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  • Networking: It’s About Quality, Not Quantity

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    There are some tech pros who believe in the networking equivalent of saturation bombing: They not only pack their schedule with meetups and professional gatherings, but make a point of shaking hands and collecting business cards from literally every single person at said events, including the bartender and random folks in the elevator. If you find yourself in conversation with one of these Type-A networkers, you might feel that the only way to pry them away from you is with a crowbar.

    While that type of networking certainly expends a lot of energy, it’s not necessarily the best way to build out your social network. And yes, your network is a vital element in your success, giving you access to information and jobs.

    Networking involves a lot of “soft skills,” including the ability to empathize and make conversation, as well as knowing when a conversation has reached its natural limit. If it’s been a long time since you deployed your networking abilities, here are some tips for cycling back up to full power:

    Bring a Friend

    Nobody likes marching into a room full of strangers alone. By taking a friend (or friendly colleague) with you to networking events, you’ll feel braver about starting conversations—but you must talk to new people, and not just the person you brought.

    Set Some Goals

    Before arriving at a networking event or meetup, set some goals for the session—and make them reasonable. “I will collect three business cards and have two conversations” is an example of a reasonable goal. Once you rack up more experience in networking, you can embark on increasingly ambitious missions, but starting small will ensure that you make some progress without getting discouraged.

    Share Information

    Walking up to a stranger and demanding their contact info isn’t a reliable way to build a long-lasting social network. Given how people prize interaction and an exchange of information, it’s much more productive to share your thoughts and opinions on the job market, query about their interests, and generally engage in conversation before asking for an email or invitation to link up online.

    Reach Out

    Many people make the effort necessary to network, only to neglect to follow up afterwards. If you have a successful networking session, make sure to reach out to your new contacts afterwards, telling them how much you appreciated the conversation and how much you look forward to interacting with them in the future. That will be the first step in building a deeper bond with them.

    Stay Strong

    Creating a solid network is a time-consuming process, and everybody expends a lot of effort in doing so; don’t be discouraged if you have a bad event or can’t seem to connect with anyone. Following the above steps, and taking the time to build a rapport with individuals, will ensure you slowly build out a strong web of contacts who are actually willing to boost your career.

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  • Using Your Open Source Work to Get a Job

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    So you’ve worked on an open-source project, and you want to place that experience on your resume in order to move your career forward. Fantastic! In theory, there’s no reason an employer should shun your experience, just because you did the project from home on your own time. But how can you actually leverage that project work to obtain a full-time job?

    The Entire Project Is a Reflection on You

    First, make sure that any project you present on your resume is a good one. Even if you did an awesome job on your parts of it, a bad project could lead a potential employer to attribute the less-than-stellar elements to you, even if you weren’t responsible.

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    For example, the product might prove useful to many people, but the user interface is beyond poor. While you might not have contributed to the UI, your potential employer might not understand that; he or she will click around, increasingly aggravated, and conclude that you don’t know what you’re doing. On that note, also make sure the project is still alive: If it stalled three years ago and never even got a first release, it will surely reflect badly on you, too.

    Open Source as Networking

    As computer folk, we usually spend a lot of time parked in front of our computer screens, and not as much time in meetings and at conferences. That means less time to meet people, although doing so is pretty easy thanks to LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media. By the very nature of working on an open-source project, you’ve dropped yourself into a collection of like-minded folks. If you interact with them well, you can cite that experience in your next job interview; plus, your new network doubtlessly knows of job openings and freelance work.

    Open Source Is, Well, Open

    One thing to bear in mind is that the whole open source process is public by definition; everything you say in online discussions, and how you respond to bug reports, is generally available to anyone with a Web browser.

    I spoke with an open source industry veteran named Carla Schroder, a senior technical writer with ownCloud, who suggested how somebody’s work in open source could become a positive thing from an employment perspective. “These are real achievements that are out in the open for anyone to see,” she said. “They show that you have skills and that you get things done, so you want to emphasize all of your relevant experience, whether it’s unpaid volunteer or a paid position. Be prepared to supply specific examples of your work.”

    At the same time, your conduct is out there for anyone to view, so you’ll want to be careful in how you present yourself online. “Because FOSS projects are conducted in the open, keep in mind that emails, forum posts, and sometimes IRC sessions are forever,” Schroder added. “Linus Torvalds can get away with funny insults, but the rest of mere mortals are better off minding our manners.”

    Company Culture

    A potential employer’s receptiveness to your open-source experience can give you big insights into its culture: If the company respects open source, you might be happy working there; if they don’t, you probably wouldn’t have been a good fit there, anyway.

    Interviewing

    If you’re called in for an interview, prep ahead of time to discuss your project—and make sure you’re ready to discuss it in as professional a light as possible. Talk about deadlines, bug reports and fixes, documentation, source-code control, and user support just as if the project were something you’d completed for a major corporation.

    Conclusion

    If you’ve worked on an open source project, and the project is a positive portrayal of your abilities, personality, and work ethic, then you most certainly want to include it on your resume. It could end up the one thing that puts you above the other candidates and lands you the job.

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  • Red Hat and Dell to collaborate on network virtualization

    Dell is extending its collaboration with Red Hat to co-engineer OpenStack-based network function virtualization (NFV) technology for the telecommunications industry. The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress earlier this week in Barcelona. NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) applications are expected to be available later this year. read more