Written in 2014 then revised and updated in 2019, this book shares one software developer’s experience of building and using his suite of soft skills to best advantage.
All of us start with a focus on technical skills. After all, it’s the technical skills which will get us hired to begin with. Recruiting managers are focused on adding needed technical skills to their team. In this case ‘technical skills’ might also include things like project management skills, so let’s think of them in a wider context of ‘Job Skills’.
Job Skills aren’t the whole story. A whole set of ‘soft skills’ are needed to interact with people and the working environment, to work effectively and efficiently, to balance work with life and to stay healthy in mind and body.
In this book, John Sonmez breaks down seven key areas of focus:
- Career – what career patterns are out there? How to choose? Once you’ve chosen, how do you pursue that goal?
- Marketing Yourself – that might sound strange, but making others aware of your achievements, skills and successes will be key. It doesn’t matter if the ‘customer’ is an internal manager if you’re in a corporate environment or an actual third-party customer or customers for an entrepreneur, you need to make the people who count aware of you and what you can bring to the table.
- Learning – here you’ll find insights on building up your ability to learn, which is an entire skill area in itself. It’s one of the most important things for anyone in the tech industry, and the section also expands on mentoring and the value of having a mentor.
- Productivity – being more productive can be a struggle, and sometimes tech people struggle with difficult things like procrastination, burnout and ineffective application of effort.
- Financial – personal financial management is key to your future well being. Tech courses don’t teach any of this, and quite often regular schooling doesn’t leave individuals equipped to understand the basics of budgeting for goals, planning for the future and wise investments. Planning for the future is key: this section will help you get to grips with it.
- Fitness – yes, fitness and personal health. If you don’t look after yourself and balance workload with life then illness, burnout, stress and psychological impacts are in your future. Sonmez shares personal stories of marathons and fasting but don’t feel that these are compulsory. Striking a healthy balance and building healthy habitats will bring you real benefits right now, short term, medium term and throughout your life.
- Mindset – there is much more awareness today of mental health and the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Sonmez explores the areas of mental health, attitude, emotional state and even relationships. Paying attention to mental health and your personal relationships will help build success at home and personal wellbeing outside of work.
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You became a developer for one reason…
…because you love solving tough problems.
Why aren’t you happy?
When you started to code, the beauty of the pure logic captured your heart. Hard work
and thousands of hours sitting at the keyboard have taught you how to develop software.
Still, there’s something missing.
What didn’t they teach you in school?
Success as a Software Developer requires skill and something nobody talks about,
mindset. If you’re not planning for your future, you’ll end up in a dead-end job you hate.
The secret lies away from the computer.
John uses a simple style to teach topics that you never knew you needed. This isn’t
theory, it’s proven through the results that let him retire at 33-years old.
- Ways To Land The Job, Keep The Job And Climb The Corporate Ladder
- How To Stand Out From Your Competition
- 10-Step Process To Learn Anything
- What To Do With Your Paycheck to Maximize Your Earnings
- Why Healthy Living and Exercise are Crucial
- Ways to Build Your Brand
You’ll love this unique career guide, because it isn’t about writing a great resume, it’s about
building one that will land you the dream job and all the other things that go with it.