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Issue #21 - February 27th, 2019
Hi everyone. Hope you're having a great week, or at least getting more sleep than I am. 
What's on my mind this week: 
  • Salaries, and how we don't talk about them. But we should. How can we demand better pay if we don't know if we're being underpaid? This is especially important if you're a member of a marginalized group. Jackie Luo maintains an anonymous list of salaries for people in tech. I'd like to in see something like this, but specifically for juniors or people looking for their first tech jobs. Would you all be interested in an anonymous list like this, that has other info like location, gender, benefits, remote/in-office, years of experience, etc? 
  • Being myself online and whether or not that's hurting my career. For my e-book on how to find a junior job in tech, one of the things I'll talk about is using social media to find a job, and whether you should be your full self online, or only tweet about things that are generally positive and related to tech. Though latter works better for engagement and growing your follower count (at least on Twitter), I can't bring myself to not tweet about the (non-tech) things that are on my mind. I guess it's a decision that everyone has to make for themselves.
Patreon Update
1st goal: New resource database

Next goal: improved job board
The first Patreon goal was to create a resource database, and now that's been done. You can find this at Every week I'll add the links from Get Hired, Level Up, and Events and Opportunities. All of the links from February are already there. 

The next goal is to improve the job board, including adding a wider variety of junior roles, and making it searchable. I know that most of you are looking for jobs, so I hope this will be helpful. We've already reached 86% of this next Patreon goal, and every little bit counts. 

You can contribute here:
Support Juniors in Tech on Patreon
Things to read on the commute. 
The Rise of "No Code" | Ryan Hoover
It's getting easier to build great things without any code. Some might say that it's the future of software development. 

Workism is making us miserable | Derek Thompson
"For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver." Your job isn't necessarily supposed to be any of these things. Remember that. 
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
Hiring Without Whiteboards | @poleto
"A listing of companies (or teams) that don't do "whiteboard" interviews. "Whiteboards" is used as a metaphor, and is a symbol for the kinds of CS trivia questions that are associated with bad interview practices." 

A UX Designer Resume Hiring Mangers Will Love | Dávid Pásztor
What does the ideal UX designer resume look like?

10 mistakes you probably made on your code challenge | @lampewebdev
Mistake #2 - not understanding the task. Generally, it's ok to ask questions.

Building a kickass portfolio | Ali Spittel
How to build a great dev portfolio, with examples. 

How I landed a job in UX with no degree or experience | Christine Chun
Christine's journey from Community Manager to UX designer.

9 must have skills you need to become a data scientist | Simplilearn
Technical and non-technical skills.

What hiring managers look for in junior devs | thread by Wes Bos
Hiring managers shared what they look for when hiring junior developers. Reading this thread was encouraging, but I have my own thoughts about how realistic this is. I'm sure many hiring managers do really look for enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and things like that. But is that really enough?
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
Ace your first year as a junior dev | Chris Blakely
Tips on how to survive your first year as a junior developer.

Learn how to listen: One of the hardest parts of being a data scientist | Favio Vazquez
"Be able to listen and understand it’s crucial if you want to add value and improve a process in DS."

We need to talk about Firebase | Aphinya Dechalert
I looooove Firebase. It just makes everything so much easier. Here's why you should consider using it (especially if you're a frontend dev.)

The ABCs of measuring the user experience of your product | Madison Borgmann
"A comprehensive list of different UX measurements and usability questionnaires with helpful tips on which ones to use to meet your research goals and how to implement them."

Advice on submitting a talk idea | @kosamari
A list of things to do before you submit your talk proposal.

Top 20 Python AI & ML open source projects | Ilan Reinstein
"In order to cope with this overwhelming speed of evolution and innovation, a good way to stay updated and knowledgeable on the advances of ML, is to engage with the community by contributing to the many open-source projects and tools that are used daily by advanced professionals."
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Codeland CFP | July 22, NYC
First time speakers are welcome. You can submit a talk, workshop, or performance. Apply by March 13th.

Free passes to Epicurrence for Black designers | March 21-22, Breckenridge, Colorado
"I'm giving away $5,000 worth of passes to black designers this week. If you'd like to attend March 21 + 22 to chat with @draplin, @hoodzpahdesign, @design, @danmall, @jina, and @burtonsnowboard but absolutely can not afford it. I got you. DM me ASAP."

Coding office hours with Lola Odelola | Virtual
"So I've been doing unofficial office hours for a little while, where folk can book a time with me to talk through their Ruby/HTML/CSS/JS woes. I like it so much, I decided to make it official. Book a 30min slot here."

Google Conference and Travel Scholarship: Next '19 | April 9-11, 2019, SF
"To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups in technology and business from attending leading conferences, we're excited to offer airfare and lodging for Next 2019 for selected recipients of the Google Conference & Travel Scholarships."

JSCamp Barcelona Scholarship | July 18-19, 2019, Barcelona, Spain
Apply for a free ticket to the event. Application closes on June 1, 2019.

Gumroad Creators Fund 
"We're going to donate upwards of $50,000 (10% of our profits) to creators and creative projects over the course of 2019."

Frontend NE 2019 Scholarship | April 3, 2019, Newcastle, UK
Apply by February 28th.

JSConf Korea | September 3, 2019, Seoul, Korea
"JSConf Korea is a nonprofit conference that pushes the boundaries of what can be created using JavaScript, and provides opportunities for people with diverse experiences to share their thoughts and to exchange positive energy."

KubeCon/Cloud Native Con Scholarships | May 20-23, 2019, Barcelona, Spain
"A number of scholarships will be provided and recipients will receive up to $1500 to reimburse actual travel expenses." Apply by March 11th, 2019.
Keziyah's Picks
Elpha - a community for women in tech
(Previously known as Leap by YC). "Elpha is the private community for women to excel in tech." This is one of my favorite online tech communities. - design mentorship
"We already have over 350 amazing mentors available across the world. Sign up today to get access to our mentors, and soon we will have many more resources available."
Gotta pay the rent. 
Unsplash - React Engineer | Remote
Ok so I really like this job description, a lot. 

Bright Analytics - Frontend JS Developer | London 

Error Agency - Rails Developer | UK, Remote

MoveOn - UX Research Contractor | Remote

Samsara - Full Stack Software Engineer | SF

Expensify - Full Stack Engineer | SF

Ableton - Software Engineer | Berlin

PSPDFKit - Web Support Engineer | Remote

Also, check out the remote roles on the job board
Thank You
Thank you to all of the patrons, and to Yoav Givati for being a Silver level sponsor. 

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This week, I'm trying my best to be normal. 

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