How do I find a "real" tech job?
December 26, 2013 5:50 PM Subscribe
My workplace is in a decline, and I think it's time for me to explore other options.
I'm a programmer at heart, an architect and team leader in practice, and a manager in name. Prior to this job I'd had really soul-crushing experiences in consulting, so (for example) I am experienced with but extremely cynical about capital-E "Enterprise" platforms and technologies. I don't want to go back to that world; I want to find a company and a team with a spark of life to it and people with the incentives to help each other out.
What's the best way to filter for tech job opportunities that won't sink me back into the muck?
posted by my name is irl to Work & Money (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've spent a lot of time this year on the hiring side of things, and I think I have a good sense of how to construct my résumé so that it'd be recognized by the type of people I want to work with. Unfortunately, they're not usually the ones who write the actual job descriptions, so when I'm browsing Dice or Monster I don't know how to identify the types of job listings I should find interesting. This is compounded by the fact that I live in a region overwhelmed by government and defense contracts, which already tend to drown out listings for more customer- or internal-facing positions.
Are there any keywords or patterns I should be searching for that are dogwhistles for "ignore the buzzwords, we actually know what we're talking about"? Does anyone have any recommendations about where to search that would have a better ratio of those sorts of workplaces?
Unfortunately, my professional network is pretty much limited to people who are consulting lifers or currently work with me, so I can't really pursue that avenue.