August

August Update – ‘Skills new hires should have’

What work skills can make you more marketable to employers in 2018?

Change is always constant. So naturally, the job skills that employers look for in new hires change from year to year. It’s one of the best ways for companies to stay competitive and ahead of the never-ending curve. According to Julie Friedman Steele, board chair and CEO at World Future Society “The workplace moves rapidly and employers need workers who stay current.” That means you need to consistently improve your skills and develop new ones.

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Here are 7 work skills most employers look for –

  • Problem solving
  • Data analytics
  • Social media literacy
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency
  • Good business sense
  • Willingness to learn

This list comes from a good article covering 7 work skills which make you more marketable to employers in 2018. Note that most of these relate to non-technical skills. Those are assumed these days.

What is the difference between Hard Skills and Soft skills?

Hard skills are specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs. By contrast, soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk.

Here is a good article explaining more about the difference between hard skills and soft skills.

More information

While soft skills aren’t often explicitly tested in interviews, they can be a huge part of what makes or breaks a hiring decision as they are playing an important role in making employees successful in any work environment. Whether you’re looking for a new role or hoping to advance within a company, focus on these soft skills that top companies look for in potential and current employees.

This week we focused on the work skills everyone should have. Hard, technical skills are important but ‘soft skills’ often play a critical role in the hiring process.

We hope you find these resources and overviews useful. We always look forward to your comments and feedback (whether you are a member or not).

We encourage members (and non-members) check out our social media channels. If you aspire to be a web professional and don’t know where to start, we offer a number of introductory technical classes to our members via our School Of Web. As a member, your first class is free.

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Firefox OS Workshop August 24th in Porto Alegre, Brazil – sign up now!

We’re very happy that Firefox OS phones are officially released and we’re working hard on making this an interesting platform for developers using open standardized technologies – HTML5 and JavaScript – to offer great mobile experiences.

Organizing workshops

As part of helping developers we have organized Firefox OS App Workshops in various locations before – Mountain View, London, Madrid, Bogotá, Warsaw – and now we’re coming to Porto Alegre in Brazil! It will be held August 24th, and is an invite-only event.

The idea with the workshop is to port existing web apps, or create new ones, and make sure they run on Firefox OS. Since apps are built on web technologies, porting should be easy – Open Web Apps are described more in detail in Getting started with Open Web Apps – why and how – and then you can spend time testing a number of the WebAPIs available, to give a richer experience for your app.

Applying to attend

We’re looking for developers with a strong interest in open standards and existing web development skills. If you match any of these, you’re the person/team we’re looking for!

  • Built any HTML5 mobile web site before
  • Have been working with hybrid apps through PhoneGap or similar solutions
  • Built something for webOS
  • or in general have a good experience working with web apps.

We’ll treat you to a great day of hacking and learning, and hands-on help from Mozilla people. The focus is on coding and trying things out, and naturally we’ll offer foods, drinks and such throughout the day.

And, as an extra perk, you get to test your web app on a Firefox OS phone – a Geeksphone Keon – that you get to keep at the end of the day!

So what are you waiting for? Apply now!

When choosing which applicants will be accepted, a strong preference will be given to developers porting existing apps.

And at the end of the day, we hope you will be interested in submitting your app to the Firefox Marketplace, where you can get your app featured, have users find it, sell it you are interested in that and also get a good opportunity to be among the first app creators for a brand new mobile platform.

Getting ready

To be well prepared for the workshop, we recommend that you install the Firefox OS Simulator and browse through our Simulator documentation on MDN on how to use it.

In addition to that, if you want to delve deeper, we have had a lot of articles here on Mozilla Hacks about Firefox OS in which you can find a lot more useful information.

Looking forward to seeing you in Brazil!

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Announcing the August Dev Derby winners!

Last month, you pushed the envelope with the Camera API in the August Dev Derby competition. After looking through the entries, our three expert judges–David Walsh, Joe Stagner and (filling in for John Hammink this month) yours truly–have decided on our top five picks.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of the entries are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in all of the exciting things you can do with the Camera API today.

Dev Derby

Winners

Runners-up

Congratulations to all of our winners. And lets not forget about our other amazing contestants. This contest was similar to the June Dev Derby. The number of entries was relatively low, but the quality of each one was exceptionally high. I personally had more than a few “wow” moments, and not all of them were about the winners. Keep up the great work — the open web is better because of it.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to the Geolocation API (September), CSS Media Queries (October) and the Full Screen API (November). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

Further reading

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Weekly HTML5 Apps Developer Resources, August 12th 2012

Weekly Resources for HTML5 Apps Developers

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Resources

Bonus Link

If you find a link that you think should be included, please feel free to forward it to JStagner at Mozilla.com

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Mozilla Hacks Weekly, August 30th 2012

Thursday is here, which means it is time for Mozilla Hacks Weekly! We in Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team have a lot of interesting links to share with you!

Weekly links

If there is anything you think we should read or know about, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact us on Twitter or through any other means.
The picks this week are:

The Developer Engagement team

Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team work with writing articles, documentation – such as MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) – public speaking and generally helping and informing about open technologies and Mozilla products. If you are interested in following our work, here are the team members:

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Weekly HTML5 Apps Developer Resources, August 29th 2012

Weekly Resources for HTML5 Apps Developers

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Bonus Link

If you find a link that you think should be included, please feel free to forward it to JStagner at Mozilla.com

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Mozilla Hacks Weekly, August 23rd 2012

Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team reads and reads, and that means good links to share with you!

Weekly links

If there is anything you think we should read or know about, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact us on Twitter or through any other means.
The picks this week are:

The Developer Engagement team

Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team work with writing articles, documentation – such as MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) – public speaking and generally helping and informing about open technologies and Mozilla products. If you are interested in following our work, here are the team members:

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Mozilla Hacks Weekly, August 16th 2012

It’s Thursday, and here in Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team that means we have some good links to share with you!

Weekly links

If there is anything you think we should read or know about, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact us on Twitter or through any other means.
The picks this week are:

The Developer Engagement team

Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team work with writing articles, documentation – such as MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) – public speaking and generally helping and informing about open technologies and Mozilla products. If you are interested in following our work, here are the team members:

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Weekly HTML5 Apps Developer Resources, August 15th 2012

Weekly Resources for HTML5 Apps Developers

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Resources

Bonus Link

If you find a link that you think should be included, please feel free to forward it to JStagner at Mozilla.com

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