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After a final interview with a company, I was informed that they decided not to make me an offer. This wasn’t the first time I was rejected for a job and it won’t be the last. However, what struck me this time around was the clear choice I had in front of me. I could wallow in my rejection, harp on the interview questions I didn’t answer strongly enough, and lose hope in my goal. Or I could learn from it, humbly acknowledge that I’m human, and prepare for my next interview.

Interviewing still sucks

If you haven’t interviewed for a job in awhile, I’m here to tell you it still sucks. The vicious cycle of searching → applying → waiting → interviewing → waiting → interviewing again → waiting → and getting rejected will quite literally suck your time, energy, and soul right out of you. It’s a scary rollercoaster of highs and lows that can leave you feeling elated and miserable all in the same week. The job search and interview process is hard enough, but throw rejection into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. It can feel like you’re in a labyrinth of despair with no way out. Interviewing is physically and mentally draining and it can make you second guess everything you thought you knew about yourself. …

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I recently made the conscious decision to transition from being an individual contributor to a manager and I’d like to highlight what I’ve learned about management so far from my past managers and experiences.

While working in Software Engineering for more than 13 years and being a Lead Front-End Engineer for several companies, I’ve had opportunities to manage projects, codebases, and contractors. …

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Parenting is weird. One minute, you’re splitting a brownie sundae with your daughter, and the next, you’re wondering if she’ll ever share a #MeToo post on social media. One moment, you’re roughhousing with your son, and the next, you’re wondering if he’ll ever cross a line with a girl. These are not fun things to think about, but as a parent in today’s world, it’s hard not to.

If you watch the news, there always seems to be a gut-wrenching story. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, a school shooting, or a celebrity doing something wrong, there is no shortage of events that will have parents saying, “How do I explain this to my kids?” Mine are young enough that a lot of the bad news doesn’t reach them, but I know it won’t always be like that. …


David Weiss

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