You've done it. You've made it through the initial screening process. You've just earned an interview with one of the most prestigious and successful companies in your industry. As you're waiting in the office with three other candidates, a fourth candidate walks in. He has an interview scheduled, the same as you. There's something odd about this interviewee. He already knows everyone there. He's on a first-name basis with the receptionist. Everyone likes him and thinks highly of him. Instead of waiting in the lobby with the rest of you, he's immediately ushered into one of the offices. Who is this guy? This is an everyday reality for elite job candidates How is this possible? Candidates like these are pretty uncommon. Not because they're so special, but because of their decision-making process. What makes their decision-making process different? They win coveted jobs and promotions in the face of intense competition They ask for and receive s..
This article was created in partnership with StudioWorks. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Sure, you need a certain minimal viable level of design skill prowess if you want to have a successful career as a designer. But a lot more than that goes into it, too. Think about how many people you know who can cook amazing food but who would never last five minutes in a restaurant kitchen during the lunch rush. It would be great if we could just sit down, design pretty things, and go home. Or better yet, just chill in our home studios, creating. Unfortunately or not, design is a business just like everything else, and that means you’re going to have to put time, effort, and sometimes money into cultivating the soft skills and business side of your design career. This means managing your time well, marketing yourself, building a brand, experimenting, maybe launching a side business, and generally just putting your name and work out there for people to find...
And what to do when you have to stay. Edwarden, a developer and StackExchange user, wanted advice. His boss yelled at him for requesting a promotion in the future. Or more specifically, asking for advice on the best process for receiving a promotion. Edwarden exceeded his manager's expectations. Other managers were also very happy with his performance as well. His manager also knew what Edwarden wanted to discuss ahead of time. It didn't matter. His manager exploded. He began yelling, shouting and stomping his feet. "You've only been here... how many months?! Seven?! And now you're asking for a promotion!" His manager threw a tantrum and continued to interrupt him until he agreed that he had no "additional concerns." Here's the Advice He Received from Other Users You should quit your job. You should look for a new job, I don't think your boss is going to promote you How many red flags do you need to see before you look for a new job? Do yourself a f..
This article was created in partnership with the Developer Economics Survey. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. The latest Developer Economics survey is upon us again, and as always, we highly recommend that everyone participates. It’s an excellent opportunity to express your views about what’s happening in the world of web development, and it helps paint a cohesive picture about the landscape. In the last survey, published April 2019, we garnered a lot of interesting insights into the modern dev at work. Of the participants in the last survey, 9% were women, suggesting a global population of 1.7 million women developers versus the 17 million that are men. However, the report also found that under the age of 35, 36% of developers were women, versus 33% of men. Compare this with the survey’s other finding that 37% of male developers are over 35 years of age, as compared to 29% of women in the same age bracket. This indicates that younger generations of..
You're going to be asked to do it. At some point, if it hasn't happened already, your coworkers or your boss will ask you to do something foolish. Something you know will make things worse for you, your coworkers, maybe even the business itself. If you're like most developers, you do it anyway. That's what most will do, right? It's better to keep your head down, avoid making waves and simply do what you're told. Job security isn't a thing anymore, but that's one of the best things you can do to keep your job, for a while at least. This Common Mistake Creates a Career Handicap This is the problem. Most employees want to keep their jobs and their clients. They don't have the leverage or control they want over their own careers. They need their job. In fact, most people are terrified of losing their jobs. This has a cascading effect. Research shows the fear of losing your job creates job dissatisfaction and a lack of commitment at ..