By Michael Lopp

As a software program engineer, you know sooner or later that there's even more on your profession than facing code. Is it time to develop into a supervisor? inform your boss he’s a jerk? sign up for that startup? writer Michael Lopp remembers his personal make-or-break moments with Silicon Valley giants equivalent to Apple, Netscape, and Symantec in Being Geek -- an insightful and wonderful ebook that can assist you make larger profession judgements.

With greater than forty standalone tales, Lopp walks via an entire activity lifestyles cycle, beginning with the activity interview and finishing with the belief that it'd be time to discover one other gig. Many books train you the way to interview for a role or the right way to deal with a venture effectively, yet purely this ebook is helping you deal with the baffling situations you could come upon all through your profession.
* come to a decision what you're worthy with the bankruptcy on "The Business"
* make sure the character of the miracle your CEO wishes with "The Impossible"
* supply potent shows with "How to not Throw Up"
* deal with liars and folks with devious agendas with "Managing Werewolves"
* observe for those who might be trying to find a brand new gig with "The Itch"

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Let’s start by breaking down how I calculated your hypothetical yearly compensation earlier: • Base salary: 64K • Benefits: 25% of 64K = 16K • Bonus: 2K • Stock: 6K • Total: 88K There are two fuzzy areas in this calculation. First, if you haven’t worked for yourself, you probably haven’t considered benefits as part of your compensation before. That 25% is an educated swag that most companies use to account for health and life insurance and 401k. You spend a lot of time ignoring this 25% because it involves things like retirement and health benefits and—duh— you’re immortal.

This is the one you were losing sleep over. This is why you bought Dive into Python and read it over the weekend. No one, other than the CEO, is going to trump Bob. Good luck. The CEO Interviewing with The CEO is not necessarily an interview with the actual CEO; it’s the interview with the highest-level manager during your interview process. This is likely the hiring manager’s manager. Where’s the Button? Simply put, you need to be prepared for some serious Jedi Mind Shit with The CEO. The feint’n’jab you used on Slick Steve isn’t going to work here.

My real question here is: what’s the story that will be told about you when you leave? Will it be, “He’s the guy who bailed when it got tough” or “He left us at a tough time, but left us in good shape”? The reality is: You’re never done. There’s never a good time to go. If you’re a key player in the organization, everyone will likely freak out when they hear you’re leaving, meetings will be held to brainstorm backup plans, you’ll leave, and things will pretty much proceed as they did when you were there.

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