Communication skills are vital both on the job and away from the job. If you cannot communicate effectively, your career will suffer. If you can communicate effectively, doors that seemed to be closed forever, open.

How You Can Survive the Tech Bubble and Skyrocket Your Career in the Age of Decay

I arrived five minutes late to my method acting appointment. My coach seated me, and asked me how I was. "What a day!" I said. "I woke up almost an hour late, and my whole day has been about catching up. On the way here, I realized I had to get some cash. Oh, and

By | December 15th, 2017|Categories: Career Planning, Professionalism|Tags: , |

Do Productive Software Developers Get More Shit Done?

Raise the hand you are not scrolling this article with, if you have read at least one productivity tip in the last two weeks. This includes courses that sell you the dream of taking control of your text editor or IDE to the extent as if you were playing real time strategy games with it.

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Productivity|Tags: |

Four essential soft skills for Career Advancement

In his book, What Got You Here, Won't Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith pointed out that beyond a certain skill level, everyone is good enough. Once you rise to this level, your soft skills will determine your success. The good news is that you can consciously focus on your soft skills. This will give you

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Professionalism|Tags: , , , , |

Asking for a Raise – And Getting It – Part 3

The process of handling raises differs from company to company. Some companies have fixed raises, and they have a process for extraordinary raises. This process has to be executed, and approvals have to be collected. If you are with a bureaucratic company, this process may be quite complex. Either way, your job is to figure

By | December 18th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , |

Asking for a Raise – And Getting It – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the software developer's guide on asking for a raise. If you have not read Part 1, I encourage you to read it here. In the first part, we laid down the foundations for the proper mindset that helps you reach your financial goals. In this article, we will investigate the

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Asking for a Raise – And Getting It – Part 1

Most software developers reach a point in their career, where their job is not more fulfilling. When our careers reach a plateau, we realize, it seems, there is no way to grow. Some people accept their fate, and pursue goals in other areas in their lives. As soon as they stop focusing on their career,

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

4 Tech Career Lessons Everyone Should Learn

We spend approximately 80.000 hours once our career comes to a halt. This is our only chance to make a difference. The line is very thin between a fulfilling career and a career that hardly pays your bills. The faster you learn these lessons, the more fulfilling career you can expect as a software developer.

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Case Study: The €10.000 Salary Research Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

IT engineering jobs are available all over the world. There is an increasing demand for professional software developers. This means to you that you can select between more opportunities than ever before, provided that you are willing to apply for jobs outside your hometown. Researching market expectations have never been easier. There is an increasing

By | October 8th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning, Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |

I Am a Software Developer with a Bad Job… Get Me Out of Here!

Summary: Find out what bad jobs are like Get some inspiration about improving your situation Realize how much it costs you if you don't take action Find out what it takes to improve your situation through continuous and consistent action One day before deadline, the design of a single page application looked awful, two major

By | August 15th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning, Professionalism|Tags: , , |

Secrets of a Successful Tech Interview

Summary: Compare and contrast the actions of a successful and an unsuccessful candidate Develop a feel for making a lasting impression when applying for a new position Two candidates, one goal: a software engineer job offer in a tech startup. Both candidates have had an equally successful track record. One of them had no chance

By | June 18th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, Professionalism|Tags: , , , , , , |