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25 May
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What Software Developers Really Think About Your Job Descriptions – Software Development Manager

In this series, I invite a qualified engineer/developer with matching or related technical background to review a real job description. Previously, an iOS Mobile Developer, Software Development Engineer, and a QA Engineer all shared how they feel about the job descriptions likely presented to them by recruiters. In this installment, we set out to uncover the unfiltered feedback on a Software Development Manager job description by interviewing a small startup CTO. You will also see how this person would approach job search if he were to enter the job market today. Please note: the following analyses only reflects the opinion of this specific interviewee. Read more…

08 December
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How Startups Can Win Top Talent – Part 1

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Last month, our Founder and CEO, Mei Lu, gave a talk on the “How Startups Can Win Top Talent” panel during Seattle Startup Week, hosted by Mikaela Kiner of uniquelyHR, along with four other panelists: Matt Cholerton, Jennie Ellis, Shauna Swerland and Meagan Sylvester. Mei shared tips on how startups can win top talent using a variety of strategies and techniques to attract, recruit, and hire top tech talent in today’s competitive market.

Here are Mei’s thoughts on questions from the audience. (This is part 1 of a multi-part series to address the hiring and recruiting questions of many startup founders.) Read more…

12 April
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Making Sense of “Number of Years of Experience” in Technical Recruitment

“3+ years experience with Ruby on Rails or similar web frameworks (i.e. Django)”work_experience

“5-10 years of experience in software development, framework architecture and design”

“7 years of experience in a full stack environment, building large scale consumer web applications”

There are endless examples of these requirements listed on typical job descriptions.  Many people, including job seekers, hiring manager and recruiters, recognize that “X years of experience” is a highly unreliable proxy to gauge someone’s capabilities.  Then, why do we keep using “number of years of experience” to describe what we are looking for?  Isn’t there anything else better? Read more…

28 October
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How Developers Scan Job Descriptions: SDE

Quality_EngineeringSoftware Development Engineer (Seattle)

Previously, Geekology interviewed an iOS Mobile Developer and an QA Engineer to learn how potential technical candidates feel about the job descriptions they would run into. In this installment in our series, we set to find out more by interviewing an experienced SDE currently working at a leading technology company. You will soon see from the candidate’s perspective on how he approaches the application process. Please note: the following analyses only reflects the opinion of the specific interviewee.

Please give us your career summary.

I’m a software engineer with 4 years of experience – 2 years at startups and 2 at a corporate level company. My key skills include:

  • C++
  • iOS Development
  • Parallel Computing
  • Computer graphics

If you were to get a new job today, what would it be? Read more…

26 August
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Project Managers: Why do we need them around in an IT environment?

Project-Manager1The position of project manager seems generic and self-explanatory; someone who manages projects. However, upon even a few minutes of searching, it is evident that the abundance of functions and job titles can be quite daunting. Therefore, this week on Geekology, we will attempt to clarify a few of these points.

First and foremost, project managers exist in every industry, whether be it architecture, construction, government, healthcare, real estate, you name it. Besides the basic communication and related soft skills that are necessary, their job functions require backgrounds that are industry specific. However, given the diversity of applicants, it is not uncommon for potential candidates to be lacking in IT-related experience. Fortunately, there are often non-technical positions that do not require computer science degrees and on the job training is also an option if the requirements are not overly rigorous. Read more…

19 July
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What is a Business Analyst?

Business analyst is a popular title across many industries, including software and management consulting. Consulting firms (think Accenture and Deloitte) of all sizes and tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Groupon, and even Big Fish Games are constantly hiring business analysts. To better understand this popular role, we will explain what they do and who would be good at it.

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19 February
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Software Engineers vs. Systems Engineers

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Here at Geekology, we like to make the technical world less cryptic. We do so by breaking down technical words in laymen terms. One of which, is the distinction between a software engineer and systems engineer. People are often unclear about the differences, especially when talking about software-intensive systems. Within these systems, there is a blurry line that separates the two, which is where the confusion can happen.

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22 April
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What’s a Software Architect?

There is no standard definition for the “architect” role in the software world. It could have very different meanings at different companies. Some teams think it is a role where you spend most of your time in high-level, abstract system design, while others consider it a hands-on role that exemplifies mastery of specific languages or applications.

What’s a Software Architect

There is no standard definition for the “architect” role in the software world. It could have very different meanings at different companies. Some teams think it is a role where you spend most of your time in high-level, abstract system design, while others consider it a hands-on role that exemplifies mastery of specific languages or applications.

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28 February
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What Is an SDET? What They Do and How to Sell this Role

If you are a technical recruiter, you might be a bit unclear about what exactly is an SDET. You might be wondering, “Is SDET same as a tester?” hqdefaultBut, SDETs seem to be requiring just as much coding as software engineers. Then you ask yourself, “What skills am I supposed to look for when my hiring manager is looking for an SDET?” Read more…

08 August
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Job Description Review by Developers – iOS Mobile App Developer

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iOS Developer (Seattle)

In this series, I invite a qualified engineer/developer with matching or related technical background to review a real job description. In these reviews, you’ll learn the unfiltered feedback and thoughts from the technical people who are the target readers of these job descriptions. Please note: each review reflects only the opinion of the specific reviewer.

Please give us your career summary.

I’m a software engineer with 6 years of experience – 3 years at startups and 3 at a big company. Technology summary:

  • web development – Ruby on Rails
  • mobile development – iOS development
  • distributed systems
  • C++

Read more…