5: Reframe Your Problems to Solve them Faster (Jon Fosdick, Software Engineer – AppNexus)


Jon’s journey is one of perseverance and making consistent strides towards an overall goal: to become a software engineer. We’re happy to share that at the time of this recording, he was just transitioning into his first role as a software engineer.

Leveraging a computer science major from years passed, he harnessed his skills on-the-job as a testing analyst writing scripts to test the code written by other developers. The road there wasn’t easy or brief, but Jon takes the time to walk us through each step of the way there.

Listen now to learn Jon’s:

  • Approach to doing the work you love even when you’re not in your dream role
  • Method to re-framing problems to in a way that fills him with confidence instead of doubt
  • Toughest lesson learned while transitioning to a new role and his mindset to push through mental barriers

TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways

  • Write out something once and then throw it out and do it again to when you’re stuck on a problem or a deliverable
  • Build “evidence to suggest” that you are good at the job you’re looking to take on throughout your resume. It’s up to you to communicate and translate your past experiences into something your potential employer will understand.
  • Uncover the core philosophies and primary tenets of the type of work that you’re looking to do and then find opportunities to do that RIGHT NOW in the job that you have.

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From Insight to Action

“Do the thing and you will have the power” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jon pointed out the importance of your resume containing “evidence to suggest” that you’ll be good for the job, which is particularly important for career changers.

Your Joyney: Share one thing on your resume that provides “evidence to suggest” that you have relevant experience for the role that you want with us in the Empjoyment Community.

If it’s not on your resume yet, let us know how you plan to build that experience in your current role using Jon’s suggestion on finding one way to demonstrate your readiness for the role.


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Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Jon Fosdick!

Jon is a mathematics major from Haverford College (’13).

After working in the IT world for two years, Jon turned to an analyst position on the Engineering Quality team at AppNexus, and is currently working towards a transition to a Software Engineering position on that same team.

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