Here's a job seeking guide, by Peter Varhol, contradicting the conventional wisdom: "Do this, don't do that. Get certified. Learn this language, or that platform. Specialize. Generalize. Know the business side. Be flexible."

Instead he states that: "There is no formula. And there is a lot of luck involved, both good and bad. There are things you can do to improve your chances, but there is no sure thing."