I posted a brand new podcast episode this week suggesting folks join more tech slacks. I’d love to get some suggestions to share.
I specifically suggested local tech slacks as a great way to get to know local developers and recruiters. But I also suggested there were others like remote worker slacks etc that can be great resources.
It's an amazing way to get to know local developers. These are folks who work for companies you might want to work for.. They can make introductions, suggest companies you should apply you and can even put you forward for positions. Getting to know them and, more importantly, letting them get to know you can be a huge boost to your career.
Equally, a lot of these Slack communities have recruiters keeping an eye on the goings on. They're looking for potential recruits, keeping an eye on (and sharing) local events and generally are really great connections to have.
Connection is a huge part of networking. I used to view networking and marketing fairly negatively, I saw the worst of it. But what I've since learned is that networking and marketing are both based around creating connections and relationships. These are mutually beneficial things that are good for everyone. Yes, some people abuse that, but you don't have to! You can create really awesome relationships with other developers and recruiters and that can be your ticket to the job you're looking for!
Another aspect that goes back to the first one. There are other developers in these communities. Not only can they point out companies to work for and make recommendations... But they're also experienced and experiencing similar things to you. They're looking for jobs. They're freelancers looking for jobs. They're developers who've created apps they're trying to market. Their experience is of value and can help you along your journey. Sharing their experience and yours is a great way to promote the community and yourself!
So, if you're a part of a tech Slack you think would be beneficial to others, I'd love to hear about it so I can share. If you're looking for specific recommendations, feel free to share those as well!
In the meantime, if you're interested in the podcast episode!