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How to get a job using Rust (and other questions)

Recently I joined the organizing committee of the Rust London User Group as their In-house Careers Advisor.

The goal is to promote and contribute to the Rust community on the most important layer of the stack: people.

Intention

The intention is to provide counsel to everyone, on a range of Rust-related topics. Your individual use-case may vary, but could include:

  • You're a (recent) graduate and would like advice on acquiring a Rust job. Or guidance on how to build a meaningful portfolio.

  • You're already interviewing and could use some general tips.

  • You're hiring Rust engineers and would like to troubleshoot or optimize your pipeline.

  • You're an established software engineer, but use a different language. You're curious how to transition to Rust.

  • You'd like to drive adoption of Rust in your current company or team. You would like to brainstorm a strategy that considers the environmental nuances. Example: navigating stakeholders or evangelizing Rust.

  • You're the maintainer of a Rust project and would like to find some contributors (or vice versa).

  • You're interested in funding for your Rust project. Or you'd like to investigate a potential collaboration with a company.

About Me

Former engineer, passionate about Rust and its community since 2019.

Each day I speak with Rustaceans who share their thoughts, experiences and pain-points. I also consult with companies and deep dive into their expectations and challenges.

Advice derives from a distillation of the above perspectives. Blended with my personal insights.

Disclaimer: I make no claims of authority. I can't guarantee a perfect answer. But I likely know someone who does. I'd be happy to connect you.

How can I help?

I view this as a community project. But it has at least one major drawback: scalability. To better serve the community I'd like to create real-world content that 1. addresses common scenarios and 2. highlights interesting use-cases and 3. contains tangible lessons.
Content will be published on ferrous-systems.com/blog/

You can help by sharing your story or asking questions to me here or @ neesh@missing-link.io.

(With your consent, I may use your anonymized story as a basis for an article that others may find useful)

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Tsvetan Ganev

I'm not into Rust, but I find your initiative admirable! As an outsider my impression of the Rust community is that it's a really friendly environment full with people who want to help each other. It reminds me on what the Node.js community was years ago before it went mainstream. Back in the day finding a job as Node.js developer wasn't easy, but nowadays demand has grown enormously. I wish the same future for Rust!

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Neeesh Author

Thanks for your kind wishes! They're very encouraging

The warmth of the Rust community was (and is) its most valuable asset! It's difficult to express in quantifiable terms so I'll defer to a personal anecdote:

Last year I met Zeeshan to discuss some opportunities. We began by talking about basic work stuff. But almost immediately the purpose of the conversation became unimportant. We were simply happy to talk about Rust in general! If I remember correctly we chatted for about 90 minutes.

For me it's very energizing to talk about a shared passion with someone you've just met. And this is what Rust means to me.

(Zeeshan also happens to be a pilot. Soon after, he invited me to fly with him over Brandenburg. If you're ever in the area you can book a flight with him here: wingly.io/en/users/show/311019)

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