Recently, while cleaning out my attic at home, I came across a box with items I kept from way back in the ‘90s. In it was a copy of my very first article that appeared in a major programming magazine. Since I have been a professional developer for over 26 years, I have a lot … Continue reading Geekstory: My First Magazine Article & The Power of Networking
Today I have released the 5th edition of my book on surviving the technical interview. It's a must read if you are looking for your dream job or just need motivation to rock your career! Rock Your Career: Surviving The Technical Interview Have you ever not gotten a job because you weren’t prepared for the … Continue reading New Book Release! Rock Your Career: Surviving The Technical Interview – 5th Edition
In 2018, I interviewed at a popular biotech company here in San Diego, California. When I was interviewing with three other people on the team, one of them asked me if I planned to blog about them. That developer asking that question, which no one has ever asked me, should have been a red flag. … Continue reading dotNetDave Says… Getting Interviewed by Other Developers
As I reflect on being a software engineer, writer and speaker for 25 years, I didn’t get to where I am without my geek friends. They have taught me, uplifted me and even aided me in my personal life. Many I have thanked so this is to thank them again. I’m sure there are others … Continue reading A Thank You to My Geek Friends
On July 2nd, 2019 I spoke at the San Diego .NET User Group. This was my actual 25th anniversary of speaking at user groups and conferences! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 25 years already… where has the time gone? My motivation, even back then, was to help others coming up in the … Continue reading Rock Your Career: How 25 Years of Speaking has Helped My Career and More! (Recorded Live)
Since I am currently on the hunt for a new contract position either in the area where I live or remote, I thought I’d share an interaction I had with a recruiter this morning. When I am looking for a new position, I use recruiters and LinkedIn as two of my tools. I would say … Continue reading Dealing with Recruiters Tip #3 – Why Don’t They Actually Read My Profile or Resume?
One of the questions I get asked a lot is “how do I get a job?”. The answer is that you need experience. But, how do you get experience if you don’t have a job yet? My answer is, write an app or website and release it to the world. The reason I encourage writing … Continue reading Write Something, Anything to Start and Enhance Your Career
I have been using recruiters for a long time to help me find a new opportunity. For the ones I don't have a relationship with... please stop playing games when sending us an email about a "great opportunity". Almost daily, I receive emails like this: I am recruiting for an exciting contract opportunity with one … Continue reading Dealing with Recruiters Tip #2: Don’t Play Games When Contacting Us
Recently, one of my friends and fellow writer interviewed me for an article. Here is what he wrote about the interview: David McCarter is a noted developer and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Dave has written a number of books and published many videos about computer programming. His dotNetDave Explains YouTube series is a hit … Continue reading Is There A Place For Old Developers On Young Development Teams?
Going on an interview soon? The first thing you need to do is to create or update your resume. Below is an excerpt from my eBook titled “Rock Your Technical Interview”. I plan to write more articles on interviewing, so check back often. It is very important to keep your resume up to date. I … Continue reading Interviewing – Have an Awesome Resume Available