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Issue #23 - March 20, 2019
Sorry for missing last week. I couldn't really do much of anything, much less prepare the newsletter. To make it up to you, the Jobs section is *fire emoji*. 

But I did do a few phone screens/first interviews. They're my favorite part of the interview process because it's mostly you and the company getting to know each other for the first time. So I decided to write up a few tips on how you can do well on them. 

Thank you for all your emails, tweets, and DMs of encouragement. It really means a lot to me. The job search is going ok. I got a ton good leads from my tweet (and probably would have gotten more if I weren't so set on working remotely.) I'll link to some of those in the Jobs section below. 
Featured Job
Integration Specialist/Integration Architect - Golden State Warriors - Oakland, CA
Looking for an IT role with an NBA team?

The Golden State Warriors is looking for an Integration Specialist/Integration Architect

I asked them for the top 3 reasons why someone would want work there, and here's what they said: 
  • We believe in giving back to the community and our vision is put into action through programs focused on education, health & fitness, social responsibility and cultural diversity & the arts.
  • We are committed to offering a comprehensive benefits package to keep team members and their families happy and healthy. Our programs are designed with their wellness as our priority, while keeping their costs down.
  • We are a team with a great culture that trust and support each other. Our goal is to develop lifelong fans of the game of basketball through cause-marketing programs and initiatives.
Check out the job description for more info and how to apply. 

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Tips for passing your initial interview
The first interview/phone screen, at least in my experience, is mostly about you and the employer getting to know each other to see if it's a good fit. Here are some of my tips. 

1. Be presentable. 
This basically means to make sure that the way you look and sound makes a good impression on the interviewer.

If it's a video call, make sure you're in a quiet place with a strong wifi connection and good lighting (especially if you have dark skin like me.) Sit near a window, or make sure the lights are on. Position the camera so that it shows your head and at least the top of your shoulders. Make sure your background is presentable too (so the interviewer doesn't see your messy room). Before the call, turn your camera on and make sure you look ok. This doesn't have to mean dressing up or spending lots of time getting ready. Personally, I will wear a casual top (that's not a t-shirt), whatever I want on the bottom since they won't see that, and since I barely have any hair & never wear makeup, I don't worry about those things. But just do whatever makes you feel confident and presentable. 

If it's a phone call, make sure you're in a quiet place. Obviously wear whatever you want, but I would recommend sitting up straight and pretending you're on video, just so you can be mentally in the zone. 

2. Be prepared to talk about yourself. 
In most of these intro calls, they will ask you to take a few minutes to tell them about yourself. If you've never done this before, I would recommend taking some time to write down a short intro or elevator speech. You don't have to memorize it, but it would be good to practice. Or, instead of writing everything out, you can just write down some bullet points. Here are some things you may want to include, with examples of what I might say. 
  • What you do
    • Your title: I'm a full stack developer & designer. (If you're completely new to tech, you're still going to say "I am", not "I want to be" or anything like that.)
    • What you know: I work with JavaScript frameworks like React, Redux, & Node.js. Also, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Firebase. 
  • Your experience
    • If you're looking for your first job, talk about your bootcamp or portfolio projects
    • If you're not looking for your first job, talk about what you've worked on at previous jobs and/or side projects
    • Maybe you can choose one particular project that you're proud of, and give an overview of it. 
    • Example: At my last position, I worked on full stack applications, and I was also given the opportunity to design an build an app from an idea I had. 
      • I would talk more about the project, the tech stack, why I came up with the idea, my design process, and maybe let the person know that they can read more about it in my portfolio. 
  • What you're looking for
    • What do you want out of your next position?
      • Do you want to work on certain technologies?
      • Do you want to learn more about a certain skill?
      • Do you want to do work that is meaningful and makes a difference?
      • Example: At my last position, I was able to work independently and create products from scratch, which was great. But now I'm looking forward to working on a more formal engineering team, so that I can learn from others and grow as an engineer. (I might also add something about getting deeper into UX design if it's appropriate for the role.)
  • (Optional) something personal OR tech-related but not necessarily work related
    • How you got into tech
    • What you like doing in your spare time
    • Tech side projects you're working on, or tech/non-tech community work
    • Example: I might talk a little about how I went from working in non-profits, to teaching, then to learning to code. I might also mention Juniors in Tech. 
I usually stick with these things. But there are probably other things you can talk about. The main takeaway here is to keep it mostly professional. "Tell me about yourself" doesn't mean to tell me your whole life story. It means "tell me about who you are as a professional."

3. Be prepared to answer questions
They might ask about your career, what technologies you've worked with, your design process, anything in your portfolio, etc. Be prepared to talk about your work. This includes but is not limited to: 
  • describing your projects
  • talking about what tech stack you prefer and why
  • talking about problems you faced when working on your projects (bugs, mistakes, setbacks), and how you overcame them 

4. Be prepared to ask questions
You always want to ask at least a few questions about the company, culture, position, or product. It shows that you're interested in the role. And it will help you evaluate whether or not the position is right for you. 
I like to have a small notebook and pen nearby so that I can look at my questions, and maybe write notes.

Take a look around their website & blog. This will give you ideas for what you can ask if you're having trouble coming up with questions. Here are some questions I like to ask. 
  • How much autonomy do individual contributors on your team have? 
    • For this question, I basically want to know if I will be micromanaged, or if I will be trusted to explore things on my own (and maybe mess up) with the guidance of someone else on the team. 
  • What is your general product development process like? (Do they do standups? Are there code reviews?)
  • What's the next cool/big thing that the company is working on that I would get to be a part of?
  • How many juniors have you hired, and how do you support them?
  • How is performance measured for employees?
  • How many hours do people work a week, on average? Is there ever a time when this changes?
  • Can you tell me about the financial health of the company? How much runway do you have? How is the company funded?
    • As I said a couple weeks ago, I regret not asking this before I took my last job. Yes, it's ok to ask this on the first call. Any company should be more than willing to volunteer this information. 
  • Can you tell me about the onboarding experience/process?
  • What is your favorite thing about working at this company?
  • How would you describe the ideal candidate for this position?
  • What is the rest of the interview process like?
  • (For remote jobs) how does the team communicate when people are in different timezones?

There are so many more questions you can ask. Think about what's important for you to know, and come up with a list of questions from that. But always have more than enough questions. You may not get answers to them all because of time, but it's good to be prepared just in case. 
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
The ultimate guide for preparing for the coding interview | Ariel Camus
"Everything you need to get ready for technical interviews, behavioral questions and negotiating salary offers."

The best questions to ask in your interview about culture | Key Values
This is a tool that will help you figure out what company culture questions you should be asking based on your personal values.

UX Designer Salaries Around the World | PingPong
Over 3000 UX designers around the world reported their salaries. See the results here.

The Ultimate Checklist to Go Through Before Sending Your UX Portfolio | Klaudia Simon
A checklist to follow for your case studies.
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
End to end guide for machine learning projects | Farhad Malik
"Let’s imagine you are attempting to work on a machine learning project. This article will provide you with the step to step guide on the process that you can follow to implement a successful project."

Tutorial: make your first pull request | Robert Wollny
"I created this tutorial so people new to GitHub can try and make a first pull request with no pressure".

Caviar: A usability case study | Sayali Shah
"I conducted a 2-week case study to challenge myself to improve Caviar’s iOS ordering flow. Through research, I was able to identify a few pain points that users were experiencing. I then prototyped some solutions and validated them with user data."

How to charge for a website the right way | Kyle Prinsloo
How to charge what you're worth. 
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
WWDC19 Scholarships | June 3-7 - San Jose, CA
"Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC19 ticket, lodging for the conference, and one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program free of charge."

Product Hunt Makers Festival - No Code Edition | March 25-29, Virtual
The online hackathon is back, but this time it's for projects made with no code. The grand prize is either a 3D printer or a MacBook Air. 

Front-End Design Conference | April 25-26 - St. Petersburg, FL
"A Conference for Web Professionals Who Love their Community, the Web, and Learning."

Women Who Code Connect | April 13 - SF
The dev conference by Women Who Code.
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
The Hundred Page Machine Learning Book
All you need to know about ML in 100 pages. 

Coding Coach Mentors
Find a code mentor. 

nocode.tech
Resources for how to build things without code. 

Interview Insider
Get an inside look at tech interview processes at top companies. 

Humane by Design
"Humane by Design is a resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being."
Jobs
Gotta pay the rent. 
Reminder: The next Patreon goal is to make improvements to the job board. We're 91% of the way there. Become a patron here

Golden State Warriors - Integration Specialist/Integration Architect | Oakland, CA

designcode.io - Junior Designers and Coders | Remote

See this thread. Why aren't more companies like this? "We’re hiring early designers and coders. 80% of our team started with zero experience. Here’s why." Also see this thread for tips on applying. 

NoRedInk - Full Stack Engineer | SF or Remote
I talked to them last week & asked about how they support juniors. They have hired people straight out of bootcamp, and they're very serious about providing mentorship to early career devs. (Though they may not always have the capacity to do this, and so they're not always hiring people just starting their careers.)

Flatfile - Web Developer Internship | Remote
"PAID INTERNSHIP — Get experience coding modern web apps • Only basic coding skills req • 100% post-internship placement • Better than a coding bootcamp • HS students welcome • Laptop provided • Work from anywhere • DM me or reply". See this tweet

Zeit - Design/Development/DevOps Internships | SF or Remote (Worldwide)
"Want to intern at ZEIT? We have 2 spots left - DevOps / Design / Marketing / Backend / Frontend - Dates: May-Aug 2019 - SF, CA (US students only) + Global (remote) - intern@zeit.co"

Glitch - Product Designer, Developer Advocate | Remote 

Fama - Junior Data Scientist | Los Angeles, CA 

Pinterest - Apprentice Engineer | SF


InVision - Junior Communication Designer, UX Design Researcher | Remote

Thorn - Data Engineer, Frontend Engineer, Software Engineer, Technical Writer | Remote

Thoughtbot - Various dev and design roles | London and Some US Cities

g2i - Hiring Team Member | Remote or South Florida
See this tweet. "We have a hiring team member role open! Fully remote. Perfect for: - non-technical people that want to learn to code - semi-technical people that want to grow in their frontend skills - ex-developers who enjoy the people side." Love the job description too. 

Brave UX - UX Designer | Washington, DC
See this tweet. Juniors welcome. 

Harris Corporation - Engineer (Junior or Mid) | Florida

Donut - Frontend Software Engineer | NYC

Google (User Research Team) - Software Engineers | NYC or SF

See this tweet from the person who is hiring for this team. 

Momentum Dash - Frontend Dev, Fullstack Dev | BC, Canada (I think)

CloudScale - Visual Experience Designer | Remote (North America)

LitCharts - UI/UX Designer | Remote (USA)

Litmus - UX Researcher | Remote 


BirchBox - DevOps, Data Engineer, Software Engineer, Internships | NYC

Welcome - Product Designer (UX/UI) | Remote (Europe)

Task Analytics - Product Designer/UX Engineer | Remote

These aren't two separate positions. They want a designer who is also an engineer. 
Thank You
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Until next week,

Keziyah
 
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