored for software engineers generally, and not exclusively people working …

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Don’t Accept a Counter Offer

Dissatisfaction with your current job led you to consider other opportunities. You’ve found an exciting new job you want to do, and you gave notice. Now… a counteroffer from your current employer has you confused. What to do? My advice in most situations is to gracefully decline. Here’s why: It seems like unfair negotiation. Understand …

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BOOK REVIEW: Women in Tech

Review of Women In Tech, by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: What is a word that means the exact opposite of ham-fisted? Finessed? Elegant? Tarah’s book presents a smorgasbord of stories for and by women in tech in an elegant and conversational way. There’s no talk of your archetypical trash-talking savant haxxor chick or *cringe* the awkward …

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