Foreword written by Pariss Chandler.

From Breaking In to Kicking Ass

Get a Job

Prepare your resume, build your network, and get your foot into the door. Learn how to ace your interviews, both technical and behavioral. Make a lasting impression and get an offer — or many! Negotiate like a seasoned pro and accept your dream offer.

Hit the Ground Running

Make a great first impression, find a mentor, and set yourself up for success. Build trust, confidence, and take care of yourself. Learn how your manager can help you grow. Ask for feedback and take it seriously.

Navigate Your Career

Establish a study group to help make sure that you keep learning. Understand what the different career paths are as a software engineer. Gather data and make sure that your impact is known so that you can get promoted. And learn how to know when it's time for something new.

  • Danijela Vrzan

    "Finding a new job is not an easy endeavour. So is making sure you get the best of it. It's not all about the work you do, the code you write. It's so much more than that. It's about what you do in your first week, month, year. How to put your best self forward and how to get the best from others. Alex has you covered on all these topics. Running Start is a type of book you'll want to keep around for reference. Learn how to get the best of every job and how to thrive in your career."

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    Katya Pavlopoulos

    "If you’ve ever read a book on how to grow your tech career and wanted to throw it out the window because it was clearly written for someone of a different race, gender, ability, age, or academic background, and filled with advice that you just know would never work for you, then this masterpiece is what you’ve been waiting for. Running Start is very inclusive, and Alex spends a lot of time making sure that every chapter can be applied to people from all backgrounds (I have not seen a single other book that does this). The writing style is very conversational, like you’re sitting down with a mentor over coffee. I really appreciated that the author often dove into “niche” scenarios such as what if you get your dream job but don’t like your manager? What do you do if you get to your interview, and the interviewer is acting disinterested or even rude toward you? What’s the point of networking if you already got the job? How do you talk about your past experience if it was not in tech? This is the book I wish I had at the beginning of my career. Everyone who works in tech or wants to work in tech would benefit from having a mentor like Alex, and now thanks to this book you can."

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