By Jeffrey Biles, Erik Hanchett, and David Tang
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Welcome to Career.js! We’re three software developers discussing strategies and tips to help you build not just software, but your career. Whether you’re just starting out, making the jump to senior developer, or trying to start your own software business, our panelists and guests will discuss topics important to you, saving you months and years of painful trial and error and giving you insights into other parts of the industry.
||CleanSeason 1 Finale- Our plans, our careers||In the Season 1 finale, David, Erik, and Jeffrey talk about how their careers are doing and what they have planned for the next few months. David talks about his book Ember Data in the Wild, Erik talks about his blogging/youtubing and his soon-to-be-fi||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaja Sekar- Working and Mentoring in India- Episode 13||Ever wonder what it's like as a programmer on the other side of the world? Raja Sekar is here to share his experiences living, working, and mentoring in India.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere should you work first? Startup vs. established, small vs. large- Episode 12||At what type of company should you get your first job?||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA recruiter's-eye view of the software industry, with Jordan Johnson- Episode 11||Jordan Johnson is a recruiter- but the good kind. He shares his unique view of the software industry, how he matches up employers and programmers, how to negotiate salary, and- most importantly- what question to ask to make sure you’ll be happy at a j||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Tips on Passing a Technical Interview - Episode 10||In this episode we discuss how to pass a technical algorithms interview.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustin Herrick- Mentoring and Teaching - Episode 9||In this episode we interview Justin Herrick from Iron Yard and discuss how he teaches.||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrandon Hays - The 12 Traits of a Senior Programmer - Episode 7||What does The Frontside (a software consultancy) look for when they’re hiring? What makes a Senior Developer?||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Start a Technical Blog - Episode 6||In this episode, we'll discuss how each of us started our blogs.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching Code with Aaron Larner - Episode 5||Aaron is a teacher at Iron Yard a 12 week coding school, and a professional developer. We discuss his journey and how he approaches teaching. If you've ever been interested in what to expect out of a code school then listen in.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Level Up Your Career with Kent C. Dodds - Episode 3||This is an interview with Kent C. Dodds on his career as a software developer.||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer - Episode 2||What should you do to create a personal brand?||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs College Necessary for a Software Developer? - Episode 1||When you're first starting out as a software developer should you go to College?||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Career.js - Episode 00||This is an introduction episode to the Career.js podcast. Jeff, David and I will discuss our careers as software developers.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Every single second is worth it
This is a great podcast by very professional and knowledgeable people in the industry. I'm learning a lot from them!
Excellent!! So helpful.
They go over a couple suggestions to ramp up your online presence and bolster your career:
-- Write and maintain a tech/project blog or a portfolio website. You can include particular challenges you’re tackling at work, personal side projects, group work…anything that showcases the engineering work you’re currently doing and what you like to work on.
One of them pointed out that this has the added benefit of potentially allowing you to influence what you’re asked about during interviews at tech companies. Instead of giving you FizzBuzz or algo problems, if your interviewer has seen your blog they might be more inclined to ask you about what you’re working on/interested in.
-- Become a prolific tweeter. They didn’t get into much detail about this one, though they mentioned that if your goal is to become recognized as a “famous” or influential engineer, this one’s a must.
-- Tis better to set up a personal site than to use a Medium blog for your primary online profile. Again, if you want to become recognized, a personal site allows you to show your style/creativity, rather than a generic blog site with templates like Medium.
-- Do you need a LinkedIn? Here, there’s a weighing of pros and cons. LinkedIn is fast becoming the way employers find and vet candidates, but it’s also a cesspool of bad recruiter spam. One of them mentions that all the jobs he ever had were through LinkedIn/recruiter connections, but another feels a LI profile is minimally useful and only maintains his in case employers ask about it.
-- Setting up a screencast or tutorial series. Teaching, if you’re dedicated and consistent, can be a rewarding way to grow your online presence organically. You’re offering an immediate and direct value add + harvesting the gratitude of other engineers in the community.
Overall, Jeffrey, Erik, and David have an amazing thing going with their podcast series and hope they keep it up! I’ll definitely be tuning back in from time to time.
Great podcast with valuable insight
Must listen for developers in the industry