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Issue #24 - March 27th, 2019
Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great week. 

I'm doing ok. I'm back in the US for a while, at least until I find another job. In case you didn't know, I was in Medellin for about 2 months. It was nice and I'll definitely be back. 

The job search is going ok. And by that I mean it absolutely sucks but it's not as bad as it was the last time around. I could definitely be more productive though, but that's hard to do when I have so much anxiety. This weekend I'm gonna try to relax and have fun, and hopefully next week I'll be able to focus better. 

I've been thinking of taking advantage of this time off to do things I didn't have time to do with a full time job (besides the newsletter.) Like, maybe I can get more serious about studying UX or data science by doing an online bootcamp. Or maybe I can get back to one of my abandoned side projects. 
 
What's on my mind this week: 
  • Layoffs. They keep happening. And I'm not just talking about me. I've heard of at least 2 tech companies that did layoffs within the past week or so. On Twitter, I had some thoughts about how startup execs make decisions without thinking about peoples lives. It seems to be the norm in this industry to bite off more than you can chew, with no regard for how company decisions affect people. I really hate this. I hate that founders are encouraged to sacrifice employees for their dreams. I really hate that people get laid off only months after starting a new job. I just hate all of it. If you've been affected by a recent layoff, I'm sorry and I hope things get better for you. 
 
  • Dev jobs that hurt, instead of help, your career. Last week I wrote a thread about how I feel like my last job may not have helped my career at all. And so now that I'm applying for jobs again, it feels like I'm starting from from zero, just like when I graduated from bootcamp. Though I don't think it's fair to say it was a total waste, I really, really wish I had experience with a formal dev team. I probably would have learned much more, and I'd be more prepared for these interviews I'm doing now. 
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Read
Things to read on the commute. 
The State of Software Engineers | Hired
"Data reveals which software engineers earn the most, the most popular programming languages and the work factors that matter most to the developers building our digital world."

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, But it Didn't Forget You | Paris Martineau
This is kinda creepy. "You might think you don’t use Foursquare, but chances are you do. Foursquare’s technology powers the geofilters in Snapchat, tagged tweets on Twitter; it’s in Uber, Apple Maps, Airbnb, WeChat, and Samsung phones, to name a few."
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
8 Tech Job Search Mistakes I Won't Make Again | Keziyah Lewis
I wrote about what I did wrong during my last job search, and what I'll do differently this time. This is from the March 6th newsletter.

The ultimate UX portfolio template to get you hired | Dávid Pásztor
After reviewing hundreds of portfolios and talking to design experts, this is what UXFolio believes is the best UX portfolio template. You can create it yourself or use their platform.

How to interview your interviewers when job searching | Amber Wilkie
Here are a list of good questions to ask during job interviews.

True Story: Going to a Networking Event Solo Landed Me My Job | Alex Schulte
"Change requires work, so I decided to give structured networking a chance.
I learned three important lessons—and better yet, I got my job at The Muse by going to one of these dreaded events by myself."


Your ultimate guide to acing your technical interview | Learn to Code with Me
"We’ll start by covering what a technical interview entails. Then, we’ll get into what you can expect during a technical interview in each stage of the process as well as what you can do to stand out. And we’ll wrap up with tips on preparing for a technical interview (plus what not to do)."
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
What is readable code? | Janeen Neri
What is code readability and how do we define it?

Get the new book JavaScript Grammar for free | JavaScript Teacher 
"For a limited time I am opening 5-day window to get my new book 4 free. All you have to do is DM me on Twitter (even if I don’t respond, you will be automatically placed on the wait list.)"

Web accessibility for beginners | Egwuenu Gift
About 15% of the world population has some kind of disability. So it's important that what we build is accessible to everyone. Here's an intro to accessibility for developers.

How to design forms people actually want to use | B. Kaan Kavuştuk
How Jotform redesigned their forms to make them easier to use and more visually appealing.

10 free must-read books for machine learning and data science | Matthew Mayo
Free stuff is always good. 
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
FREE Lambda School tuition + $9000 for women learning to code
PLEASE APPLY TO THIS. Not only is your tuition covered, but you get a $9000 stipend to attend Lambda School this summer. (Lambda School is a remote bootcamp.) Apply by April 1st and tell your friends. (US residents only.)

RMOTR Web Dev or Data Science Bootcamp Scholarship
Get a full scholarship to RMOTR's Web Dev or Data Science online programs. They give away scholarships every month. 

Google Summer of Code | Virtual
For university students. "Spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development while earning a stipend! Accepted students work with a mentor and become a part of the open source community." Apply by April 9th.

The Remote Work Summit | April 16-18, 2019 - Virtual
An online summit all about remote work, including how to get a remote job. Free.

Design, Data Science, and Dev Bootcamp Scholarships for Women from Flatiron School 
"From March 11 – March 31, women who apply to Flatiron School will be eligible to receive one of 60 $3,500 scholarships."

Wings Fund for gender minority game devs 
"The @wingsfundme is a new venture aimed at funding games by womxn and gender minority developers. They can help at stages across development with up to $500,000 per game. If you're interested in the support on offer drop an email to contact@wingsfund.me."

2019 Games for Change Festival | June 17-19, 2019 - NYC
"Developers, creators, researchers, technologists, educators, policy makers, and non-profits will converge at this nexus of impact to share and learn how they can leverage the power of games and immersive media for social good." You can volunteer for a free ticket.

JSNation Diversity Scholarships | June 6-7, 2019 - Amsterdam
"We are willing to make it possible to attend our event for people from underrepresented groups in technology who are interested in attending our conference but are limited due to social or economic hardships. This includes, but is not limited to: women, people of color, LGBT+ folks, people with disabilities." Apply by March 31st. 

ReactGirls Conference Scholarships | May 3, 2019 - London
"ReactJS Girls is a non-profit one-day conference for every React developer, where female-identifying speakers will take the stage." Apply by April 1st. 

Mozilla Fellowship | Worldwide
"During a 10-month tenure, Mozilla Fellows may run campaigns, build products, and influence policy. Along the way, Fellows receive competitive funding and benefits; mentorship and trainings; access to the Mozilla network and megaphone; and more." Apply by April 8th. 

IBM AI Residency Program | Select USA Cities
"The IBM Research AI Residency Program is a 12-month program that provides opportunity for scientists, engineers, domain experts, and entrepreneurs to conduct innovative research and development on important and emerging topics in artificial intelligence."
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
Radhika Morabia's Newsletter 
You really, seriously, need to sign up for this. In her newsletter, Radhika talks honestly about her experiences in tech, including "honest truths about the industry, job hunting, and programming". These won't be archived or available on the web. The first issue was really interesting and I can't wait to read more. 

Society x Tech
A newsletter on tech's impact on society by Soyo Awosika-Olumo. Check out the Q&A I did with Soyo here
 
Jobs
Gotta pay the rent. 

Remember that the next Patreon goal is to make improvements to the job board. We're 90% of the way towards this goal. You can become a patron for as little as $3/month. Thanks for your support!


Degreed - Frontend DeveloperRemote 

Reaktiv Studios - Frontend Dev (Wordpress Focus) | Remote

Intelliware - Full Stack Software Dev | Toronto, ON, CA

Maestro - Junior Frontend Dev | Kalamazoo, MI, USA (?)

Zoro - UX Internship | Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

Atlassian - Data Scientist (Trello) | Remote

Accudata Systems - Pentester or Risk & Compliance Consultant (Junior) | Houston, TX, USA

See this tweet. "I’m hiring and would like to consider junior talent. I have roles for pentesters and risk assessors. If you’re looking for that “in” to infosec, hit me up."

ReactiveOps - Apprentice SRE | Remote (USA)
"We're hiring for an apprentice SRE @ReactiveOps. This is for folks who are trying to break in to SRE/ops (#kubernetes) and want space to learn/grow in a supportive, compassionate environment. For new graduates, people pivoting careers or changing focus. FT, US Remote."
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This week, I'm dancing my feet off at Ultra. 

Until next week,

Keziyah
 
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