Land The Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

Posted by Matthias Günther
  • "Life is to short for a job you don't love"
  • The Foundations of Job search
    • be honest with yourself
    • be honest with others
    • think like the boss
    • be a problem solver
    • sell yourself
    • tell stories: "Stories are evidence who you are, what you can do and what you have done in the past", Don't pride your work it must shine through without mention it
    • be positive
  • "We all have better things to do than to go through interviews"
  • Larry Wall: "The three virtues of programmer are laziness, impatience and hubris"
  • p 39: sections of Your resume
    • contact block: name, email, phone-number, street-address
    • professional summary: think of 20 seconds elevator pitch and describe you with goods words
    • work experience
    • education
    • achievements outside of work
    • list of buzzwords and skills
  • p 59: you can add your own sections in your resume (like: Publishing, Why I love programming)
  • p 59 order in your resume: put the most important thing for the job (and you are best in in the first place)
  • p 60: "Every word in your resume must have value and do not detract from the rest"
  • p 65: basic rules for building your resume:
    • it is your first work for your new company
    • it will be seen by more people than you expect
    • it must be perfect
    • presentation is content
  • p 67~68 general guidelines for resume
    • name must be the first thing to read
    • use two fonts: sans-serif for headings and serif like Times new Roman for everything else
    • body text size between 9 - 12
    • if you are writing a summary make the important words bold
  • p 72: "Stand back from your work as much as you can"
  • p 78: a good hint how to get a textual representation of your resume with lynx
  • p 80: think of the hidden job market, where 60~80 percent of all jobs are => keep up relations with people
  • p 87: job exists to sell ad space and aren't there to help you get a job
  • p 90: job boards sites (mostly for American site)
  • p 95: detective work to get answers to the related company
  • p 97: search the net for email conversations of their employees
  • p 104: Never pay to Find a Job => "if you're asked for money of any kind from a headhunter, walk away immediately"
  • p 115: naming of your attachments matthias-guenther.pdf.
  • p 117: don't tell your salary and it's no blame to say it's confidential
  • p 126: use working examples (code) of your work => you are serious about the job
  • p 194: what you can do to get faster informed if you get the job
  • p 195: wait a week after the interview of better ask direct after the interview when you will be informed
  • p 200: how to create a reference sheet => these things are good for reference checker
  • p 201: the job offer => do not accept the offer yet, check the circumstances
  • p 203: negotiate the offer => the best way to negotiate salary is not to negotiate
  • p 207: how to gracefully quit your job (don't explain your departure, leave a letter), don't take a counteroffer, be well remembered in your old position
  • p 209: avoid the Exit Interview there is nothing you can gain from
  • p 213: nobody stays at their job forever these days