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30 May 2019

The Tech Academy Podcast: Ep. 10 Johnny Reiser

Posted By: The Tech Academy

On this week's episode of The Tech Academy Podcast our host Erik Gross learns about life as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with guest Johnny Reiser! Johnny and Erik talk about our guest's entry into the tech world 20 years ago at Microsoft, what helped him go from a "contract cowboy" to landing a permanent position as a QA Engineer, how is martial arts training helped his tech career — and much more! Be sure to stay tuned for Jack's Helpful Tips if you're an aspiring developer or junior developer! This week's tip will help you to continually grow as a software developer and perpetuate your success.

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11 Jun 2019

The Tech Academy Podcast: Ep. 11 Mounir Shita

Posted By: The Tech Academy

This week on The Tech Academy Podcast, Erik interviews Mounir Shita, a professional in the AI field, in one of our most interesting episodes! Mounir Shita is the CEO & co-founder of Kimera Systems, an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) company. "Kimera Systems, Inc. is the developer of Nigel™ – the world’s first human-like artificial intelligence technology that makes networked “smart” devices intelligent." (Source) In this episode, Erik and Mounir start with the basics of "What is AI?" and creating a general theory of intelligence in order to develop AI systems. Mounir compares his company's scientific approach to developing AI vs. the more common engineering approach, talks about the current hype around AI in the media, and shares with us why AI became his passion! Learn more about Kimera online at kimera.ai!

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12 Jun 2019

How to Land a Tech Job

Posted By: The Tech Academy

By: Jack C. Stanley, Co-Founder of The Tech Academy




There are many resources out there for gaining the needed technical skills to qualify you for a job in technology. All those skills are for naught if you can't land a job.

As the founders of a successful software developer boot camp, we've helped hundreds of people land their first job in the industry. Over 90% of our graduates land tech jobs. We wanted to share some of the hard-won knowledge we've gained along the way. While this article was written regarding obtaining tech jobs, most of the data herein applies to landing a job in any industry.

This article is written assuming the reader has adequate technical training and skill because if not, that is the first point to handle. If you are not a trained developer, we recommend one of the following resources: 1. Complete a developer boot camp (such as The Tech Academy’s Software Developer Boot Camp), or 2. Obtain a Computer Science degree.

The main topics to consider when looking at landing a tech job are:

  1. Where to find jobs,
  2. How to write a cover letter,
  3. How to write and present a résumé,
  4. How to interview.

A small book could be written on each of these topics but we will try to cover the basics here.

WHERE TO FIND JOBS

Luckily for us, there are many already existing resources for this, from job websites (such as Indeed, Dice and even Craigslist) to networking.

Keep in mind that many recruiters and hiring managers include requirements in their postings that are ridiculous – i.e., it would be nearly impossible for find someone with all of the listed skills. Time and time again, we've seen developers land tech jobs where the job posting stated "Computer Science degree required" or "must have 4 years of experience" who didn't have a degree or lacked the required number of years experience. The moral here is: apply even if you don't meet all the requirements in the listing.

Many people "bugged" on their job search are simply not communicating enough. Specifically, they’re not: attending meetups, going to networking events and actually going to companies to apply.

Yes, find positions on job sites and apply. But also, look up meetups in your area and get out there to meet people. Find networking events and attend them. When you’re at these meetups and events, tell people the kind of job you’re looking for and give out cards with your contact information – many recruiters and hiring managers go to such events so it’s very likely you’ll run into one or more.

Also, realize that a lot of tech jobs aren't advertised. You find those opportunities through meeting people.

Okay, so you emailed a company your résumé – have you gone there? People appreciate an in-person touch.

Here's another tip: Do a Google search for software companies or tech companies in your area and spend time visiting each one. When you get there, approach the Receptionist and tell them you'd like to apply for a position. The worst thing that can happen is they say they're not hiring! Sometimes you’ll get in front of the hiring manager right then and there.

HOW TO WRITE A COVER LETTER

Nowadays a cover letter usually just refers to the email that your résumé is attached to. Some people just send their résumé out with no content in their email – showing a lack of manners and frankly, no respect for the recipient or the potential job.

When writing a cover letter, you should customize it to the company it is going to – make it personal.

Also, keep the cover letter concise with regard to the fact that the hiring manager probably has a lot of applicants on their plate. Too long a cover letter, or an impersonal one, can make it so the hiring manager doesn't even read your resume.

RÉSUMÉS

Résumés should contain your contact info, work experience, educational background and references. They should relate to the company you're applying with.

There's a lot of valid information out there on how to write résumés. You can literally Google Image Search and compare yours to others. There are even résumé professionals you can hire to assist you in authoring a résumé.

But other points to add are:

  1. Use a professional font,
  2. Having a small, professional photo of yourself can be a nice touch.

The résumé should "sell" the hiring manager on you. You don't have to have had the most amazing background ever; it's more important that you write it well. Use wording that conveys you're a good fit for what they're looking for.

A note here: use a professional email address. For example: imwithstupid@gmail.com wouldn't be a good choice. Realize that an unprofessional email address can instantly turn a hiring manager off. johnsoftwaredev@gmail.com, or even just your first and last name are examples of acceptable email addresses.

An unprofessional picture associated with your email can also cause an immediate rejection. Keep in mind that hiring managers also check social media occasionally, so it’s recommended that one has a professional profile picture as well.

HOW TO INTERVIEW

Soft skills can be as important as coding skills. Some basic points to keep in mind when interviewing are:

  1. Dress nicely,
  2. Maintain eye contact and a calm demeanor,
  3. Be polite and have good manners,
  4. Listen to what they're saying and acknowledge them,
  5. Don't criticize their company or point out needed improvements, and
  6. Be willing.

People want to hire people they'd enjoy working with. Be a person they would like working around.

Additionally, you will most likely be asked some technical questions and possibly be given a coding challenge. Just know that it is impossible to ready yourself for every possible question and challenge. Prepare yourself to say "I don't know" and be comfortable doing so. On the other hand, if you have an interview set up for a front-end web developer position, for example, you should of course research common interview questions for front-end web developers so you're prepared. The point here is that it would take years to fully learn every aspect of certain coding languages – and by the time you did, the language would've updated.

So, how does one not look like an idiot when asked to do something they can't do? Well, acknowledge that you can't do that, but then stress what you can do and move the attention on to your positive skills.

Interviewing can be daunting. Just keep in mind if you interview somewhere and they put you down, insult you, tell you you don’t know enough or try to make you feel stupid, you don't want to work at a place like that anyway!

There's no way around just pushing through and interviewing. Like anything else in life, the more you do it, the better you'll get.

One last tip we have to offer is have a friend practice interviewing you, and let them coach you until you're more confident. You can find plenty of example interview questions, both technical and behavioral, with a simple Google search.

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM

Most people believe the biggest hurdle to landing a job is lack of technical skill and experience – but it’s not.

The biggest barriers to landing tech jobs are:

  1. Inadequate amount of communication sent out asking for a job (i.e. not enough résumés sent out),
  2. Lack of persistence on the part of the applicant, and
  3. Lack of follow-up

Some people are turned down or don't hear back and so they just give up on their job search. That’s the wrong response! Keep applying at various companies. Go to meetups and meet new people. Go to networking events. Tell people the type of job you're looking for. Go to companies and drop off your résumé.

Persist and keep pushing. Like anything worth accomplishing, it can take hard work. So, you've sent out fifty résumés and you're not getting responses? Call the companies you sent them to. You could even stop by and check to see if they received your résumé. Re-send your résumé.

To summarize:

  1. Send a high quantity of professional résumés and cover letters to companies posting for jobs,
  2. Attend meetups, networking events and go to companies to promote yourself and apply at jobs.
  3. Follow up with companies you apply at.
  4. Don't give up; persist.

We hope this information has been helpful to you!

If you're interested in finding out more, please contact The Tech Academy about our Software Developer Boot Camp. Visit: learncodinganywhere.com

Students learn several in-demand programming languages, partake in a Live Project that adds real-life experience to your résumé and then complete our job placement training followed by assistance from our Job Placement Directors. Learncodinganywhere.com




About the author: With years of executive and managerial experience, Jack C. Stanley has overseen The Tech Academy since its inception. He owns and operates several successful companies.

His background in teaching and curriculum development contributed greatly to the creation of The Tech Academy’s boot camps. As the Co-Founder and chairman of the school’s Board of Directors, he supervises the day-to-day activities and long-term planning for the school.

The Tech Academy is a technology school that trains students in computer programming and web development. They are the proud recipient of SwitchUp.Org’s and CourseReport.Com’s Best Coding Boot Camp award and were named the “World’s Greatest Code School” by How2Media.







The Tech Academy offers a wide range of services including:

  • Coding boot camps
  • Customized training classes for companies and groups
  • Advanced developer training
  • Software development
  • Staffing
And more…





Visit learncodinganywhere.com to find out more.

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12 Jun 2019

Tech Talk: Net Neutrality

Posted By: The Tech Academy

Check out this great Tech Talk with speaker Brett Caudle, Expansion Director at The Tech Academy, on Net Neutrality!

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09 Jul 2019

A Detailed Review of The Tech Academy

With such a high demand for tech workers and software developers, it's no surprise that many people are starting a career in technology! This demand for new tech workers has led to a demand of quality training programs, or coding bootcamps. Although the number of bootcamps to research can be overwhelming, doing your research to find out which is right for you, your learn style, and learn outcomes is worth it. To help decide if The Tech Academy is the right bootcamp for you, Kyle Prinsloo from studywebdevelopment.com wrote this review of the pros and cons of our program! Here are some excerpts from his review: PROS "So, who is The Tech Academy and What Do They Do? The Tech Academy was started by Erik Goss, a senior-level Software Developer, as a side-project in 2012 by training entry-level software developers. In 2013, he partnered with his business partner, Jack Stanley, to ‘officially’ start what is known as The Tech Academy today. Over the past 5 years, the company has grown significantly from a small class with only four students to what it is today: A successful code school with multiple campuses, hundreds of employed graduates, and a program that can be taken online from anywhere in the world." "Why Would You Want to Consider a Bootcamp from The Tech Academy? There are hundreds of online learning platforms and places like Udemy are great to improve your knowledge and to learn more skills at a very low price, but when it comes to credibility in the workplace, a certification from The Tech Academy is something that will help you stand out from many of your peers." CONS The Tech Academy Bootcamp requires a full commitment. If you are not ready to put in the work, then this is not something you should sign up to. One of the main negatives is the price as it's considered to be a stumbling block for most prospective students. This needs to be viewed in context though. If you get hired in a full-time job, the chances are high that you will earn a good salary which will increase as your skills and experience improve. What’s the alternative? If you compare this route with a CS (Computer Science) degree, you’ll soon find that it takes years to complete and that the prices are crazy. TTA has several financing options including payment plans and low-cost loans to assist you with this investment." Since this review was written, we have made some changes at The Tech Academy that readers should note: 1. We have since launched four different bootcamp tracks, which include our: Python Bootcamp, C# & .NET Framework Bootcamp, Front-End Web Developer Bootcamp, and our Software Developer Bootcamp. 2. Because there are now multiple bootcamp options, our program varies in length. Bootcamps range from 8 weeks - 26 weeks for full-time students. 3. In addition to our headquarters in Portland, we now have campuses in Seattle, Denver, and Salt Lake City! Check out Kyle's full review of The Tech Academy on his website!


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