Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Care and feeding of a healthy job hunt

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
9:00am12:30pm Monday, July 15, 2019
Secondary topics:  Customer Centered
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 12 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • All software development job seekers, regardless of experience




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Perhaps you’re bored at your current job. Perhaps you’re new to the tech job market. Perhaps your company lost funding and you were laid off. There are a million reasons why, but there’s one common element: Sometimes we all have to play the job-hunt game. And the game sucks.

From unresponsive recruiters to pointless interview questions, a job hunt can be a demoralizing and dehumanizing process. VM (Vicky) Brasseur walks you through how to make it more productive and less stressful. Vicky has 20 years of experience in tech, most of them on the other side of the table as a hiring manager, and she’s spent many years doing career coaching for job seekers. Tap into her knowledge and experience to find out what will help get your application noticed—in a good way.

Topics include:

  • Finding the good job postings
  • Résumé and cover letter dos and don’ts
  • Organize, organize, organize
  • You rule the interview
  • Negotiating the offer
  • And more

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to make your job hunt more productive and less stressful
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is the director of open source strategy at Juniper, where she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software. She spent most of her 20-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects (published by the Pragmatic Programmers). Vicky’s a moderator and author for Opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, the former vice president of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free and open source, business, and technical management.

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Bill Hurt | Software Developer
07/16/2019 4:07am PDT

Lovely presentation I enjoyed it very much and took copious notes. I am happy with my job, but people often ask me for job search advice, and I feel on much firmer ground giving it now.