Finding a Position

LinkedIn! - Connect with recruiters and reach out to real people who work at the companies you are interested in. If you see a 2nd-degree connection, ask one of your 1sts for an introduction! Turn on job alerts!

Indeed - The 'God' of job postings. Most other job sites are simply copy/paste postings from Indeed. Turn on job alerts! 

One of the most visited GIS/RS jobs site on the Internet. Started in 1992, the GJC has helped thousands of GIS/RS professionals find positions. With hundreds of positions in our database, the GJC has resources for both employers and those seeking jobs. - Great for finding local and national government positions.

USAjobs - Official government job focused on federal government jobs.

Non-verbals/Appearance - See how your profile photo rates in terms of ‘smart’, ‘trustworthy’, and ‘influential’

What the Body is saying - Navaro [Book] - Great book on non-verbals from an ex-FBI agent whose responsibility was to find liars.

Researching a Company

Glassdoor - The ‘Yelp’ of companies. I always check GD for employee reviews before applying to a company.

Crunchbase - Discover lots of info, including financials, acquisitions, news articles, and more!

Better Business Bureau

BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. We do this by

Setting standards for marketplace trust

Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses

Celebrating marketplace role models

Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior

Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities

SEC documents (Uber example) - For public companies, check out their S-1/A SEC filing containing a volume of information. The SEC requires IPOs to provide documents publically to educate potential investors on how a company intends to grow and make money. Visit the last page of ‘documents’, for the S-1/A containing a bundle of company info.

Job Fairs / Conferences

FOSS4GGeospatialTBATBAFree and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference 
Esri UCGeospatialTBATBAEsri User Conference 
AGUGeospatialTBATBAAmerican Geophysical Union conference 
GeoWeek (Colorado)GeospatialTBATBAGeospatial Conference in Colorado 
Esri Developer SummitGeospatialTBATBAEsri Developer Summit 
GeoDev Meetups (Esri)GeospatialTBATBAGeodev Meetups hosted by Esri 
Mississippi GIS conferenceGeospatialTBATBAMississippi Geospatial Information Systems conference
NACISGeospatialTBATBANorth American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting
GISProGeospatialTBATBAURISA's GIS Professional conference
OSM State of the mapGeospatialTBATBAOpenStreetMap State of the Map conference
Geospatial World ForumGeospatialTBATBAGeospatial World Forum conference
GeobizSummitGeospatialTBATBAGeobusiness Summit conference
EGU General assemblyGeospatialTBATBAEuropean Geosciences Union General Assembly
CalGISGeospatialTBATBACalifornia Geographic Information Association conference
USGIF GEOINTGeospatialTBATBAUnited States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation GEOINT Symposium
IntegroGeospatialTBATBAIntergeo conference
State of the MapGeospatialTBATBAOpenStreetMap State of the Map conference
GeoPythonGeospatialTBATBAGeoPython conference
OpenData Science ConferenceWeb3TBATBAOpen Data Science Conference in California
GeoBusinessGeospatialTBATBAGeoBusiness Show conference
expoverseWeb3Feb 27th - March 5thTBABlockchain and cryptocurrency conference
Consensus 2023Web3TBA   
ETH DenverWeb3TBATBAEthereum hackathon and conference 
ETH PortlandWeb3TBATBAEthereum hackathon and conference 
AAGGeospatialTBATBAAAG Geospatial Conference.

Cover Letters and Resumes

Reddit Cover Letters - Post your cover letter for general style and formatting critique.

Reddit Resumes - Post your resume for general style and formatting critique.

Reddit GIS - Post a resume for industry-specific advice.

My favorite guide on writing cover letters

Cover Tuner - Awesome tool for automatic cover letter analysis. Created by a Redditor!

Final Draft Resumes - I bought their resume package when I started; It was worth every penny. We went through several revisions until settling on a final draft.

HRnasty - Weird name, but great job-hunting tips

MS Word Tip - If you’re using Microsoft Word to create your resume, try hitting the keys Cntrl+Shift+8 to see all the formatting marks and hidden characters. You'll likely find inconsistencies!


InterviewThis (GitHub Repo) - Great list of questions to ask in an interview (as an applicant)

TheBalanceCareers Interview Qs A very comprehensive guide for interviewing from the applicant's perspective.

How to practice for an interview with Chat GPT


Resume Worded - They have a free LinkedIn reviewer tool that gives valuable advice. Might pay for the entire service in the future.

What did I miss?

Let me know in the comments!


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John Solly

Hi, I'm John, a Software Engineer with a decade of experience building, deploying, and maintaining cloud-native geospatial solutions. I currently serve as a senior software engineer at New Light Technologies (NLT), where I work on a variety of infrastructure and application development projects.

Throughout my career, I've built applications on platforms like Esri and Mapbox while also leveraging open-source GIS technologies such as OpenLayers, GeoServer, and GDAL. This blog is where I share useful articles with the GeoDev community. Check out my portfolio to see my latest work!