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Overselling Yourself Could Come at a Cost

When it comes to preparing your resume, your 30 second "elevator speech," a LinkedIn Profile, preparing for an interview and, ultimately, pitching yourself to a prospective employer, the vast majority of topics I've covered concerned selling yourself. As I've discussed over and over, these are your opportunities to present yourself in a way that persuades a prospective employer that you are, indeed, the person they've been looking … [Read more...]


If it’s on your resume, they will ask you about it.

I recently read an HR article called "How to Tell When a Candidate is Lying on His or Her Resume." I thought this title was a bit harsh. I've dealt with hundreds and hundreds of candidates—and although some have leaned toward exaggerating their skills or experiences a bit (a practice I don't recommend) I rarely felt that someone was outright lying. It did bring to mind an important point, however: "If you put it on your resume, they will … [Read more...]


Software Estimation

Software development estimation. There, I said it. It's like discussing politics or religion at a social gathering. Too controversial. Too inflamed. It's one of those third rails of software development. Be careful if you touch it—you may get shocked. What makes this topic such a hot button one? For one thing, it seems like developers are really bad at it. Ask for an estimate on a feature, get the answer that it will be done … [Read more...]


Workshops Deliver Significant Value to Software Development Managers

On Wednesday, September 30, Stout Systems presented the third in a series of workshops designed for the “Accidental or Reluctant Software Development Manager”—someone who has been thrust into the role of managing a development team due to their domain expertise and/or technical acumen, but often against their wishes and with no formal training in the unique challenges of that role. This workshop was focused on the topic of “Accurately Estimating … [Read more...]


Finding Hidden Job Postings

We're all familiar with going to Dice, Craigslist, Indeed, and CareerBuilder while searching for our next technical position. But many companies are not in a hurry to post their openings to these sites because when they do they are inundated with far more resumes than they can comfortably process. As such, they will often start by posting the position to a careers page on their company website. Depending on the response they get from that action, … [Read more...]