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Karl Hughes
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“We can't be the only one's that feel this way? Running is way more than just a sport. It is way bigger than winning or losing. Running has brought and…”
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Why does hiring a new engineer takes over a month?

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?
There is a lot of room for things to go wrong during the hiring process, and one of the reasons is how long it takes companies to hire someone. In fact, it seems that the average time to hire an IT professional is getting longer: In the U.S., here was the average time-to-hire for tech positions with at least
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Freelancing and the new human capital economy

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.
For employers, it's hard to beat the flexibility and cost benefits of flexible labor in the form of contractors, freelancers, and temp workers for certain jobs. While you wouldn't want your CEO to be a temporary hire, a large portion of IT resources are now being handled this way: By 2020, digital technology will enable 200 million who are inactive or
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I've been keeping up with hiring in Chicago for the past few weeks. Here are some of the employers doing the most hiring in mobile right now.
Android and iOS development are two of the hottest skills in tech hiring today, so it's no surprise that plenty of Chicago employers want to get their hands on developers with these skills. The great thing for job seekers is that they have plenty of options, but for employers this means the competition is stiffer than ever. Here are some of the top
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Coding Bootcamp Grads to Double in 2015

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/
Coding and developer "bootcamp" programs, which quickly teach the hands-on skills needed for web developers, are soaring in popularity thanks to a rise in the need for programmers and a large number of unemployed or underemployed college graduates in the job market. In 2014, just under 7000 people completed one of these bootcamps, but Course Report estimates that over 16,
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Age discrimination in the game design industry

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.
Older workers may be facing increasing challenges when it comes to finding work in the video game industry. David [Mullich] is 55 years old. Last year he celebrated his 35th year working in the games industry. His first project: a well-received adventure game based on the British television series The Prisoner. It was released in 1980. That is not a
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Big news in the home security tech space
Since being founded in 2000, Alarm.com has been growing in the home automation and security industry, and as that industry is on the verge of going mainstream, it's no wonder that the tech employer is seeking an initial public offering. Numbers wise, the IPO looks like a solid offering: Alarm.com reported $167.3 million in revenue for 2014
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Arizona loses jobs to technology

The story is pretty much the same anywhere else in the developed world: people are being replaced by technology.
While the debate over whether technology and increased automation replaces or displaces workers rages on, there are some career paths that are likely disappearing slowly in coming years. The Arizona Daily Star has pointed out five that hit especially hard at home for Arizona employees: Umpires - The state counts about 290 umpires, referees and other officials who earn about $30,340
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Sick of tech?

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.
If you're not sure what to do with your free time, but you don't want to go high-tech, you may be ready to pick up a side job. Besides helping you earn money, side jobs can be a good way to meet new people and push yourself in a completely unrelated field just for fun. Here are 6 side jobs suggested
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SelfieJobs lets you apply for jobs like you search for dates

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.
Finding and applying to the perfect job is a time-consuming process, but SelfieJobs is trying to bring the simplicity and speed of dating app Tinder to the job hunt: Prospective employees can upload a brief profile and a 22-second video pitch before applying for jobs with a twitch of the thumb. Meanwhile, employers can flick through potential staff to look
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What it really means to be a small-time CTO

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."
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Internet junkie, web developer, startup fanatic, bootstrapper, and continual student
Employment
  • Packback Books
    Software Engineering Manager, 2013 - present
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • JobBrander
    Founder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
  • MyUdaily
    Founder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Shakeup Media - Web development and community management
    Founder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur in Digital Media & Software Development, currently based in Chicago, IL
Introduction
What I do right now:
I am the Director of Student News at +Uloop, where I recruit, train, and manage hundreds of college writers at campuses across the country.  I do a lot of web development, and help with Uloop's social media strategy. I love code, and I love people.

My qualifications:
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.

After pitching my college news platform at business competitions for months, I was getting very little traction.  Uloop found out what I was doing, and eventually brought me on to their team to create Uloop News.  It's now the fastest growing college news blog in the United States with a presence at 50 campuses and over 400 writers contributing.

My Philosophy
Follow me for a week and you'll see that I'm controversial, fun-loving, and a deeply-rooted minimalist. My goal online is to start intelligent dialogues, not further the amount of trash out there to be discarded tomorrow. I live in a 300 square foot apartment with one chair and a mat on the floor, and I am as happy as Bill Gates.

For Fun:
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.

Let me know if I you'd ever like to chat:
(901) 827-9637
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"Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much."
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Chicago, IL
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Knoxville, TN - Memphis, TN - Louisville, KY
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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

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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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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.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
This place is amazing. Friendly staff, great food (whether you're vegan or not), and a wide variety of options. First time in today, and I can promise I'll be back.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Thursday and Saturday night are their big days. Never had the food, but the beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the people are always fun. It's one of the most progressive dance crowds in the city, and stays hopping till 2 or 3 am.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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They did a great job with my nose piercing. Their piercer was professional and very thorough when it came to explaining care instructions. He even told me to come in anytime for a follow up or new gauge if I felt uncomfortable with the one I got. This place might not be the cheapest, but if you're doing body modification, your health is worth more than saving a few bucks.
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reviewed a year ago
The pizza is excellent, they have a great beer selection, and there are live bands almost every night. The crowd is what you'd expect in the Old City, a mix of young and old. During the day, a great spot for your family or large groups to meet, but it does get a bit loud at night.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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