Places to find Job Opportunities
Find jobs at Y-Combinator start-ups: https://triplebyte.com/candidates or look for the monthly job postings thread on Hacker News (search for “who is hiring” or some variation. January 2016 as example)
Find Fin-Tech jobs: https://www.untapt.com/
Post your Salary and get job offers: https://hired.com/
IT and Engineering Jobs: http://www.dice.com/
Find Jobs at Bessemer Venture Partners funded companies: http://jobs.bvp.com/
Resources on Start-Up Pay
http://phys.org/news/2014-06-job-reward-narcissists-applicants-modest.html - Be confident and clear in your abilities: don’t be arrogant, but don’t be too modest: they need to know you have skills and you need to tell them, otherwise how will they know and why should they hire you?
For the Driven: figure out what you want to work on or get better at, and then go find start-ups (<20 people) that do that, and email the founders on LinkedIn directly.
Get a counter offer first, then begin negotiating for more: sick days, vacation days, projects you want to work on, responsibilities you want, career development/mentorship you want, pay for college classes/conventions, compensation, bonus, 401k, medical and life insurance, other perks (food, parking, transportation, equipment, etc.), WFH options, location, work/life balance. Remember to think holistically about your compensation package and not just about one thing or another.
http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/dreamjob/kalzumeus/ and this is the post sign up link: http://privatelist.findyourdreamjob.com/how-the-pros-negotiate/
http://www.kalzumeus.com/2012/01/23/salary-negotiation/ “In 6 months can we revisit these goals and measure how I did? and re-discuss compensation?”
Resources for Honing Skills
Coding Challenges: https://www.topcoder.com/
Practice Coding, get recognized by employers: https://www.hackerrank.com/
Automated Testing of Programming Skills for Employers to Recognize: https://www.testdome.com/
Coder Camp for Certification: http://www.freecodecamp.com/map
Quora Answer on What CS Languages to learn (2013)