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Karl Hughes
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Lives in Chicago, IL
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Superfast load times in #Wordpress. Here's how I got my load time to < 1s
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Agreed that the speed test is a bit arbitrary, although it's pretty easy to tell from Analytics where your traffic comes from and then do some tests on different locations. Sure, people with slow internet connections will get the content slower, but you can't fix that.

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Greetings from Switzerland!
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+Patrick Hughes no, my GF and I were doing some hiking in Zermatt for a couple days. We did a total of 2 weeks in Europe but Switzerland might have been our favorite.
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*Mega Post: Every Job Board I Could Find for Entry Level Jobs*

Some of these are specifically designed for entry level talent, and some just so happen to work. I've been collecting lots of job board details for a side project, and that helped me create this list for +JobBrander.

Let me know if there's a job board I missed and can add to the list!

Job boards are the first place that most entry level job seekers go when they're looking for work, so it's no surprise that there are a lot of competitors in the field. Some estimate the online job board market at over $3 billion, and employers as well as job seekers often rely on job boards when they need to hire or be
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Check out the latest entry level jobs in #NewYork  now live on +JobBrander!

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We're looking for a few good #Engineers  at +Packback 

If you know anyone or you're interested in hearing about what we're working on, let me know. It's an exciting time to be in the education and textbook space.
2015 has been a really exciting year for us at Packback. We released a complete rebuild of our eCommerce platform at, we brought on our fourth full-time engineer, we started contributing to the open source community, we hired our first three full-time salespeople, ...
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If you'd like to read more, but you're not sure where to start, here's what I'd recommend. These blogs cover a range of topics from personal finance to fitness to professional topics.

Let me know if you've got others that I should add to the list!
There's almost no end to the amount of free information and advice out there on the internet. The real challenge nowadays is sorting through the seemingly endless sea of blogs and news outlets to find advice and insight worth taking action on. Fortunately, we've encountered the same problem before and we've been working on a solution. If you're looking for a
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Hey Karl.  I'm honored and humbled to be included with all of the great resources listed.  
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An update on my big open source job board API project. If you're into PHP and want to get data from job boards, check it out.
As some of you may know, I've been working with Steven Maguire for the past year on a project to help standardize the retrieval of data from various job boards. As of today, our little project supports 13 job board APIs, and now I am finally using our open source project in production for ...
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Not sure why, but The End of the Tour is free on Amazon right now for any of you movie/book nerds -
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Only for USA credit card holders though
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Entry level jobs in #Chicago now live on +JobBrander 
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Entry level jobs in #Dallas now live on +JobBrander
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As a Developer wouldn't it be nice to have employers find you more often? Here are a bunch of my favorite tools for building an online presence as a software engineer.
What's the first thing potential employers do before they invite you in for an interview? They Google you. Some developers are reluctant to actively build their online presence, but it's the only way to make sure that what comes up when someone searches for you is both professional and positive. Fortunately, you don't have to spend a ton of time on "personal
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Writing your first cover letter doesn't have to be scary

I remember that it took me a long time to work up the courage to write a cover letter for the first time. You don't have to be intimidated by it though. So long as you're a decent writer (with a decent proofreader), it can only help your chances at landing a job.
If you've never written a cover letter before, you're not alone. One of the things new professionals struggle with most is their cover letter, but even if you're not the world's greatest writer, you should learn to write a decent cover letter. Even more than your resume, your cover letter will set you apart and show employers that you've got the skills
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Technology team builder and startup enthusiast

I'm a tech team leader who's spent the last five years in software engineering management roles at education technology startups.

I am currently the CTO of The Graide Network, where I have been transitioning of our web application from an offshore team to an in-house one built with PHP 7, Laravel 5.2, and Angular 2. I am passionate about startups and have formally and informally consulted with many small technology businesses over the past few years.

In my free time, I lead development and partnerships at JobApis, an open source organization dedicated to improving access to job board and company data.

To contact me, email

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Technology Entrepreneur & Engineer
  • Packback
    Head of Engineering, 2013 - 2016
  • JobApis
    Founder, 2013 - 2016
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • Shakeup Media
    Founder, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
  • The Graide Network
    Chief Technology Officer, 2016 - present
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Hireology: A Giant Family That “Drinks Its Own Kool-Aid” | JobBrander

Unlimited time off, full benefits, ping-pong and a fridge fully stocked with beer and Red Bull: welcome to Hireology. Based in Chicago, Illi

How to Learn to Code Without Going Back to School

The tools you need to hone web development skills are right at your fingertips.

Communication is Key: Beth Coley’s Tips for Young Professionals | JobBra...

There are a few skills that are necessary to success no matter what career path you take. Of these, many career professionals will point to

7 Reasons that Waiting Tables is Worth It | JobBrander

A common misconception is that part-time jobs are a waste of time. People think that making a cup of coffee, waiting tables, ringing up clot

Taking on More than the Minimum | JobBrander

Higher education is great for many things, but many new graduates quickly realize that they won't get everything handed to them quite as sim

Networking and Interning: There’s a Reason You Keep Hearing These Words ...

When I was in college the first thing my career adviser told me was to start looking for internships. I was only a freshman at the time, but

15 Things Job Seekers Have to Quit Doing | JobBrander

15 Things Job Seekers Have to Quit Doing. By Megan Weyrauch | November 3, 2014 | Job Search · Tweet · Pin It. You've been searching for a jo

Should You Open Up About Your Salary? | JobBrander

In many countries – the United States included – it is generally considered impolite or inappropriate to talk about your salary. In part, th

Inviting Innovation in Small Organizations — Karl L. Hughes | Technology...

When I joined Packback a year ago pretty much all we did was innovate. There were only four of us then, and we had very little in the way of

The Down Side to “Hiring for Fit” | JobBrander

The phrase, “We're looking for someone who's the right fit,” gets thrown around a lot in hiring these days. Everybody from startups to large

How Recruiters Take Advantage of Employee Dissatisfaction | JobBrander

If you've ever worked with a talent recruiter, you know that they can be a bit relentless. Not every recruiter is pushy or annoying, but tho

12 Secrets to Master College Career Fairs | JobBrander

As the weather (at least in parts of the country) gets cooler and students head back to classrooms everywhere, that can mean only one thing:

Why the Textbook Industry is Ripe for a Technological Revolution — Karl ...

I'll admit that I'm a bit biased in writing this, but my interest in publishing started long before I joined a company that's setting out to

5 Apps to Maximize Your Networking Potential | JobBrander

Getting hired is much more about who you know that what you know. Whether you like it or not, your professional network will likely be a big

The Myths You’ll Hear About Working as an Engineer at a Startup | GeekTime

Many of the early employees at Google and Apple and Facebook had written books and blog posts galore, but what about the thousands of less l

How to Stay in Shape During Your Job Search | JobBrander

There are a ton of advantages to working out, especially when you're in the middle of job hunting. If you're without a job or you hate the o

The Risk in Sending Your Startup’s Technology Offshore — Karl L. Hughes ...

To the non-technical startup founder, offshore outsourcing seems like a godsend. For pennies on the dollar, you can get programmers in India

10 Tips for Fresh Grads on Using LinkedIn | JobBrander

You did the college thing, you earned the degree and you accumulated the experience. Now, you just need the job. LinkedIn is a great network

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The biscuits are amazing. It's become my guilty pleasure before work once a week.
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Dollar for dollar, I haven't found any better Chinese food in this part of Uptown. It's cheap, greasy, and if you look inside the place you won't be impressed, but the food is excellent and the staff is friendly.
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I see Ben at Peter Field on a regular basis, and he's always extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Their work is also the best of any tailor I've found in Chicago. They know modern clothing styles and cuts for professionals, and I continue to recommend them to friends on a regular basis. The only thing they could improve is opening another location closer to my office!
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