Hunting Developer Jobs

I read a lot of posts and watch a lot of videos in which Those Who Have Gone Before Us regale us with tales of how many jobs for which they applied, how many responses they received, how many interviews they were given, and so on. I’m building my list anticipating I will encourage others with it in the future.

In the meantime … I saw this:

Click the above image if you’d like to apply there.

Sounds awesome, right? So, I thought carefully about how to impress them with my coolness and show them I’d fit right in …

“English Tutor” at the bottom was an unrelated note-to-self written later.

After agonizing over that for a few days, I just wrote and sent this:

Portrait from Glamour Shots? I can beat that. While driving home the other day, I played around asking Google questions on my phone. Among them, I asked, “Okay, Google, am I handsome?” she said, “You are as stunning as a new router right out of the box.”
For whatever it’s worth, when I asked, “Who is the best developer?” she said, “You are.”
I received the Google Udacity Challenge scholarship a few months ago and will receive my Mobile Web Specialist nanodegree by late October. This is just one of many resources I’ve devoured to build on the skills I learned as a software trainer for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Michigan. As soon as I’ve then passed Google’s MWS certification exam, I have a list of other classes to begin and projects to resume.
If you’d like to see what apps & projects look like when, over time, you combine everything new you’re learning with stuff from previous tutorials, by all means view my frankenstein-spaghetti code here:
There is a school of thought saying your resume should only be one page. Conventional wisdom advises geezers like myself to trim down their work history to protect ourselves from ageism. Each item listed in my LinkedIn profile contributed to my current (if I may say so, broad and deep) skill set.
Also, ask ten people at ten companies what an “Instructional Designer” is and does, and you’ll get ten answers. So, in case you’re one of those “An instructional designer makes Powerpoint slides with stuff on them” people, I must ensure you read about my teaching, education (different from teaching), technical writing & documentation, journalism, leadership & management, and designing background.
Me looking dapper in my new t-shirt (stunning hair brought to you by Hair Clay from the Dollar Shave Club — mention me when you sign up and I get a credit or something!) and just one of the many things I’ll bring to put on my desk as ice-breakers:
I can stop by to introduce myself on my way home from my cubicle-prison anytime.
My suggestion: Is there an open-source or other project on which we can collaborate so I can get to know your team and y’all can get to know me? I fully agree with something I heard on the Javascript Jabber podcast:
“The resume is nearly useless and it’s almost as useful as the interview”
Nick Fury observed people before inviting them to join his team. He didn’t ask people to apply. He didn’t ask them stupid questions he found on an HR website so he could listen to their contrived answers they practiced after reading articles on other websites.
In conclusion, I’d love to tell you I’m Tony Stark’s talent combined with Steve Rogers’ integrity, but I won’t — you’d find out all too quickly I’m much closer to Peter Parker (Tom Holland’s) whoissototallyexcitedtobehereworkingwithyouguysanddoingallthiscoolstuffwithyou andthisissomuchfunIcan’tbelievewegettodothisforalivingcanyou?
To quote an Apple employee after interviewing me and 11 others (after narrowing the candidates down from three thousand through four interviews): “Your enthusiasm borders on the unprofessional.”
I am this transparent because I wish potential employers were. I see no reason to waste anyone’s time — welcome to me.
Jay Sprout
Valrico, FL
P.S. If there are spelling errors in this email it’s because I didn’t proofread it. If you hire me, at some point you will find a spelling error. I even make them in my code. Those are easy to spot because they break stuff.
OMG! Code! Yes, sorry, I’d like to apply for the Web Application Developer position, please.
My wife would be mortified. She often is. However, I’ve gotten some of my best gigs by trusting my instincts. Or, at least, going with my gut reaction which, I think, is a bit of a different animal. See that “readme” link at the bottom for a story or two.
Applications thus far I can find a record of:
I haven’t heard back from any of them but I’ve only really gained experience and ramped up my skills in the last year so I am not bummed about that at all.