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Re: Open Source as An Easy Answer for Better Developer Visibility (and Career Opportunity)

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In response to :

http://advice.cio.com/esther_schindler/contribute

I agree that contributing to open source projects can help your career.

Because of the transparency of open source a hiring manager is able to assess your technical communication abilities in a way that is not otherwise possible.

In addition the choice of project can be important. If you contribute to a commercial open source project (JBoss, Alfresco, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Pentaho etc) your contributions could lead to a job offer from the company. At Pentaho we have hired several community members so far not only because we were able to get to know them and their work but also because we know their ramp-up time is close to zero. It is also even cheaper for us than Monster.com or Dice.com.

If you contribute to organic open source projects (Apache etc) a vendor that provides support or services for that technology might offer a position.

Written by James

June 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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