Unsuck Your Job*
There is no reason you have to put up with a job which is unnecessarily stressful, unfulfilling, or just wrong for you. You have the power to make things better. I'm here to show you how.
You spend a third of your life asleep. The best thing you can do to improve this time is invest in a good bed.
You spend a third of your life cooking and cleaning and mastering hobbies. The best thing you can do to improve this time is to meet good people with whom you can learn and laugh.
The final third is spent at work. Well, a mere third if you’re lucky. Really, it could be more like half if you’re really busy. Maybe two thirds or more, on bad days. The best thing you can do to improve this time is to unsuck your job.
There is no reason you have to put up with a job which is unnecessarily stressful, unfulfilling, or just wrong for you. You have the power to make things better. I’m here to show you how.
A part of my consulting business is career coaching for tech professionals. I help people unsuck their jobs. As my open source family, you get to benefit from everything I’ve learned and experienced in this facet of my business. This session will cover:
- Step 0: What do you REALLY want to be when you grow up?
- Career development: It’s YOUR responsibility.
- Resume: Optimize it for all THREE of its audiences.
- Cover letter: This is NOT optional. Here’s why.
- The Job Hunt: Organization == Sanity
If time allows, we’ll also touch upon offer negotiation, freelancing, and any other topic which the audience raises.
job, career, career coaching, job hunt, resume, cover letter
I've spoken at OSBridge three of the past five years (and attended four). I've also spoken at OSCON, regularly address SF Perl Mongers (of which I'm the organizer), and frequently address audiences for my consulting clients.
VM is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her almost 15 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. Currently she is splitting her time between shoeless consulting—a tech recruiting and management consulting firm—and writing a book translating business concepts into geek speak.
- Title: Internet Archive: More than the Wayback Machine
- Track: Chemistry
- Room: B202/203
- Time: 11:00 – 11:45am
In this session we will:
- Give you a tour of Internet Archive and its collections
- Introduce you to the APIs and tools you can use to access and contribute to the Archive
- Show examples of how other people and institutions are using the Archive
- Speakers: VM Brasseur, Alexis Rossi
- Title: Crash Course in Tech Management
- Track: Business
- Room: B302/303
- Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
Managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).
- Speakers: VM Brasseur