Alex Stobe - Dev Networking


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Alex Stobe shares some tips at #DevTO for developer networking and career planning

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Alex Stobe - Dev Networking

  1. 1. NETWORKING! It’s not just free beer and pizzaSunday, 23 October, 11
  2. 2. NETWORKING The Game Plan • Why are you here? • Pitching yourself • Matchmaking • Exploratory coffee • “If” & “When” are powerful synonyms for “No”Sunday, 23 October, 11
  3. 3. What Do You Want? Develop A Networking Objective • Have you thought about your career path? • Wanna be a CTO? VP of R&D? Co-Founder? • Who are you? • Fortune 500 or a startup person? • What kinds of projects/problems do you love?Sunday, 23 October, 11
  4. 4. Your Personal Pitch A Reason To Remember You • You have less than 2 minutes to make a lasting impression. Remember: • Passion Speaks • Experience Proves • Ideas Intrigue • Make people want to reach out to youSunday, 23 October, 11
  5. 5. It’s Who You Know A Cliché For A Reason • Opportunities come from various sourcesSunday, 23 October, 11
  6. 6. Why Can’t We Be Friends? Should You Have Coffee With This Person? • Speak with many people. Meet with a few • When deciding if you should network with a peer, ask yourself: • Could I work with this person? • Do they share my vision? • Can I learn something from them?Sunday, 23 October, 11
  7. 7. Headhunters! Do You Want To Be Caught In Their Net? • When deciding if you should network with a recruiter, ask yourself: • Do they work with interesting companies? • Are they a specialist or a generalist? • Do I feel comfortable speaking with them?Sunday, 23 October, 11
  8. 8. Sometimes It’s Just a Coffee Exploratory Conversations Open Doors • Meet with recruiters & hiring managers to • Make contacts with the right people • Learn something new about your industry • See if the grass really is greenerSunday, 23 October, 11
  9. 9. Sometimes It’s Just a Coffee How To Play The Field • Manage expectations • Keep it casual • Choose your meetings wisely • Keep an open mindSunday, 23 October, 11
  10. 10. Say No & Stay Friends • Decline offers & inquiries in a manner that creates future opportunities • Use your pitch & talk about timing • Let them know what you want Example response to a recruitment email: “Thanks for your interest. This does look like a great opportunity. However, my team is in the middle of an important product launch and I couldn’t leave for at least 6 months. Also, while most of my experience has been with enterprise level Java apps, I’ve actually been using Objective-C recently and am loving native app dev. Ideally, my next move will allow me to build on my mobile experience and/or move into more of a leadership role.“Sunday, 23 October, 11
  11. 11. NETWORKING • Think about who you are and what you want • Learn to articulate your selling points • Know who you know & who you should • Have coffee with the right people, even when it’s the wrong time • When declining an opportunity, state what you’re ideally be looking forSunday, 23 October, 11
  12. 12. My Shameless Plug If you’re a startup person and want to reach me: Email: Linkedin: alexstobe Twitter: @alexStobe Looking for a ‘foot in the door’ opportunity? REDJR.CASunday, 23 October, 11