Soft Skills to Advance Your Developer Career: Actionable Steps to Help Maximize Your Potential

  • 6h 30m
  • Zsolt Nagy
  • Apress
  • 2019

As a software developer, your technical skill set is in high demand. Devices and technology have become an integral part of our everyday lives and no digital organization can thrive without technical professionals on the payroll. However, career plateaus are inevitable in even the most high-demand field. Companies do not only need software developers; they need software developers with soft skills.

In Soft Skills to Advance Your Developer Career, author Zsolt Nagy explores how emotional intelligence can give your software development career an edge. These subjects are not taught in school, and unfortunately the career advancement of many excellent developers can be blocked by their inability to effectively communicate their needs, assert themselves, and negotiate confidently. Throughout this book, Nagy shows you how to actively improve and prioritize your soft skills so that you can better represent the holistic interests of your team, obtain better working conditions, negotiate raises, and increase your variety of employment options by elevating your interviewing skills.

Discover the obstacles standing between you and a fulfilling career by finding and improving strengths you may not have even known you had. Jump out of your box with Soft Skills to Advance Your Developer Career and leverage your expertise with effortless confidence at all stages of your professional journey.

What You Will Learn

  • Examine why software developer careers cannot be treated similarly as any other career path
  • Understand the four soft-skills you need to advance your career
  • Develop a strategy for your personal brand and align it with your career plan
  • Realize the role of assertive communication, and the importance of giving and receiving feedback
  • Create a plan for setting yourself up for a raise or promotion
  • Discover techniques for acing the behavioral and coding interview

Who This Book Is For

Software developers who have the technical skills required for career advancement, but want a guide on how to manage their careers

About the Author

Zsolt Nagy is a software engineer, manager, tech lead, and mentor specializing in the development of maintainable web applications with cutting edge technologies since 2010.

As a software engineer, Zsolt continuously challenges himself to stick to the highest possible standards. Zsolt puts extra effort into building a T-shaped profile in leadership and software engineering. You can read more about Zsolt’s specializations by visiting his blogs. His tech blog ( is on improving your JavaScript skills by solving tech interviewing questions and developing real world web applications that you can monetize or display in your portfolio. His software development career blog ( is all about finding fulfillment in your career as a developer, with the help of emotional intelligence.

In this Book

  • The Importance of Soft Skills
  • Mindset for Career Advancement and Life
  • Discover Your Individual Goals
  • Your Online and Offline Presence
  • Set Yourself Up for a Promotion
  • Negotiating Raises and Promotions
  • Get Your Dream Job
  • Your Future is in Your Hands


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