A Brief Guide to Sponsoring H1B Visas for Developers

February 24, 2015

Last year at DoSomething we went through the H1B process, sponsoring a super talented software engineer from Ukraine.

This wasn’t our first dance with the US Immigration Services. I got an H1B myself back in 2011, as a software engineer from Scotland.

Just like with my application, we got a great lawyer, got our paperwork together, and filed our application on April 1st.

On April 7th, the H1B cap for FY2015 was hit.

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How to Start an Open Source Project on GitHub (that people use)

October 7, 2014

This weekend my side project Jekyll Now hit 1,000 forks on GitHub! It’s being used by many to create blogs using GitHub Pages and Jekyll.

During the last few months of building Jekyll Now, I’ve learned that making something to fit my own needs was easy, but making an open source project that other hackers will benefit from, use, and contribute to is a lot tougher.

This post shares a number of the techniques that I used while working on Jekyll Now that will help you:

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How to Design Your Portfolio to Get Hired (a study of JadLimcaco.com)

August 26, 2014

As a web developer, your portfolio is an essential piece of your job application. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate a curated selection of your best pieces of work—or maybe your only work if you’re new! If done right, your portfolio will give you a huge advantage amongst a sea of applicants.

In these portfolio studies, you’re going to find out how the pros do it. I’m hand-picking the best web developer and web designer portfolios on the internet and breaking them down piece by piece, giving you ideas and inspiration for your portfolio site.

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Why Your Resume Won't Get You Hired as a Web Developer

August 6, 2014

Your resume and cover letter are not what’s going to get you an interview.

Employers judge your initial application based on your the quality of your portfolio and online footprint.

Just seeing what kind of work people have done, and what sort of online artifacts they’ve created, is tremendously helpful in getting a sense of what people do and what they’re good (or bad) at. - Jeff Atwood, co-founder, Stack Exchange

Your resume (or LinkedIn) describes to an employer what you’ve done, but employers want to see your work, as live websites, screenshots, git commits, blog posts, presentations, and code snippets.

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Introducing Jekyll Now

July 31, 2014

Jekyll is a static site generator that’s perfect for GitHub hosted blogs. (it powers this blog!)

Jekyll Now makes it easier to create a Jekyll blog, by eliminating a lot of the up front setup.

Jekyll Now Theme Screenshot

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You might enjoy hearing about my experiments and experiences with hiring and building a great engineering team culture.

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