Yesterday all of the students here at the Iron Yard got to listen to John Saddington talk about “Winning the Internet.”
We talked about a lot of things around making sure that we stand out as individuals in a flooded market.
One thing that especially stuck out to me was the idea that most of us will be competing against five or so different people for a single job. The importance of being different in this case is pretty spectacular.
The angle that the whole talk came from was blogging, social networking, etc… so to put it in blogging terms. If I take 10 to 15 minutes every day and write about something I’m experiencing or learning about Ruby, it won’t kill me. However, the chances are pretty good that the rest of the world isn’t doing that.
So when a potential boss searches my name, what pops up? Hopefully a bunch of posts about me and my take on Ruby development.
For the rest of the guys in the potential hiring circle… maybe not…
Doing it Daily
John also challenged us to think about blogging consistently about development. As a way to “be different” but also as a way to explore what we are learning and possibly even help someone else!
I’m going to try to write daily for the next eleven weeks. The general focus will by Ruby on Rails and development. So grab a hard hat and put your seat belt on… 🙂
And as a reminder, something you already know.
We are all building something today.
I’m building a knowledge base around the Ruby programming language. It’s slow and a lot of work.
But if it was easy would it be as much of an accomplishment?
What are you building?
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