👋 Hi, I’m Neal and I give developers actionable & non-patronizing career advice.
I’m no expert, but I used to write Devpost’s weekly careers newsletter to over 200,000 hackers.
Also, I’ve worked at big companies & startups, switched careers, been laid off, ghosted by recruiters, asked to work for free, and bombed my fair share of interviews.
In spite of all that, I prevailed and so can you!
- If you claim to be an expert at something, you’d better be able to back it up
- Start 2019 with actionable advice for students, job seekers, happy employees, and hackers
- Take-home assignments prove that you can do the job
- Two things to look for when interviewing potential hires
- Three short emails that’ll help you make money, hire, and keep clients happy
- Use the rest of 2018 to prepare for your 2019 job hunt
- If you join a company because you love its culture, be prepared for it to change
- Get over quitter’s remorse and new job jitters
- How my friend negotiated a higher salary and better start date
- Lazy programmers can save their teams a lot of time and money
- How long can you afford to look for a job?
- Management is one way to advance your career, but it’s not quick, easy, or stress free
- Juggling your classes, extracurriculars, and a part-time job
- 5 steps for a productive weekly retrospective meeting
- Developers work in sprints, but your colleagues operate on different time scales
- You’re a person, not a Docker container; your path to success won’t be the same as anybody else’s
- Idolizing Steve Jobs won’t get you a job, but networking will
- A personal story about switching careers
- Interns, take advantage of your ‘exit interview’
- A primer on workers’ compensation
- Your past expertise can be an advantage during a career change
- Do more with less using timeboxes
- Don’t miss out on these opportunities. You’ll be back in class soon enough!
- Get back into work mode after your vacation
- A masterclass in job hunting from a high schooler
- Don’t judge a company by its cubicles
- A simple way to keep your résumé up to date
- You can’t avoid meetings, but you can make them suck less
- You might not care about your title, but recruiters do
- Do’s and Don’ts of professional references
- Today’s code is tomorrow’s technical debt
- A new hire pro tip from the New York Fire Department
- What are the next 5 bullet points you want on your résumé?
- Seperate the must haves from the nice to haves
- A 10 Week Plan to get the most out of your summer internship
- Don’t pigeonhole yourself to one tech, language, or job role
- How To Suggest New Product Features
- Talking to your boss on a regular basis is 100% a positive career move
- HR reps & hiring managers aren’t that interested in your GitHub profile
- Things to think about before you start freelancing
- How to put hackathons on your résumé
- What should you wear to a job interview?
- Setting goals is hard, but you got this!
- The most important love, is the love you give yourself
- Making unpopular product decisions
- If you want to get paid more, prove that you’re delivering value
- How resilient is your company to a major service outage?
- Step into the new year with a hacker mentality
- Upgrade your family this holiday season
- Nobody hires in December, but you can lay the groundwork for next year
- Your code’s legacy is what it enabled
- Try empathizing with your manager
- Everything you do as a developer requires trust
- Smart questions to ask during interviews
- CEO Accessibility vs. Visibility
- Not everything you work on is going to be ‘high’ technology, and that’s OK
- Why is a modern tech company using an outdated stack?
- You can’t fix a company’s culture by yourself
- Before you dive into a salary negotiation, read this
- Write cover letters & résumés that get noticed
- Focus too much on incremental gains and you’ll miss the truly transformative ones
- Practice your whiteboard test skills with the Battleship problem
- Six steps for surviving a layoff, from someone who did
- You can wait around for recruiters to contact you, or you can be proactive and pursue the dream job you want
- Software Development is about solving other people’s problems
- Capital Rules Everything Around Me
© 2019 Neal Shyam