Even as demand for technical talent has grown, the time required to interview and hire a new candidate has increased with time spans of over a month being average for software engineers.
Any ideas as to why it's taking longer to hire in-demand talent even when it's at your door?
In the past few years employers have been really pushing to move more jobs into freelance or contract positions. The benefit for them is obvious: a more flexible workforce means they can add and lose resources quickly when the market changes.
For employees, the new reality that freelancing is becoming the norm is more textured. On one hand, this "no-loyalty" mindset means that you don't have to sell yourself to one employer, but that also means that you're not likely to have much consistency in your career.
It's helpful to be aware of this trend whether you like it or not because as globalization and worker competition increase, it's not likely that companies will be moving more of their workforce into the full-time realm anytime soon.
I've taught and worked with a couple dev bootcamp programs here in Chicago and one of my engineers at Packback came from one of their programs. I like that they're challenging the standard view of education and producing useful workers.
More of my thoughts: http://www.karllhughes.com/2014/dev-bootcamp-program/
While its long been accused of favoring men over women, the video game industry may have a new dark side in favoring the young over the old.
The story is pretty much the same anywhere else in the developed world: people are being replaced by technology.
Every now and then I wish I could do something completely unrelated to technology to just "unplug". While I haven't actually done it yet, I've considered waiting tables on the weekends just for kicks before.
It seems like a gimmick, but maybe it's not a terrible idea. SelfieJobs is bringing the "swipe-right" experience of Tinder to the job application process by allowing applicants to post a 22 second video application via their phone.
It sounds like a glamorous title, but being the CTO of a startup is usually much more of a jack-of-all trades role than people realize. Not only are you in charge of technology decisions, building a team, and managing partnerships, but you also have to figure out security, building an MVP, and managing attrition.
Your role changes a ton as the company grows, and it can be very challenging if you just want to write code all day long like you did in the "good ol' days."
- Packback BooksSoftware Engineering Manager, 2013 - present
- Uloop - Student News & ClassifiedsDirector of Student News, 2012 - 2013
- JobBranderFounder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
- MyUdailyFounder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
- Shakeup Media - Web development and community managementFounder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
- Siemens HealthcareTechnical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
- GE Consumer and IndustrialMechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
- CleanAir EngineeringEngineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun. I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking. While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.
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