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How I Landed My Dream Software Job in 12 Months

Matt Woods
November 18, 2018

How I Landed My Dream Software Job in 12 Months

Twelve months ago, Matt Woods was just wrapping up his first developer conference. Now, he's shipping real code at Tailwind, an OKC software SaaS startup. In this talk, Matt unpacks the 3 cornerstone habits that paved the way to consistently grow as a software developer, balloon his professional network, easily share the best takeaways to begin building an audience — and of course, get his dream software job.

Matt Woods is a marketer and developer at Tailwind. He's crazy about craft coffee, podcasts and leveling-up the skills needed to create jaw-dropping products that make people's lives better.

Matt Woods

November 18, 2018

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  1. 3 Key Habits Opened the Door to My Dream Job

    in Software 1) Become an automatic learning machine 2) Build a 3 circle network 3) Share your byproducts
  2. "Why am I feeling apprehensive towards getting involved in new

    projects involving software development?"
  3. "When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at

    anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small.” - Gary Keller
  4. Healthy inputs & outputs Input: Tutorials, Classes, Podcasts, Events, Blog

 Output: Create a Forcing Function for yourself to SHIP
  5. What worked for me ) Input: OK Coders, Tutorials, Podcasts,

 Output: Mentors & Work Projects
  6. Always Be Shipping - Habit Tracking App - Search Tool

    - Simple API - Blog - Personal Website - Random quote generator
  7. How to Ship MORE - Pair with someone who ships

    - Copy on "easy mode" - The Airbnb 10-to-1 exercise - FreeCodeCamp, Javascript 30 - Build something to learn something cool - Get paid to make things
  8. What to Learn? - How you learn is often more

    important than a specific tech stack - https://codeburst.io/the-2018-web- developer-roadmap-826b1b806e8d
  9. Inner Circle Prioritize Mentors, role models 1-level above you, best-in-class

    peers, and mentees “Who can I learn from for 10x growth and tough decisions?”
  10. The Crowd Social media followers, email subscribers, website visitors, blog

    post readers “Who can I meaningfully help today?”
  11. Surround yourself with the right people Introduced me to new

    new ideas ✅ Gave feedback on my podcasts, videos, and side project ideas Keep me accountable to actually ship work — whether it’s a blog post like this or a quick-and-dirty API.
  12. Once I followed up with an investor 48 times until

    I got a meeting. -Steli Efti, CEO @ Close.io “ “No,” can mean “not right now.”
  13. General Follow-Up Schedule Day 1: First follow-up (+2) Day 3:

    Follow-up (+4) Day 7: Follow-up (+7) Day 14: Follow-up (+14) Day 28: Follow-up (+30) Day 58: Follow-up (+30) … (from there on once a month).
  14. 1) Discover new pain points 
 2) Validate ideas quickly

    Tap your community for on- the-fly insights
  15. Matt Woods - @matopher 3 Key Habits Opened the Door

    to My Dream Job in Software 1) Become an automatic learning machine 2) Build a 3 circle network 3) Share your byproducts