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I don't do opensource or blogposts, how do I get noticed?

Jimmy Mersen
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Joined: May 14, 2013
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I saw this discussion mentioned on the FiveYearItch blog. This is a fascinating topic.

My question is this: I am an experienced software engineer. I've worked in C, Java, Python, etc etc and I know that I am good at what I do. No fears of the unemployment line, but still.

But ... I don't do opensource, I don't do blogposts. I just do my job. How do I get myself out there so that I can maximize my opportunities in whatever work place is best for me?
Josh Fox
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Joined: Apr 16, 2013
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Yup, they don't know you so long as you stay in hiding

So, your options are:
1. Go ahead and write some blog posts, articles, open-source, StackOverflow answers.
2. Let some recruiters know you're interested. The market for devs is scarce now, they want you.
3. On your LinkedIn profile (I hope you have one), check the radio button stating your interest in getting offers.
4. Tell your friends and colleagues that you are looking.
5. Join some Users Groups in the area. Really join -- attend several meetings, not just one. People will get to know you. All in all, I think that "networking" is not all its cracked up to be for us developers, but a surprising number of jobs come from some very brief acquaintances.
6. And of course, sign up for my FiveYearItch. That's what we're here for!

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Campbell Ritchie
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And welcome to the Ranch
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Posting here and/or StackOverflow lets you show off your tech knowledge. If I google "Jimmy Mersen" the first two hits are your profile page here on coderanch and this thread. Supplementing that with some technical answers gets the first page on google to be proof you know your stuff.


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I have blogged this via a high level diagram as to how things feed into each other to provide additional income streams.


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Or write a few books.


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arulk pillai
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Or write a few books.



Absolutely. Your blog posts will provide inspiration for your next book. Publishing is a piece of cake with the advent of POD publishers like Createspace and Lulu.com
Josh Fox
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Posting here ... lets you show off your tech knowledge. ... Supplementing that with some technical answers gets the first page on google to be proof you know your stuff.


Jeanne, quite right. CodeRanch forum discussions have the advantage of letting you show technical knowledge in depth. That lets you write more freely than just answering a specific question on StackOverflow, but with less effort than a full-fledged blog post.

It also gives you the advantage of more Google-juice than your own blog would, particularly if you're not planning to write a lot.
Josh Fox
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Or write a few books.


Bear,

Absolutely, writing a book is a great idea.

But there are a lot of skilled, focused software engineers who are not natural writers; or who would prefer to focus on software development; or who don't have the time for that.

Employers still want to hire them, even to poach them. The question is ... how do employers find them?
Josh Fox
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arulk pillai wrote:... Your blog posts will provide inspiration for your next book...

The point here is that no one knows how good your work is except your boss, who has no incentive to give you a better deal -- unless other employers know about your amazing skills!

If you can write a bunch of blog posts, great! You've positioned yourself at the top of the software engineering profession.

But for those who have not get got started with writing, I'd suggest CodeRanch discussions, answering questions at StackOverlow, and writing some blog posts.


And of course, there's FiveYearItch
Jimmy Mersen
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Good Stuff!
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote: . . . your profile page here on coderanch and this thread. Supplementing that with some technical answers gets the first page on google to be proof you know your stuff.
. I been thinking that I should get out of my shell and get myself some web-attention. CodeRanch gets the PageRank!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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