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Differentiate yourself using empathy

Differentiate yourself using empathy

Presented at Dev Together Chicago.

As a new developer, it's tough to stand out from the pack of junior developers with similar skills to you. In this talk, I'll share my story of how I stood out from other junior devs by caring about digital accessibility, and how you can use the things you care about to be appealing to employers. You don't have to be the best, and you don't have to know a lot, you just need to care and want to learn more.

Fen Slattery

January 08, 2019
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  1. Differentiate yourself
    using empathy
    Fen Slattery (they/them)
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  2. @sublimemarch
    @[email protected]
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  3. Accessibility Lead at Clique Studios
    Front End Engineer
    Graduate of Dev Bootcamp Chicago
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  4. I've gotten all of my
    developer jobs by
    demonstrating
    empathy.
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  5. Why is it important to
    stand out?
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  6. Potential employers
    remember you.
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  7. You have a unique
    value proposition.
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  8. It empowers you.
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  9. There are plenty of ways to
    differentiate yourself:
    • amazing skills
    • unique background
    • creative work
    • purple hair
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  10. I suggest that you stand
    out by having empathy.
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  11. Empathy:
    understanding what someone else is
    experiencing from their perspective
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  12. There are plenty of ways to differentiate
    yourself with empathy:
    • writing documentation
    • user experience
    • maintainable code
    • knowledge sharing
    • inclusion
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  13. What happens when
    you demonstrate
    empathy by caring
    about something?
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  14. Best case:
    the company also cares about this!
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  15. Worst case:
    the company actively dislikes the
    thing you care about and won't hire
    you
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  16. Medium case:
    the company is indifferent, but you
    get to teach them to care about it
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  17. How do you find the thing you care
    about?
    • Remember why you wanted to be a developer.
    • Find your people.
    • Look inward.
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  18. How can you showcase
    your empathy?
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  19. Write about it!
    Speak about it!
    Write some code about it!
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  20. Caring about others is a great way to
    have potential employers care about
    you.
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  21. fenslattery.com
    • How to give your first conference talk
    • How to be more comfortable with CSS
    • How to write a lightning talk
    • How to get paid to speak at events
    • Lots of accessibility and inclusion info
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