Top 5 Career Development Tips

Top 5 Career Development Tips

There are many ways in which you can prepare yourself for a job. You can master your skills, create a portfolio of great projects, and learn about the company, inside and out. There are other concepts, though, that are very important to remember. They are more practical than tangible and may not be too obvious in the beginning. Understanding these concepts will allow you to grow your skills and help build your professional foundation. Here are the top 5 career development tips that will make your path to success that much clearer.

Top 5 Career Development Tips – Do not take things personally

The goal of the company you’re in is to make money or reach another solid objective. As much as your colleagues may respect you and treat you decently as a person, that doesn’t mean you’re there to just be friendly. You’re there to use your skills and work. If you’re confronted with the fact that you have performed poorly, take it as a lesson learned. Fighting back won’t change anyone’s mind and is very unproductive. This is all in terms of work environment. It’s a different story if someone comes at YOU personally, for example, making fun of how you talk or dress. Harassment is out of line and must be taken care of.

Top 5 Career Development Tips – Do not bring things that happen at home to work

Whether you think it will or not, people are affected by your demeanor. If you’re clearly upset about something, it could become the talk of the office. Also, if you start complaining or divulging too much information on issues you have at home, coworkers could become very uncomfortable, which may affect THEIR performance. Not only will you affect others, you will affect yourself. You will not be able to perform at your best if you can’t focus entirely on the task at hand.

Top 5 Career Development Tips – Respond to everything

Even if it’s not necessary for you to reply to something, it looks unprofessional if you don’t. Everything should be responded to within a day as well (and that’s being generous). Here’s an appropriate way to respond to a contact. Someone emails you, asking for you to review some code they’ve written. Doing this would be considered a favor. Even if you wanted to, you don’t have the time to check it. You respond by telling your colleague that you can’t review the code at the moment and possibly give the name of someone else that could help. Ignoring the email altogether makes you appear either incompetent or rude.

Top 5 Career Development Tips – Do not burn bridges

This is if you can help it. It’s always best to portray yourself as a diligent worker, as well as a team player. You will make yourself look good to others, and they wouldn’t have any issues working with you. Also, there are many personal connections out there. This person may know that person. If you end up wanting to look for a new job, you either have great references or know people that can give you specific contacts. Word of mouth goes a long way. If you’ve made a good impression on someone, it will help you out in the long run.

Top 5 Career Development Tips – Do not label a job as “perfect”

This is not to say you can’t love your job. There should be many reasons to love your job, but your perceptions of it may change overtime. The moment you tag a certain job as being perfect, it may be harder for you to deal with disappointment or change in relation to it. For example, your boss, who is usually open to giving you the timeframe you need to get a project done, is coming down on you for not having a project finished already. Is it still perfect? Having the understanding that any job will have changes and some discourse is part of having a career. You should actually be good with it, since it will make you stronger and give you more experience as a professional in the workforce.

These have been top 5 career development tips that will help you better your professional growth. While some may consider these to be common sense, you’d be surprised how easily it could be to forget these. If you do remember, know that it will only help you in whatever you want to achieve.

5 Resume Buzzwords To Avoid and 5 Keywords To Use

5 Resume Buzzwords To Avoid and 5 Keywords To Use

You are looking for a new job, and it’s time to update your resume. Needless to say you want your resumes to standout from other resumes, and you would like to use a few resume buzzwords to let your future employer know how different from other candidates you are, correct?

Let me start by asking you a quick question. Continue reading 5 Resume Buzzwords To Avoid and 5 Keywords To Use

How To Use Social Media To Get a Job

How To Use Social Media To Get a Job

Social media has become a vital tool for companies to learn more about you. More and more hiring mangers are using social media to do research about a candidate before calling them for an interview. In this article, I will talk about how to use social media to get a job.

Tip #1 – How To Use Social Media To Get a Job: Have a Social Media Presence

The first thing you would want to do is get an account on major social networks, like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Not having a presence on these major social media sites can adversely affect your job search. Why you ask? If you don’t have a presence on social media, the prospective employer will think (a) You are hiding something, (b) You are not a social person, and worse (c) You do not have anything interesting to offer. This also lets a prospective employer know how up-to-date you are with technological trends and how you gather any new information to learn. In order for a company to grow, they need employees who are on top of the latest trends like social media.

Tip #2 – How To Use Social Media To Get a Job: Project a Professional Social Media Presence

The #1 thing that employers are looking for in social media presence is how professionally a candidate is conducting themselves on these networks. The presence you portray through social media is how you tend to portray yourself in everyday life, which allows employers to gauge how you would be as an employee. Post professional photos on your profile, and stay away from photos taken in a group where everyone else has been cut out. It shows you didn’t take the time or effort to produce a decent photo of yourself. Do not post any racy or negative comments, which should be a given. Refrain from discussing politics or religion; very polarizing subjects. Also, do not talk trash about your current employer. A prospective employer would not be too open to someone who can so easily degrade a company they should be representing.

Tip #3 – How To Use Social Media To Get a Job: Expand Your Network

Once you have a social media presence, you should work on expanding your network with like-minded people in your areas of interest. Don’t hesitate to contact people to connect with them. The whole idea behind social media is to network and learn from others. Those you should connect with are people within your industry or space and their extended network. Be mindful of the groups, lists and companies you follow. LinkedIn is a professional network, and you should treat it like such. Facebook is for friends and family, but you still should not post drunk pictures, pictures where you are embarrassing yourself, etc. If you do have those pictures, make sure you either clean up your profile or hide them when you are actively looking for a job. Following professionals on Twitter and taking part in discussions on hot topics is a nice way to show the employer your knowledge.

Tip #4 – How To Use Social Media To Get a Job: Get Recommendations

Request and post recommendations from your previous supervisors and co-workers. As mentioned in another article we wrote, building up your professional network is very important to career growth. It’ll be easier for you to obtain recommendations by creating good working relationships with these colleagues. In addition, the more recommendations you give, the more your colleagues will remember that. Everything works out in your favor. Having these available via social media allows others to see the great collection of work recommendations, inherently believing that you’re a diligent worker.

Tip #5 – How To Use Social Media To Get a Job: Highlight Your Achievements

Post articles, research papers and projects (especially for programmers and developers) in your areas of expertise. If mentioned positively in an article online, link to it. This increases your exposure on social media and builds up a great portfolio for yourself. You are able to create the persona you’d like to portray; one that devotes time to and enjoys their craft. Aggregating all of the items you’ve contributed or posted on social media will describe who you are as a person, letting prospective employers know that as well.

In other words, #HaveASocialMediaPresence #BeProfessional #ExpandYourNetwork #GetRecommendations #HighlightYourAchievement #GetHired

Top 5 Interview Questions Software Developers Get Asked

Top 5 Interview Questions Software Developers Get Asked

There are many references out there that discuss common interview questions. They’re very generalized, and they usually don’t go into detail on the appropriate ways to answer them. It may be easy to adapt them to your current situation, but this article is geared specifically towards software developers and the preparation they must do for an interview. Software developers get asked very specific questions that require an extensive amount of detail. Here are the top 5 interview questions software developers get asked.

Top 5 Interview Questions Software Developers Get Asked

What was the last project you worked on?

This is one of the most common questions software developers get asked. You should start by talking about your part in the last big size project you worked on. Give a one or two line description of the project from a non-technical point of view to explain what the software did. After the short description, talk about your specific role and what you contributed to the project. Mention one or two specific examples of how your contribution positively affected the project in speed or reliability. Then, elaborate on the technologies used, system architecture, etc.

Can you provide one instance where you faced an exceptionally challenging technical issue? How did you resolve it?

This is something you have to think of ahead of time, just in case you get asked this question. Talk about the actual issue in as much detail as possible. Ensure that the issue is a engineering problem. Provide an explanation of how you approached it from a developer point of view. Provide 2-3 alternate solutions, and then discuss the approach you chose and why you eliminated the other options.

What is your testing and QA approach?

Talk about how you perform unit testing, integration testing, and regression testing. Explain how much time you spend on testing your code. Expert developers can spend up to 50% of their time testing.

Do you like working on teams, or are you a self-starter?

The best approach is to explain your personal preference, and follow it up with a why. In general, you might want to show that you are a self-starter, but that you work well in teams while brainstorming.

How would you explain XYZ to a non-technical person, where XYZ is a highly technical concept?

You might get asked to explain a highly technical topic in layman’s terms. For example, how would you explain Twitter to your grandparents? The reason for this question is two-fold. First, the interviewer is trying to gauge how well you understand the concept. Second, they want to see how well you are able to articulate yourself. Remember, when you put on your resume that you have excellent written and verbal skills, now is the time to prove it.

These are the top 5 interview questions software developers get asked. This is a good reference in preparation for the next step in you career.

Motivational Quotes for Your Career

Motivational Quotes for Your Career

Hard work and determination will get you what you want from your professional career, but you don’t have to hear it from us. Many inspirational thinkers and leaders have been preaching the importance of achieving your goals with drive. Here are motivational quotes for your career from some big names.

Motivational Quotes for Your Career: Mindset

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
“I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.” – Jon Stewart
“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

Motivational Quotes for Your Career: Character

“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” – Alan Cohen
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” – Arthur Golden

Motivational Quotes for Your Career: Growth

“Work to become, not to acquire.” – Elbert Hubbard
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill