You’ve got the technical chops—the skills to get a great job doing what you love. Now it’s time to get down to the business of planning your job search, focusing your time and attention on the job leads that matter, and interviewing to wow your boss-to-be. Land the tech job you love.

Coding Tony: “The book gives very good tips on how to write a good résumé, and how to avoid clichés…I recommend the book, even if you aren’t looking for a job… for now..” See the full review

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About this Book

  • 280 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P1.0 (2009-06-10)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-626-5

As a techie, you have a tougher time finding and winning the right job. Companies are more demanding. Just like you, your competition is smart, tech-savvy, and resourceful. Cookie-cutter job hunting skills aren’t enough. Land the Tech Job You Love gives you the background and the hard-won wisdom to leapfrog those who play by the old rules.

You’ll learn how to find the job you want that fits you and your employer. You’ll uncover the hidden jobs that never make it into the classifieds or Monster. You’ll start making and maintaining the connections that will drive your future career moves.

Create a resume by understanding the hiring manager, not by archaic conventional wisdom. Write cover letters that sell your background. Assemble a portfolio of work and rethink the interview to show-not tell-that you are the best person for the job.

Land the Tech Job You Love pulls no punches. It’s peppered with real-life stories about what works, and hilarious tales of what doesn’t. It lays out the details for what gets you an interview-and gets you hired-in a job in the technical world that makes you happy.

Contents and Extracts

Full Table of Contents

  • Introduction excerpt
  • The Job Search
    • The Foundation of Your Job Search
    • What Do You Want in a Job?
    • Resume Content: Getting the Words Down
    • Building Your Resume Documents
    • Finding Your Job
    • Applying for the Job excerpt
  • The Interview and Beyond
    • Preparing for the Interview
    • The Interview excerpt
    • Handling the Tough Interview Questions
    • Too Much Information
    • After the Interview: The Job Offer and Beyond
    • Staying Hirable
    • Meaningless Clichés to Avoid
    • Resume, Cover Letter, and Email Killers
    • Interview Killers

About the Author

Andy Lester has developed software for more than twenty years in the business world and on the Web in the open source community. Years of sifting through resumes, interviewing unprepared candidates, and even some unwise career choices of his own have spurred him to write this nontraditional book on the new guidelines for tech job hunting. Andy is an active member of the open source community, and lives in the Chicago area.

Comments and Reviews

  • Alan Bellinger MSc, FIITT said:

    (Rated 9/10) This book will definitely help you; and it provides insight that will enable you to decide whether the grass really is greener on the other side.

    British Computer Society
  • Mike Riley said:

    I appreciated Andy’s honest, take-it-or-leave-it approach to getting serious about the job search, coupled with the real-world realities of the current economic and job availability climate. The book is devoid of rah-rah feel good pep talks. Instead, the author tackles the reality of the current tech job market head-on, dealing with tough interview questions, avoiding clichés and generally telling it like it is – very refreshing.

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