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Issue #32 - October 9th, 2019
Hey you.
I know, it's been a while. I missed you too. Seriously, I do miss working on this newsletter more often. I should dedicate more time to it. It makes me feel useful.

It's been about a year since I started this newsletter. I want to thank each and every one of you for being along for this ride. For letting me into your inboxes and for letting me share my thoughts about being a junior in the tech industry. 
 
What's on my mind this week: 
  • What if getting a job in tech could save your life? You may have seen this tweet about a UX designer from another country who is looking for a job here in the US. She's gay & comes from a country where being queer can mean ruining the family's reputation, being disowned by family & the community, or possibly death. If you know of a company that is hiring an entry level UX designer (with graphic design experience), and can sponsor a visa, please let me know so I can pass it on to her. Last week, I met with her and interviewed her for the newsletter. You, my dear readers, will be the first to read this interview next week when it comes out. 
  • Imposter syndrome is a bitch! It's not normal to want to cry when refactoring your code, is it? I haven't figured out how to defeat imposter syndrome yet, but lately I'm realizing that a really good way to combat it is to be surrounded by other people who remind you that you're not an imposter. These can be friends, family, coworkers, or even Twitter mutuals. It's much harder to believe negative things about yourself when several other people tell you it's not true. I'm lucky to work with awesome people who remind me that I'm not a total fuck up.
  • The news cycle can have an emotional impact on marginalized groups. Check in on your colleagues & reports. Actually, check in on everyone because there's not a day that goes by when something doesn't happen that makes you think we're living in hell. But if you work with people from marginalized groups (speaking from a US centric perspective here because that's where I live), we constantly see things in the news that remind us that our very existence is under attack. It's not easy to just put what's going on in the world aside, come to work, and pretend everything is ok.
  • On the Grace Hopper Celebration: "Women and girls don't include me by default." That's how Nikema Prophet put it on Twitter. I've seen a few tweets from Black women who didn't feel like #GHC19 was very welcoming or inclusive. Can't say that I'm surprised. The industry really needs to do better.
Read
Things to read on the commute. 
The Dangers of Hiring for Cultural Fit | Sue Shellenbarger
"What happens when a boss tries to foster a more inviting workplace, but not everyone feels invited?" Hiring for cultural fit is just code for "hiring cishet white dudes who are just like me". Don't do it. 

Privacy Recipe: Creating an online persona | Matt Mitchell
"How To Create a Private Online Identity with An Anonymous Email Address and a Virtual Phone." Something to bookmark in case you need it one day. "There are times when you need to create a new identity on the internet. For instance, if you are targeted by harassers online, to prevent them from stalking or doxxing you, you may want an account that they cannot trace so you can stay safe on and off line."

Inside Kickstarter's Year of Turmoil | April Glazer
"How a Nazi-punching satire led to the first union drive at a well-known tech company—and, workers say, the firing of two organizers in eight days."
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
8 Tech Job Search Mistakes I Won't Make Again | Keziyah Lewis
I wrote this earlier this year after I got laid off from my last job. If you're looking for a job, especially if it's your first tech job, check this out. Number 3 is definitely the most important one. 

Bria's formula for whiteboard interviews | @bria_sullivan
"Come up with a formula to get through by the end of the interview. Here’s mine."

If you're a junior designer, join an established UX team | Jessica Ivins
If you're a junior anything, make sure you join an established team. It's so important to work with an established team early in your career because that's the best way to learn. I've said before that I feel like my first year or so as a developer was kind of a waste because I wasn't on an established team and didn't learn as much as I could have. 

The truth about finding your first engineering job | Caleb Kaiser
"How many companies should you be applying to? What kind of starting salary is normal? What roles should you even be applying for? We analyzed thousands of first-time engineering hires on AngelList over the last 18 months to answer all of the above and more. Below we've broken down the data."
 
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
A junior designer's survival guide | Foolproof
"You've landed your first role in user experience design but what now? How do you survive, develop, and elevate yourself as a Junior Designer?"

The Five Pillars of a Successful Career in Software | Ben Halpern
"Here are a list of five key concepts I've thought of that can lead to an effective and fulfilling career."
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Google Developer Groups DevFest | Worldwide
"DevFests are community-led developer events hosted by Google Developer Groups around the globe. GDGs are focused on community building and learning about Google’s technologies."

performance.now() 2019 scholarships | Amsterdam, November 21-22
The deadline is October 14th. 

React Week NYC Diversity Scholarships | NYC, July 13-18, 2020

NoCodeConf | San Francisco, November 12-13
"The conference celebrating the future of visual development — and the makers behind the movement." A conference run by (Juniors in Tech sponsor) Webflow!

YouGotThis - a conference for junior devs | Birmingham, UK. January 18th, 2020
Scholarships available. Check out their inclusion program. Apply for a scholarship by October 31st. 
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
CJSS (JS in CSS) | Scott Kellum
"Literally ALL THE THINGS in CSS. Your JS in CSS, your HTML in CSS, your data in CSS. It started out as a joke, but it’s actually kinda nice to work in."

UINames
Generate random fake names and avatars. 
Jobs
Gotta pay the rent. 
Mindbody - Full Stack EngineerNYC

Airbnb - Software Engineering Apprentice | SF

They're encouraging people from non-traditional backgrounds to apply. Apply by October 19th

Techtonica - Apprenticeship | Bay Area
Also for non-traditional candidates. Apply by October 13th. 

Sonos - Data Internship, Data Scientist | Boston, Santa Barbara, Seattle

Deepmind - Entry Level Engineers, Internships | London, Paris, Montreal, Mountain View, Edmonton

Cervest - Software Engineer | ?

Paycor - Entry Level UX Designer | Cincinnati


Curate - Full Stack Engineer | Madison, Wisconsin

BuzzFeed - Software Engineer | London

Thanks to everyone who posted their jobs in this thread
Thank You
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This week, I'm writing (about this - stay tuned!)

Until next time,

Keziyah
 
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