Tech After Five

How to Get Your Next Tech Job in Charleston, SC

An episode of Tech After Five

By Phil Yanov
We build the tech community by creating meaningful connections through live, face to face networking events, purposeful emails, and this entertaining podcast.
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How to grow your team's tech skills without breaking the bank. (plus a special invitation.) - Joel Davis of Follett Software Solutions talks about the DIY Conf.
Few people realize that a 140 year old business has a software development lab in Greenville, SC. Although they have a couple of hundred tech people all over the world, they’ve got fifty or so in Greenville, SC. In this episode of the Tech After Five podcast, we talk to Joel Davis of Follett School Solutions about how it came to be that there has been a group of Follett developers in Greenville for over 14 years. He also shares with us the beginnings of the DIY Conference, a conference organized by Follett employees to help them build skills and then pass them along to their far flung peers. Joel tells us how one of those presentations changed company culture. The internal success of the conference has led them to expand it, in part, to invite outsiders to join them as they talk about software development in their company. So, listen to the podcast, and be sure to sign up for the DIY Conference on May 1. The public session is from 1pm to 5pm with a break and then with additional evening sessions. It’s free and open to software development professionals that would like to meet some peers and learn about the day to day operations of real live developers. Our Guest: Joel Davis of Follett Software Solutions. Also an organizer of their DIY Conference. Your hosts: Phil Yanov is the Founder and Lead Community Organizer of Tech After Five. Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneurs succeed and partnerships thrive @ Mind Your Own Business. (NB: Scott is missing from this episode, but he’ll be back next week!) Tech After Five offers live, face to face networking events for I. T. professionals. Whether you are looking for tech talent or you are talent looking for the next step in your career, we offer a path towards connection. Sign up for event announcements, networking classes and tips an our website Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. @TechAfterFive.
April 16, 2019
Building Tribe through CoWork, Conversation, and Conference. We talk to Chris Merritt.
One of my favorite CoWorking spaces to visit is Atlas Local. There is a really special sense of community in this location. It's the people, of course. That doesn't happen by accident. Atlas Local has both endured and grown and they continue to host a space that is beautiful, inspirational, and supportive. One of the features of this space are regular Zero Day meetings. You might think we're talking about cyber security gotchas, but you'd be exactly wrong. The founders of Atlas Local stole the concept of Zero Days from their hiking friends. Listen as Chris Merritt explains the philosophy of their coworking space and how that has led them to host yet another Greenville Grok conference. They want to Make Great Internet and want to find other people who share that goal and join in a conversation with them. Check out Chris, Atlas Local and the upcoming Greenville Grok conference! Our Guest: Chris Merritt is a Project Manager at Faculty, Managing Partner at Atlas Local and one of the organizers of Greenville Grok. Your hosts: Phil Yanov is the Founder and Lead Community Organizer of Tech After Five. Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneurs succeed and partnerships thrive @ Mind Your Own Business. Tech After Five offers live, face to face networking events for I. T. professionals. Whether you are looking for tech talent or you are talent looking for the next step in your career, we offer a path towards connection. Sign up for event announcements, networking classes and tips an our website Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. @TechAfterFive.
March 28, 2019
How to Get Your Next Tech Job in Charleston, SC
Want to know how to move your tech career forward? There are lots of people trying to help.  We invite Richard Sykora from Blackbaud to talk about how he came to SC, how he finds the people he needs, and how he has become part of the RestartSC organization that helps all types of job seekers prepare themselves for the next step in their career.  This information is valuable whether you are looking for your first job or are mid-career.  RestartSC is a volunteer group of professionals of all ages from various industries and backgrounds. Their team consists of human resources experts, retired executives, and business professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. All ReStart activities are free to participants. This includes their upcoming conference on Saturday, March 30, 2019. (By the way, they have group meetings year round, so even if you miss the conference, you'll get value out of their organization and listening to this podcast.) . Check out RestartSC at their website.  Your hosts: Phil Yanov is the Founder and Lead Community Organizer of Tech After Five. Scott Pfeiffer helps entrepreneurs succeed and partnerships thrive @ Mind Your Own Business. Tech After Five offers live, face to face networking events for I. T. professionals. Whether you are looking for tech talent or you are talent looking for the next step in your career, we offer a path towards connection. Sign up for event announcements, networking classes and tips an our website Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. @TechAfterFive.
March 15, 2019
How to Connect with the CyberSecurity Community including ISSA and the BSides Greenville conference.
CyberSecurity is a hot topic. It makes the news in all the wrong ways as bad guys keep hacking private data. Many times breaches occur because there simply aren't enough professionals in the field. This episode is a conversation with cybersecurity expert and local community organizer, Michael Holcomb. Michael brings cybersecurity professionals and novices together regularly at ISSA meetings. He is also responsible for bringing together the second BSides Greenville event. Coming up in March, BSides Greenville is a full day of learning and meeting others in the field, lunch included, for $20. It's going to be a great use of your time, and is, of course, a steal at that price. Whether you go or not, this is a great way to learn how you can get connected to other people in information security. Listen to Phil Yanov's conversation with Michael Holcomb. Links you'll need: Upstate SC ISSA Chapter: BSides Greenville: NB: At the time of publication, they HAVE activated the waitlist for the BSidesGreenville event. (It's sold out!) I'd recommend getting on the waitlist just in case they are able to make more space.
February 19, 2019
How to Use the Tech After Five List to Improve Your Professional Networking (New for 2019)
Want to improve your networking? Go to better events. We wish we were kidding about that, but it's true that most networking events are so poorly designed that they yield no results at all. We do things differently at Tech After Five. For years we have given you a list of people who have registered for the event. Well, we're working on a new format and this episode talks about how to plan and execute your attendance at Tech After Five by using the list.  Using our simple three step plan will help you get more out of any networking event.  1) Narrow Your Focus You can use the list to identify the contacts most likely to be meaningful for you as you build your network. Likely as not, there are more than you can actually talk to, so identify 5 or so that you would like to connect with. 2) Do Your Homework You might be great at "Cold Reads" but probably not. Why not be prepared before you get in the room. Research your Focus list on websites like LinkedIn before the event. You are more likely to be able to recognize them in the room and a quick review of their background might help you understand the ways in which you might be related or relatable. 3) Execute with Intention All of this is for nothing if you don't show up ready to be a connector. Be useful. Be helpful. Ask great questions. Follow up like nobody else. Most people are pretty bad at networking. It's going to be easy for you to distinguish yourself. But you've got to network like you mean it. This is a bonus episode of the Tech After Five podcast. All of our events can be found at the Tech After Five website. Sign up for our regular emails about professional networking, career building and tech entrepreneurship on the website. For more information about podcast hosts Phil Yanov and Scott Pfeiffer, be sure to look them up on LinkedIn.  Phil Yanov: Scott Pfeiffer:
February 12, 2019
How to Use Social Media to Enhance Your Live Networking
In this episode of the Tech After Five Podcast, Phil Yanov & Scott Pfeiffer talk to Ashley Coleman about her techniques and successes in creating viral LinkedIn posts to support her face to face networking efforts. Want huge effects? Us, too. It turns out that there are just a few rules to follow to ensure steady and sometimes awesome success. The Tech After Five podcast is powered by the live, face to face, Tech After Five networking events designed to bring IT Professionals together in a circle of support that builds both the local and larger community. Sign up for the live events at You can follow Phil at @PhilYanov on Twitter. Scott is at @FScottP. Of course, follow @TechAfterFive to see what we are up to as well. Our guest, Ashley Coleman is on LinkedIn at
October 17, 2018
Startup Story: Harold Hughes & Bandwagon Attack Ticket Fraud
Phil Yanov and Scott Pfeiffer talk to Harold Hughes about his Startup Bandwagon. Bandwagon brings blockchain to bear on tickets for sporting events. Their system allows teams to know who is in the seats, creating a better experience and offering a path to reduce ticket fraud for sporting and musical events. Harold talks about his jump from a corporate gig into the world of startups and fundraising. They have just begun a crowdfunding equity campaign and talk about the challenges of getting that started. We talk about pivots and how does the startup know when is the right time. He talks about getting his first investors via social media. And we ask him how he has been so successful in getting the publicity his startup needed to build community support. Learn more about Bandwagon on Twitter @OneBandWagonFan. Find us at @TechAfterFive. Phil Yanov is at @PhilYanov, and Scott Pfeiffer tweets @FScottp. Sign up for our events at
September 21, 2018
Mac or PC? How Do You Decide Now?
Three times over the past few weeks I've had someone ask me about buying a new computer. They were all in a place where they were starting over and they could decide whether they should go with Apple or Windows. In this shorter, bonus edition of the Tech After Five Podcast, Phil Yanov and Scott Pfeiffer discuss how to make your life easier by making the right choices for your technology stack.
August 14, 2018
Use LinkedIn Nearby to Power Up Your Professional Networking
In this Networking Power Tools edition of the Tech After Five podcast Phil Yanov & Scott Pfeiffer talk about how you can use the Find Nearby feature in the LinkedIn app to enhance your professional networking efforts. Properly used, you can expand your network with credible touch points, enhance your reputation, and deliver remarkable follow up. This is powerful networking advice that both the entrepreneur and job seeker can use to their advantage.
August 8, 2018
How Do We Get More Women In IT?
How do we get more Women in IT? We know there is a gender gap. We also know that teams with diversity perform better. What can we do to create a more favorable on-ramp for Women in IT? In this episode of the Tech After Five podcast we talk to Pamela Wood Browne about Women Who Code, SC Codes, and Code for Greenville! Let's get connected!
August 6, 2018
The Power of Personal Experiments. How to Level Yourself Up.
Feel stuck in a rut? Feel like your skills are falling behind? Wondering if you could even begin to learn something new? Maybe you want to wean yourself off of a habit. Well, we've got a Mastermind Technique for you. We run experiments. Short. Pointed. Actionable. Learn why and how to set yourself up to learn something new. Hosted by @PhilYanov & @FScottP Join us at a live event: Sample Experiments:
August 1, 2018
How to Raise A Million Dollars
Need to raise money for your venture? You are not alone. An important part of any startup's life is interacting with investors. How do you find the people who are interested in putting money in your business? There's a path for that. We talk to serial entrepreneur and SC Public Radio commentator John @SwampFox Warner about his adventures in raising money. He talks about building personal networks, expanding them, being persistent and what the proper care and feeding of your investors looks like after they invest. Join Phil Yanov (@PhilYanov) and Scott Pfeiffer (@FScottP) as they host the Tech After Five Podcast.
July 24, 2018
Lessons of a Serial Entrepreneur - Braddock Cunningham
Building a business you can one day sell is no accident. Too many entrepreneurs fail to realize the value of their businesses by failing to plan for their eventual exit. In this interview with serial entrepreneur Braddock Cunningham we talk about his journey as he discovered how to build a tech business and get his chips off the table and into his pocket. (more info at
July 23, 2018
How to Prepare for A Networking Event (like ours.)
Worried that networking might be a waste of your time? We offer some quick, actionable advice on how to get the most out of networking at Tech After Five's face to face networking events. By the way, this advice will probably work for other events as well. Do just a couple of these things and you'll change the results you get when you're making professional connections. Check out our live events at
July 22, 2018
Five LinkedIn Mistakes You Need to Avoid
If you are going to up your professional networking game, you'll need to make sure your LinkedIn profile is not the thing that keeps you from connecting. We've seen some horror stories and there are some errors so egregious that we just delete the connection requests. We don't want you, our Tech After Five attendee and listener to be making these mistakes. So we share them, along with some advice on how to get your profile ready to share. By the way, looking for some samples? Feel free to connect with Phil Yanov ( or Scott Pfieffer ( on LinkedIn.
July 19, 2018
How to Get a Job in a Week -- Using Social Media + Face to Face Connecting
Looking for your next job? Think you might be looking for your next job? We've got specific, actionable advice on what you need to be doing in order to land your next gig. If you are looking for work, but don't have a plan, chances are your job search is going to last MUCH LONGER than it needs too. Cut your job search in half, then in half again. Want more? Be sure to join us at Tech After Five! Our live events are listed at
July 19, 2018
Send us your questions
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July 19, 2018
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