And how personalizing your interactions can go a long way.

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I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of LinkedIn.

At the time of writing this blog, I have about 1,300 connections on LinkedIn, and I honestly don’t know anything about many of these people.

Following LinkedIn content creators can also be really exhausting, especially when you start to see tons of people echoing the same things.

So yeah, I don’t like to spend my free time on LinkedIn, but that’s not to say I’ve never had good experiences with it.

I’ve had some cool interactions with people on LinkedIn. I work with a couple of hackathons at my university…

Tips that helped me get internship offers at Microsoft, Tableau, and more despite making mistakes in nearly every technical interview

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I hate technical interviewing.

In my past internships and personal projects, never once has my experience felt anything like a technical interview. I’ve never had to find the longest palindrome in an actual project before, and odds are that you haven’t either, so it can be pretty intimidating knowing that whether or not you get a job offer might hinge on just that.

Interviewing makes me incredibly nervous, and it gets even worse if I don’t immediately think of a solution. Doing interview prep through platforms like LeetCode is helpful, but I’ll be honest and say that I don’t do…

After 20 years, I’ve finally figured out how to balance work and creativity.

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When I was in high school, I was a part of my high school’s marching band. More specifically, I was a member of the front ensemble, also known as the pit, which is a subsection of the percussion. My freshman year, I cycled between a few different instruments. Then, in my sophomore year, I gained a salient status as our section’s center marimba, the lead mallet player.

That was my identity.

My life revolved around band for my four years in high school. We had practices between nine and thirty hours a week. …

3 pros and 3 cons from my first 3 months of writing about my experiences in tech on Medium

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In December of 2020, I reached out to members of Rewriting the Code, a community of women in technology, asking folks to drop links to their tech-related blogs. I wanted to start writing about my own experiences in the new year, and I knew the exact story I wanted to start with.

Excitement got the better of me, and I jumped the gun, publishing my first blog just a few days shy of the dawn of 2021. Since then, working on my blogs has become a daily habit of mine.

In the past three and a half months since I’ve…

How my non-technical background landed me a tech job

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You know those freshmen who come into college with their lives together? You know. The ones who have had experiences in high school that were relevant to their field, past internships, a polished resume. The students that are comfortable interviewing, that know how to start a project from scratch, that have a handle on the industry they’re trying to work in.

Yeah, I was not one of those freshmen.

Prior to college, I’d never formally interviewed for a job, and I’d barely had any interviewing experience at all. The first time I’d ever been interviewed was during the college application…

The key takeaway: don’t let your relationships be transactional.

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Anybody who’s ever gone through the tech application process knows the frustration that comes with receiving a rejection email — or worse, never hearing back at all.

You’ve quintuple-checked your resume to put your best foot forward. You’ve sent dozens of applications. What’s going on?

If this sounds like you, you’re so not alone. No matter what you do in the application process, you’re still going to get ghosted a few times, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. …

How to increase your chances in the tech internship application numbers game

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The internship search is a numbers game. If you spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, it’s easy to get discouraged watching people around you get amazing offers while you’re hardly hearing back from companies. That’s because what people on LinkedIn don’t show you are the dozens of companies they got rejected from or never heard back from!

My sophomore year, I was lucky enough to land an internship at Microsoft, and a lot of people I’ve spoken to have made the assumption that Microsoft was one of many companies that wanted me that year. That’s simply not the case.

The perspective of a tech student thriving with the freedom of online work and learning

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You don’t need me to tell you that this past year has been difficult in a lot of ways. If you’ve had enough of these “unprecedented times” and are eagerly awaiting their end, you’re not alone.

There are many things I’m looking forward to once the pandemic ends, but moving my life online has not been without its benefits.

Time Without Commutes

As a student who’s never had a commute longer than twenty minutes, I’d never thought about just how much time I was spending in transit each day, or how much longer my days would feel when I have all of that…

Ways to get thoughtful answers and make a great impression

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Great, you’ve successfully solved the technical problem that your interviewer threw at you, and you can finally feel your heartrate starting to return to a normal pace.

Your interviewer tells you that you did a good job, and the company will get back to you soon. Just as relief starts to wash over you, they ask, “Do you have any questions for me?”

You’re interviewing the company as much as they’re interviewing you.

You might’ve heard this saying before, and it’s true. When you take part in an interview, someone from the company is trying to figure out if you…

The pandemic sucks, but staying in sure has taken some pressure off.

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I was really sad in high school, and I used to cling on to the light at the end of the tunnel that I heard time and time again:

“College is the best time of your life.”

This idea kept me going when things got tough. I convinced myself that whatever upset me in high school would come to an end — that when I reached the next chapter of my life, everything would fix itself. Then, it would be on to having four years of fun before I started my hopefully exciting life as an adult.

When I started…

Lindsay Zhou

Tech enthusiast. Hobbyist writer. Lover of languages. Building cool tech, art, and worlds from nothing but air and ideas. (Ok, and a laptop.) She/her.

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