A few days ago, a recruiter contacted me via LinkedIn about a position requiring some Python and Django experience.
While I do take the advice of countless articles and podcasts, applying to positions that Imposter Syndrome would otherwise preclude, I don’t blindly apply to everything — I want to have at least minimal experience with the languages and such so that I could at least confidently learn my way through the job on the job if given such an opportunity. I’m taking the advice to heart and considering interviews a training ground–not cause for flop sweat or embarrassment. I’m always upfront about my knowledge and experience during phone screenings, cover letters and emails.
On the other hand, if a recruiter contacts me, I have no moral qualms about saying I’d be glad to pursue whatever they’re offering — they approached me, I’m not being an imposter. Having said that, if the recruiter contacts me about Java (which is SO irritating considering it’s not in my resume because I’ve never touched it or looked at it) or has a list of other crap I’ve never worked with or heard of, I won’t respond. If I’ve so much as completed a tutorial, however, I’ll explain to them my level of familiarity and willingness to learn and, if they reply back …
To the point …
She wasn’t put off by my less than a year with Python and asked, in a follow-up LinkedIn message, about my Django experience. I replied, “Can I answer that question tomorrow? My answer will be different then.”
I immediately started Lynda‘s Mastering Django Web Development course. After a few minutes, I wrote her again stating that, while as a software instructor I frequently learned things overnight so I could teach them the following day, Django didn’t appear to be one of those things I’d be comfortable with overnight.
Since then, however, I’ve had a delightful time with Lynda’s Up and Running with Python and Django course. That may change how I perceive Mastering, but I may also come back and say that the instructor for Up and Running is simply a better teacher (an impression I’m kinda learning toward).
One of the reasons I like the UaR teacher (besides his teaching skillz) is his voice — he sounds like Richard on Silicon Valley.