Monday, September 4, 2017

It is so easy to get hired in tech!

Hey Guys,
    Al is working his butt off and doing well, but he struggled initially with the 21 hours per week time commitment.  The most common thing I see with people learning to code, trying to land their first tech job is not studying 3 hours per day.

Everyone wants to get hired.  Everyone hates making retail money, but very few people are willing to turn off Netflix for 2 - 4 months, buckle down and do the work.  Al is going to get hired, he is committed, where will you be in 4 months?

The world is changing, the way to break into the tech scene is changing.  Netflix and T.V. will always be there to distract you. What's the number one that thing that if you did it would change your life?  You should go do that!

Guys, follow me on Instagram, I am going to be using it more and Twitter less.  @joshuakemp85

You don't have to be a computer scientist to get hired or be the smartest person.  You just have to be willing to not quit, never give up, and do your best.  I love coaching people and watching them double their incomes and change their lives.

Don't give up, work hard, and turn off Netflix :-)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Watch Al get hired!

Hey guys!
   Sorry I've been quiet for a while, I am "heads down" at work, and always learning so many new things in my free time!

By the way, I absolutely LOVE Visual Studio Code for writing Ruby code!  I don't love Windows products typically but this one is different, absolutely amazing!  I am a die hard Sublime Text fan, but I am switching over to Visual Studio Code.

I constantly get requests to coach people, usually, after I ask a few questions I decline taking on the client.  I decided however to take on a new coaching student: Al ( I am purposely leaving his last name blank ), who wants to get hired fast!  I thought I would let everyone know today was his first day of coaching, I think he is going to do very well and get hired fast!

I will let you all know how things go and of course his full name once he is hired!  So many people who are learning how to code need to take more action instead of simply watching everyone else code.  There are literally 1000's of free resources and tutorials online, so many in fact that people switch back in forth for 6 months never make much real progress.  You need to have a strategic plan of action to get hired in the tech field, don't follow the herd, be different!

I am one of the only people saying it, Test Automation is the new junior dev job.  They are easy to get, make good money, and you still get to write code - what could be better?

I love helping people change their lives - Al will be hired in 4 months or less...will you?

Keep coding peeps, you can do this!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Test Automation is the fastest way to get hired!

Another person hired as a Test Automation Engineer!  Seriously forget the things you hear about your first coding job should be as a junior developer.  Getting hired as a Test Automation Engineer is way easier and still allows you to write code :-)

I only personally coach 1 person at a time these days.  Please welcome Jae Shin to the tech field as a Test Automation Engineer.

Getting hired is simply, learn how to code, learn how to market yourself, and share that enthusiasm and passion during the interview.  Most people can get hired in 4 months once they set their mind to achieving the goal of getting hired.  Now is the perfect time to break into tech, there is more opportunity than ever in the tech scene.  Seriously go to any job board and search for "QA" or "Test Automation" and see all the jobs that are available.

Here is Jae's review from his coaching experience, by the way he got hired in 1 month:

"I can't thank Josh enough for coaching me through the steps in locking in my first tech job. Josh's guidance can only be surpassed by his sheer enthusiasm for watching people succeed. Not only did he walk me through what skills I needed, but also continuously challenged me to become a greater coder with his assignments. The skills I learned, in addition to the encouragements I received, gave me the confidence during my interview and landed me my first tech job."

- Jae Shin, 
Test Automation Engineer,

Be encouraged, charge forward, never listen to the naysayers!  You can learn and you can get hired, and it doesn't have to take years!

Always keep learning :-)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to be an instant hero at work!

Let's face it when you work at a tech company, there is never enough good documentation to know how certain processes work.  Another issue is that you never have enough time to document the new workflow, or how a back end web service works.

Previously I have used a text editor and simply wrote my own very crude documentation, as I learned a new web application or back-end system.   I tried excel for a while, didn't really like it.   I also tried using Mac's built-in Notes app.  I even tried a mind mapping tool called Freemind, nothing worked well, looked good, or was easy to use.

That has all changed!  I finally stumbled upon  XMind the open source mind mapping tool.  I am here to tell you that even the free version of XMind is simply amazing!  I feel bad for myself these past 3.5 years of keeping track of notes and writing documentation without using XMind.  I personally have the paid version of XMind because it is that good.  I literally use it every single day at work for taking notes, documenting a new workflow or process, and when I am working on a user story.

I make test plans, test scenarios, and test idea sessions all with XMind.  I absolutely love the "brainstorming" feature for test scenario creation!  The app is super easy to use straight off of the shelf and super intuitive, it just makes sense.  I have over 30 XMind mind maps for work, I can't share those with you as they are strictly work mind maps.  However, I plan on making more mind maps for personal projects so that I can share them!

How does using XMind make you an instant work hero?

Whenever I work on something that is poorly documented, a team member or manager will ask:  "Did you document the new process that worked for you?   Can you put it up on a Confluence page?"
Normally that is a lot of extra work and extra formatting to make sure that my documentation all looks correct.  Also for Confluence ( and a lot of other intranet sites ) they only have an import feature for Word Docs.

This is what is so amazing about XMind, it will let you export your mind map to TONS of different formats and they all look amazing.  With 2 clicks I literally have a perfectly looking Word Doc that I can instantly upload to Confluence in 10 seconds.  Virtually everything that I touch at work is being improved, people have been thanking me for "taking the time" to document or clean up a process.

I don't tell them that thanks to XMind's built-in export tool it doesn't take me any extra time.  Xmind literally has 20 different formats that you can use.  It doesn't matter if you need the document in an Excel format, CSV, Word, or whatever.  XMind does it all!

I don't recommend things that I don't believe in as you all know.  I literally use this tool every day for at least 1 - 2 hours.  I highly recommend you try it out and see how much easier your life gets. Being a documentation "rock star" at work never hurts either.  Let's face it most people hate writing documentation, with XMind it's super easy!

Check out XMind

Keep on learning how to code peeps, you can do this!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Announcing Work Together Wednesdays!  I am constantly asked questions like:
"What do I need to know to get hired?"
"What is basic coding mean?"
"What is QA / Testing?"
"How should I practice Test Automation?"

You really don't have to spend 3 years learning to code in your parents basement, most people can learn enough to get hired in 4 months for an entry level QA / testing job.  I have decided to open up my Wednesday evenings at 8pm EST to you.

There is no cost, I want to show people what you really need to know, and help people learn what is not important.  I am going to be paying for a Zoom account, so you will need to have a free account to access the Wednesday sessions.

Link to Zoom

Here's how it is going to work.  At 7:30pm EST ( 30 minutes before the start of the session ), I will send out an email with a link to the session.  If you want to attend send me your email address and I will make sure you are sent the conference email next Wednesday April 12th, 2017.

I will be having the WTW sessions weekly starting April 12th, 2017.  This will be very informal I can simply show you all some things I think are important.  If there are a bunch of questions I can answer them, whatever works for the group.  This session is not geared toward advanced programming, or exact application specific questions.

Topics will be mainly geared towards:
Test Automation basics
QA / Testing basics
Coding basics

If the above interests you, send me your email at:

See you next Wednesday peeps!