“Who were left? The middle-level employees who had been there for a considerable time, enough to understand the system and were able to shoulder the task which fell on them when their colleagues were let go, and didn’t cost much in term of salary.” Chris Prakoso Show true dedication. Shane Snow “Look at this stack of books and ask yourself if you’ve done the same. This, in addition to coding, being a parent, being a husband, as well as performing live music, planning shows, and the other things I enjoy doing… become the asset and you have nothing to worry about.” Ryan Rentfro Build a specialty. NeilsPhotography / Flickr “Make sure to always specialize deeply as it creates unique value for you as an employee. It maximally differentiates you in the job market place. This will have to be done repeatedly with new skillsets as the demand for skillsets change over time.” Jeff Ronne Keep good relationships. Michael Dodge / Stringer / Getty Images “The best job offers by far come from personal references, which consist of past coworkers and managers. By always performing well is past jobs, one is placed on the shortlist in the minds of one’s previous coworkers.” Jeff Ronne Build a personal brand outside your company. web linkRobert Scoble Flickr/scobleizer “Participate in open-source projects, showcase your code on github, start a blog, write on Quora, anything that intersects your engineering interests and online reputation. Whatever you pick, aim to be within the top 25% of the people within that category.” Chandra Kalle Don’t just build;invent.
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