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Ask the expert: How do I acquire skills without experience? #ADJAMA

Climbing the ladder or switching gears in your career may lead to a common catch-22… how do you gain skills without experience? Let’s chat live with the expert!

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Job hunting or considering a career change?

Our Austin Digital Jobs Group on Facebook has over 16,000 members which includes many talented recruiters and hiring managers who often answer private questions that plague people looking for jobs.

The first ADJ AMA (Austin Digital Jobs Ask Me Anything) live event covered resume hacks, so it’s time to approach a topic that people in any city and any industry can benefit from: How exactly can a person gain skills without experience?

So you want to be a developer and you have the education, but you’re not getting the job because you don’t have the experience, but can’t get the experience without frickin’ experience!? This is a true challenge.

To address this challenge, we’re hosting an ADJ AMA right here on this page with industry expert, Shelly Eager (who you may know on Twitter as @JobLadyUSA):

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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Ask the expert about the diversity challenges in the tech industry #ADJAMA

(LIVE VIDEO CHAT) Diversity. Just the word means there’s a contentious conversation to be had. But conversation leads to progress. Join us to tackle the topic of diversity in tech.

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A continuing dilemma: Diversity in tech

You’ve read the articles, you’ve skimmed the headlines, you’ve probably had discussions on Facebook about it: Diversity. We continue to hear that minorities are screened out during the job application processes (whether deliberately or subconsciously), and the tech industry is especially challenged. We won’t affect change without digesting the issues at hand, so we welcome you to dive in with us and be part of the conversation, bringing your own questions and opinions.

In this ADJ AMA (Austin Digital Jobs Ask Me Anything), we’ll dissect the challenges the industry faces, what people are going through despite it being the year 2016, what you can do to overcome discrimination, and what companies can do to improve diversity.

Joining us on July 27th at 11am cst is Ashley Doyal, Co-Founder of RecruitHER, a full-service recruiting firm committed to connecting tech companies with diverse talent. We’ve long respected her perspective on this issue given her dedication to solving the issue.

This is going to be a fascinating AMA, and it might get contentious, but join us for this productive conversation.

CLICK HERE for the live event. Pro tip: Log in with Twitter, not FB.

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What it’s like to work at Atlassian: Live chat with an insider

When you’re looking for your next opportunity, knowing what it’s actually like at a company or in an industry can be tremendously helpful. Here’s a rare, honest insight into one popular brand.

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Ever wonder what it’s like?

Have you considered working at a tech company but aren’t sure if it’s like the movies and HBO portray it? Or maybe you’re considering working at another company, and Atlassian keeps coming up (I mean the tools they’ve created include HipChat, Bitbucket, JIRA Software, Confluence, and more) and you want to know what it’s actually like once you’re on the inside?

To give you all of these answers, we’re asking an insider, and you get to join us live to ask questions yourself!

In the below AMA (Ask Me Anything), we chat with Bobby Hilliard who is part of the Atlassian team, and is a very frank person, so we’re going to get the real picture. We’re excited to learn what it’s like in the halls of Atlassian, it’s going to be a spicy show!

Tune in here on June 30th

We invite you to tune in and ask your own questions below on June 30th at 11am cst. #WILT

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Why are job applicants so frequently left hanging? Ask the expert

Have you ever applied to a job only to realize your application landed in a black hole of doom? On July 5th, we chat with the expert who will answer all of our burning questions.

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Ask the expert anything!

How many times have you stressed over crafting the perfect resume, sent it to the company of your dreams, and waited nervously? And then nothing happened? Ever? You sent it into some black hole of death, and a part of you died?

You’re not alone.

Because we all want to understand how this works, we’re asking the expert. What systems are you up against as a job applicant? What red flags are you accidentally throwing up? How can you make sure you’re not landing in said black hole?

In the below AMA (Ask Me Anything), Brett Simon, Division Director at Modis IT StaffingAgency, charged with direct hire search and executive recruitment. He’s going to help us to navigate these crazy waters and answer all of our burning questions.

Tune in here on July 5th

We invite you to tune in and ask your own questions below on July 5th at 11am cst. #ADJAMA

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