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Issue #30 - June 19, 2019
Hi everyone! Hope you're having a good week. 

I'm kind of wondering if I should make this a 2x/month newsletter instead of doing it every week. It's kind of becoming that way anyway. Lately I've been so busy (some of you already know this but I started a new job!). Or maybe I just need to be better at managing my time. 

And happy Pride month! Recently, I asked for some of your favorite queer people in tech to follow on Twitter. Check out the thread here
What's on my mind this week: 
  • Layoffs suck. Yeah, I know I've been talking a lot about tech layoffs lately. Most recently, many of the folks at Treehouse lost their jobs. (See this thread if you're looking to hire some of them). I always wonder do myself: is it possible to do a "fair", or compassionate layoff? I mean, it's always going to suck for the employees, but maybe employers could have a little more compassion if they need to do it. They could start by 1) letting people know in advance, 2) helping their former employees find new jobs, and 3) giving them severance. I think 2 months should be the minimum. 
  • The tech interview process is pushing talented people out. And it's not fair. People shouldn't have to go through so much stress and anxiety just to find a job, so they could survive. It's ridiculous. 
  • I did my first conference panel at the beginning of June, and I really enjoyed it. If you are involved in running a conference and want to have me come rant about hiring juniors in tech, get in touch. 
So let's try something new. Do you have a burning question about breaking into tech, finding a job, work issues, or tech careers in general? Maybe a tricky situation that you need some help or advice with?

Want to ask for advice from the Juniors in Tech community

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I'll pick a question and share it in the next issue of the newsletter and on Twitter, and share the responses later on. 

 ̶D̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶s̶h̶y̶!̶ (I hate when people say this.) Be shy if you want, but don't let that stop you if you have a question to ask or need some advice. Can't wait to see your questions!
Things to read on the commute. 
The most expensive lesson of my life | Sean Coonce
"I lost north of $100,000 last Wednesday. It evaporated over a 24-hour time span in a “SIM port attack” that drained my Coinbase account." Sean talks about what went wrong, what he would have done differently, and how you can protect yourself from an attack like this. Remind me to remove SMS as the primary two factor auth method on all the apps I use. 

What does it mean to decolonize design? | Anoushka Khandwala
"Diversity is about bringing more people to the table. Decolonization is about changing the way we think. So what does that mean for design and designers?"

Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
Does your employer own your side projects? | Joel Spolsky
I always wonder about those proprietary invention agreements they make you sign when accepting a job offer. The main reason I learned to code is so that I could be creative and come up with my own ideas. The idea that everything I work on outside of work could belong to my employer is disturbing. It's probably best to talk to a lawyer if you have to sign one of these and you don't fully understand it. But if you want a general idea of why employers ask you to sign them, and what your options are, you should read this.

700 devs asked me to give feedback on their LinkedIn profile. Here are my top tips. | Andrew Brown
In my option, Twitter is best for finding a job in tech. But recruiters still look at LinkedIn, so make sure your profile is updated. Here are some tips.

Create a killer UX portfolio: Advice from a seasoned designer | Emily Stevens
"When applying for your first job in UX, it’s not enough to just say that you’re a designer; you need to prove it, too."

Tips for your next tech interview process | Julius Tarng
Check out this thread for tips on things like negotiating an offer and getting paid for design tests. 

A list of remote friendly junior dev jobs | Adilson Sandoval
"I just made a new hand picked list of #junior friendly opportunities for #remote #webdevs. As you know, I'm looking for a position as Front End Developer and meanwhile I love helping others in their job hunting." This new list was updated on May 27th. 
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
How to become a senior developer | James Hickey
James writes about what makes a senior dev, and how you can work towards becoming one.

Connect with people you admire online: a how-to guide | Michael Thompson
How to connect with and build relationships with people you admire online. "The personal relationships I’ve built over the last twelve months using the Internet have done more for my career and, crucially, my happiness than any other investment I’ve made thus far."

Tricks to get you coding again when you aren't motivated to | Daniel Eze
Someone remind me to read this. "Programming is hard, what makes it worthwhile is the passion we have for solving problems. What then happens if we lose that passion?"

An intro to design patterns | Max Antonucci 
"Design patterns are essential for programmers to keep in mind, at least to me. These are established solutions to common problems which help keep code maintainable and loosely coupled. The more one knows them, the easier it gets to solve all the problems we face."

How to save 35 hours using a design system | Marcin Fuja
"Design Systems have many benefits, not least of all cutting time costs throughout an entire project – it eliminates both time and frustration in Design, Development and Testing phases. In fact, from our experience with larger tasks, it can shorten the time needed by as much as 45%."
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Button Pride Party | June 20th - NYC
"Button's Own Pride Soirée is an event for Queer people + allies in tech to connect and show their Pride. There will be drinks, dancing, and light bites for all. And of course, we'll be spinning plenty of BOPS to keep the mood right. So come through, serve a lewk, and celebrate with us!"

Artists + Machine Intelligence Grants 
"As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to support ambitious computer science research and the arts, Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Google AI, invite proposals from contemporary artists working with machine learning in their art practices." The deadline to apply is July 15th. 

Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship | October 2-4, 2019 - Orlando, FL, USA
A scholarship for CS students in North America. Conference ticket, travel, and meal stipend will be provided. The deadline is July 15th.

Women in Cybersecurity Bootcamp Scholarship 
"The Infosec Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship grants free enrollment into a series of three progressive, award-winning cybersecurity bootcamps." The deadline is August 31st.

BBC software engineering bootcamp for women  | London, UK
Jessica Rose (@jesslynnrose on Twitter) has offered to help trans women, women of color, and women with disabilities with their applications for this program. See her tweet to get in touch. Apply by July 5th. "Upon successful completion of the programme all participants will have the opportunity to apply for an Associate Software Engineer role within BBC Design + Engineering."

Kenzie Academy Women in Tech Bootcamp Scholarship - for Dev, UX, and Digital Marketing  | Indianapolis, IN, USA
"If you are a self-identifying woman ready to launch your career in the technology industry, you are eligible for this scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis." If you aren't eligible for this scholarship, Kenzie offers an income share agreement (meaning you don't pay until you get a job) for their Software Engineering, UX, and Digital Marketing programs.
Gotta pay the rent. 
Spotify - 2019 Fellowship for backend and frontend roles | New York City

Wethos - Frontend Dev, Machine Learning Dev | Remote

Social Driver - Junior UX Designer, Visual Designer, Web Developer | Remote or select US cities

Upgrade Pack - Junior UX Designer, Software Engineer, QA Engineer | London, UK

HubSpot - Software Engineer | Cambridge, MA, USA

VMWare - Product Designers and Researchers (all levels) | Palo Alto, US, also India and Bulgaria

See this tweet. "The @VMwareDesign team is hiring product designers and researchers in the US (Palo Alto), India, and Bulgaria. We hire & grow junior designers & have senior mgmt & IC roles too! An incredible team to contribute to & learn from w/ amazing problems to solve!"

VaVa - Web Developer | ? (USA)

Financial Gym - Junior Developer | Remote (US)

Check out their Key: Values page.

Gemini - Software Engineer, Frontend Engineer | NYC and Portland, USA
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