How To Land Your Dream Developer Job (As Told By Your Future Boss)

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Jesse Podell ImageJesse Podell is COO of DevShop, a boutique web development agency, and NY TechDay, the world’s largest startup event (coming to Washington, D.C. in October 2014). He is also the co-organizer of NYFTS, the largest Fintech Meetup group.

Whether you’re a hardcore nerd who’s been coding since grade school or a recent bootcamp grad, getting hired for a developer position will always come down to more than just your aptitude for code. At my firm, DevShop, a Ruby on Rails web and app development agency based in NYC, my partner and I easily spend 20% of our time recruiting. We’ve found that the best hires are people who are dedicated, passionate about learning, and clear about what kind of role they really want.

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A Product Manager By Any Other Name: 3 Titles For Product Managers

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Because product management encompasses a variety of elements, it can be found at multiple levels of development and production, under numerous titles. One survey found as many as 256 unique titles for the role among respondents. Whether you’re looking for work in the field, or wondering if you may already be operating in a related capacity, knowing what they are can be of benefit. Read on to learn a few.

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5 Signs You Just Might Be a Product Manager

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Because of its breadth, product management is one of those roles that can be pretty nebulous. An IBM description for the role of Product Manager defines a PM as “responsible for managing the full product lifecycle; from strategic planning through product development, product launch and post-launch activities.”

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that you’re a product manager in disguise but aren’t quite sure, ask yourself some of the following questions.

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How Do Social Media and SEO Impact Each Other?

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Does anyone talk about search engine optimization these days without also talking about social media? Not really, but the arguments behind the importance of engaging in both may vary.

There’s a camp convinced that social activity plays a significant role in search engine rank placement (despite Google’s head of Webspam, Matt Cutts’, denials that Facebook and Twitter signals are weighted more heavily than any others). While another camp simply views SEO and social media as two distinct and effective ways to garner page views and attract a larger audience.

Until the keepers of the algorithms reveal their secrets, the debate will likely rage on. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some proven ways that social media and SEO impact each other.

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Life Got You Stumped? Here’s How to Make The Right Decision in 4 Easy Steps

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Most of us start making decisions the moment we wake up each day: Hit the snooze button or rise and shine? Eggs or cereal? Is that third cup of coffee really a good idea?

And the need to reach resolutions only continues once we step foot in the office.

While choosing cereal over eggs or going for that third cup of coffee (I had a feeling you would) may not be the make-or-break decisions in our day, the choices we make at work can have a big impact on our productivity, our professional relationships, and ultimately, our success.

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10 Songs To Keep You Motivated at Work

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We all have bad days. Even at a job you love, long hours and tedious procedures can get you down. Sometimes, there’s no better way to get rid of those workday blues than listening to your favorite music to reinvigorate your sense of purpose. Here are 10 songs that are sure to get your head bopping and hands typing.

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What Is a Product Lifecycle?

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To many devoted entrepreneurs, a product is kind of like a child. It’s your creation, a reflection on you and your hope for the future. Is it any wonder that the business world uses a biological lifecycle as a model for how a product is expected perform? It’s called a product lifecycle, and in it a product is born, it grows, it matures, and (in many cases) it declines. You can almost hear the strains of “Sunrise, Sunset.”

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18 Motivating Quotes from Top Entrepreneurs

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While it might seem strange that one of the most often cited “Top Entrepreneur” quotes comes from an anonymous student, the truth of the sentiment can’t be denied:

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” -A Student of Warren G. Tracy, Busted Knuckle Garage

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4 Personality Traits of An Effective Product Manager (#3 Might Surprise you)

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Product management is a role that consists of diverse responsibilities—and therefore requires diverse strengths. Methodical organization, creative thinking, and vision are just a few assets necessary in order to be an effective PM.

This variety is what attracts so many to the field in the first place, and makes their work endlessly interesting and challenging. But it takes a certain type of personality to thrive in this capacity. If you’re considering a foray into this field, take a look at some of the qualities that project managers share to see if they resonate with you.

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3 Ways to Explain Your Job to Your Parents

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If you’re  anything like this writer, you’ve spent at least part of your life trying to explain to your parents exactly what it is you do. Being born in different generations (and, in this case, different countries) makes relating to one another challenging at times.

And you’re not alone. These statistics from LinkedIn illustrate how common the job-fog is for mom and pop:

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