If you’re in the Ottawa area on Wednesday and you’ve been looking for tech get-togethers or a chance to meet the Shopify crew, you’re in luck! We’ve got a couple of events taking place, and as the Shopify spokesmodel, I’ll be at both of them:

Land Your Dream Job 2.0

The Venn diagram below shows where your dream job is: smack in the heart of the “Hooray!” zone:


I’ve been fortunate enough to live in that zone for a good chunk of my career, and my current job as Shopify’s Platform Evangelist certainly applies. I’ve landed these sorts of jobs in rather atypical ways and I think that going outside the “expected” or “typical” gives you the best odds at landing your dream job.

The Land Your Dream Job 2.0 event is part of OCRI’s smarTALKS series and all about doing just that. My fellow Shopifolks will be among the people there talking about how you can land that job that blends what you do well, what you want to do and what you can be paid to do.

You’ll learn about:

  • The unusual methodologies and tactics that people who land dream jobs use when approaching employers
  • What you can do to land a job at the tech firm or startup of your choice
  • The current trends in hiring practices, what’s changed over the past few years and how you can tune your job search tactics around them

And you’ll hear from:

  • Brittany Forsyth, Head of HR, Shopify
  • Mike Freeman, Marketing Dude, Shopify
  • Luc Levesque, Founder and GM, TravelPod (TripAdvisor)
  • Doug Tetzner, Partner, Odgers Berndtson
  • and Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer at Shopify, who’ll be moderating the event

Land Your Dream Job 2.0 takes place this Wednesday, June 22nd at Mercury Lounge (56 ByWard Market Square) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. This is a FREE event, but you do have to register.


Node.js Ottawa Pub Nite


If you’re into JavaScript, Node.js or related tech like CoffeeScript, come to the Sir John A. Pub on Elgin later Wednesday night for Node.js Ottawa Pub Nite! We’ll be there to talk about Node and related technologies, as well as to get to know what people are up to, talk about our projects, answer the “What is Node, anyway?” questions that are still floating about and discuss what we’d like to see happen with the Node.js meetup group.

Node.js Ottawa Pub Nite takes place this Wednesday, June 22nd at the Sir John A. Pub (284 Elgin Street) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. This is also a FREE event, and we recommend that you register so they have an idea of how much space to claim in the pub.


[ This article also appears in Global Nerdy. ]