Last night at the Nashville .NET User Group we ended the evening with a terrific discussion on careers. We had a great panel of developers, entrepreneurs, and recruiters. It was nice to hear the transparency between developers and recruiters. Here are some quick highlights:
- Create a LinkedIn profile.
- Publish an open source project.
- Publish a blog.
- Create a StackOverflow profile and build some points.
- Create a Careers profile at StackOverflow.
- Use social media, such as Twitter.
- Build relationships with recruiters, and interview them.
- Attend user groups and regional developer conferences.
- Find a mentor.
- Be a mentor.
Your brand can open doors, regardless of how many years experience you may have. Whether you are fresh out of school, or looking to change careers, getting a job in today's market with little on-the-job experience can be very difficult. The recruiters on the panel agreed three years is the minimum most employers are looking for. However, I have seen first-hand how a person's passionate pursuit of learning and establishing a brand led to great opportunities.
- Demonstrate your expertise.
- Demonstrate your passion for learning.
- Demonstrate. You. Are. Awesome.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. -- Proverbs 22:1 (NLT)Last, for those that desire to start their own business: