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Million Dollar Advice for the 22 Year Old Software Engineer
In my opinion, I think one of the most critical points in the career of a software developer is his/her first job out of college. Just like in auto racing, skiing or track and field, you want to get off to a great start.  Your career is no different. To be ...
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Please Don't Speak Negatively of Your Dev Manager and the Software Engineers You Work With
This sounds so obvious and you would think that it's a well known rule that you simply "never do" but we recently had a case come up and it cost an elite engineer a job offer with a very highly regarded SW startup here in Austin. Here is the story... About ...
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The Interviewing Fatigue Felt By A 20+ Year Principal SW Engineer
This might be one of the more unspoken issues within the IT industry and I attempt to address it in this post. I recently have been working with an elite software engineer. He is 20+ years in the industry and has been either a Principal Software engineer, T...
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One Way to Probe Into Technical Leadership Roles With Startups
This can be a delicate situation because at the very core of a software engineer's job search is finding a company that he/she is excited about and believes in. Immediately after that, however, comes the role and finding the proper fit at that company. This...
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My Memories of Ed Taylor
For those who have lived in Austin for a while and are part of the IT industry here, you might be familiar with Austin's Tech/Startup history. While it isn't is rich and colorful as Silicon Valley, there is quite a story to be told.  I believe it all starte...
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How a Software Company Moved Quickly to Hire an Elite Developer
There are many ways that software companies can approach an offer but in today's market, the most popular way is to wait and be the last company to make an offer. Why is that?  Here is the rationale, as spoken by the SW company: Well, after the engineer has...
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Yes, You Can Discuss Stock Options In Your Offer
For the most part here in Austin, it's common knowledge that you can ask about stock options and what the real value of your stock is compared to the nominal number of shares you're being offered. However, it surprises me that I am still hearing from candid...
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Don't Negotiate Salary Before Reviewing Company Benefits
Hey everyone, this sounds obvious but you would be surprised how positive momentum in an interview process can dictate an order of events that aren't in your favor. It's a small issue but this can help you avoid a rather delicate moment later in the process...
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Building Up Trust During the Interview Process
Any software engineer that begins interviewing with a company ultimately will face the time when negotiations begin. Often, when I talk with developers, this topic comes up at the very beginning and we discuss salary range, flex hours, stock options and rol...
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How The Code Test Can Liberate And Propel Your Candidacy
When you submit a resume for a software engineering position, your qualifications are under some pretty intense scrutiny. Your education is evaluated. Your tech stack experience is evaluated. And while not totally fair, your employment history is also evalu...
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