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Avoid these mistakes to increase your chances of getting your dream job offer

As software is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and software developers make up 70–80% of a tech company’s workforce, there is an increasing need for managers who look after those developers. As a result, there is a rise in the number of engineering managers in recent years.

When you’re applying for an engineering manager’s role, you will be competing with other engineering managers for the best company to work for, one that not only pays well but also will look good on their resumes.

So the question is how would you have an edge above other candidates so that you get noticed…

To make sure you have time for impactful work instead of spending endless hours on administrative tasks

We’ve all heard of the timeless advice for business owners and entrepreneurs; work ON your business rather than IN your business every day in order to be successful. What if I told you that the advice is true for engineering managers as well. We are in the midst of technology transformation, software is now the centre of every business and we are seeing first hand how technology is used to accomplish various tasks in every industry, from purchasing your grocery to getting health care.

But as an engineering manager, you may forget that you can and you should leverage technology…

What to do when you feel like you’re falling out of love with programming

broken heart
broken heart

Are you a coder (programmer, developer, software engineer, and so on) who feels like you are trapped on a hamster wheel, running out of inspiration and motivation to write beautiful code? The one job that you used to enjoy so much feels boring, or worse, painful? Are you wondering if there is more to your career than this?

I am an engineering manager who was once a coder like you. …

In Less Than Ten Minutes

You have the technical skills, you have the job experience, you have the right attitude, and yet, your dream of getting hired at a tech company is still a dream. Can you relate?

Getting a job offer at a tech company is much more than doing well in coding tests. In fact, what I am going to share with you is not about coding tests at all. There are many more roles that tech companies are looking to fill other than developer roles. Roles such as Product Manager, Content Designer, Product Designer, Marketing Manager, Customer Success Manager, just to name…

The issue isn’t limited to culture fit. There’s a bigger problem

Wall art of Asian woman
Wall art of Asian woman

What a time we live in now! Recently, with the #AAPIhate campaigns, some may think that such discrimination is limited to physical violence and that it does not exist in white-collar workplaces.

Unfortunately, as an Asian woman in tech, I’ve experienced AAPI hate more often than I want to remember. AAPI hate incidents range from physical attacks to microaggressions. …

Don’t work harder. Work smarter.

A lot of people had asked me about how I manage to consistently produce content and maintain my personal brand. They want to know how I find motivation and inspiration. Here is the truth; as a working mother with a demanding full-time job, I don’t always have the energy, motivation, or inspiration. But my key to consistently producing content is through this system that I’ve created. I am not waiting for an inspiration to strike or creative energy to appear, I just sit at my desk and get to work.

The system also allows me to set a clear boundary…

Advanced sharing, free hosting and responsiveness are just some of the reasons.

Having an online resume these days is a necessity, instead of a nice-to-have. When you have an online resume, you can easily share it with anyone, anywhere, using any device.

Many people I know use LinkedIn as their online resume, and while it is not bad, it is not fit for purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a LinkedIn profile and I am pretty active on LinkedIn — I share articles, musings, and job opportunities and interact with other like-minded people in the industry. However, LinkedIn is not an online resume, it’s a professional social network.

So without any…

International Women’s Day is around the corner. Let’s look forward to a change

Woman speaking at work meeting
Woman speaking at work meeting

As an advocate for women in technology — and being a woman in technology myself — I have been approached a few times by companies and leaders for ideas and best practices to retain and promote female talent in the industry. It’s great to see because if companies only focus on hiring female talent and do not put as much effort into supporting them and creating an environment that enables them to thrive, it would be like collecting water with leaky buckets.

The truth is that women in tech are not all that different from women in other industries. However…

Be vigilant by understanding pivotal learning mistakes

Image of half an archway close to housing
Image of half an archway close to housing

Learning, upskilling, and staying in touch with the latest technology and trends are a part of any software developer’s life. They are not optional extras but are vital to the successful achievement of a developer’s career goals. However, there are some common learning mistakes that developers often make regardless of where they are currently in their careers.

The common learning mistakes are:

  1. Not having a learning plan.
  2. Not setting a clear end goal.
  3. Choosing too broad a topic.
  4. Having a consumption overload.
  5. Not keeping track of progress.

1. Not Having a Learning Plan

Don’t self-sabotage. Become your own biggest self-advocate and get ahead at work

You really wanted that promotion to become a senior employee, manager or director, but for some reason, you were overlooked yet again. Of course, you’re disappointed, but you’re also somewhat relieved. “Oh well, I am probably not ready yet,” you thought to yourself.

If this sounds like you, then there is one thing that’s holding you back. It is not your skill, ability, or performance. It’s your limiting beliefs. That’s right: You are holding yourself back from getting promoted due to your own limiting beliefs. What are limiting beliefs? They are the assumptions we have that restrict us from achieving…

Isabel Nyo

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