Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories

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Sasquatch Books, Mar 29, 2016 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Geared toward women who are considering getting into tech, or those already in a tech job who want to take their career to the next level, this book combines practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals Brianna Wu (founder, Giant Spacekat), Angie Chang (founder, Women 2.0), Keren Elazari (TED speaker and cybersecurity expert), Katie Cunningham (Python educator and developer), Miah Johnson (senior systems administrator), Kristin Toth Smith (tech executive and inventor), and Kamilah Taylor (mobile and social developer).
 
Written by a female startup CEO and featuring a host of other successful contributors, this book will help dismantle the unconscious social bias against women in the tech industry. Readers will learn:

ˇ      The secrets of salary negotiation
ˇ      The best format for tech resumes
ˇ       How to ace a tech interview
ˇ       The perks of both contracting (W-9) and salaried full-time work
ˇ       The secrets of mentorship
ˇ       How to start your own company
ˇ       And much more

Bonus content:
Perfect for its audience of hackers and coders, the book contains puzzles and code, created as love letters to women in the tech industry. A distinguished anonymous contributor created the Python code for the cover of the book (ghosted in gloss on the hardcover jacket, and also printed on one of the first pages). It references the mother of computer science, Ada Lovelace. Run the code to see what it does!
Mike Selinker and Gaby Weidling of Lone Shark Games, and cryptographer and DefCon puzzle master Ryan “LostboY” Clarke created an “easter egg” of puzzles throughout the book - readers who decipher the puzzles get a prize from the author!
 

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Contents

The Scientist Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack
1
Applying for Jobs and the Tech Résumé
11
The Developer Kamilah Taylor
29
Tech Interviews
37
Types of Tech Jobs and Salary Negotiations
55
The Sysadmin Miah Johnson
73
Communication on the Job
85
The Family
97
Mentorship
139
The Gamer Brianna Wu
151
Networking and Relationships
159
The Parent Katie Cunningham
169
Going from Engineer to Executive
177
The Crusader Angie Chang
191
Start Your Own Company
203
A Final Note
215

The Educator Kristin Toth Smith
109
Personal Branding
119
The Hacker Keren Elazari
131
Acknowledgments
235
Resources
241
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Tarah Wheeler, BA, MS, CSM, CSD is CEO and cofounder of Fizzmint, has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios, and founded Red Queen Technologies, Infosec Unlocked, and Hack The People Foundation.

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