Care & Feeding of a Healthy Job Hunt

Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 11:00 am12:30 pm

VM Brasseur, Freelance Open Source Consultant


Perhaps you're bored at your current job. Perhaps you're new to the tech job market. Perhaps your company lost funding and you were laid off.

There are a million reasons why, but one common element: Sometimes we all have to play the job hunt game. And the game sucks.

From unresponsive recruiters to pointless interview questions, a job hunt can be a demoralizing and dehumanizing process, but there are a lot of things which you can do to make it more productive and less stressful. Some of the things I'll cover in this tutorial:

  • Finding the good job postings
  • Resume and Cover Letter dos and don'ts
  • Organize Organize Organize
  • You rule the interview
  • Negotiating the offer
  • And more!

I've nearly 20 years of experience in tech, most of them on the other side of the table as a hiring manager. I've also spent many years doing career coaching for job seekers. I'll teach you the things which will help get your application noticed in a good way.

VM Brasseur, Freelance Open Source Consultant

In VM (aka Vicky)'s nearly 20 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business. She is now a consultant on open source strategy, policy, and processes. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O'Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at, often writes and is a community moderator for, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.

@conference {207161,
author = {VM Brasseur},
title = {Care \& Feeding of a Healthy Job Hunt},
year = {2017},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct
Who should attend: 

Any technology professionals who wish to improve their job hunting experience and results.

Take back to work: 
  • How to locate interesting job openings
  • Why a cover letter matters & how to write a good one
  • How to create a resume which will get the sort of attention you want
  • How to feel more confident & be more successful during interviews
  • Recommendations for how to approach negotiations
Topics include: 

career development, interviewing, resumes, job hunting