What I Didn't Have To Do.
Last year, I completed a job search (which lasted roughly a year) by scoring an awesome new job. Here are some things that I didn't have to do to get a new job:
- Wear make-up or high heels. I did wear a nice business shirt and slacks, and of course I covered the expected grooming. But it's just not necessary for a web developer to dress like a super-model.
- Compromise on salary.
- "Homework" coding samples.
- Redesign my portfolio from scratch. My blog update and résumé content were sufficiently awesome.
One could argue that there was a signaling effect at play here. For example, perhaps I self-selected myself out of opportunities where it was important for the web developer to wear heels. I'm more than OK with that.