Thursday, January 20, 2011

Using Open Source Software to Land Your Next Gig

Here is an article that was put out by Datamation yesterday expressing the benefits open source software contributions can have on your job search. We have discussed most of these points time and time again over the years, but it is always good to have a fresh perspective.

The market is luckily improving, but no matter its state, it is always beneficial to be able to direct prospective employers to published code that was written by yourself. The more active participants the project has will increase the likelihood of landing employment as a result of your contributions to that project. But, it is of the utmost importance that you are passionate about the project. It will show in your work. So, as always, find something that you have a burning desire to bring to the public, and code away. I have seen it catapult individuals careers time and time again.