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Career advice – just be yourself

codingunicorn profile image Coding Unicorn 🦄 ・1 min read

Every day, thousands of people try to get a job at GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft). Books, articles, and videos help you prepare and "crack" the coding interview. Even insiders exist who help you get the job faster for a hiring bounty ($$$).


People believe that GAFAM is the best place to work, but it's far from the truth. There is no single best place to work. What makes someone happy, makes others feel miserable.

Instead of working your ass off preparing to GAFAM interview, coming up with "good answers" to questions, memorizing hundreds of algorithms and data structures, and finally landing a job you don't like, I recommend a different strategy:

Prepare less and be authentic. Only by being yourself can you find a workplace you'll genuinely enjoy. Try different companies. There is a company out there that needs you and only you, because of your unique combination of personal traits, skills, and weaknesses!

Just be yourself. You are the best at it.

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Mahboob Hussain

Very well said. In the real world, people reflect on problems, post on stackoverflow, work with teams, generate different options, and take the best option possible. They don't need to regurgitate complex algorithms in three minutes at gun point (GAFAM interviews).

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Vaibhav Khulbe

BE YOURSELF

The golden mantra! 💯

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Aaron Thompson

Love this 🙏

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Rolf Streefkerk

"To become a better programmer, follow me on Instagram" How does that work ? :)

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Coding Unicorn 🦄 Author

You cornered me 😆

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Rolf Streefkerk

good pictures though

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Coding Unicorn 🦄 Author

Thanks, I am doing my best. Check out the content, too :)

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vilnius2020

It works that this is just a big advertisement and "copy and paste" instagram motivational nonsense.

Just be yourself and you can be anything...

It's an advice that will on lead to you jumping from bad job to bad job and blaming the companies that they are not the right one.

Its that nonsense that all the motivational scam artist speakers are selling you to buy their courses...