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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Think Like the Boss

Put yourself in the shoes of your boss-to-be, the hiring manager, or the person who is going to be making the decision about your employment; this is the person for whom you’ll likely be working for a long time. It makes sense to think exactly how she thinks. What does she want in an employee? How can you make her life easier? How can you make her look good? Your job is to make her look good.

“Make your boss look good” sounds crass, conniving, or political, but it’s not. It’s a mental shorthand for your higher-level goals. Your immediate job may be to write code, design web pages, or administer networks, but it’s all in the service of making your department achieve its goals.

As a manager, my staff’s job is to make me ...

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