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Full disclosure about myself: Autistic No degree No certifications Have worked for very large companies that are household names Here: Don't overanalyze. Don't go for anymore certs, get out there and apply. Make friends, network with people, learn to promote yourself. Get these books: The seven habits of highly effective people Brag: How to toot your ...


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Do not reveal the source code, without fair compensation. If you're correct and this tool does provide a major edge to the big players in the industry, then the data it produces is going to be worth a lot. They have asked under what terms I would bring my tool with me Is the contract to hire you, or get their hands on your tool so they can show the door in ...


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This is my very first developer position and I'd like to know what I should expect and what I should be doing to prepare. I suggest you write them an email where you politely ask them for such things that you want to know. Who better than them (your future employer) to know what you should be preparing or getting up to speed for your upcoming job. A ...


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Should I add my previous banking work experiences in resume? Yes Obviously, for each section of experience, you have to decide how detailed it needs to be. Your last technical job might be very detailed, while your banking job might just be a one-liner with the job title and company at the end of the list. But if it is an important part of your work life (...


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I can offer practical insight purely on the software job scene. (I have, absolutely, no knowledge whatsoever about mental health issues - sorry about that! :O ) "traineeship as a Java Developer in 2016 where I got my Java 8 OCA cert, followed by 10 months of work experience as a junior developer" On the bad news front, it's a commonplace in ...


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I have no idea how to value a piece of software like this. it's extremely easy, write down how much income it is generating each year multiply that by a fudgey number around 10. It's that easy. Another good way to do it. get a quote from a software company on how much it would cost to reproduce it. (Or, just guesstimate that.) multiply that by a fudgey ...


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If you haven't done so already, I'd strongly recommend looking for organisations that are set up to help autistic people find employment. A couple that I'm aware of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialisterne (has presence in multiple countries) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_Program (Australia only)


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This seems sketchy, because it is sketchy. From a business perspective: You recognize that you have agreed to a non-disclosure agreement. Your current employer's client list is proprietary information, and there is no legitimate reason a prospective employer needs access to it. "Cross-checking to verify if you are legal to work with them" is not a ...


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Hello, I am currently working in a government contractor company (in the United States), and I recently got cleared for a security clearance. I'm trying to move to another govt contractor company for another career opportunity. But the prospective employer is asking me to provide them a list of which government clients I've worked for in the past (including ...


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Fattie and Old_Lamplighter's answers are great. All I'd add is from the employer's point of view what I look for when hiring is someone who is technically competent, committed to doing the work and will fit in the team. Technically competent means showing an in-depth knowledge of a subject and the ability to learn – remember your employer's product is ...


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This is a great question that I personally struggled myself about a year ago as I was having a tough time getting past Senior roles. In my case what I did was start to write. Every month I dedicated one full weekend to write a high quality blog post about a specific topic, to position myself as an expert and leader in my field. Earlier this year I received ...


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I think you can't. It's a bit like the survivorship bias, because you see a handfull (by comparison) of people that "made it", but not the thousands of developers that made something equally and are still not rich by any definition. Also evaluate that competition is everywhere. You might be asking why even smaller villages have multiple brands of ...


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If you aren't happy and think it's a crappy company (regardless of specific reasons) then find a way to move on. The visa makes it more complicated in your situation, but you still need to do it. It is hard moving from your first job after working there for so long. I worked at my first company for 9 years. Moving on was not easy, but I'm glad I did. My only ...


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I would like to add to the excellent answers the importance of getting interview practice. I would recommend interviewing for a position that you don't even want to start at first. That may seem counterintuitive, but in my experience ( from both sides of the process ), first time interviewers can be nervous and/or inexperienced. Keep in mind that as an ...


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While different companies have different definitions of positions (anecdotally, my employer uses a total of 8 levels instead of the customary 3), there is a fairly common consensus about what it means to be a junior/medior/senior. Juniors can do their tasks, albeit with some help or guidance Mediors can do their tasks Seniors can do their tasks and have ...


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I think it really depends. If your resume is targeting a technical job, then you prioritise any technical experience you've had. Non relevant experience should stay on your resume until you have enough experience in your chosen industry that there is no longer room for it. If choosing between you and a candidate with exactly the same (relevant) experience, ...


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Well, the bottom line is: you only add the relevant information in a CV. To elaborate: Describe the past experiences which are relevant to the job profile you're applying for, and just mention the work tenure of other jobs you held. The jobs which are not directly relevant, can be just a one-liner(s), and if applicable, can mention the learnings you obtained ...


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First off, a little about myself: I'm diagnosed with Asperger's myself, and i've worked in software and IT for nearly a decade - that is including some long-term unemployment (a little over 2 years has been the most for me). With that out of the way, i'll take it from the top. I have a bachelor's degree in Journalism but chose not to further pursue that. ...


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After thinking through, I could get the right answers for many of the questions asked. It almost sounded like they wanted instant responses - like how a student would memorize stuff for an exam. Who cares what they want? You want to show them why you're the right person to deal with the issues they need to deal with in their day to day work, regardless of ...


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This is my very first developer position and I'd like to know what I should expect and what I should be doing to prepare. Unless you're a student finishing your degree in the spring, it's unusual for a company to offer a position 7+ months before the start date. It might help us understand your situation if you'd explain more about that. As this is an entry-...


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As with all security related matter, talk to your FSO about it. Show them what the employer asked for and ask what sort of information you can disclose. Do not just assume or ask people here who might not know anything about security clearance or what sort of things you can disclose. You can get into a lot of problems. Getting your clearance revoked or ...


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First up: try to ignore the pushiness. This isn't necessarily a sign of ill-will or scumminess. Some people just have pushier sales techniques than others; after all, they're trying to sell you on the idea on taking the job. A great, if tangential example of this is to watch people play a game like Among Us or Mafia - someone people are amenable, some ...


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I always ask how am I doing and what are the things I can do to improve. In general, I would expect a senior engineer to be primarily driving their own improvement and to take ownership of improving some aspects of the team as well. When you are planning, do you occasionally provide insights that result in the plan changing for the better? Do people seek ...


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