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Getting the job: the do's and don'ts of landing a Python job

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Novice / Talk
March 11th 10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Every Python programmer is brilliant in his or her own way. That brilliance shines in code and peer-to-peer conversation. But how do you display your skills to a non-programmer? How do you impress management and human resources? What do you need to do (and not do) to successfully navigate the hiring process and land the job?


Imaginary Landscape has been interviewing, hiring and not hiring Python talent since 1999. Throughout these many years, there have been good candidates, bad candidates and downright ugly candidates. This talk will use actual correspondence and examples to demonstrate what can separate you from the crowd and what can separate you from consideration. Imaginary Landscape non-technical Managing Partner Brian Moloney will lead the session by describing how he evaluates potential hires and what goes through his mind while speaking with potential Python candidates. Attendees will take away a specific set of guidelines for mastering the non-technical aspects of the recruiting process.