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A fellow alumna of my programming bootcamp DM’d me on Slack today to this effect:

Hey, sorry to bother you, but I had a question, saw you were online, and highly value your opinion. I just got my first referral (yay!), but I don’t know if I should send a cover letter with my résumé. I’ve gotten mixed answers.

Aw, gee, shucks. I am ever ready to give an unsolicited opinion, as friends and foes alike would probably attest, but it’s nice to be asked!

My response

In general, one should always include some kind of covering note. Even if I’m sending my résumé to someone so they can pass it over the transom, I include a version of what I would put in a cover…

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To underscore my commitment to accessibility, I have illustrated this post with a screenshot of text! It’s a presentation slide that reads, “Remember: Building for universal access literally makes products that are better for everyone. If you want to be a great developer, get interested in accessibility.” This is pretty much the meat of my talk, so now you can skip the video without missing anything.

On July 27, I gave a ten-minute “tech talk” to my Grace Hopper classmates on why and how to make Web applications accessible. It is suuuuuuuper basic, but since the curriculum hadn’t discussed accessibility at all, I felt that it was important to at least introduce the concept.

Which is, apparently, a conviction many other students have held. “Oh, this old chestnut!” quoth our A/V lord, as he hooked up all the things.




Tk, as they say in publishing. The video has autogenerated captions, but I will also post a transcript here that actually has punctuation and cool stuff like that.

Slide deck

Includes the speaker notes that I forgot to refer to at a few crucial points.

Resource list

Draft! I still have dozens of browser tabs to sort through. Additional recommendations are very welcome.

http://bit.ly/2uCc9BJ (Google Docs)

Giving the hard sell on “soft skills”

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Today at school we got an hourlong presentation on using LinkedIn effectively, which ended with a summary slide of statements we were to evaluate as true or false. …



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