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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…

16 March
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Career Paths for Sourcers in Technical Recruitment

Sourcing is an important part of any recruiting, but particularly so for technical recruiting.  Many people started their career in technical recruiting as a sourcer.  We’d like to take a look at some possible career paths in technical recruiting for sourcers.

Career Paths for Sourcers in Technical Recruitment (Eremedia.com)

Today, we’re very lucky to have a chance to sit down with Amybeth Quinn, Global Strategic Sourcing Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Cloud and President of Sourcing 7 (a special interest group of Northwest Recruiters Association) to discuss this topic. Read more…

18 February
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Let’s Build a New Image for Technical Recruiting

Technology Heart

What‘s the first organic search result in Google when you type in “technical recruiting?”

Since Google personalizes search results, for me, the answer was a blog titled, “Why are technical recruiters so clueless?”, by none other than the creator of Ruby on Rails web development framework – David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp, known in the software community as DHH. In this blog, David Heinemeier Hansson opened with –

“Are there any recruiters working in technology who get it? Anyone putting in just a minimum of effort to appear even half-way competent? If so, they need to speak up. The reputation of their profession is being soiled by completely clueless hacks.”

DHH then included an actual email that he received from a recruiter, urging him to apply for “a rapidly expanding, VC-funded tech startup positioned squarely on top of the social media marketing revolution.” 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…

05 October
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From Spam to Good Read: Content Marketing Tips for Technical Recruiters

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Why do software developers often view emails from recruiters as spam? Usually in these recruiting messages, it’s all about getting the developer to become interested in the job opening the recruiter is trying to fill.  Therefore, if the position is not interesting to the developer (which is often the case), developers feel it’s a waste of time to read these emails.

No Value = Spam

What if technical recruiters can add something that developers find useful to their email messages?   Read more…

09 September
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Do you see what software developers see?

Many technical terms are named after common objects.  Here are some programming languages whose names make you think of something else. Check them out in this short video!

 

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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…

12 August
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Keep Your Head In The Clouds, As Well As Your Data

Cloud-Computing

Have you ever heard about the cloud but had no idea what “the cloud” was referring to? Chances are you’re using cloud software and services all the time: Flickr, Google Drive, even your own email. What all these services have in common is that they can store information via the Internet. This means that you can access them from virtually anywhere in the world as long as you’re connected to the Internet. This also allows for multiple users to view and edit information simultaneously. Group projects are no longer limited to being in the same place at once. The system enables connecting information via Internet is what we refer to as “the cloud.”
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03 August
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A language made in 10 days, now used by millions: a brief history of JavaScript

a brief history of JavaScript1

JavaScript is one of today’s most popular programming languages, however there were interesting twists in its history. It was created at Netscape in 1995. Originally known as Mocha, the name was chosen by Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape. Netscape wanted to make its own tiny programming language that runs right in the browser, instead of having to make up new HTML tags. Netscape wanted an easier-to-understand and accessible language to work for the web browser since Java was the dominant programming language of that time and was difficult to learn. Brendan Eich, a new hire at NetScape, created a brand new language in 10 days (most programming languages take years to create), what we know today as JavaScript. This seemingly haphazardly-created language seemed doomed from the beginning.

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27 July
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Keeping It Real With Real-Time Systems

Real Time Insights - How much are you willing to pay for it

Image: Infosys Blogs

The term “real-time” may be a term you have heard many times before. Did you know that many systems run on real-time as well?

Real-time systems have more specific conditions than regular systems, where there are strict timing restrictions on producing the outputs. This means the system must produce a response at a set deadline/time, or else there will be severe consequences. The definition of a real-time system may be confusing at first, so let’s use an example to illustrate the process.

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