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How Unemployed Developers Use Open Source to Get Hired

Jan 19, 2011, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

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"It's a tough economy out there. It doesn't matter which industry you happen to be experienced in, people need to be focused on keeping themselves as competitive as possible -- at all costs. Even more so when you're underemployed, or worse, unemployed. If you're between gigs, would-be employers may look at you with unfair doubt due to a perceived lack of an edge in the workplace.

"This is especially true for those within the software development community. If those development skills aren't being kept razor sharp at all times, you'll find yourself without many job prospects. After all, there's much more to staying competitive than merely becoming a resume dynamo. It's critical to find creative ways to keep your programming skills sharp while ensuring you're very visible within the public eye.

"Staying visible to employers

"One of the biggest challenges for the underemployed or unemployed software developer has to be appearing "relevant" when they go in for a job interview. The problem for most people in this situation is that their coding skills might be a little rusty due to the time away from programming"

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