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Land the Tech Job You Love (Pragmatic Life) Paperback – July 8, 2009
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This book is about your happiness
You spend half your waking hours at your job. That’s more time than you spend with your kids or your spouse and even more than time spent playing World of Warcraft. You can’t be happy with your life when you’re spending so much time doing something you don’t love.
This book is here first to help you be happy with your life by helping you understand what you want in a job and then to help you find and land that job. My goal in writing this book is to help you find a job that you love.
Go Love Your Job
- Life is too short for a job you don’t love.
- You’re not stuck. Other opportunities are available for you.
- This book will help you get that job you love.
About the Author
Andy Lester started with computers early by keypunching letters to Grandma on IBM 029 punchcards. Now into his third decade of professional software development, he's the QA & Release Manager for Socialtext. Andy is also in charge of PR for The Perl Foundation and maintains over 25 modules on CPAN. Andy's two latest book projects are Mac OS X Tiger In A Nutshell from O'Reilly, and Pro Perl Debugging from Apress.
Top customer reviews
In the resume section the author recommends giving an executive summary based on actual accomplishments. Some of the points were common sense, but others were new for me. Many times the author showed what people commonly put on resumes, and then ways to rewrite it so it sounds better.
One aspect I found lacking was information on technical questions. There was little information about how to answer technical questions, except to say you should emphasize what you actually worked on. I would have like to see more ways to prepare yourself for technical questions... although I know other books address this more in depth.
There was a reasonable amount of useful information in this book for me to be satisfied with the purchase. It is a good starting point for someone who is in the process of applying for a technical job.
The writing here is direct, unintimidating and no-nonsense. Andy knows what geek job seekers need to hear and--more importantly--how to say it so they'll actually listen. At each point he doesn't simply say "do this" but he also includes the oft-overlooked WHY. This sort of insight helps technically-minded folk grok the problem in fullness, allowing them to adapt their approach to the specific company/job at hand rather than simply rattling off canned answers. In essence, he's broken the job-getting process into a set of well-defined use cases, each with fully documented business logic.
As I said, this is a book for everyone. As a hiring manager reading this book I constantly found myself thinking of ways in which my own department/company could improve its own hiring and interviewing processes. After reading this book I now feel better prepared to get the right person for our team. It's very obvious that Andy fully understands the hiring managers' point of view. The first time he said (paraphrased), "The hiring manager WANTS to hire you: interviewing for a position is a pain in the ass that she'd rather be done with" I practically applauded. That sort of perspective is necessary to get the point across to the job seeker that we're all in this together.
In summary, this is a great book, an engaging read and well worth your time to pick up. I believe so fully enough that I've already purchased it for a friend in need of a change of professional venue.