Career

Red Flags in Software Developer Job Descriptions

For some reason I’ve been reading a lot of job descriptions for junior devs lately and that has naturally left me with an inordinate number of opinions. I have, with great effort, condensed them here for you, dear reader. The following aren’t pulled from any specific listings because these types of awfulness transcend the individual - and because that would be dickish. But their spirit should ring true to anyone in the trenches of the job search process.
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Five Tips for Junior Developers-To-Be

Landing your first “Software Developer” or “Web Developer” position is a big get. More than a designer-who-programs or a writer-who-markups, taking on a role where your principal responsibility is coding is a big step in any technology career. You could be thinking about a career transition or graduating a bootcamp or computer science program - this article has five tips, some less earth-shattering than others, that nevertheless will help you on your search.
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How We Reached a 67% Open Rate and a 26% CTR

Three weeks ago we launched jobletter. Since then, we’ve been promoting the site, collecting feedback from friends, and experimenting with with a more open approach to writing about our process. All that culminated in us reaching a milestone this past Friday - our first email. Over the past week we’d worked with a freelancer to deliver an email template, as well as winnow down the jobs we’d been collecting. We wanted a good mix of industries, company sizes and technology stacks - emphasizing location-independent postings like businesses hiring in multiple locations, or startups open to hiring remote junior workers (harder to find, but they exist).
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One Hundred Users in Two Weeks

Recently my business partner and I launched a new service, jobletter.io with a simple premise: We deliver Junior Developer jobs to your inbox. Breaking into development to get those all-important first two years of production experience is long, exhausting work, filled with pouring through a lot of “Software Developer - 5+ years req” posts and keyword salads where your prospective employer’s stack includes Every Goddamn Thing™. It makes the idea of a short list of quality, curated, 0 years of experience-and-up jobs, delivered to you, pretty appealing.
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Creating my Blog and Book Sites on the Free Stack

When I was setting out to revamp my personal blog and create a new site for my book, I had a couple of considerations in mind. I wanted both sites to be highly-available (I don’t get much traffic, but also don’t want a hug of death), simple (with as few moving parts as possible), and easy-to-update and generally extend. All of that led me to a static workflow. Settling on (but not for) Static I love static sites.
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My Writing Tech Stack

All writers have their own workflows for writing: Many people use Word, Google Docs, or Libre Office - George R.R. Martin famously uses WordStar, a DOS-based text-processing system from the mid-80s. As long as your personal productivity is juiced and you’re comfortable, you can be as idiosyncratic as you want. Somewhere a hardcore cypherpunk is writing the next cryptographic epic in vim. In that spirit, I’ve evolved my own writing process over time as I’ve looked for a workflow that minimized application overhead, allowed me to translate documents between formats, provided robust version tracking, integrated well with other tools, and worked offline.
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