USS Dominik @ Croxley

USS stands for underground’s secret search, and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:


Originally opened as Croxley Green on 2.11’1925. I visited this station on 15.06’2017. The station is in Zone 7, and at first, the only feature I liked was a very spacious toilet with a glass roof. On the way out I saw a few posters with a history of the steam train. Sadly, nothing is interesting about surrounding because area because it is a typical suburbs station with a crap looking shops. The Croxley is maybe dull regarding the architecture except if you like old neglected cottage houses, but Croxley is full of green places to explore.


Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

I didn’t find anything interesting near the station, but if you walk a few minutes towards Croxley Green, then you can find a place called “Coffee House And Deli” ( They have a good but too expensive coffee. Latte cost £3 which is a typically higher price for coffee in the city, but it is too much for suburbs.  While I was there, I saw something heartwarming. Cleaner in this place was a disabled person, and I admire how the staff took great care of him.

They offer some hipster-friendly “fodder”, but I didn’ try it.

Is Good pub nearby?

There are a few pubs but they look like chains. I need to do more research on it.

Is Good restaurant nearby?

There is no good restaurant in this area, but there is a farmhouse pizza that offers decent pizza to take away.

Is interesting places to see nearby?


Interesting walks nearby?

The only reason to come here if you are not live here is many walk options.

  1. Walk around Croxley Common Moor. (
  2. Walk from Croxley to Rickmansworth or Watford via Ebury walk.
  3. There is as well Croxley Green Boundary Walk that hasn’t done yet (but I walk most parts as part of different walks)


Croxley is a great starting point for some walk around Croxley or goes to Rickmansworth, Watford or even Chesham (via Chess Valley walk).

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Preparations to travel to China

This is my list of useful tips and advices from my experience with flying to China. I hope you will find them useful too.

  1. Do make a copy of your passport, driving licence and/or ID card and email them to yourself. It’s also a good idea to take photos of these and save them to the camera on your phone in case you don’t have internet access when you get to your destination.
  2. Buy Travel guide or download from internet
  3. Take Dictionary with you or install app that has ability to work offline and do not depend on Google or other banned services in China.
  4. Buy some medicine for diarrhoea, ache and anti-vomit stuff.
  5. Mini first-aid kit.(Put to check-in lugagge as some items will not go in hand luggage like scissors.
  6. Learn how to switch off roaming in your smartphones.
  7. Embassy contact details.
  8. If is  adventure left travel details to friend or family.
  9. Arrange health and travel insurance.
  10. Book your vaccinations.
  11. Do place essentials (PJs, toothbrush, toothpaste) at the top of your bag if you’re landing at night so you don’t have the hassle of unpacking everything when you arrive at your destination.
  12. Do pack your heaviest items (e.g. shoes, jeans) in the bottom of your wheelie suitcase. You’ll find it’s much easier to roll as the weight will be more evenly distributed.
  13. Never join the security queue with kids in.
  14. Don’t waste unused space – roll your clothes instead of folding. They’ll wrinkle less and you’ll have much more room in your luggage to fit in any extras you pick up while you’re away.
  15. Eating lots of garlic helps body fight bacteria that can be found in food.
  16. If you struggle with digestion is to drink lemon before go to sleep or after wake up and eat apple.

Working with people in the disabilities.


I know that writing bad things is trendy on the internet of the anonymous hate, so honest warning, this note will contain good thing about McDonald’s.


I just read about McDonald’s worker with down syndrome who is celebrating 30 years at work. (Article can be found here: ).

That inspired me to write about my experience of working with the disabled people. When I worked at McDonald’s my favourite day was Wednesday because I could work with Matthew and Carlos (on the picture with me) and they had a disability but working with them was a fantastic experience because they bring happiness and shows how to be happy about simple things.

How? There is one moment that burns into my head as it is one of the most important lessons in my life.

One day, Carlos was near fries station, and Debbie ( btw. a really excellent manager) got the idea .. why we don’t teach him properly how to made a fries? I said I will do it and Debbie and I spent some time to explain all the steps he needs to do it. Due to his problem with hearing we needed to figure out how to help him recognised that fries are ready, but we found the way.

We did formal training and ask Carlos to do fries on his own. Believe or not, he managed not only put fries in the fryer, but when they were ready, he got very excited, and then he took out and add salt and prepare some medium-sized packages.
Fries looks perfect according to McDonald’s standards so he passed this course and Carlos was super proud of himself, and It was a moment when I feel really proud of him and I understood how important is to be happy about achievement despite how easy is to others.

That was and still is a reminder to me that even simple achievement is still achievement despite how easy it is for others because simple steps help you achieve complex goals.


I believe it is crucial that we employ these people because they deserve to be a valuable member of our society and they can show us an example of simple happiness and add some empathy

Ps. He is officially employer and he still working there on Wednesday and Friday! I think he works there for 15 or even more years!

USS Dominik @ Heathrow Terminal 1,2,3,4,5 .. 100

USS stands for underground secret search, and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:

This station was open in 1977. I visited this station on 30.10’2017.

A small airfield was build here in 1929, and then there was a plan to build a military airport, but due to end of the World War II, UK government decided changed their mind and redesign to be a civil airport that was opened as London Airport in 1946 and was renamed Heathrow Airport in 1966. Tube started to arrived here 31 years later.

Any interesting historical events and Trivia

  • This is only place on the London Underground when you can travel for free (Travel between terminals is free).
  • Heathrow is usually in top 5 busiest airport in the world regarding passenger traffic and cargo.
  • Despite Terminal 1 was closed in 2015 ( According to a few taxi drivers gossip due to cock up with the design of new Terminal 2 but I didn’t find any resource to prove that) and removed from TfL map. Piccadilly line still going to “Heathrow Terminals 1-2-3.”
  • If you travel to Terminal 2 or 3 (it is faster to use a train that terminates on Terminal 5 (1,2,3 & 5). Trains that go through terminal 4 usually stop there for few minutes so it will be faster if you use 1,2,3 and 5.

Airport, as you can expect is full of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants but all of them are chains and they only difference is .. they are more expensive. Nothing unique can be found there. If you are here is because you are happy to go somewhere or sad because of you back from somewhere.

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USS Dominik @ Uxbridge

USS stands for underground’s secret search, and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:

This station was open on 04.07’1904. I visited this station on 06.06’2018


Uxbridge station is one of my favourite stations on the London Underground as It shows that concrete buildings can look cool and has lots of little remainings of how station looked in the past. My favourite element is a stained glass panel designed by Erwin Bossanyi. Station has also a cigarette vending machine(??), some odd penny machine and sign to the buffet.

Interesting historical events and Trivia

  1. District line run some services here from 1910 until 1959.
  2. It starts as a terminus for Metropolitan line but the building looks very similar to other Cockfosters station that is terminus station for Piccadilly station because was designed by the same person.


Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

Sadly , I didn’t discover any good place. I tried a Coffee Break and it is an OK’ish place to go for English breakfast. Coffee is drinkable. Food was OK. The place looks ordinary.  Service has done their job.

Is any Good pub nearby?

So far, no luck.

Is any Good restaurant nearby?

They have a Chinese restaurant called “New oriental kitchen”. It is a worse version of Chill Cool near Euston (one of the last decent Sichuan Restaurant in London). Food was OK’ish without being great BUT Service is friendlier than typical experience for Chinese Restaurants. The restaurant looks quite nice but bit neglected.

Is any compelling places to see nearby?

I want to go to Battle of Britain Bunker which is not too far. More about it can be found here:

Is any stunning walks nearby?

You can do walk from here to Rickmansworth via the Grand Union Canal. It is a nice 3-hour idyllic walk. You can stop for a pint in The Coy Carp (Food there is a mixed bag.  Once was disappointing but another time  fish and chips was really good.)


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USS Dominik @ Warren Street

USS stands for underground’s secret search, and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:

warren street
warren street

This station was open on 22.06’1907 as Euston Road. I visited this station on 05.06’2018.

This station is small, but corridor seems to be quite long.  I like this station for characterful design.

Some interesting trivia about the station:

  1. The original name was Euston Road. You can still see original station name on tiles on Northen line platform.
  2. On the way out from Victoria line, you can pass corridor that has a display about the history of the London underground. On the day I went, there was the display about Women.
  3. Warren Street with King’s Cross was the first stations to get free WiFi. (


Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

 I went to a place called Coffee, and it was a great experience. They have 3 blends to chose from. My small latte cost 3 pounds which is pricey, but you pay for quality and suitability. Coffee. Cofee looks fantastic at the taste even better. The place itself looks like the classic wooden place for hipsters. Service was good. If you in this area then it is worth pay visit.

Is Good pub nearby?

I saw a few promising places to visit, but I didn’t have time as I was on lunch break.

Is Good restaurant nearby?

I didn’t explore restaurant here yet.


Is any compelling places to see nearby?

There is a Fitzroy Square a few minutes away. It is one of few remaining garden squares designed by Humphry Repton and example how green space adds to the beauty of city area.

More about it you can read in my Russel Square post or check the article about the designer of this garden in this article:

Another thing is Tottenham court road is full of electronic shops where you can buy lots of interesting electronic gadgets.

Is any stunning walks nearby?



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USS Dominik @ Ruislip Gardens

USS stands for secret underground search, and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:

Ruslip Gardens
Ruislip Gardens

This station was open on 9.07.1934. I visited this station on 06.06’2018.

I was shocked with this station. The station looks a bit abandoned by TfL.


I expected to see some gardens nearby, but I found grass field called … Ruislip Gardens. I was walking around and I did not find any interesting independent coffee, pub, restaurant or places. High Street has a depressing selection of boring shops. I think you can walk from here to North Harrow using Yeading Brook tributary.

I guess the only reason why you will get there is to pop into RAF Northolt airport.

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USS Dominik @ Aldgate East

Aldgate East
Aldgate East

I visited this station on 1.09’2017. Aldgate East station was opened on 6.10’1884. It is in the City of London. It quite lovely station with few exciting elements like a clock below:

The clock at Aldgate East
The clock at Aldgate East

It is one of the older stations on the network. These are interesting facts I found:

  • Station was resited and re-opened on 31.10.1938
  • The station has no surface buildings.

I like tiles that you can see on some stations:

Is Good independent coffee place nearby?



I went to Flock. The place has a great ambience. I ordered a Latte Coffee, and its taste is flavoursome. Staff was friendly and even give a bottle of tap water to everybody as it was a rather warm day.

Is Good pub nearby?  

I went to the Hoop & Grapes which is part of Nicholsons pubs chain. The place looks quite unique because according to their website: “The Great Fire of London in 1666 stopped just 50 yards from The Hoop and Grapes and we were lucky to be one of the few timber-framed buildings to survive from this period“. They serve typical beers with typical “city” prices. Service was good.

If you are around I recommended going to this pub.

Is Good restaurant nearby?

I didn’t look for a good restaurant in this area.

Is interesting places to see or walks nearby?

As Aldgate, this area looks quite dull as it lost its character due to re-development that demolish old buildings and replace them with soulless monsters full of concrete and glass. One of the victims was, for example, a Britain’s oldest manufacturing company cast tower bells that were closed down in 2017.

Walk to Whitechapel where are more interesting places.

USS Dominik @ Borough

USS stands for underground secret search and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:

Borough Tube Station
Borough Tube Station

The station was opened on 18.12’1890. Sadly current surface building is just small remains of the original station built by City and South London Railway.

You can get access to/from the platform via lifts or 102 steps staircase that as usual for London Underground must be used in the emergencies only.

What I really like about this staircase is they have a lovely bench to sit and rest while you are on your epic adventure to surface/the platform.


Borough has very unique mash vibe. There are various styles of buildings that exist next to each but without overall ‘theme’. It looks very confusing but it has one little advantage. If you don’t have time to explore south London then Borough is a great place as will show you various bits and pieces of what you will find in South London.

In my opinion, if you walking around Waterloo and Blackfriars area to visit for example Tate Modern then Borough is a great spot to rest and drink coffee, beverages and eat food.

Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

I went to The Watch House (  which an amazing little place with and the building itself has a history. It is in the place was household for the watch (precursor of the Police) to guard churchyard nearby. Latte costs £3 but it is worth price as it tastes flavourful. Service was friendly and engaging.

It is worth noting that The Watch House is cashless.

If you nearby and you are fancy coffee then I highly recommended this place!

Is Good pub nearby?

I went to The Royal Oak (  It looks spectacular as this is how I always imagined the look and feel of a traditional British pub.  It has a great selection of unique beers.  Sadly, food was a disappointment. Staff was neutral or as I call: fake friendly.

I recommended seeing this place and try local ale.

Is Good restaurant nearby?

As I ate in The Royal Oak. I didn’t try any restaurant nearby.

Interesting walks nearby?

There is no any known walks nearby.



The London Coffee Guide


USS Dominik @ Aldgate


Aldgate station was opened on 18.11’1876. It is in the City of London. It is a terminus of Metropolitan Line. This station looks bit unloved and neglected but if TfL put some effort this station could look much better and have a great character.

It is one of the older stations on the network and these are interesting facts I found:

  • Station was built on the site of a plague pit which contains many  ~1,000 bodies.
  • Metropolitan line does not have a direct interchange with District Line but you can see District line trains that are going toward Aldgate East from Aldgate station.

I guess this place must look much better in the past as these days it is full of concrete and glass.Things worth to see are:

  • 3 churches: St. Botolph’s, and St Andrew Undershaft and St Katharine Cree
  • and is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom.
  • Aldgate tube station

Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

I went to Flock. The place has a great ambience. I ordered a Latte Coffee and its taste is flavoursome.

Is Good pub nearby?

TODO: do research and go to one of them

Is Good restaurant nearby?

TODO: I am planning to go to Bavarian Beerhouse ( )

Is interesting places to see or walks nearby?

No. Area is quite boring. This is a place full of concrete and glass without any interesting architecture


How looks process of finding job as software developer part 13 : Conclusion

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That’s all! Good luck to you!

I know, it can be hard, depressing and annoying but it worth to do proper preparation when you are looking for your next a dream/great job. Once you found it. It will be very rewarding to you.

It took me 2 months to learn all these things before I actually seriously start looking for a job.

My biggest…

  • .. success was to find an interesting job.
  • .. achievement was that I constantly follow my plan.
  • .. problem was dealing with recruiters and they waste 85% of my time.
  • .. disappointment was LinkedIn as I hoped, it will be my social network
Few misc. bullets point :

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 12: WHAT TO DO, IF YOU GET 2 AND MORE OFFERS.


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WHAT TO DO, IF YOU GET 2 AND MORE OFFERS. (which one, I should choose?)

WELL DONE! You got many offers to choose from.

There are 3 important points.

  1. Most important. YOU and only YOU should make your decision.
  2. Give yourself 24-72 hours to make a decision.
  3. If you apply through external recruiters. Say to them that you need 24-72 hours and nothing else. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM! They want you to chose their company because they earn money from that, not because a specific company is better for you. They will use psychological tricks to make your mind. YOU MUST MAKE THIS DECISION. Don’t allow them to mess with your brain!

If You are lucky, just follow your ‘sixth sense’, otherwise… there are many ways to make a decision. You should google it and find one that it will support your decision-making process. My way is :

  1. Write down your requirements (Must have, Should have. all other minor requirements).
  2. I write down all advantages/disadvantages of each company.
  3. Give them priority (how this advantage/disadvantage is important to you) and trade-offs.
  4. Create score system and compare.
  5. Go to sleep.
  6. Make a decision in the morning. 

There are many many things to consider (not only): The team, location, commute, annual leave, the flexibility of holidays and so on.

Reminder! This is my way of making a decision. Your way to make a decision can and should be different.


  • YOU and only YOU should make your decision.
  • Give yourself some time to make a decision.
  • If You are lucky, just follow your ‘sixth sense’, otherwise… try to write down all advantages/disadvantages compare and make decisions. 
  • Give yourself 24-72 hours.


One more thing. When you make your decision let’s other company know about it and say thank you very much and stay in touch with them.It can come handy if you discover that company you chose wasn’t perfect. It shows respect to other company as recruiters do not like to pass this information.


How looks process of finding job as software developer part 11: Troubleshooting.


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What to do, when you have a blind mind?

It happens to everybody .. what to do, when you get too stressed and your mind go blind? I suggest taking deep breath and drink a bit of water. If you struggle, the o to toilet and relax, but don’t go to toilet every 3 minutes. Remember don’t panic when you stuck . Try to think out loud and explain your ideas.


I don’t know the answer to the question.What should I do?

It happens.However, before giving up, try:

  • If you don’t understand the question, clarify! Ask for the hint, if you are not sure.
  • Think out loud and try to get a tip, asking questions, repeating a certain statement, engaging the interviewer(s) in a thoughtful conversation. They would certainly understand the situation and share some tipping points which you should be ready to catch and relate to the ongoing reasoning.

If it is problem-solving question.Give yourself 10-30 second to think and then answer.If you have some ideas but you are not sure.. say them anyway and explain what you trying to achieve.Always fight to the end.If you don’t know, you can admit that, BUT again. If you had any thoughts mention them..interviewer can help you if can believe that your thoughts can be correct. The correct answer is one thing.Shows how you dealing in difficult situation is very important too.


How to relax before the interview?

Everybody has own way to relax. Smoking, etc. (Don’t drink alcohol, don’t take drugs, just don’t). Don’t think about interview.Treat this as simple to do task on that day and focus on plan after that .(shopping, challenge your self with extreme exercise etc.Different people using different techniques to relax and it is topic for the book and I am not expert.What I do to ?

  • I do not think about it at all.I treat going to interview as going to shop for milk.Come, Screw up and Go.
  • Think about future. I think about what else i need to do (like planning holiday with wife, new feature for my game

How to deal with sadness after rejection?

I will be honest! Shit happens. Don’t care about it.Simply. It doesn’t matter is it or it is not your fault. It matters what u learn from the interview. That’s a reason why you should always ask for honest feedback. It will be almost always a valuable experience that will pay off in the future.Don’t think “if I will not make this mistake then ..” as if you didn’t make that mistake you could always make a worse mistake, so whatever you learnt from this, it will help you in future to find better job.


How looks process of finding job as software developer part 10: FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW


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This is always a most important partThis is a time, where you can sell yourself and prove your value.


Do research about the company and read the latest news. If you are using good recruiters then they will give you information about the company and latest news.


Gather information about interviewers from LinkedIn and use this information in the interview.
Let’s start with the most important part. BE ON TIME.  Only valid excuses are some sort of Armageddon or 1 nanometer of snow that caused havoc in public transport in London.


Face to face interview has many forms. It is conversation stage, there is one important rule. Give the right type of answer to a person, who do the interview with you is :


  • Questions by the developer are technical and your answer should be .. technical as well. Some developers like to ask a tricky question, so make sure that you read articles about common tricky questions. If you struggle with question try to have fun, ask for clarification and be creative. If you don’t know because you never did multi-threading then .. just say it and trying to do an educated guess.
  • Questions by a business analyst, product owner or in general a non-technical people will ask about your skills to deliver a solution and explain them in an understandable way for a normal human. If you never had contact with this kind of person, I suggest practising a little bit. ( I failed badly in one interview with the business analyst as I wasn’t aware of ‘slang’ required to explain some stuff (for example what are trade-offs between specific template engines. I talk using technical terms but he was more interested about how this will speed up the process and so on). 

Questions can be about experience with technologies and methodologies you mentioned in the CV and are used in the company you are applying for. When you give answers then try to give some examples how you use it and what is your real experience. Do NOT claim you are expert. Some of the questions are about to check your knowledge about language and technology and how did you use it in previous companies.

One of the stages is usually to do some code exercise. Simplify version of offline task or extension to the task you did. Rules from the chapter about tasks apply here too. It may be done in pseudo pair programming style. You write code with some guy who gave you more tasks. Speak what are you planning to do and why. Engage your pair in conversation about the solution.

So there are a few pieces of advice I have for you:

  • Read the question carefully and with understanding. If you don’t understand or you are not sure.ALWAYS ASK FOR CLARIFICATION.
  • Take a breath, Think about question,’design’ answer and then do it.
  • Smile and treat this as a conversation with business partner.
  • Never give up and fight to the end. Answer as best as you can and if you are not sure .. write this down anyway (and explain why you are not sure). Do not know the answer? Say what you don’t understand and say out loud what you think you will try in this situation.
  • Always try teamwork approach.
  • Link your answer with your experience from work, assignments and etc.
  • When you provide a solution to your problem/task explain advantages and disadvantages.

Another thing that is worth mention. If you have a chance, try to ask them about various things to figure out, is company offer you a job that meets your requirements and it will make you happy to work there. If you care about the company you surprise them with ask questions like How your company is doing despite global crisis (good question in 2009)? How your company is prepared to deal with Brexit?

If you still working and your interview is in the different city, then I have a few tips:

  1. Be on time!
  2. Try to have max 1 interviews per day (max 2), but have a plenty time between them as my one of my 45 minutes interview took 140 minutes|
  3. If face to face interview is the first contact with the company. I suggest having small chat before (phone screening) to make sure that this company is what you looking for and they think that you sound like a right person.
  4. Buy Powerpack to your mobile as you will discover how quickly a battery can disappear on that day!
  5. Do not think too much before Interview.


  • Be on time!
  • Be relaxed but don’t drugs or alcohol.  It is not a good idea to look like you have epilepsy. I understand your excitement and determination but treat this interview as chat with your colleague at the official meeting, not like a teenage girl who saw Justin Binliner, Bieder or whatever his surname is.
  • THINK, before you answer! After a question, think about the question and then answer.
  • Have answers ready for the common questions.  Always remember these question and try to prepare an answer for them so it will make future interviews go smoothly.(You will quickly collect a set of common questions). For example: What you will do if you won big money in the lottery?

USS Dominik @ Pimlico


Basic info:
Opened. 14.09.1972  and that’s all that I can really say about this area. Pimlico station looks quite ordinary but I managed to find few interesting facts:

  • It is the only station on the Victoria line which does not have an interchange with another Underground/Overground line and/or national rail.
  • It is the least used station on Victoria line.
  • This station was last open on Victoria line.

When I started walking around my first impression was … this place looks dodgy as I saw a few weird people but while I  walk around I discovered that Pimlico has an interesting architectural mix and has few interesting little independent shop with cheese, Italian food and old cameras.

Is Good independent coffee place nearby?

My favourite place for coffee is Gastronomia Italia  (8 Upper Tachbrook St, Pimlico, London SW1V 1SH). It is a small independent place where they sell good Italian food and really decent coffee.

Is Good pub nearby?

My favourite pub in this area is Windsor Castle but it is near Victoria Station. I like architecture and ambience. They selling Samuel Smith beers.

Is Good restaurant nearby?

If you fancy a British breakfast then there is an amazing place called Regency Cafe ( Customer service is unique as the man shouting at you and you can sit on the table only when you have a


How looks process of finding job as software developer part 9 : HOMEWORK (Tests, Task ,etc.)




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Homework (Tests, Task,etc.)

 Quite often in IT sector, you will ask to do:
  • on-line test
  • on-line task
  • off-line task


Some companies doing online tests to check your knowledge and it is pointless as most of them are copied and pasted from the internet. I had few interviews, where questions were the same and it very similar …order. After a quick research, I found few websites, that provide answers to questions. Maybe they check how quick you can find the answer on Usually, these questions ask about basics of language and framework and few ‘tricky’ questions.

Easy to pass, usually and pointless.


The good news is that tasks are more interesting to do. Especially, if you like programming.

They are usually not too hard BUT make sure that you do 1 task at the time and 1-2 per day. Why? If you will have many tests over and over again then you will more tired you are a focus on finish task rather than finish refactor and polish. It gets harder when you currently working.

If You just graduated, you need to make sure that you learn and practice following basics:

  • Know all funky stuff about Java (read many tricky questions about Java ) or your main language.
  • If you struggle with reasonable Code style follow well known open source projects code style like this:
  • Design Pattern (Head First book is the best for start or Gang of Four if you are orthodox programmer;) )
  • TDD (Good way to practice and learn to test with JUnit.).
  • Knows basics command in Windows and Linux.
  • Knows shortcuts in IDE.
  • Ensure you write (or README.txt ) with how to run program and tests

What is important about the task:

  • Should use right solution for the task. For example do not use list, where map is better (i like using lists and made this mistake) or don’t use bubble sort for sorting (I have done it too 😉 )
  • The project should have a reasonable structure.
  • Code must be formatted.
  • The code should be simple.
  • Code style should be consistent. Remember! There are lots of randomises in what person who checks your code likes. There are only two things which you can do:
    • Check if the company has an open source project on GitHub, BitBucket and etc. if yes, download and follow it their code format and style.
    • Ask for what you should focus on and ask how looks they code style.
  • Create Readme.txt to explain how to run the code.
  • Prepare ‘template’ for new projects.
  • Try to apply patterns in right cases.

Your process should look less like that:

  • Prepare Energy drink, coffees, beers or other beverages. Prepare some snacks .(energy bar or breakfast bar are the best).
  • Read question.
  • If you don’t understand anything. Ask for clarification.
  • Design your application.
  • Write tests that will answer questions and tasks.
  • Write a program that passes all tests.
  • Double check it.
  • Write readme how to run a program.
  • Check if your instruction in readme works.
  • Send it.


( and so on)

It is a great idea but very troublesome in practice. They similar to an offline task but they are few extra points:

  • You need practice on that site because writing in the online editor is full of quirky problems.
  • Ensure you are in place where internet connection is stable。
  • I prefer to write in IDE and then copy to the online editor.
  • They can be time-based so be careful. I forgot once about it and let’s face it my result wasn’t impressive.


  • Limit numbers of test to one at the time and 1-2 per day.
  • Read question few times. If you don’t understand anything, ask for clarification.
  • Prepare your process (my process is above, but treat this as an example, not something that you should follow blindly) and follow it.
  • Make code simple, well formatted, sensible structured.
  • Don’t be surprised, if 2 companies will have opposite opinion about your code.
  • Always ask politely for feedback.
  • Always upload your result even if you think rubbish. Always add a comment, if you believe that something could be improved.
  • if You find any company’s source code, follow their code style.

What is the difference between a graduate, a junior, a senior and What is the difference between a developer, engineer, a team leader and an architect in software development?

Let’s start with the obvious and correct answer.
There is NO A CLEAR LINE when you become junior, mid-level, senior developer/engineer. There is NO CLEAR LINE which decides when you are a developer and when you are an engineer.

So .. How to answer questions?

  • What is the difference between Junior / Mid / Senior Developer?
  • What is the difference between Developer and Engineer?
  • What does mean from a company point of view?

Well … My eyes start to bleed when I read some emails from recruiters with some cutting-edge vocabulary from ‘marketing bulls**t’ dictionary to tell me how great role and company are without the focus on the description of what is a Junior role I should apply for (I saw Junior role with 5 years experience in some technology that exists for 4 years and so on).

I know most recruiters (80%) do not care about what they talking about it as they care about commission and Christmas bonus so I can understand them but companies description can be super confusing too.

I did some pseudo-research about it and I realized that there are no clear definitions for junior, senior, developer or engineer. I mean there are many definitions and answer to these question on StackOverflow but … they feel incomplete and incorrect.

I decided to write this to show my ‘loose’ definitions of these word with some explanations and examples.

Let’s start with seniority. Seniority varies from Graduate, Junior, Mid to the Senior role.

The main reason why there is much confusion about distinguishing when you start to become mid-level or senior person due to blurry understating of “Seniority”. For me: Seniority role based on the variety of experience in problem-solving not on expertise in particular language, framework or technology. Seniority does not depend on time duration. For example coding, 5 years in Java do not mean you become a senior person. Yes, you may be an expert in the syntax of that language but still, struggle to solve a simple problem.
Whole life cycle looks more less like this:
  • Student when you learn about problem-solving through exercise.
  • The graduate is a first professional role after you finish learning (at university, at home or online course) where you learn about solving real problems, life cycle and methodology. They are guided by senior and tech lead on how to be a better gamer … I mean … programmer.
  • A junior role is a place in your career when you focus on having fun with writing software and get exciting when you get more and more experience with solving problems and get much help from senior people.
  • Mid-level is a sweet spot where you solve interesting problems and write lots of clever code.
  • Senior Role is when your focus more on leading and helping graduate/ junior developers to become an epic programmer by guiding them through solving the problem and help them to make decisions and trade-offs and you focus less on writing code (you usually solve most complicated problem cases and enjoy more and more meetings).

That’s all.

What’s difference between developer and engineer?

At university* where I studied it means in practice it usually means clever students are engineers and less gifted students are developers who in teamwork behave as engineer’s slavers that perform simple repeatable tasks. In real life is not like that.
(*) It sounds bit negative but my overall impression of study computer science in Aberstywyth was great. I highly recommend.
What it means in the real world? Well, I will start with a conclusion that for me it is the same thing and I can use exchangeably because I  didn’t see any pragmatic reasons to distinguish between developers and engineers. I did some research and I understood that both developers and engineers write software. The difference is that Engineers write software (framework, library and/or fundaments for the platform) that is used by developers to write software that is built on it.
That’s all.

Where is an architect in this?

Software architect* focus on leading architecture solution for the platform and contribute code like engineers (yes, I believe software architect role should exist and they should write software too).
(*I apologize for all ‘Agile’ orthodox for swearing here.)
    It does not mean it follows strict mediaeval hierarchy where that junior developer does donkey work by taking order from tech lead who is a senior engineer who took part of software development build on fundaments of the platform created by Veteran Architect because the success of delivering great software in given time depends on collaboration and knowledge share between all of them in the team.

What about Team/Tech leader?

    For me, It is a person who is most experience with project, domain and has the ability to provide a bridge between business (Product Owner), Software Architecture (Platform) and team.


    When you describe your seniority and when company define who they are looking for then they should treat describe Seniority role based on the variety of experience in problem-solving and how this person will fit in the team. If you feel, you can distinguish between engineers who build core platform/ framework and developers that build functionality on your the platform.

Who am I in this context?

I am Sarcastic (mid-level) Java Developer. Why ? Because I have some experience with problem-solving using Java as my a primary language.
This is my view on what junior/mid-level/senior developer/engineer role means on the team.
What’s your point?
Share with me in comments her or on LinkedIn.

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 8: PHONE INTERVIEW


This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as a software developer”.


I hate talk over the phone. It is a most annoying way of communication for me. This is a reason, why it is always a big challenge for me to have a phone interview. Phone interview usually takes 20-75 minutes, so plan each for 90 minutes.

What is worth to remember:
  1. The company has a very limited amount of time to read your CV, so don’t feel offended, if they ask a question about things that you wrote in your CV. Actually, it is a good thing as you can add useful information about your experience that is relevant to a position that You are applying for, but you omitted in your CV.
  2. If an interview is not in your native language then I suggest … a bit of practice with answering typical questions and practice name of common technologies.
  3. Practice pronunciation (I still remember my embarrassment during the interview with the developer, who didn’t disconnect after my few attempts to pronounce “Atlassian” :).
  4. FIND a very QUIET place to talk. I actually have done one interview in noisy Costa coffee and my interview ended in 2 minutes! I guess you must be shocked to read that I haven’t been invited to next stage.
  5. FIND s place, where is a good range coverage.
  6. Don’t do a few phone interview one after another.  Ensure you have at least 45 minutes break between interviews. It is very stressful when during the phone interview to get a call from another company. It will increase the chance to messed up both phone interviews.
In my opinion phone interview helps you to figure out chemistry with people from the company. It helps the company to find are you the right fit for them before they invest time in other stages of the interview that are time-consuming.
For example, Travel Corp. rejected me as I didn’t have experience with working in the corporation. Some phone interviews gave me enough information that company didn’t suit me due for example during long working hours or using waterfall methodology. It can save your and company time. I believe doing the technical interview over the phone is a waste of time.


  • Find a QUIET place to talk.
  • It must in place when you have GOOD phone range!
  • Practice PRONUNCIATION… before the interview (to avoid embarrassment).
  • THINK, before you answer! After a question, think about the question and then answer.
  • When you talk about skills REMEMBER to match with experience and vice versa.
  • Do not laugh, if somebody has a funny accent or behave weirdly.
  • It is a great opportunity for a phone interview to link skills in bullet points in your CV with experience.
  • Have a bottle of still spring water with you.
  • Don’t do phones interview marathon
Phone screening (optional)
If you have a limited amount of time for face to face interviews or you live far away from company location, then I suggest asking for a phone screening if they don’t have phone interview as the first stage. What is it? It is like an informal phone interview where you can find information about a role (and place) is suitable for you or not. What question for ask? Everything that u want and to know what company (In my cases, it was asking a question from COMPANY’S JOB SPECIFICATION section, plus I asked details about the role and required skills in details.
Phone Screening is a good technique to ensure that job is worth to apply and a great way to figure out is company for you and is it worth investing your time in the interview.
A little warning. Some companies refuse phone screening due to various reasons. If they said that they have strict recruitment process and they cannot change (typical for corporations), then it sounds reasonable, but if they don’t want because .. they don’t want, then it may indicate bad ‘company culture’.  I actually went for one interview to confirm my theory I and .. I was right :). It works quite well for me but it can be few exceptions to this rule.


How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 7: Recruiters


This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.


It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.


In last 4 years, I had a privilege to chat with more than 200 recruiters and my conclusion is one. The overwhelming majority of recruiters are useless and they nightmare to deal with in and make finding the right job for you much harder.

They make looking for a job much more difficult.
  • 5% of them are useful.
  • 10% OK’ish.
  • Rest of them ( just 85% ) is a pain in the ass.


  • I told them, what I want and what I don’t want. They will contact me when an opportunity appears.
  • They will guide me through the process.
  • Helps me improve my CV and other forms.
  • Gives me useful tips and resources about the company before the interview.
  • Be friendly and professional.
  • Always respond in a timely manner.
  • Let me know the result as soon as possible with honest feedback.
  • Be personal. don’t use the shitty template we ‘crap recruiter’ keywords.
    I knew, that I was a bit ambitious about my expectations, but holy crap, I didn’t expect that dealing with recruiters will be like swimming in the septic tank.

Why? In most cases talking to them, It is like talking about colours with a blind person. They helpfulness to find job looks like finding a needle in the haystack at night without light when you are completely drunk.In reality :

  • I told them, what I want and what I don’t want and they will contact me when an opportunity appears.
    • Most of them just spam you with the job opportunity that matches a few keywords. For example,  if you are Java Developer in London but you mentioned that you got experience with Angular. They will send you to offer for Senior Front-End Developer in Glasgow.
    • They are using e shitty template we ‘crap recruiter’ keywords and marketing bullshit a lot.
  • They will guide me through the process.
    • Some of them actually are quite helpful.
  • Helps me improve my CV and other forms.
    • They modify CV but results can be catastrophic.
  • Gives me useful tips and resources about the company before the interview.
    • Some of them give and some of them do not give an xxx about it.
  • Be friendly and professional.
    • They sound ‘ fake friendly’. They talking using recruiter dialect that does not say anything useful.
  • Always respond in a timely manner and let me know the result as soon as possible with honest feedback
    • If you get rejected then the majority will not tell you about it until you call them and some of them like about reason why you failed. Ask the company for feedback.
    • If you get an offer, they will ask you accept ASAP and they will call you all the time say that you need give an answer NOW NOW NOW. 
  • Be personal. don’t use the shitty template we ‘crap recruiter’ keywords.
    • It looks like people who want be recruiter need be great in copy and paste templates and great at lying to sell the product.
  • They will manipulate you using mind tricks and they will lie a lot.
    • Always give yourself up 72 hours to make a decision. If they push you, then warn them that this behaviour will be not tolerated and you will say to company and recruiter’s manager that you will withdraw (they will stop 🙂 )


If you decide to use ‘recruiters’ as a way to find a job, then:

  1. Start from learning how to detect is recruiters have a brain or it is just another shithead:
Shithead is “A complete dumbass; a genuine moron. Someone who has committed an act in which causes harm or temporary discomfort to another.”  .  Source:
2. It always starts with ‘generic ‘ conversation. Try to be friendly with them at first. The positive first impression will increase your chance to have a good bond with a recruiter (if useful). Shows your strong interest. Usually, good recruiters will tell you about role ask additional information based on information in CV, where Shitheads usually ask questions about your experience that you have in CV to fill the form like they never seen CV, but not always.
Remember as well, that you can’t blame a screwdriver for not being a hammer. They are recruiters, not software developers, so they will do not know details, but they must know basics about technology and what they are for. 

3.  Always asked them to send a ‘role opportunity’ to your e-mail, where you can scan job’s specification.

If job specification does not answer all question you have, then ask the recruiter to answer these question. If recruiter’s answer is “I don’t know” (or they answer means “I don’t know” but they using nice wording ), then ask for clarification (or ask them to ask the company to answer these questions). If recruiters don’t want to do that (by answering that he is busy or it doesn’t have time as the deadline is coming very very soon and he need act fast, then …Well done!
You found a Shithead recruiter.
From my experience, I have a simple advice.
Say thank you, withdraw from representation and delete him on your phone and e-mail. You can’t imagine how much time you will save.

4.  While you are dealing various stages of the interview.

Recruiters should help you with preparations providing resources for the company or how looks each stage and provide tips and hints. If not then you dealing with crap recruiter.

However! It is not always recruiter fault. It may indicate a crap company.

I must ‘honestly’ admit, I had one case, where I suspect that recruiter is a crap but troubles were caused by company (the company didn’t want phone screening that I requested to avoid unnecessary travelling if role is not what I want or I am not  right. They just wanted to go to directly an interview). It turns out that interview date matches time when I suppose to do other interviews so I use this opportunity to check company. 

I went for an interview and it was the first time when I wanted to run away. It was a most gloomy interview in my life. I felt in this place like I was in a Psychiatric hospital where they conduct some odd experiments on me. 

I spoke to few people about my results and we agreed that weird problems before the interview like lack of interest in pre-interview communication usually indicate a bad place to work but sometimes some company are very strict about interview methodology.

5.  When you about making a decision, do not allow the recruiter to mess up with your brain.

As I wrote before. Always give yourself up 72 hours to make a decision. If they push you, then warn them that this behaviour will be not tolerated and you will say to company and recruiter’s manager that you will withdraw (they will stop 🙂 ). More about making a decision in future part of How looks process of finding the job as software developer.


In the past, I usually avoid pick-up calls from unknown/private calls. It does not rule, but many rude/annoying recruiters. Another problem is No numbers mean I cannot call back (i cannot add to useful contact or banned), so I prefer to ignore it. I had quite a few rude conversation and all of them were from the unknown call. This is one of the examples (worst one):

Recruiter: I saw your CV on (website)  and I have an exciting new role in the company who uses agile and cutting-edge technologies to develop software based in Manchester.Are you interested?

Me: I am sorry, but  I wrote that I looked for a job in London ONLY.

recruiter (with irritated and angry voice:  Why London? Manchester is a fantastic city. FUCK YOU. (And he disconnected).

It is not a rule! It is just my preferences. You will find good recruiters use unknown numbers too (landline in office).

If you are happy with job’s spec and recruiter then you can agree to be represented by


I just repeat to be clear. Most of the recruiters are crap, but they are quite a few a good one. Quicker you learn, how to distinguish good from bad, then more efficient looking for a job will be. Unfortunately, the majority are shitheads, so I am not surprise to see this kind of things on company’s websites:
  • Remember, recruiters, do not care about your career as they don’t provide service to help you find the best job. They want you to get a job so they will earn money from commissions. As result IF YOU CAN AVOID FINDING JOB THROUGH RECRUITERS .. DON’T USE THEM.  With exception of internal recruiters or if the company using specific recruitment agency exclusively for recruitment).
  • Do NOT add recruiters to LinkedIn. Many of them are just lazy spammers will flood you with jobs that in most cases are not relevant to your target.
  • Don’t forget to be nice and friendly to them in the first contact as they are human! The first impression is also important to create a good bond with a recruiter.
  • Many recruiters will use lots of psychological tricks against you. Most of them based on build pressure around you into force you to make a decision. Always gives yourself up to 72 hours to makes decision.
  • If they give any material about company or tips. Check it out!
  • Verify what recruiter said. ALWAYS. Especially about of location/public transport.
  • Do not give any information about other jobs. NEVER.
  • If you are happy with job’s spec and recruiter then you can agree to be represented by them.
  • If you are unhappy with a recruiter to remember to write an email that you withdraw from being represented by specific. Be assertive.
  • If you find recruiter understand your needs then keep contact with him/her.

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 6: Company’s job specification


This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.
It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.


        When you know what you want to do and you wrote your CV and create website/ account on LinkedIn / portfolio then it is the right time to look for a job.

        One of the most important is to clear understanding of Job specification. It is very important because you need to understand your role, so during the process, you can show your skills that match required criteria. The bad news is that many Job specification is very blurry or they are ‘censored’ by recruiters.

If you have any doubt ask few questions to clarify job specification before you apply. Internal recruiters are usually happy to answer but with others recruiters

This is my selection of question, which I usually ask :

  • What has required a certain level of experience for these skills? It is good to know what skills are essential, optional or nice to have.
  • What is proper job title and what is about? The title is not important, but it can give you more-less clue about the role. It is a bit tricky as for example I looked for Junior Java Developer role and for me there are differences between software developer, engineer and architect, while for many people is blurry or synonym.
  • How looks recruitment process? How many stages? What types (phone interview?test? etc. ? )  It is important to ask as it will help you prepare correctly to interview and avoid after-interview depression and crying to friends “I didn’t expect that it will be tested on interview”.
  • Is for Graduate/Junior/Medium/Senior Role? It is a very important question to ask, but you must know your skills first. How to determine  0-1 Graduate, 1-4 Junior 5-9 Mid, 10+ senior. Many recruiters said  ” If you see Senior role but recruiter said, that you should apply. In all cases, recruiters lie.
  • Do they have specific certification, education and any other requirements before I am even considered? It is good to know or you will waste your time.
  •  How looks specific responsibilities expected of my role?
    • I would like to know more details to evaluate its role is interesting to me or not.
  • How flexible is this role (can I do various position over time) and how the role could develop?
  • What methodology are they using?
    • Everybody said these days that they are … AGILE, but … what they mean by that can be completely different things, so if you see agile, then ask for details (especially recruiters).
  • How big team is?
  • Is it work in a team, alone, mixed?
  • What about the company itself?
  • How big it is?
    • How looks company culture and working style? It is important to question if you care about work.
  • Is work is only on company’s premises? Is it required travelling?
    • It depends on your preferences but some people like me do not like work on various premises.
  • Might they even be able to work from home when possible?
  • What personality they look for?
    • It depends on your preferences but working with right people and have compatibility with them is usually a most important aspect of work.
  • When they expect a successful candidate start to work?
    • If a company looks for somebody NOW and don’t want wait 1 month, then usually indicate poor management, HR or job itself. I, by default, ignore all jobs.


Companies usually respond very well and provide all necessary information. Answers from recruiters vary. Some of them give you what you want but don’t be surprised if the answer has no f…ing clue what they talking about. If this happens, then ask again or give up. Believe me, you will save a lot of time.

For example :

What methodology are they using? – Agile

Problem is that everybody is Agile except everybody defines Agile … in a different way as … 

How big team is? – Very big, but I don’t know numbers.

In fact, it was only 10 people … 

Ask these question and request answer on email (this information is good to remember during the recruitment process and for other purposes). If recruiters wrote stuff like ” I’m extremely busy at the moment also so I understand, but I’ll be able to answer these questions after 6. ” it usually means “fuck off, I don’t bother to answer these question  or because I don’t know answers and cannot makes answer blurry like over phone”.In 4/5 cases I didn’t get any answer.
  • Clarify job spec to ensure that you apply what you are looking for.
  • If you apply through recruiters who don’t give you enough information about the role or don’t bother to find details. Simply reject role and if you gave permission to be represented then cancelled it. You will save you a lot of time and help you focus on better roles.

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 5: Do I need LinkedIn?

This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.


It is an optional thing. LinkedIn sounds like great idea, but …

 It is worth to have, because:

  • Due lack of alternatives. LinkedIn is an only option for a social network for professional (although Google+  can be offer better user experience, it is not designed for the professional social network ).
  • It is a good source to gain intelligence about company and people, who will interview you.
  • It is a good extension of your CV.
  • It is a useful replacement for your personal website and blog.


In general.I have very bad and annoying experience.

  • It has many phishing issues. For example: If you install the Android application, it will steal your contact and spam you with add these people to LinkedIn and etc.
  • It is famous for most evil UX design in the industry because LinkedIn’s UX focuses on marketing first not the user. It uses many phishing and spamming tricks to buy a premium account. As result don’t be surprised to receive/send many empty invitation or messages from many people. This is due poor design by LinkedIn. You can found many blog entries complaining about this.
  • It looks nice, but usability can be painful.
  • No ability to block recruiters.


  • Do NOT add recruiters, headhunters and other spammers. They will pollute your account with lots of useless job offer that in 99% is irrelevant to you. They will call and send an email you and call you anyway. Add only those who were very helpful in the past. They will pollute your stream with job offer all the time which can be annoying because then LinkedIn will start to add ads related to recruitment on your stream too.

it happens to me few times that I got this message … 

Hi Dominik,I hope all is well.I have a permanent London based role for a leading finance company. They are looking for a Java Developer to work on a range of greenfield projects. If you interested , let me know and I’ll send through further details. Regards

.. on my e-mail as text and as LinkedIn message.


  • It is not mandatory to have an account on LinkedIn.
  • LinkedIn is a great alternative if you don’t want waste your time on personal website and blog.
  • If your job requires constant contact with other people, then LinkedIn is very useful.
  • Avoid adding recruiters, headhunters and other spammers. They will pollute your account with lots of useless job offer that in 99% is irrelevant to you. They will call and send an email to you anyway.
  • LinkedIn is very valuable for company research (gathering information about the company that you want work for and for job hunting).
  • Using LinkedIn can be a pain in the ass as you cannot block recruiters and annoying poor user experience design.

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 4: How to write good Cover letter?


This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.
It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.



It is very rare to write a cover letter in IT industry. I didn’t write any in last 4 years. I wrote a few of them in my life and all of them were rubbish. In my opinion, it is actually waste of time for you and company.

However, so far I learnt that your cover letter should have 5 parts:

  1. Introduction (what you are applying for, where you found info about the job).
  2. Who you are and what skills you have.
  3. Link your skills with experience and match this requirement written in the job specification. It is the most important point.
  4. Explain why above skills are good for the company (mention good news about company found in news or etc.).
  5. Thank you paragraph (where you said thank you for time spent on reading another boring Cover Letter.

and the other useful rules, that I found are:

  • The cover letter should be an extension of your bullet points in CV targeted directly to the company that you are applying for.
  • They are very similar rules to CV. (market yourself,  grammar,  formatting  and linking skills with achievements).
  • Write template of your cover letter  (As 3 parts of cover letters are almost always the same. Main different in part about why you choose the company and what you know about a company. It will save you plenty of time!
  • Do not copy and paste cover letters as it is a chance that you will copy stuff, which you don’t want (like other company names). If you make this mistake, then …GAME OVER. (I have done that twice  😦 and it failed me as result ).



How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 3: HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV?

This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.
It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.


The good template for CV varies depends on country and type of job.

I suggest a do a quick research about it.

If you live in the UK. Follow UK or EU CV’s style.

What to remember:

  • In the opening statement, you need to sell yourself as somebody said: “The most effective way we can increase our value is to market ourselves”(I forgot who wrote that 😦  ). Write who you are and what you look for.
  •  Do not use ‘CV dialect’ given by recruiters and agencies! You should allow recruiters to check your CV and allow them to do changes, but ask them to see this CV, before they send to the company. (Remove CV dialect and skills that you don’t have!).
  • GRAMMAR – second most important! Any grammar mistakes will reduce your chance significantly. Don’t believe it? Imagine this notes will be much readable if I will use a proper grammar.
  • LAYOUT –  Formatting is important as the person, who check your CV in the company has 2 minutes and if they cannot find what they looking for due your mistakes in layout decrease your chance.
  • Link skills with achievements and experience.
  • Use bullet points for skills.
  • Ensure that you include the right and relevant keywords in CV. Most recruiters scan for a keyword like Java, Java 8, Spring Framework and so on. If you do this wrong, you will be spam with jobs that you are not interesting at all. 
  • Add hobbies and bit of personality to your CV. Most recruiters told me that I shouldn’t do it and most people who like my CV said, that it was due I added these things, so hobby is a good way to shows your personality.
  • If your English is rubbish (my English is rubbish as you probably noticed already), then you can give to professional CV writers BUT give to the person who knows your industry (Has real experience with IT) or you make thing much worse!
  • Do not hide “easy to catch” important details. Shit happens in your life but if you show “lesson learnt” it can turns be a positive thing. For example, if you got fired, write what you learnt and how you are planning to prevent this mistake to not happen again.
  • Designer and other creative jobs should have a portfolio website. A software developer should have github account.
  • If you put CV online then add skills that you are good at or you want to use for your next job. Otherwise, recruiters will spam with the weird job (For example I mentioned that I have experience with ExtJS, so recruiters send me to offer for Sencha Developer (because “Sencha Touch Developers tend to have worked with Ext.js, a skill listed in your CV. Because of it’s a rare skill, I ran a broader search of our database to capture developers that may have worked with ext.js that have since moved on into Sencha Touch.”
  • Good recruiters should point out mistakes in your CV. Adapt his changes as he may work with HR closely so he may know which CV catch your future company eye.
  • Add info about your account on Github, LinkedIn, blogs and so on.

How looks process of finding job as software developer part 2: Preparation

This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as the article is long and boring.
It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as software developer”.


Before you start, you need to do a tiny preparation.
  • As I mentioned in last previous post, you need start from write down what you looking for. Motivate yourself (do a brainstorm about yourself and what you want to do to make sure, that you believe, that you can find a new job.
  • Do NOT use your primary e-mail! Create a new e-mail or use your current spam account*.
  • Do NOT use your primary mobile! Buy prepaid Sim. The reason is the same as above*.
  • Think about what you want to do. If it is your first job. I suggest look for graduate job**.
  • Remember you are like a brand. In order to be the recognizable brand, you need to apply various ‘marketing’ techniques. It is quite easy in IT because you can write some blog posts, articles, podcasts, contribute to open source*** project, open account on Github, Gitlab or BitBucket (and put your source code there)  and attend to some meetups.
  • Use Get Things Done or to-do list as an approach to handle all process and make sure that you limit the number of cases.
  • Do research about typical questions about languages and technologies that you believe you are expert at. Remember Hard preparation makes for an easy interview!
  • Prepare questions that you want ask on the interview and don’t be afraid of asking questions! Check how looks a working life, how the company is organised and everything that is important for you to be happy at work.
 *) Why? Even, if you remove yourself from websites and unsubscribed from recruiters ‘databases’, you will be still spammed by them(up to 6 months in my case).
 **) The graduate job is a type of job that is design to hiring students who are about to graduate from schools, universities or look for experience.If during study university allows you to do “sandwich year”, DO IT!
***) If you lack experience then participation in open source projects is the easiest way to get some. As a bonus, it teaches you how to cooperate with others and helps you improve your code quality through feedback from others.

My quick thoughts on new Star Trek: Discovery

WARNING: Spoiler alert!

If you do not bother to read the whole article, then they are the main takeaway points:


  1. Sounds effects are sublime.
  2. The idea for a plot.
  3. Intro sequence.
  4. The first episode of the prologue.
  5. USS Shenzhou.
  6. Netflix has subtitles in Klingon!
  7. Special effects and visuals.

  1. ‘Epic” battle was utterly rubbish.
  2. The second episode of the prologue.
  3. After Trek.
  4. Intergalactic mind-meld?
  5. Michael Burnham name ?

    It was the best prologue to Star Trek TV series but the second part of the prologue was a bit disappointing. I really like prologue and plot for new series and I am looking forward to seeing the first season of Star Trek Discovery. 


After watching 2 episode prologue I was quite impressed but I feel distaste for the second part of the prologue.

I think the best thing in new Star Trek series is … sounds effect.  Sound effects are mind-blowing. What is even more amazing, that they are many sound references from other Star Trek series. ( i cannot wait to a read waterfall of shit from star trek fans about “this sound effect is from TNG, not TOS and it ruins everything”).

Second best thing is a special effect. They were spectacular with one exception. The main battle was ugliest and shitiest looking Sci-Fi battle I have ever seen in Star Trek. It looks like ships battle done by a toddler, where ships exchange fire using colourful needles, not deadly weaponry.  Most of the special effect was breathtaking. I like the holographic communication,  navigator’s helm and other modern looking stuff. I like JJ style of the ship. Visuals are fantastic which will be a massive problem for “Star Trek fanatics” because TOS doesn’t have this, that and other bullshit but I don’t care because “visual representation” should have “retro” feeling and that’s all.

The third thing was an idea for a plot. I really like the idea of unification of Klingon by a  spiritual leader using war as a path to achieve it. I also like the design of intrigue to start a war.  It was not a simple clone of the pseudo-Islamic terrorism attack but the sequence of actions to an annihilation of federation’s fleet.  I am interested how they will show Klingons in this TV series as they are different from what I used to see.

The fourth is a most beautiful title sequence. It is unique, fresh and stunning. I love it.

I like the interaction between Captin Phillipa G played by Michelle Yeoh as Asian teacher with troublesome protégé Michael Burnham. However, I was a bit perplexed about cohesion between people on the USS Shenzhou like Saru and Michael. The interaction between Saru and Michael looks a bit childish.  I will expect crew after 7 years they will be less conflicted but maybe I just got used to StarTrek perfect cohesion in the past and this will show want show bit different approach to this, so I hope it will look a bit less childish.

As prologue episode, it was my favourite one for Star Trek series.  However, It was far from perfect while the first episode was great but then the second episode was bit depressing.  As I mentioned before the big battle was utter rubbish and then last part of the second episode looks messy and like re-written in hurry by me on few hours before the deadline. However, they were a lot of problems during the creation of the show that delayed the launch by more than a year and I guess that explains this but still could be done much better. However,  Star Trek TV series usually starts very poorly and getting more interesting around the middle of season 3 or beginning of season 4 and this one start much better than others.

Other things:

  • USS Shenzhou is one of my favourite ships and I am impressed that it survived with the amount of damage it took.
  • I like all 3 major characters they showed in this episode and admiral. I hope rest of the cast will have something unique.
  • After Trek is crap. I switched off after few minutes because I hate fake chat shows. I mean, I like the concept but the execution looks like it has been done by some teenager YouTuber with drug problems. ” So happy, everything is f.. awesome.”


I have high hopes for new series but there are 2 problems with problems of Star Trek: Discovery:

  1. Hardcore fans and shit storm they created over every detail.
  2. StarTrek IP belongs to CBS – Paramount Pictures which causes damage to Star Trek universe.

What’s your opinion?

How looks process of finding a job as software developer part 1: What I am looking for and where to look.


This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

It is part of series “How looks process of finding a job as the software developer”.


It is a most important question.
What do you want to do?
Always start with this question… Seriously.

Describe what you would like to do and write it down.

  • List of languages and technologies that you want to use in the new job.
  • Consider other important things like minimum salary ( do research about salary depends on your experience/location and be REALISTIC about it!), maximum commute distance, work hours, perks and so on.
  • Prioritize your search criteria by importance ( for example salary, annual leave, commute time, tech stack, work culture and so on)  and where the trade-off is possible and where not.


There are  few ways to look for a job these days:

  1. Friends (best option)
  2. Companies website (especially, your dream companies)
  3. LinkedIn is a great source for gathering information about company and possibility to find which company recruiting at the moment.
  4. Job hunting Website ( only if the job is advertised by the company but not the recruitment agency.
  5. Jobcentre Plus in theory (in the UK) are quite useless for professional jobs but It can be a good place free advice.
  6. Recruiters

How looks process of finding a job as software developer : Introduction


This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

It is an extended version of my previous blog entry on my IT Blog which I wrote some time ago. It will be a series of short notes about various stages of recruitment and what I learnt from it. I hope you will enjoy it.

This is a list of notes:

  1. Answer on the question .i looking for
  2. Preparation
  3. How to write a good CV?
  4. How to write a good cover letter?
  5. Do I need Linkedin?
  6. Company’s job specification
  7. Recruiters
  8. Phone interview
  9. Homework (tests, task,etc.)
  10. Face to face interview
  11. Troubleshooting
  12. What to do, if you get 2 and more offers. (which one, I should choose?)
  13. Conclusion

My journey with StarCraft

I was inspired to write this blog by fact that Starcraft: Remastered will be released soon, podcast by Incontrol who talks about his life in Evil Genius as Starfact player, commentator and personality and I want to write a post for last 3 years about my  view on game industry and e-sport from viewer who watched games but does not have time to play it.  This post will be about my experience as a spectator of e-sport game which will contain an answer to the question “Why you watching other’s people playing the game” and “Why you watching e-sport”?



I discovered Starcraft in an internet cafe just before brood war expansion was released.

      I wasted many hours and spent a fortune to play single player campaign.  I was impressed with the storyline, one of the most amazing cut scenes I have ever seen in the game. I remember until today when I saw other guy playing a campaign where Terrans were under siege by zerg and they need to survive for some time. It was a hard mission for me as I was constantly attacked and I barely won. What stunned me and it is a reason why I still remember is when I saw the guy playing Starcraft for the first time and he maybe built 2 bunkers and he won … without hassle as zergs sent 1 hydralisk per minute. I had on of the biggest WTF face expression. I guess these days I will shout on Twitter how this game is imba! I played some multiplayer games too. I even won 2 vs 2 … even if I had 1 zealot and 1 pylon left on field :). It was a great fun.

    Anyway, this is NOT a blog entry about grandpa sharing experience when he was young, so it summary I had a great time with this game and I consider as one of my favourite game of all my life. (XCOM: Enemy Unknown is my favourite).


Life moved on and I forgot about Starcraft. A few years later when I was preparing to exams and I needed “5 minutes” break and I discover a YouTube channel  (Klazart, VioleTAK or Moletrap) where some guys made a commentary of Starcraft tournament in South Korea. I was shocked because :

  • An ancient game is not dead.
  • Playing Starcraft in South Korea is a big thing.
  • There are many tournaments.
  • They stream it on TV!

Here, I have an advice for people who looking for 5 minutes break in the middle night during preparation to exams on next day at 9 am. Do not use Social Media or content making website where you can discover as it will make surviving at exam … much more challenging.

Anyway, back to the topic. I started watching all matches with commentaries created by Cholera, Klazart, Moletrap, Tasteless with Little Susie and during Starcraft 2 era Husky, Incontrol and Day9 (more about Starcraft 2 later).

I still remember watching finals where Moletrap did his commentary from the car on the university campus which makes Cholera and other laughs. It shows the passion of these people to create content about things that they care about it. It was amazing. I felt really sad when each of them decided to retire.

Watching Starcraft became my hobby. Yes, it is correct. For me, watching game’s tournament was my way to relax after work and exams. It is like being a football fan. You can play for fun and still watching professional matches.  In fact, there is no difference between watching football and e-sport like Starcraft.


Blizzard announced that Starcraft 2 will be released in 3 parts. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and 2 expansions StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. In the beginning, it sounds like release the same things 3 times and cash-in on people but then I realized that it can be a good idea as it will help re-shape game in each major release like Brood War changed original Starcraft. As it turns out, it exceeded my expectations because each release has an epic single game campaign and good impact on multiplayer. I decided to play all 3 campaigns at once and I am planning to buy at some point in near future.

During Starcraft 2 era I enjoyed commentary by Husky, StarcraftHD, Day9 and  Incontrol.  My favourite player was White-Ra because of his good heart personality. I also support TLO, White-Ra and all polish players.

Unfortunately, at some point, I got busy in real life (got married, change job and so on) and at the same time Starcraft 2 pass his peak time, lost momentum and start dropping in terms of quantity and quality of the tournaments which makes back to watch tournaments more and more difficult over time.


Personally, it is sad to see that popularity of Starcraft is going down so sharply but Starcraft exists for 20 years and it must happen sooner or later. I think Blizzard did a great job to keep the game for so long even if some mistakes and slow response to game’s needs may speed up this process of fading out of this game.

On a side note. One of the big advantages of being e-sport player than sport is that players can switch games if things go wrong over time. Something that is almost impossible in normal sport).

In my personal opinion, Starcraft and Korean scene were one of the main factors to popularize e-sport and create professional e-sport in the world. Thanks to other games I think e-sport will grow rapidly and one of the games will match the level of popularity as football. Speaking of football.  Unfortunately, mistakes like corruption, match fixing and drugs appear in Starcraft too. However, I will discuss this subject in the future blog entry.

Thanks to the internet we as a society is under revolution from the industrial age into the digital age where information and content is a value, not goods. It allows e-sport and games like Starcraft to create digital content by people can share their passion with others from all over the world. They didn’t need big media but they need the digital platform like YouTube and Twitch (known as It creates internet based shows like “State Of The Game” by JP and channels like Day9Tv and much more.

From my point of view, everything during a time of early days of Starcraft and e-sport was amazing and I have hoped that e-sport learnt from mistakes made by sports organisations. Unfortunately, real life was a bit different.  I didn’ know about dirty politics between Kaspa, Blizzard and so on. As mentioned before there were incidents with match fixing. Sadly innocent time is over. In my opinion, it will go in the same as football where the game industry will control everything. Again a subject that is worth its own blog entry.

If you are interested in the history of Starcraft’s e-sport history from various perspectives then I suggest you watch:



Many people didn’t understand why I watch other people playing games or watch e-sport. How I explain them this? Other people enjoy to watch sport, tv series or play the radio in the background while they are doing something else. I am doing the same but I watch e-sport tournament or watch somebody play game in the background while I am doing my things. Simple. As time goes more and more people will do the same.


As you can see,  Starcraft contribution to the game industry and e-sport is massive. I just briefly mention a few of them.

Big money brings great shows but it kills the spirit. Is it bad? No. It is great an e-sport is a booming industry now and who knows maybe my son will be part of this some day. These days e-sport is growing rapidly and a digital-sport becoming as popular as the physical sport with all good and very bad things.

I think I was lucky as I enjoy the best part of e-sport when it was in incubation. When ordinary people did commentary full of passion and players plays for being the best player. It creates many spectacular moments which I am grateful for.

I was an anonymous viewer who enjoys watching all these shows, thanks to commentators like:

  • Cholera
  • Klazart
  • Moletrap
  • Tasteless
  • Little Susie
  • Husky
  •  and a few more who I should mention but I forgot.

and players like:

  • Boxer
  • Flash
  • Bisu
  • Stork
  • Day9
  • White-Ra
  • Firebat
  •  and a few more who I should mention but I forgot.

It will be great to meet these commentators and players someday and say in person…


I hope all of you who I mentioned (or should mention but I don’t remember) somehow find this page, read and know somebody in this world appreciates what you did.

Anyway, I am looking forward to playing a Starcraft: Remastered to enjoy a campaign for fun.

Image source: (Official press resouces)

USS Dominik Chesham

USS stands for underground secret search and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction:


Chesham tube station
Chesham tube station

    The station was opened on 8 July 1889. Accidentally,  I have visited this station on the 128th anniversary of the opening.

    You can get here by Tube (Metropolitan line to Chesham, Zone 9*). It takes just … 74 minutes from Aldgate to Chesham. It is a very beautiful little station with old water tower, signal box and very lovely garden in the place where was track to another platform.

    I am very perplexed about Chesham. From one side it is a very beautiful little town with a decent high street that has a few local shops, big park, nice houses, churches ( St. Mary’s Church) and many places for a walk (I recommend Chess Valley Walk)  but … I had a feeling that Chesham is in decline. It looks like council just abandon this place. Park looks lovely but is lie shit mind field and pond looks like sewage tank. I want to go to Chesham Museum to learn more about Chesham but unfortunately, they just closed down during a lack of funding. 

Is any Good independent coffee place nearby?

I didn’t see any.

Is any good pub nearby?

    I didn’t find any local pub yet. Queen’s Head is a Fuller’s chain. I like this place for a unique character. They have a few popular craft beer. Beers are reasonably priced.

Is any good restaurant nearby?

    There are a few restaurants in Chesham. We tried Queen’s Head which is a pub with Thai food. The place is family (you can bring a child in pram) and dog-friendly which is always a plus. The food was OK but I get one of the tiniest portions of rice I ever had. 

    I tried also sandwich in Sandwich bar on High Street. It was  OK’ish, but it is worth to mention that they charge me £3  but price everywhere was £2.95. I have a rule, that if this kind of thing happens I never go there again. I do NOT recommend a Sandwich bar.

Is interesting places to see nearby?

  1. High Street
  2. Chesham Clock Tower
  3. Chesham War Memorial
  4. A few religious places

Interesting walks nearby?

There are many good walks. Check this website for details

On this blog, you can find my experience from some of these walks.

Trivia and other interesting and non-interesting  facts:

  1. In the movie The Imitation Game, 73 Church Street in Chesham appears as Alan Turing’s lodging house in Bletchley (Source: Wikipedia)
  2. Chesham station is around 40 km north-west of central London (measured from a famous place in Trafalgar Square near Charing Cross, making it the furthest London Underground station from central London.
  3. It is a northernmost London Underground Station.
  4. It is a westernmost London Underground Station.
  5. The distance between Chesham and Chalfont & Latimer is the longest between stations on the London Underground network.


Chesham station looks great. Chesham as a place is like heaven for people who love work in the city, have access to an endless amount of events but relax in a peaceful place. It is something which I always dream about it. Unfortunately, this place looks like is decaying and beauty is dying, therefore, you should see it before it lost its magic.

*) Yes, Zone 9 exists in London … well, it is outside of London, but Zone 9 exits on Tube.


Some Chesham citizen (Geoff Marshall/Londonist) (Wikipedia)

USS Dominik : Underground Secrets Search : Introduction

USS Dominik is sort of acronym for Underground Secrets Search by Dominik.

This is a 5 years mission: to explore strange new stations, to seek out new places and new civilizations, to boldly go where I didn’t bother to have gone before … eee … I got a bit too StarTreky. Am I?

This is my idea to explore and discover London. I came across this idea, because near the place where I live. Vibrant local shops disappeared at a scary rate and they are replaced by soulless chains, charity shops, and property management. 

I started on 1 July 2017 and I am planning to complete this quest by 1 July 2022.


I want:

  1. Catch what is left before other places will devour by clones of the same.
  2. For each place, I am planning to write a short entry where  I will try find interesting places and facts about it station and surrounding area.
  3. I will look for independent coffee shops, pubs, and unique restaurant (especially from EU but I will include good British and Chinese restaurants).
  4. I will see are they any interesting walks to do nearby.
  5. I will do some pictures of interesting places.

|Lots of things I learnt based on what I heard from various people but I always tried to verify some information by finding resources on the internet. Here is a list of resources:

  4. Geoff Marshall ( on his youtube and his videos on