I recently completed a job search for my first role as a software engineer. Despite having first learned how to code almost a year before, having a background as an English major and former professional poker player, I was able to land a total of 8 offers including Google, Uber, Yelp, and Airbnb (where I ultimately joined). In this three-part blog post I’m going to describe my advice to a job-seeker trying to break into the tech industry. If you haven’t read the story of my job search, you can read about it here. It provides some of the backdrop for this post. First, several caveats. I have a weird background, but make no mistake—I both worked my ass off and got very lucky. When I got my job offers, I was working as an instructor and Director of Product of App Academy, and had been studying (and teaching) this stuff for a little under a year. In light of that, some people have interpreted this as a “get rich quick” sort of thing. It’s not. It’s more of a a “go into a cave for six months and hopefully get a job when you emerge” sort of thing. Subtle difference, but an important one. Note that my advice here draws not just from my
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