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The Key to Building Great Software Engineering Teams (Hint: It’s Not Productivity)

It is not an obvious task to screen for productivity in a recruitment process. Companies often hire developers who have a hard time becoming productive. Even worse, HR best practices in some environments often slow down the promotion and growth of productive developers. As a result, top talent in these companies often finds growth opportunities

By | November 25th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

The Power of Emotional Resilience in Your Career

Having gone through a lot of hurdles, I can now clearly see how much time I wasted with pursuing things that felt good, but were definitely not good for me. I can see this trend in the lives of many people I have worked with or studied with. You see, people who want to improve

By | January 6th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

How You Can Survive the Tech Bubble

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: , |

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: , , , , , |

Find the Workplace of Your Dreams

Summary: Everyone questions their own decisions at some point. Learn what it is like to question your progress through an example. Realize you have more options than you think Find credible sources on researching your options Decode the reasons behind the questions in Joel's test Draw the ultimate conclusion on how to define your dream

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , |