tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24043832924797617482011-04-21T21:39:08.862-05:00Tech Career TipsConfessions of a Tech HeadhunterTavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.comBlogger43125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-11939176591248052662009-08-09T21:24:00.001-05:002009-08-09T21:25:55.591-05:00Entry Level .NET Developer (2 or 3 spots open)<div about="https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjeremiah/3246166020/" xmlns:cc="https://creativecommons.org/ns#">&#160;</div> <p><a title="By Jeremiah Peterson - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjeremiah"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="MPLS" border="0" alt="MPLS" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/Sn-Eyd4uw9I/AAAAAAAAAKc/pXKJ59FEtMM/MPLS%5B6%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="281" height="226" /></a> Hey gang, one of my largest clients just pinged me about the need for 2 to 4 .NET software developers in the Twin Cities (Minnesota). I’ve placed 50+ developers there over the years. They offer a great environment to learn and grow, but…….. YOU MUST MEET SOME HIGH STANDARDS. We’ll be doing interviews and testing over the next two weeks to qualify candidates. If you fit the profile (see below) please submit your resume via email (you can find it on the right side bar). </p> <p><font size="1">Photo by: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjeremiah">Jeremiah Peterson</a></font></p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT</strong> – We are only looking for candidates local to the Twin Cities area. You will be interviewed (face to face) on two separate occasions. </p> <p>______________________________________________________________________</p> <p><a href="https://www.resourcegroup.com/joblisting.asp?PK_lJobID=24">Job posting on our website</a></p> <p><strong>Entry Level Developer/Programmer</strong> <br />IMPORTANT: <br />1. We are only looking for recent Computer Science or MIS graduates that are extremely passionate about testing and programming. <br />2. We are interested in candidates with a 4-year B.S. degrees, but will consider a 2-year Associates degree with 0-1 years post school work experience. <br />3. <u>MUST be authorized to work in the USA. <br /></u>4. We are ONLY interested in candidates that live in MN, WI, ND, SD or IA.</p> <p> <br /><strong>Client Background</strong>: <br />Our client is a full services application design and development company, specializing in the use of the Microsoft suite of developer’s tools. Due to the success of our client’s new service offerings they are expanding their Managed Services Delivery Center located in their Minneapolis facility. Our client’s Delivery Center team works on a variety of desktop and web-based business applications for various clients in a casual team oriented environment. The majority of their development work utilizes Microsoft technologies, including web-based applications using ASP.NET, XML and HTML, and desktop applications using Microsoft .NET (C# and VB.NET) and SQL Server. <br />These positions represent a great career opportunity for entry level IT professionals (Quality Assurance Testers and Programmers) who are interested in working in a challenging and rewarding team oriented environment where the best IT skills are recognized and rewarded, and growth and advancement opportunities are plentiful. Thus, if you are a new graduate or an entry-level programmer and you are looking for a career opportunity where your IT skills will continue to be valued and developed, we encourage you to read the information provided here, and to e-mail your resume today. You will work in a supportive environment of intelligent and energized colleagues who share your passion for pushing the limits of technology. <br />****If you have Passion for application development, If you are self-motivated, if you can adapt in a fast changing environment and if you a have excellent problem solving skills then please read the following position summary. ****</p> <p> <br /><b>Position Summary:</b> <br />This position will be responsible for creating detailed technical specifications, developing application code, participating in code reviews and quality testing, and performing ongoing support, maintenance, and enhancement activities for desktop and web-based business applications. THIS IS NOT A HELPDESK POSITION. This position will provide an excellent opportunity for an new graduate or an entry-level programmer to work with senior .NET experts as mentors. The level of participation and responsibility within the project team will be driven by the candidate's level of skills, experience, and desire.</p> <p> <br /><b>Responsibilities:</b> <br />Candidate will be held responsible for performing the following: <br />• Review and understand detailed business, functional and technical requirements <br />• Provide input into detailed project estimates and work plan <br />• Participate in development of detailed technical specifications <br />• Accurately document design, code, and other work <br />• Develop simple to intermediate code for new or existing applications according to specifications <br />• Track and repair simple to intermediate defects <br />• Participate in design and code reviews <br />• Plan and conduct system, unit, and integration testing <br />• Prepare and package code for production deployment <br />• Provide production user support for simple to intermediate issues <br />Technical Knowledge: <br />Candidate must be able to demonstrate basic knowledge in: <br />• Object Oriented Programming <br />• .NET programming languages (any of these - VB.NET, C#, ASP.NET) <br />• Windows DNA (3-Tier) programming languages (Visual Basic, C++, ASP) <br /> <br />Please contact me if you have interest in this position: <br />Tavis Hudson <br />Partner <br />Technical Resources <br />952-856-0070 <br />e-mail: <a href="mailto:tavis@resourcegroup.com">tavis@resourcegroup.com</a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-1193917659124805266?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-86031464834317995452009-07-20T15:15:00.001-05:002009-07-20T15:17:25.476-05:00Java User Group – Mapping +<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SmTQ0-MQvnI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/jNtsvKNl3WU/s1600-h/David%20Hemphill%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="David Hemphill" border="0" alt="David Hemphill" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SmTQ1O-mGXI/AAAAAAAAAKA/y_fniEgb4u8/David%20Hemphill_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="84" height="84" /></a> Guest blogger David Hemphill from <a href="https://www.objectfx.com/">ObjectFX</a> (<a href="/2009/02/ask-vs-act.html">Act vs Ask</a>) has announced a great topic at the next Java User Group meeting at Intertech. </p> <p><strong>What</strong>: Java User Group - <a href="https://www.intertech.com/UserGroups/JUGPresentation.aspx?TopicID=137">Mapping and Beyond: Adding Geospatial Capabilities to Java Applications</a></p> <p><strong>When</strong>: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - Social time starts by 5:30pm and the presentation starts promptly at 6:00pm, typically lasting for an hour to an hour and a half.</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: <a href="https://www.intertech.com/About/Locations.aspx">Intertech</a></p> <p>Harold Osmundson, an Engineer at ObjectFX will discuss and demo some of ObjectFX’s geospatial capabilities, such as mapping and near real-time spatiotemporal analysis. </p> <p>Use this as an opportunity to learn, connect and grown you personal network. I’ve met some of the guys at ObjectFX and they really know what they are doing. Enjoy! </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-8603146483431799545?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-88842523317426383522009-06-30T10:17:00.001-05:002009-06-30T10:17:31.240-05:00Prodigy Developers - Sara Chipps<p><a href="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkosiGaMb_I/AAAAAAAAAJs/Camq6aWC1xM/s1600-h/cooltext424799931%5B1%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="cooltext424799931" border="0" alt="cooltext424799931" src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkosiTj98qI/AAAAAAAAAJw/EsZUQGNiSmw/cooltext424799931_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="148" height="103" /></a>Here is the third installation of my Prodigy Developers interview: Sara Chipps – You can find her at <a href="https://www.girldeveloper.com">GirlDeveloper.com</a>.&#160; I highly suggest you check out her site. You will find some links below. She is loaded with energy, intelligence and a great thoughts on advancing your career as a developer.&#160; </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkosiY8A39I/AAAAAAAAAJ0/o772sFanfUo/s1600-h/sarachipps3.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="sara-chipps" border="0" alt="sara-chipps" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/Skosiocb71I/AAAAAAAAAJ4/2Ex4Y6ufc2o/sarachipps_thumb1.jpg?imgmax=800" width="140" height="173" /></a> </p> <p><strong>Who</strong>: Sara Chipps: </p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: <a href="https://www.girldeveloper.com">GirlDeveloper.com</a> and <a href="https://itmanagement.earthweb.com/entdev/article.php/3819656/A-Developer-and-her-Netbook-Cheap-NET-Coding.htm">Datamation</a> (Search for “Sara Chipps” and review some of her great columns and career suggestions)</p> <p><strong>Employer</strong>: MakeOver Solutions&#160; Site = <a href="https://www.dailymakeover.com/">DailyMakeover.com</a>&#160;</p> <p><strong>Connect</strong>: Sara is open to comments and questions - <a href="mailto:sarajchipps@gmail.com">sarajchipps [at] gmail.com</a>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Sara has a realistic approach to communication in the work place and how to interact with others (in work or in the tech community) to learn and grow. She is not afraid to really push herself into uncomfortable areas, then using that experience to succeed and grow. She is very courageous and confident (although she may say otherwise). </p> <p><strong>Here is the Q&amp;A with Sara.</strong> </p> <p>Production Note: (Each link will take you to just that question/answer)</p> <ul> <li>Sara’s Background: <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtYmFja2dyb3VuZC1tcDM=">Who What Where When</a>: (2:40) .NET Developer at MakeOver Solutions - <a href="https://www.dailymakeover.com/">DailyMakeover.com</a>, Speaking, Writing, very involved </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtY29uaW51ZWQtdHJhaW5pbmctbXAz">Continued Education / Training and the Community</a>: (2:19) She uses training events, user groups, writing and connecting with other developers to force her learn. “People that really get involved keep each other educated.” </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtY2hhbGxlbmdlLXdvbWFuLWJlbmVmaXRzLW1wMw==">being a woman in software Development Industry</a>: (2:53) Gender is not an issue unless you make it an issue. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.&#160; Many resources out there for women developers (technical professionals). ***Side note: Here is a <a href="https://itmanagement.earthweb.com/features/article.php/3747396/An-Open-Letter-to-Girls-Considering-a-Career-in-IT.htm">related article</a> Sara wrote for Datamation on Girls Considering a Career in IT. </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtc29mdC1za2lsbC1jb21tdW5pY2F0aW9uLW1wMw==">Importance of Communication</a> (4:34) Most important non-technical skill is “Communication.” You must <u>hear</u> what they say vs. what they mean. She answers the differences in communicating with Developers, Users and Leaders.&#160; </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMta25vdy15b3Utc3RyZWdodHMtd2Vha25lc3MtbXAz">Strengths and Weaknesses</a> (1:13) Good developer knows strengths and weaknesses </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtc20tYXNraW5nLXF1ZXN0aW9ucy1tcDM=">Growing through the use of social media and benefit for asking Good Questions</a> (2:09) “Ask questions all the time” always have someone to contact to help out with an problem. “There is such a thing as a <u>dumb question</u>” – do some research first, be prepared. </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtbW9zdC1lbmpveS1hbmQtYmFsYW5jZS1tcDM=">Most Enjoyable part of being a developer and Balance</a> (2:07)&#160; Love all of it. I do what I love. Choose what part of your craft you are good at, do it well. </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtd2hhdC1pcy1uZXh0LXNtLXdhbi1wYXJ0eS1tcDM=">Reaching out to Community and her WAN Party</a> (3:02) Do more with the community, speaking, WAN Party forces her to learn more. </li> <li>Sara on <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/nj9zhquraugs9c/asset/c2FyYS1jaGlwcHMtbWVudG9yaW5nLW1wMw==">Mentoring</a> (2:08) Most important thing to do when you start out is find a mentor. Find someone that thinks like you, but better. Find multiple mentors. </li> </ul> <p>For reference here is Sara’s latest VLog: <a href="https://girldeveloper.com/vlog/girl-developer-the-news/">Girl Developer the News</a></p> <p><embed src="https://blip.tv/play/AYGLqxqW_1o" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="520" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Again I think you will see a similar thread here with <a href="/2009/06/prodigy-developers-jacob-good.html">others</a> I’ve interviewed. In addition to their technical skills, hard work and passion they’ve had a good return on their investment by getting involved in the developer community.&#160; In Sara’s case she is everywhere; writing, speaking, blogging, vloging, answering questions, asking questions, creating her own WAN parties. She is not afraid of doing the uncomfortable for a personal / profession gain.&#160;&#160; </p> <p><strong>ASK YOURSELF:</strong></p> <p>What are you doing to get involved in the community? </p> <p>How have you put yourself into uncomfortable situations to help you grow (knowledge and career)? </p> <p>Are you learning new things by interacting with other developers. </p> <p>Do you have a mentor? </p> <p>Do you really know your Strengths and Weaknesses?</p> <p>Are passionate about what you are doing? </p> <p>What are you doing to sharpen your communications skills?</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>Decide to do at least one thing to increase your value to your employer. Today is the day!</strong></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-8884252331742638352?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-35377635476268166102009-06-24T10:39:00.001-05:002009-06-24T10:39:45.286-05:00Passion and Dedication - Underrated.<p><a href="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkJIrGgXUdI/AAAAAAAAAJk/SZdtE-Y0swc/s1600-h/network%20view%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="network view" border="0" alt="network view" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkJIrcoflsI/AAAAAAAAAJo/RtBnuSr2Qiw/network%20view_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="163" /></a> This is a follow up to the <a href="/2009/06/prodigy-developers-justin-chase.html">Prodigy Developers interview</a> with <a href="https://www.justnbusiness.com/">Justin Chase</a>. Justin elaborates a little more on passion, dedication and creativity vs programming smarts. Great post. Follow link to Justin’s blog&#160; <a href="https://www.justnbusiness.com/">https://www.justnbusiness.com/</a> to read more. </p> <p>Thank you! </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><font size="1">Photo by: </font><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kryptyk/"><font size="1">Kryptyk</font></a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-3537763547626816610?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-33376399268884503422009-06-23T23:12:00.001-05:002009-06-23T23:13:10.950-05:00Prodigy Developers – Jacob Good<p><a href="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkGnr94aYAI/AAAAAAAAAJY/zYtIVzoXZaM/s1600-h/cooltext424799931%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="cooltext424799931" border="0" alt="cooltext424799931" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkGnsT1sEJI/AAAAAAAAAJc/-ZmSnoe-M9o/cooltext424799931_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="169" /></a> </p> <p>The second Prodigy Developers interview (<a href="/2009/06/prodigy-developers-justin-chase.html" target="_blank">first interview here</a>) is with Jacob Good (Lead API Developer at <a href="https://drop.io" target="_blank">Drop.io</a>) I recorded our call and broke out some of the more interesting questions / answers. Easier for him to explain it verses me to interpret it. At some point I may just turn these interviews into a podcast, but for now the post will be organized into bite sized questions/answers.&#160; I apologize for some of the audio quality. This was recorded on Skype and my mic was way up.&#160; You may want to turn down your speakers a bit. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I met Jake back in 2004 <a href="https://www.thoughtstoblog.com"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Photo 11" border="0" alt="Photo 11" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkGnsnm4KNI/AAAAAAAAAJg/0zi1EVPc6_k/Photo%2011%5B3%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="184" /></a>at a .NET user group meeting held at the local Microsoft office. I think it was a <a href="https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752059.aspx" target="_blank">XAML</a> presentation.&#160; Anyway I was impressed. Jake is passionate, opinionated, technically talented, inquisitive, and confident. All great traits. He prolific on <a href="https://twitter.com/gooberdlx" target="_blank">twitter</a> and his blog <a href="https://www.thoughtstoblog.com" target="_blank"><em>Thoughts to Blog</em></a><em>.</em> BTW – Jake didn’t pose for this posting. He is always in deep thought.&#160; </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Jake was kind enough to spend over an hour with me. Here are some of the questions we covered. </p> <p>1. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLWluLXRoZS1jb21tdW5pdHktbXAz" target="_blank">Interact with the Community</a> – Put yourself out there…Tell people who you are…Keep it up, keep up the connections…Get your code out there…Help your career advance. </p> <p>2. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLXN3YWxsb3ctcHJpZGUtZWdvLW1wMw==" target="_blank">Swallow your pride / Ego</a> – Check your Ego at the door…No Rock Stars in a Team…Balance your confidence</p> <p>3. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZWdvb2QtcGFzc2lvbi1tcDM=" target="_blank">Passion</a> – Don’t make excuses…Get out there and make things happen </p> <p>4. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLW1lbnRvci1tcDM=" target="_blank">Connecting with a Mentor.</a> – Look for Mentors that aren't afraid to give constructive criticism…Allow them to push you</p> <p>5. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLXNpZGUtcHJvamVjdHMtcnVieS1tcDM=" target="_blank">Side Projects – Ruby</a> – What side projects…The software chose him…How it effects his career…Build something…Bleeding edge</p> <p>6. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLWNvbW11bmljYXRpb24td2l0aC1tYW5hZ2Vycy1tcDM=" target="_blank">Communication with Business Managers</a> – Having a story with value…Don’t get into too much detail early on…Ask why…</p> <p>7. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLWJpZy1waWN0dXJlLW1wMw==" target="_blank">Big Picture</a> – Make it (show) valuable…Mount Rushmore, break it down…Don’t get into the small stuff in the beginning...Look at it through the users perspective…Keep your eye on the big picture for everything you do. </p> <p>8. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLXdoYXQtaXMtbmV3LW1wMw==" target="_blank">Where are we going and what excites you?</a> – More Integration…Focus on Platforms not Products…Data Analytics…Collective Intelligence…More Cloud</p> <p>9. <a href="https://drop.io/hidden/g6npweplanxij5/asset/amFrZS1nb29kLWRyb3Bpby1tcDM=" target="_blank">What’s new at Drop.io</a>? – Simple Private Sharing…Empower Developers…Richer API…Real-time solutions…Making things easer for users (simple) </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Again this Prodigy Developers interview series is about getting in the heads of younger developers that have made good career choices and are seeing success. My hope is that you can pick up a few good tips here and there. As these interviews continue I bet we will notice some of the answers have a similar threads. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-3337639926888450342?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-7656828417116716132009-06-23T13:02:00.001-05:002009-06-23T21:32:31.534-05:00Prodigy Developers – Justin Chase<p><a href="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkEYuk8j8JI/AAAAAAAAAJI/NcPvFpYe30s/s1600-h/cooltext4247999312.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="cooltext424799931" border="0" alt="cooltext424799931" src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkEYu__tNqI/AAAAAAAAAJM/0gMxMpEvP2A/cooltext424799931_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="169" /></a>As part of my goal to help increase your value to your employer, I’m starting a new segment called “<a href="https://twitter.com/ProdigyDevs" target="_blank">Prodigy Developers</a>.”&#160; I’ll be interviewing successful developers still in the early stages of their career.&#160; Digging into what has helped them succeed, their suggestions, their experiences, their thoughts on the future of software development and more.&#160; My hope is that you’ll learn from the experience of these success stories and get motivated to expand your skill set. I’ll do brief reviews of their background and focus on one or two main suggestions career success points. I also hope to add some audio clips of each interview. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><a href="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkEYvO-PANI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/0TQ1vaHp5Ho/s1600-h/JustinChase3.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Justin Chase" border="0" alt="Justin Chase" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SkEYvjjvnyI/AAAAAAAAAJU/t8I0WrzploM/JustinChase_thumb1.jpg?imgmax=800" width="168" height="127" /></a>My first interview is with <a href="https://justnbusiness.com/" target="_blank">Justin Chase</a> – Currently a software developer at Microsoft (Minneapolis, MN) on the <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/Expression">Expression</a> team. I was lucky enough to meet and place Justin back in 2005 just as he graduated from the <a href="https://www.d.umn.edu/" target="_blank">University Minnesota Duluth</a>. (In the future I hope to record these conversations and add that to the post. In this case I don’t have a recording so this post will be a short one.) </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Justin is an extremely talented developer. 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It’s really up to you. Here is what I got from Justin. </p> <p>What do you get of maintaining your blog?</p> <p>The time and effort put into <a href="https://justnbusiness.com/">https://justnbusiness.com/</a> is helpful as a Dev journal. It’s a place to put thoughts. It’s not monetized, it doesn’t have a huge following, but he maintains it out of the <a href="https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc135988.aspx" target="_blank">passion for the craft</a> (<em>Scott Hanselman</em>).</p> <p>If you have been a reader of my blog you will notice a continuing thread. </p> <ul> <li><a href="/2009/02/build-your-professional-network.html" target="_blank">Build you personal Network</a> </li> <li><a href="/2009/01/beyond-tech-skills-whats-employer.html" target="_blank">Have and promote Passion for what you do</a> </li> <li><a href="/2009/01/know-thyself.html" target="_blank">Know what you want.</a> </li> </ul> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-765682841711671613?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-10669335186689203472009-06-10T10:43:00.001-05:002009-06-10T10:46:54.739-05:00Your Value in a Down Economy<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/29407923@N03/2899705638/"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Down Chart (2)" border="0" alt="Down Chart (2)" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/Si_UtFMoobI/AAAAAAAAAJE/TTD5NSeUauY/Down%20Chart%20%282%29%5B3%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="174" /></a> As many of you know I’m a big fan of Richard Campbell, (Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and Microsoft Regional Director for British Columbia) from <a href="https://www.dotnetrocks.com/" target="_blank">.NET Rocks</a> and other writings and conferences. I was sent an email from <a href="https://ct.pminews.com/rd/cts?d=33-66468-6127-11567-82807-3281656-0-0-0-1-3-218">DevProConnections.com</a>&#160; (another resource for developers) about a quick podcast they did with Richard. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The podcast description is quoted as:</p> <blockquote> <p> Interview discussion regarding practical advice for developers in a down economy. </p> </blockquote> <p>The best bits really focus on something I’ve not talked a lot about yet, and that is how valuable a developer is to his/her employer when it relates to saving money/time for the business. Richard stresses you really need to know your employers “business,” I call it “the what, and why and, how it is effected.” Software development is the one area where someone can really increase productivity and reduce wasted time on a massive scale, thus providing great value. …But you REALLY need to understand “The Business.” </p> <p>To understand “The Business” you need to get to know your co-workers, project managers, business managers, sales reps, product engineers, service reps, budget managers…(not necessarily other developers) and ask them what their business goals are, what their needs area, what their frustrations are??? …. Not that you are going to handle every problem by adding a feature to the App (please don’t to that), but <u>to know</u> their issue is to understand. Anyway I’ll stop here. Listen to the podcast to get a glimpse of what Richard is talking about. </p> <p>Get access to Podcast <a href="https://pentontech.webex.com/ec0509l/eventcenter/recording/recordAction.do?theAction=poprecord&amp;confViewID=1313502&amp;rnd=4551541508&amp;siteurl=pentontech&amp;servicename=EC&amp;recordKey=B52DFE470933D2E23611C349FD4508F1776E6CD6B7D862F02143719D77844C1F&amp;RecordingID=1313502&amp;AT=VR&amp;needFilter=false" target="_blank">here</a> – I say “get access” because you will need to give your name and contact info to listen to this 10 min podcast. I’d prefer not to give my data for a 10 min podcast, but like I said, Richard has some good points.&#160; </p> <p><font size="1"><em>Photo Credit - </em></font><a title="From Flickr" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/29407923@N03/2899705638/" target="_blank">Stepleton</a><font size="1"><em></em></font></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-1066933518668920347?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-62705867767121999202009-06-10T09:33:00.001-05:002009-06-24T11:32:17.488-05:00Tech Career Choices – Q&A<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/Si_ESpFOZtI/AAAAAAAAAI8/6zV1U5K6KuI/s1600-h/Question%20Mark%5B3%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Question Mark" border="0" alt="Question Mark" src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/Si_ESw-eGEI/AAAAAAAAAJA/3FQdIFRKhYg/Question%20Mark_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="154" height="191" /></a> I got the OK to post parts of a Q&amp;A from a <a href="/" target="_blank">TechCareerTips.com</a> reader. Thank you Reader! </p> <p>This is a question I get often and thought others would benefit from it. </p> <p>Notice I didn’t directly answer his main question, but asked him to looking at his abilities and passion first. All of these areas are growth oriented, but have different individual profiles. So it’s hard for me to say one verses the other without knowing more about the individual.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>From Reader:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>Hi, I am currently considering a career in the Tech field but I am unsure in which specific area to get into..&#160; There are so many choices that it is a little daunting choosing a route to take.&#160; I'm looking into Software Engineering, IT Security, and a few areas in Information Systems.&#160; In your opinion what is the better choice[?]…..</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Response to Reader:</strong> </p> <p>Thank you for your email. You are right there are many choices and questions. It really depends on your background, your skill level and your passion. For example, in Software Engineering, logic skills and passion run handing in career success. Hard to suggest what “avenue to go down” from only reading an email, but I can give some guidelines or questions to ask yourself.&#160; </p> <p><strong>[Reader expressed a wide variety of interests]</strong>&#160;</p> <p>Regarding your varied interests, one of the harder parts of deciding a career track is to streamline your interest, define what it is you really want to do. I’d write out on a piece of paper all the things that really interest you, don’t limit yourself, make it 6 pages if you can. Go over it again and again and cross out areas/topics that don’t fit into your career goals and see what stands out. See my blog on “<a href="/2009/01/know-thyself.html">Know Thyself</a>.”</p> <p><strong>[In response to a question regarding Job security]</strong></p> <p>Remember, even with a high growth area like Tech, there is no such thing as “Job Security.” I’ve seen very good, experienced programmers, lose jobs. As long as you work for someone else you will never have “Job Security.”</p> <p><strong>Something to consider</strong> </p> <p>Getting and maintaining a tech career has a lot to do with continued education in your chosen field. Ask yourself – Are you interested in going into a career where you will be required to <u>continue to</u> learn tools, techniques, languages, methodologies, etc.? This is critical. Do you have the ability to pay for and attend classes (now) in IT, software development and/or security? Do you have the inner fortitude to learn on your own (work on side projects on your own – with or without pay)? If you can answer YES with conviction, then I think you could move forward. As long as you have the logic skills required for the field you choose. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><strong>I Invite Questions:</strong></p> <p>Understand you are not alone in having questions and thoughts about your career direction. Please feel free to share, in most cases you will be helping others with the same concerns. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-6270586776712199920?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-41619741538412769952009-06-08T10:04:00.001-05:002009-06-08T10:04:34.447-05:00.NET Interview Questions<p>I get many questions and request for example Interview Questions. This is also a common question on <a href="https://www.stackoverflow.com" target="_blank">Stackoverflow</a>. Back in 2005 <a href="https://www.hanselman.com/blog/AboutMe.aspx" target="_blank">Scott Hanselman</a> created a list of .NET questions, originally for ASP.NET, but now expanded. Covering Entry level, Junior and Senior developers, including UI and XML developers.&#160; It’s very in-depth and still very valid. There are no answers just questions that you should know. </p> <p>Here is the link to his post:</p> <p><a href="https://www.hanselman.com/blog/WhatGreatNETDevelopersOughtToKnowMoreNETInterviewQuestions.aspx">Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen - What Great .NET Developers Ought To Know (More .NET Interview Questions)</a></p> <p>BTW – <a href="https://www.hanselminutes.com/" target="_blank">HanselMinutes</a> is a weekly podcast put out by Scott. It’s worth the time to listen. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-4161974153841276995?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-73681284107807257162009-05-20T13:30:00.001-05:002009-05-20T13:31:19.970-05:00How Developers Should Prep for a Phone Interview - Part 2 of 2<p><a href="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ShRMV4Ciy6I/AAAAAAAAAI0/q_0MSZAtQPw/s1600-h/bigredphone2.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="big red phone" border="0" alt="big red phone" src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ShRMWK8VooI/AAAAAAAAAI4/MzzNegNKtVs/bigredphone_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="184" /></a> This is a follow-up post to <a href="/2009/05/how-developers-should-prep-for-phone.html">How Developers Should Prep For A Phone Interview - Passion and Energy</a>. </p> <p>Today I’ll talk about:</p> <p><strong># 2 Experiences and Qualifications -</strong> requires more thought</p> <p>Recruiters can’t comprehend all your experiences by reading your resume. We need to interact with you directly.&#160; Here are my thoughts on what you need to know to have a good initial phone screen. </p> <p>Project experience - (be ready to talk about the following) </p> <ul> <li>How many projects and the size of the projects (Time and Complexity) </li> <li>What does that App / Solution do – what is it for </li> <li>What is the (are the) business case(s) for the Apps you worked on </li> <li>Size of typical team(s) you have worked with (could be team of 1 or 20) </li> <li>What was your responsibility </li> <li>What you competed, maintained, build from scratch… </li> <li>How many “full lifecycle” projects have you worked through – in Total (This is really important to most hiring managers) </li> </ul> <p><strong>Remember…</strong></p> <p>1. Ask some questions about the opportunity – show you are interested. </p> <ul> <li>What is the business – What do they provide? </li> <li>What is the position – What level? </li> <li>What type of development – Web (Product Info site, interactive), Games, Scientific, business (Example – Financial), eCommerce, Service Solutions (Example Health Services), Web 2.0, Interactive Media, Social Media, Embedded, Cloud…. </li> <li>What is the growth opportunity – “Where can I be in 2 to 5 years?” </li> <li>What is the back round of the management?</li> </ul> <p>2. Remember who you applied with. You should have any or all of the following - recruiter name, or agency, or HR personnel name, or Company info</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>3. Remember to follow up with your initial contact. </p> <ul> <li>You should have the phone or email (for sure) of your initial contact. </li> <li>Ask when you can follow up with them </li> <li>If you commit to sending your resume (or updated resume) Send it! – Don’t forget. </li> <li>If you are asked for a follow up interview and you commit to it – Show up. </li> </ul> <p>If any of you have questions about first interviews and phone screens please remember to connect with me at <a href="mailto:tavis@techcareertips.com">tavis@techcareertips.com</a></p> <p><em><font size="1">Photo Credit - </font></em><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/philliecasablanca/"><em><font size="1">Phillie Casablanca</font></em></a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-7368128410780725716?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-23301912457165953172009-05-19T14:57:00.001-05:002009-05-20T13:58:25.598-05:00How Developers Should Prep For A Phone Interview – Part 1 of 2<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ShMPIPYYrmI/AAAAAAAAAIs/h83lqRgDo5M/s1600-h/Red%20Phone%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Red Phone" border="0" alt="Red Phone" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ShMPIUhSqHI/AAAAAAAAAIw/eizaEA_8OOE/Red%20Phone_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="177" /></a> This came to me in a call a few days ago. Many developers I talk with are not prepared (haven’t even put any thought into it) for the initial phone screen with a recruiter or Human Resources representative. See my tweet <a href="https://twitter.com/Tavisd/status/1785832091">here</a>. The typical recruiter and HR representative have one goal – to see if you fit a “basic profile” given to them by the hiring manager. If you fit, then you can move one step up the latter. </p> <p>Your duty is two fold: 1. To ignite the spark and get them interested in you and, 2. To describe your experiences and qualifications. </p> <p><strong>#1 Energy and Passion</strong></p> <p>Any decent screener can tell in the first minute if the candidate has passion / energy, “The Spark”.&#160; For “The Spark” you’ve got to really Want it. You can’t be complacent. The first call is very important. The person on the other end of the phone will go the extra mile for an energetic candidate with great passionate even if they don’t have all the experience needed. Most hiring managers will do the same.</p> <p>Here are a few things you can talk about and help show your interest. </p> <ul> <li>Why are you excited about Software Development? </li> <li>When did you realize you wanted to be a Developer? </li> <li>Why did you choose your Degree? </li> <li>What type of development are you interested in? Example – Web Dev, Games, Scientific, Business, eCommerce, Service Solutions, Web 2.0, Interactive Media, Social Media, Embedded, Cloud… </li> <li>What type of Solutions to you like to work on? – Solving what problems? </li> <li>What Technologies are you passionate about- .NET, Java, Ruby, PHP, C++, Flash, Silverlight… </li> <li>Why did you respond to this position </li> </ul> <p>You need to have these types of questions drilled into your brain. See my post on <a href="/2009/01/know-thyself.html">Know Thyself</a>.&#160; You can’t be thinking this stuff up on the spot and just winging it. If you fake it your interviewer will know. 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Why Not! There is so much great information you can learn from the Q&amp;A in software developer community. I’d say it’s the best place to hang out if you’re a developer. I know many of you will just go to Google, but where is the consistency. I’ve heard from some of the “better developers” that having an account on a forum, and being a part of that community, not only helps sharpen your technical abilities, but also your soft skills. Use the forum to not only to answer your questions, and to sharpen your tech and soft skills, but to establish yourself in the community. </p> <p>Dare I say you could even build a brand around yourself. I know that is off topic, but if you really worked at it you could. Example: <a title="Highest Ranked User on Stackoverlfow.com" href="https://stackoverflow.com/users/22656/jon-skeet">Jon Skeet</a> It’s good to have a goal. </p> <p>So in an effort to give you more resources to help you along the way. Here is a list of forums that may interest you. 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They cover almost everything from Dev to ITPro, from Microsoft to Apple. They have more users than most all sites put together. And the “patented knowledge-sharing platform” is great. The issue I have is the interface. It’s hard to wade through all the stuff to get to what you need and they try to get you to pay even though you can scroll down to look at the answer. They have a fair amount of ads, but hey they need to make some $$$$. Also they cater some to the corporate world. Which does have benefits. Overall if you can weed through it, and pay for it, use it. </p> <p>3. <a href="https://forums.asp.net/">ASP.NET</a>: If you are the Microsoft type and like to get your answers from the source, <strong>ASP.NET</strong> may be a great fit for you. It is ranging from very basic to advanced and cross topic/language posts. The overall site does have an above average number of ads, but also boasts a ton of training and resource materials. Nice to have all that in one location. Of course Microsoft has forums for most all of their tools. I’m picking ASP.NET as an example and one commonly referenced. </p> <p>4. <a href="https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/csharpgeneral/threads">MSDN – Social</a>: Well since we were talking about Microsoft, I’d better point out <strong>MSDN</strong>. Not really much different that ASP.NET, but the MSDN site has a different interface and a social bend to it. Also you can access multiple topics and a wide range of training and resource materials. I found it easy to search (by tag, lookup, and sort). There are a lot of talented developers on the forums.</p> <p>5.&#160; <a href="https://www.codeproject.com/">CodeProject</a>: <strong>CodeProject</strong> is a little different. Their goal is “to learn, to teach and to have fun programming.” For those of you that want to stretch your tech skills this is a great place to spend some time and get involved. If you have been chomping at the bit or “Byte” to hack away at something new or you have a cool app you want create. It’s a great place to submit your work and review work. Like most forums, this site does have a fare number of ads. </p> <p>6. <a href="https://seeker.dice.com/olc/index.jspa ">Dice Forums</a>: Did you know <strong>Dice</strong> had forums? I put this in because it was a little different. A lot of great info on Resumes, Salaries, Training, Contract VS Direct hire and Changing Careers. Great info resource for getting you ready for your next job. </p> <p><strong>Here are a few other forums that are worth mentioning. </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.sqlservercentral.com/">SQL Server Central</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vbdotnetforums.com/ ">VB Dot Net Forums</a></p> <p><a href="https://forum.netmag.co.uk/ ">Netmag</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.411asp.net/home/webapps/forum - portal to many forums ">411 ASP.NET</a> <br /><a href="https://forums.devx.com/ ">DevX</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.codeguru.com/forum/ ">Codeguru</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.webdeveloper.com/">Web Developer</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dreamincode.net/forums">DreaminCode</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.c-sharpcorner.com/Forums/">C# Corner</a> <br />Like I said above - <strong>Note</strong>: There are many forums out there that are nothing more than a place to hang web ads.&#160; The Questions and Answers aren’t that great. They don’t get much action…BEWARE, but have fun and learn a lot. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-5167595912988473895?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-43474973636183853842009-04-30T11:36:00.001-05:002009-05-20T13:02:26.140-05:00.NET Software Developer<p>.NET Software Developer – Direct Hire </p> <p><b>****Must have 4+ plus years experience developing with .NET in a professional environment.****</b></p> <p><b>Description:</b> (This is a high exposure position and plays an extremely important role in current and future business.)</p> <p>The Software Developer role is to define, develop, test, analyze, and maintain NEW and existing software applications in support of the achievement of business requirements. This includes writing, coding, testing, and analyzing software programs and applications. The Software Developer will also design, document, and modify software specifications throughout the production life cycle. </p> <p><b></b></p> <p><b>Responsibilities:</b></p> <p><u>Planning</u></p> <p>· Collaborate with (internal and contract) developers, programmers, and designers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications.</p> <p>· Assist in the definition, development, and documentation of software’s business requirements, objectives, deliverables, and specifications on a project-by-project basis in collaboration with internal users and departments.</p> <p>· Assist in defining software development project plans, including scoping, scheduling, and implementation.</p> <p>· Research, identify, analyze, and fulfill requirements of all internal and external program users.</p> <p><b></b></p> <p><u>Acquisition &amp; Deployment</u></p> <p>· Conduct research on emerging application development software products, languages, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts.</p> <p>· Liaise with vendors for efficient implementation of new software products or systems and for resolution of any adaptation issues.</p> <p>· Recommend, schedule, and perform software improvements and upgrades.</p> <p><b></b></p> <p><u>Operational Management</u></p> <p>· Liaise with network administrators, systems analysts, and software engineers to assist in resolving problems with software products or company software systems.</p> <p>· Consistently write, translate, and code software programs and applications according to specifications.</p> <p>· Write programming scripts to enhance functionality and/or performance of company applications as necessary.</p> <p>· Design, run and monitor software performance tests on new and existing programs for the purposes of correcting errors, isolating areas for improvement, and general debugging.</p> <p>· Administer critical analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas. </p> <p>· Generate statistics and write reports for management and/or team members on the status of the programming process. </p> <p>· Train end users to operate new or modified programs.</p> <p><b></b></p> <p><b>Qualifications: </b></p> <p><b>****Must have 4+ years experience developing with .NET in a professional environment.****</b></p> <p><u>Knowledge &amp; Experience</u></p> <p>· Proficiency in a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic.NET (Visual Studio 3.5, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF), HTML, XML, and JavaScript.</p> <p>· Must have experience and knowledge (and prove it) of full project life cycle.</p> <p>· Understanding of coding methods, best practices, and security best practices.</p> <p>· Relational database and operating systems experience with Microsoft SQL 2005.</p> <p>· Knowledge of current Internet technologies, including web browsers, FTP, SMTP, and PGP.</p> <p>· Prior experience interviewing end-users for insight on functionality, interface, problems, and/or usability issues.</p> <p>· Hands-on experience developing test cases and test plans.</p> <p>· Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.</p> <p><b></b></p> <p><u>Personal Attributes</u></p> <p>· Highly self motivated and directed. – (MUST)</p> <p>· Ability to conduct research into software-related issues and products.</p> <p>· Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.</p> <p>· Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.</p> <p><u>Formal Education &amp; Certification</u></p> <p>· Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) or (B.S.) from four-year college or university; or two to three years related experience and/or training,</p> <p>To see this posting on our website click <a title="The Resource Group, Inc" href="https://www.resourcegroup.com/joblisting.asp?PK_lJobID=266">here</a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-4347497363618385384?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-15426492206589239972009-04-26T22:51:00.001-05:002009-04-26T22:54:38.264-05:00Developers connecting in the Twin Cities<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SfUrzzcf14I/AAAAAAAAAIM/AI78k8_V068/s1600-h/image%5B2%5D.png"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="image" border="0" alt="image" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SfUr0YMVRGI/AAAAAAAAAIQ/fJ2DJfRb3ig/image_thumb.png?imgmax=800" width="154" height="166" /></a> </p> <p>The Twin Cities Metro area has one of the more vibrant and active Developer communities in the US. Considering our numbers are small, we make up for it by being extremely active at conferences, user groups and on-line. I guess it’s a Minnesota “nice” thing. </p> <p>I try to list as many events and open training sessions as I can. In continuing with that thread I give you this. </p> <p>Jeff Brand’s podcast <em><a href="https://www.slickthought.net/post/2009/03/New-Spaghetti-Code-Podcast-Exploring-the-Twin-Cities-Developer-Community.aspx">New Spaghetti Code</a></em> is a must listen. If you remember I referred this podcast back in my post on the <a href="/2009/01/best-podcasts-for-software-developers.html">top 10 podcasts for developers</a>. About a month ago Jeff did a podcast on the developer community and the abundance of events that propagate the Twin Cities. Jeff and his guests sift through a few good conferences (some now past – <a href="https://www.nhmn.com/resources/blogs/plantskillsharvestknowledge/localevents.aspx">see what you missed and what is coming</a>) and explain some of the benefits of networking and getting engaged in your developer community. They also mention the local <a href="https://www.techmasters-tc.com/">TechMasters</a> meetings held at <a href="https://www.nhmn.com/Default.aspx">New Horizons</a>. Check it out. To hear the podcast click <a href="https://slickthought.net/spaghetticode/podcast/spaghetticode-tccommunity.mp3"><strong>here</strong></a>. </p> <p>BTW – Jeff is a fantastic speaker. If you ever get a chance see him – take it.&#160; </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-1542649220658923997?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-20565945679722980822009-04-23T14:30:00.001-05:002009-04-23T14:33:03.365-05:00MinneDemo – 5/7/09<p><a href="https://minnedemo.org"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="MinneDemo" border="0" alt="MinneDemo" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SfDB6x8wwGI/AAAAAAAAAIE/QVgoxo_Dn60/MinneDemo%5B3%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="62" /></a> This happened fast. The next MinneDemo (in Minneapolis) is May 7, 2009. Again great platform to meet people (building your network) and great for learning about some new products.&#160; Register here - <a title="https://minnedemo.org/" href="https://minnedemo.org/">https://minnedemo.org/</a></p> <p>____________________________________________________________________</p> <h3>Thursday, May 7<sup><small>th</small></sup></h3> <p><strong>Get ready for another MinneDemo! </strong></p> <p>MinneDemo is the Twin Cities’ premier technology demo and networking event. Come for the demos, stay for the beer and conversation. We will be back at <a href="https://intermediaarts.org">Intermedia Arts</a>, a cool art/performance space in Uptown’s Lyn-Lake neighborhood. </p> <p>Date: Thursday, May 7th</p> <p>Time: Demos start at 7pm</p> <p>Location: <a href="https://intermediaarts.org">Intermedia Arts</a> 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (<a href="https://tinyurl.com/68jptu">map</a>) </p> <p>Attendees: All are welcome! Please <a href="https://minnedemo.eventbrite.com">RSVP</a>.</p> <h4>Free Beer &amp; Soda</h4> <p>Since MinneDemo is not at a bar this time, we’re brining in kegs, and it’s all free. Be sure to tip your bartenders. If you need to go all night, there’s tons of bars in the area.</p> <p>The free drinks come courtesy of our sponsors: </p> <p><a href="https://splitrock.com"><img border="0" alt="Split Rock Partners" src="https://minnedemo.org/images/splitrockpartners.png" width="170" height="44" /></a> <br /><a href="https://www.livefront.com/"><img border="0" alt="livefront design" src="https://minnedemo.org/images/livefront.jpg" width="190" height="30" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://newcounsel.com"><img border="0" alt="New Counsel" src="https://minnedemo.org/images/newcounsel.png" width="208" height="26" /></a> <br /></p> <p><a href="https://www.iphouse.com"><img border="0" alt="ipHouse" src="https://minnedemo.org/images/iphouse.png" width="203" height="69" /></a><a href="https://www.magnet360.com"><img border="0" alt="Magnet 360" src="https://minnedemo.org/images/magnet360.png" width="159" height="61" /></a></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>We are honored to be presenting this event with our venue partner, <a href="https://www.intermediaarts.org">Intermedia Arts</a>. </p> <p>Interested in sponsoring a future MinneDemo? Contact <a href="mailto:ben@alttext.com">Ben Edwards</a>. </p> <h4>Demo Schedule</h4> <p>We will have 10 7-minute demos. The rules are simple: 7 minutes. Real working software. <strong>NO POWERPOINT!</strong> Please contact <a href="mailto:look@recursion.org">Luke Francl</a> if you are interested in presenting. </p> <h5>Schedule</h5> <ol> <li>ShortJournal — an open source developer journal with a REST API (Zach Johnson) </li> <li><a href="https://www.fallon.com/skimmer">Skimmer</a> — a lifestreaming app created by <a href="https://www.fallon.com">Fallon</a> and <a href="https://www.sierra-bravo.com">Sierra Bravo</a> that brings together your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube streams (Chris Wiggins of Fallon and Chris Black of Sierra Bravo) </li> <li>Zeplay — a kick-ass multi-channel HD instant replay video server for live sports events (<a href="https://www.trms.com">John Reilly</a>) </li> <li><a href="https://tinyescrow.com">tinyEscrow</a> — Source code escrow for programmers, not for lawyers. (Corey Thompson) </li> <li><a href="https://www.extendr.com">Extendr</a> — one link to rule all links. (Joseph Rueter) </li> </ol> <p><strong>INTERMISSION</strong> (30 minutes) </p> <ol start="start"> <li><a href="https://seeonic.com/">SightWare and SmartWatch</a> — SightWare is an RFID inventory system that integrates with the SmartWatch web application to provide real-time inventory management (Harley Feldman) </li> <li>Cloudquad — a web-based student information system designed to streamline the daily workflow of school administrators, faculty, parents, and students while connecting the school community through basic tools for social interaction. (<a href="https://www.appcelerator.org">Kevin Whinnery</a>) </li> <li><a href="https://www.chartypes.com/">Chartypes</a> — an online system for plot/character diagramming, for story writers. (Darcy Murphy) </li> <li><a href="https://penmanufactory.homelinux.com">Pen Manufactory</a> — design your own pen using an online CAD program, then have as many as you want custom manufactured using computer controlled milling equipment. (Joseph Hoover) </li> </ol> <p>Additionally, Jennifer Sly of <a href="https://www.youthassets.org">Youth Assets</a> will introduce us to <a href="https://barcamp.pbwiki.com/BarCampSwaziland">BarCamp Swaziland</a> and talk about how you can help out. </p> <h4>Stay in Touch!</h4> <p>Please join our announce-only <a href="https://groups.google.com/group/MinneBar">mailing list</a> to keep up with the latest MinneDemo and MinneBar events news. </p> <p>We also have a <a href="https://groups.google.com/group/minnebar-discuss">discussion list</a> for general Twin Cities-area tech event discussion. </p> <h4>Contact</h4> <p>Email <a href="mailto:ben@alttext.com">Ben Edwards</a> or <a href="mailto:look@recursion.org">Luke Francl</a> for sponsorship opportunities, problems with this site, or any other MinneDemo questions. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-2056594567972298082?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-3899138791735062262009-04-23T14:16:00.001-05:002009-04-23T14:16:44.688-05:00The Eight Levels of Programmers<p>I have been following posts from Jeff Atwood’s blog (<a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/">Coding Horror</a>) for a while now, but just realized I’ve not connected him to my Blog. He has a great blog, informative and very useful. I think this post has a lot of relevance to what I advocate. That being - “taking action to become a better developer”</p> <p>As you read this I assume you are in the “Unknown Programmer” category and you are just getting started. You have things to prove and code to write. Hopefully you are not in the “Bad Programmer” category . My goals is to get you into “Working Programmer” or even “Famous Programmer.” Worry about the higher levels when you get there. </p> <p>Note: In the “Average Programmer” category Mr. Atwood points out that “You can be very successful if you have business and people skills.” If you have been reading my blog you know <a href="/2009/02/building-ultimate-software-engineer.html">what I’m referring to</a>, and <a href="/2009/04/top-ten-skills-for-developers.html">here</a>.</p> <p>I wish there was more explanation as to what skills get you up this ladder, but I still think this is a good hierarchical look at the programmers. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The following is from (<a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001250.html">Coding Horror</a>) 4/3/09. ____________________________________________________________________</p> <p>Have you ever gotten that classic job interview question, <b>&quot;where do you see yourself in five years?&quot;</b> When asked, I'm always mentally transported back to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n62bnQ8xyI#t=2m34">a certain Twisted Sister video from 1984</a>.</p> <blockquote>I want you to tell me -- no, better yet, stand up and <i>tell the class</i> -- <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n62bnQ8xyI#t=2m34"><img border="0" alt="twisted-sister-i-wanna-rock-video-still-frame.jpg" src="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/images/twisted-sister-i-wanna-rock-video-still-frame.jpg" width="380" height="284" /></a></p> </blockquote> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><b>what do you wanna do with your life?</b></p> <p>You want to rock, naturally! Or at least be a <a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000552.html">rockstar programmer</a>. It's not a question that typically gets a serious answer -- sort of like that other old groan-inducing interview chestnut, &quot;what's your greatest weakness?&quot; It's that you sometimes rock <i>too hard</i>, right? Innocent bystanders could get hurt.</p> <p>But I think this is a different and more serious class of question, one that deserves real consideration. Not for the interviewer's benefit, but for your <i>own </i>benefit.</p> <p>The &quot;where do you see yourself in five years&quot; question is sort of glib, and most people have a pat answer they give to interviewers. But it does raise some deeper concerns: what <i>is</i> the potential career path for a software developer? Sure, <a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001202.html">we do this stuff because we love it</a>, and we're <a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000979.html">very fortunate in that regard</a>. But will you be sitting in front of your computer programming when you're 50? When you're 60? What is the best possible career outcome for a programmer who aspires to be.. well, a programmer?</p> <p>What if I told you, with <a href="https://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/7art.htm">tongue firmly planted in cheek</a>, that there were <b>Eight Levels of Programmers?</b></p> <ol> <li><b>Dead Programmer</b> <p>This is the highest level. Your code has survived and transcended your death. You are a part of the permanent historical record of computing. Other programmers study your work and writing. You may have won a Turing Award, or written influential papers, or invented one or more pieces of fundamental technology that have affected the course of programming as we know it. You don't just have a wikipedia entry -- there are entire websites dedicated to studying your life and work.</p> <p>Very few programmers ever achieve this level in their own lifetimes.</p> <p>Examples: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edsger_W._Dijkstra">Dijkstra</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Knuth">Knuth</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Kay">Kay</a></p> </li> <li><b>Successful Programmer</b> <p>Programmers who are both well known and have created entire businesses -- perhaps even whole industries -- around their code. These programmers have given themselves <a href="https://e-texteditor.com/blog/2009/opencompany">the real freedom zero</a>: the freedom to decide for themselves what they want to work on. And to share that freedom with their fellow programmers.</p> <p>This is the level to which most programmers should aspire. Getting to this level often depends more on business skills than programming.</p> <p>Examples: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates">Gates</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Carmack">Carmack</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Heinemeier_Hansson">DHH</a></p> </li> <li><b>Famous Programmer</b> <p>This is also a good place to be, but not unless you also have a day job.</p> <p>You're famous in programming circles. But being famous doesn't necessarily mean you can turn a profit and support yourself. Famous is good, but <i>successful</i> is better. You probably work for a large, well known technology company, an influential small company, or you're a part of a modest startup team. Either way, other programmers have heard of you, and you're having a positive impact on the field.</p> </li> <li><b>Working Programmer</b> <p>You have a successful career as a software developer. Your skills are always in demand and you never have to look very long or hard to find a great job. Your peers respect you. Every company you work with is improved and enriched in some way by your presence.</p> <p>But where do you go from there?</p> </li> <li><b>Average Programmer</b> <p>At this level you are a good enough programmer to realize that you're not a <i>great</i> programmer. And you might never be.</p> <p><strong>Talent often has little do do with success. You can be very successful if you have business and people skills. If you are an average programmer but manage to make a living at it then you <i>are</i> talented, just not necessarily at coding.</strong></p> <p>Don't knock the value of self-awareness. It's more rare than you realize. There's nothing wrong with lacking talent. Be bold. Figure out what you're good at, and pursue it. Aggressively.</p> </li> <li><b>Amateur Programmer</b> <p>An amateur programmer loves to code, and it shows: they might be a promising student or intern, or perhaps they're contributing to open source projects, or building interesting &quot;just for fun&quot; applications or websites in their spare time. Their code and ideas show promise and enthusiasm.</p> <p>Being an amateur is a good thing; from this level one can rapidly rise to become a working programmer.</p> </li> <li><b>Unknown Programmer</b> <p>The proverbial typical programmer. Joe Coder. Competent (usually) but unremarkable. Probably works for a large, anonymous MegaCorp. It's just a job, not their entire life. Nothing wrong with that, either.</p> </li> <li><b>Bad Programmer</b> <p>People who somehow fell into the programmer role without an iota of skill or ability. Everything they touch <a href="https://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000824.html">turns into pain and suffering</a> for their fellow programmers -- with the possible exception of <i>other</i> Bad Programmers, who lack even the rudimentary skill required to tell that they're working with another Bad Programmer.</p> <p>Which is, perhaps, the hallmark of all Bad Programmers. These people have no business writing code of any kind -- but they do, anyway.</p> </li> These levels aren't entirely serious. Not every programmer aspires to the same things in their career. But it's illuminating to consider what a programmer <i>could</i> accomplish in ten years, twenty years, or thirty years -- perhaps even a lifetime. Which <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programmers">notable programmers</a> do you admire the most? What did they accomplish to earn your admiration?</ol> <p>In short, <b>what do you wanna do with your life?</b></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-389913879173506226?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-50827972936830830682009-04-21T11:34:00.001-05:002009-04-21T11:34:44.654-05:00Job Search Toolkit – 4/21/09 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT<p>My good friend Paul DeBettignies offers 60 min on-line seminars for those of you are in the job hunt. Career Generic.&#160; <a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/569357251">Follow this link to register for today's Webinar now</a>. Details below. </p> <p>BTW he also offers:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/816932467">LinkedIn A to Z - Use LinkedIn Like A Headhunter</a> – 4/22/09</li> <li><a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/530304666">Using Social Media For Networking, Lead Generation And Job Search</a> –4/23/09</li> </ul> <p>From Paul’s <a title="https://www.mnheadhunter.com/" href="https://www.mnheadhunter.com/">https://www.mnheadhunter.com/</a> blog. </p> <blockquote> <p>Free Online Seminar: Job Search Toolkit - Be Your Own Headhunter </p> <p>Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT</p> <p><b>Webinar Registration</b> <br /><img src="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/default/images/1x1.gif" width="40" height="1" /> <br />If you have been relying on major job boards, applying to jobs through hr@xyz.com and resume@xyz.com or not getting the response you are hoping for then this seminar is for you. <br />In this 60 minute presentation (with Q&amp;A to follow) you will learn: <br />- To plan your job search <br />- How to market yourself <br />- Ways to ask for referrals and advice <br />- Where to find the hidden job market <br />- Where to research companies <br />- How to find contact names and email addresses <br />- Tips on using email and phone for contacting and follow up <br />Throughout the presentation questions are requested. <br />All attendees will receive presentation slides. </p> <p>Twitter user? Tweet during the presentation #BYOH </p> <p>For 11 years Paul DeBettignies has partnered with companies to locate and find talent. He uses his experience of seeing the process from the inside and teach job search techniques to job seekers of all ages and skill sets in groups of 20-200 and now online. <br />Paul is frequently contacted by Minneapolis and St. Paul reporters for quotes and background information on topics relating to recruiting and job search with recent stories in the Minneapolis StarTribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press and on WCCO TV (local CBC affiliate) and KARE11 (local NBC affiliate). </p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/569357251">GoToWebinar : Webinars &amp; Web Events Made Easy. Award-Winning Web Casting &amp; Online Seminar Hosting Software</a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-5082797293683083068?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-70901779589940281692009-04-17T10:20:00.001-05:002009-04-17T10:43:10.141-05:00Updating your Tech Skills…what employers want<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SeieJhRZiEI/AAAAAAAAAH0/rFy0N_atJtU/s1600-h/internet-skills%5B2%5D.gif"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="internet-skills" border="0" alt="internet-skills" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SeieKFE2DYI/AAAAAAAAAH4/5PZk-C7bTQU/internet-skills_thumb.gif?imgmax=800" width="244" height="200" /></a> So what are you doing to update your tech skills? A lot of what I talk about on this site is dedicated to increasing your non-Tech skills for the betterment of your career. Obviously both technical skills and soft skills are important. During these “Economic Times” it’s crucial to learn new tools and expand your tech skills where you are lacking. Get ready because when the economy bounces back there will be a higher demand for a wide range of skills. </p> <p>In addition to giving you a look at what employers want, I hoped to give some resources for tools/skills learning and training. In the course of working on this post, I stumbled across a developer training company offering some great deals in a wide range of developer training topics and I wanted to get this out now.&#160; Thus, this will be a two part post. </p> <p><strong>If you want to get started now</strong></p> <p>If you are developer and interested in learning more about Microsoft development tools(Visual Studio .NET, Silverlight 2.0, SharPoint, ASP.NET 3 and certification…and on and on) take a look at <a href="https://www.AppDev.com">www.AppDev.com</a>. BTW – These are extremely important tools in the Twin Cities market. Still in high demand, but you need some experience. They offer training (nation wide) on CD, DVD and on-line learning formats. The reason I post this now is they have a special offer running this month, buy 1 get 1 free and a 75+ title full library offering at a reduced rate. Check it out and take advantage while it’s <a href="https://www.appdev.com">here</a>. </p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I’ll cover all the topics in-depth later, but here is a look my clients’ #1 request.. </p> <p>1. Solid understanding and experience in Object Oriented programming. </p> <ul> <li>Do you fully understand the core principals of OO programming? I mean do you really get “Objects” and understand <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inheritance_(computer_science)">Inheritance</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstraction_(computer_science)">Abstraction</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_hiding">Encapsulation</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymorphism_(computer_science)">Polymorphism</a>. (not that they ask that on a test. – well I’ve seen it once or twice)</li> <li>Have you developed in C++, C# or JAVA ….Or less sought after, but still important Python or Ruby? You were most likely taught a little C++ or Java in college , have you continued your education? What have you created?</li> <li>Nothing against PHP (great/easy scripting language) and some other languages with OO features, but that’s not really OO programming. </li> </ul> <p>To really learn and experience these technologies you must apply your skills. There are many small companies (also municipalities, places of worship, and nonprofit organizations) out there in dire need of web / software solutions. Most of my candidates have some side project. It’s part of being a developer. Offer your services (free if you have to) just to get experience on a project. It’s better than being out of a job and letting your skills go to waste.</p> <p>Here’s list of other technical skills/experience my clients look for. I’ll cover these on the next post. I’ll also list more training/learning sources. </p> <ul> <li>Backend VS Frontend developer </li> <li>Web Based services</li> <li>Understanding of Quality Assurance </li> <li>XML </li> <li>Win and Web Forms </li> <li>SQL Database</li> </ul> <p>BTW – In full disclosure I worked at <a href="https://www.appdev.com">AppDev</a>&#160; 5+ years ago. They did Not ask me to promote this latest offer, nor am I getting any compensation for this mention. I just noticed it doing research for this post.&#160; If you have any questions contact me at <a href="mailto:tavis@techcareertips.com">tavis@techcareertips.com</a>. </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-7090177958994028169?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-2519951155704331932009-04-15T16:51:00.001-05:002009-04-15T16:51:48.252-05:00PHP Developer – Backend Experience<p><a href="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SeZW8vRH2mI/AAAAAAAAAHs/2IWD-jFdZo4/s1600-h/php_1%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="php_1" border="0" alt="php_1" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SeZW83ZCZdI/AAAAAAAAAHw/sD1UOdvY3rk/php_1_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="196" /></a> Web Developer - PHP With backend Experience <br />We are looking for a PHP Web Developer that can work well in a team, building web-based and back office systems. We need someone that is a good problem solver, a team player, quick learner and has a big picture point of view. </p> <p><strong>Responsibilities:</strong></p> <ul> <li>LAMP stack Web development (PHP) </li> <li>Will integrate with internal and 3rd party systems </li> <li>Implement solutions as a team or individually </li> </ul> <p><strong>Qualifications:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The perfect candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or something related </li> <li>Must have 2+ years professional experience in web-based systems </li> <li>Fluency in PHP, Perl, or Python. PHP preferred </li> <li>Must have expert knowledge of (X)HTML, CSS and JavaScript </li> <li>Solid understanding of Object Oriented programming methodologies </li> <li>Experience with SQL (MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, MSSQL) </li> <li>Experience with Web Services and XML </li> <li>Familiarity with Linux/Unit/BSD </li> <li>Must have professional experience with version control systems </li> </ul> <p><strong>Preferred Qualifications:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Professional experience with Zend Framework, or similar </li> <li>Experience with J2EE, JSP and Structs </li> <li>Experience with JavaScript libraries - JQuery </li> <li>Experience with JUnit, PHPUnit, etc. </li> <li>Any Certification&#160; </li> </ul> <p><strong>Benefits: <br /></strong>Our client offers competitive compensation and a great benefits package including:</p> <ul> <li>Paid time off </li> <li>medical </li> <li>dental and vision </li> </ul> <p>In addition, they work to maintain the best possible environment for their <br />employees. They strive for their employee to grow with the company and provide <br />a collaborative/creative environment where each person truly feels encouraged to <br />contribute to processes, planning, decisions, and culture. <br />If you are a fit for this opportunity please respond to:</p> <p><a name="_MailAutoSig">Tavis Hudson</a></p> <p>Technical Resources</p> <p>tavis@resourcegroup.com </p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-251995115570433193?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-74679139802226841912009-04-08T11:07:00.001-05:002009-04-08T11:18:33.069-05:00Top Ten Skills for Developers – sharpen Soft Skills<p><a href="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SdzLplebFaI/AAAAAAAAAHk/ZX2Gk0CGa7I/s1600-h/top-ten-gold%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Gold top 10 winner" border="0" alt="Gold top 10 winner" src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/SdzLqOWYJuI/AAAAAAAAAHo/8_gO5wXUDZo/top-ten-gold_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="243" /></a> Another Great Article from James Justin for TechRepublic on “<a href="https://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=953015&amp;tag=nl.e101">10 skills developers will need in the next five years</a>.” There are the obvious references to tools and web technologies, but we are going to focus on the Soft Skills.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>For reference here is the full list:</p> <ol> <li>One of the “Big Three” (.NET, Java, PHP) </li> <li>Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) </li> <li>Web development </li> <li>Web services </li> <li>Soft Skills </li> <li>One dynamic and/or functional programming language </li> <li>Agile methodologies </li> <li>Domain knowledge </li> <li>Development “hygiene” </li> <li>Mobile development </li> </ol> <p>Personally I would have put <strong>Soft Skills</strong> higher on the list. Only because most of you are already thinking about the first 3 or 4 on the list. Based on my examination of the industry, you can do more for your career by increasing your Soft Skills quotient, than by increasing your knowledge of .NET. This assumes you have knowledge of one of the “Big Three.”</p> <p>So lets take a look at Soft Skills</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Soft skills</strong> <br />One trend that has been going for quite some time is the increasing visibility of IT within and outside the enterprise. Developers are being brought into more and more non-development meetings and processes to provide feedback. For example, the CFO can’t change the accounting rules without working with IT to update the systems. And an operations manager can’t change a call center process without IT updating the CRM workflow. Likewise, customers often need to work directly with the development teams to make sure that their needs are met. Will every developer need to go to Toastmasters or study How to Win Friends and Influence People? No. But the developers who do will be much more valuable to their employers—and highly sought after in the job market.</p> </blockquote> <p>Mr. Justin focuses on one single tread in Soft Skills, communicating with non-technical business managers = visibility. Very important: Communication ranks #3 (based on my research) on the soft skills list of what Dev Team Managers are looking for in their employees. BTW- #1 is Passion and #2 is understanding the Big Picture. Obviously good visibility is key to your career. </p> <p>So should you go out and join Toastmasters? Well if that is your thing then go for it. If anything it’s a great networking opportunity and that alone will sharpen your Verbal communication and presentation skills, not to mention build your network.&#160; BTW There is a technical related Toastmasters in the Twin Cities area - <a title="https://www.techmasters-tc.com/" href="https://www.techmasters-tc.com/">https://www.techmasters-tc.com/</a> – Now you have no excuse. </p> <p>I think for most developers that's too big of a step. So try this:</p> <ul> <li>Be proactive - push yourself to meet face to face with your users and business managers.&#160; </li> <li>Before meeting, prepare what you are going to say and think about it in plain English terms.</li> <li>Write out your list of questions </li> <li>Think about it from their point of view. Do you know their point of view? <ul> <li>Do you know the “Problem” – see #8 Domain knowledge in the “<a href="https://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=953015&amp;tag=nl.e101">10 skills</a>…” article </li> <li>Do you know the “Users Pain” the “Managers Goals.” </li> <li>Do you know the “Big Picture.” </li> </ul> See how this all fits together. Increasing your communication skills has a lot to do with understanding your audience. There is no magic here. Like writing the perfect line of code it takes time and practice. It will come, just focus your efforts. </li> </ul> <p>Additional Note: Not directly related, but on a similar thread, I suggest you look at a great blog <a href="https://www.softwarebyrob.com">www.softwarebyrob.com</a>. Rob points out some very important Rules when working with a client that touch on communication.&#160; See <a href="https://www.softwarebyrob.com/2005/09/12/why-expectations-can-kill-you/">Why Expectations Can Kill You and What You Can Do About It</a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-7467913980222684191?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-55182642450116195552009-03-27T16:31:00.005-05:002009-03-27T16:58:33.426-05:00You've got to get on LinkedInOK gang. Based on my conversations with developers I've noticed many of you haven't taken the time to create a profile on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/">LinkedIn</a>. I had a reminder today as I attended a MN Recruiter Conference. I hear that only 20% of college students have taken time to create a <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/">LinkedIN</a> profile, and they are more prolific on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/">Facebook </a>and the failing <a href="https://www.myspace.com/">Myspace</a>. Out of all Social Media tools out there now LinkedIn is the only one you Really Need to be on. It is essential for your career. Those that have a profile are the more proactive ones and I'd bet are building a great pier and career <a href="/2009/02/build-your-professional-network.html">networks</a>.<br /><br />For those not sure how to create a profile on LinkedIn and have questions, attend one of the <a href="https://www.beyourownheadhunter.com/jobs/2009/03/free-presentation-linkedin-a-z-for-networking-and-job-search.html">free online seminars</a> hosted by my friend <a href="https://www.beyourownheadhunter.com/">Paul DeBettignies</a>. They are held once a week or so. If you have any other questions send me an email. <a href="mailto:tavis@techcareertips.com">tavis@techcareertips.com</a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-5518264245011619555?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-82172150091904746462009-03-20T11:23:00.001-05:002009-03-20T11:29:48.461-05:00Webcomic: The 10 stages of software development<p>I’ve seen this one before, but for some of you out there it maybe be new. Just some levity on a Friday. </p> <p>Shows the importance of communication, understanding the big picture, asking questions, follow through and customer interaction. Not to mention our old friends lack of documentation and support. :)&#160;&#160; <img title="Software Development as Explained by a Tire Swing" alt="" src="https://i.techrepublic.com.com/blogs/software-engineering-explained.png" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>&#160;<a title="Webcomic: The 10 stages of software development | Geekend | TechRepublic.com" href="https://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=1839&amp;tag=nl.e101">TechRepublic.com</a></p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-8217215009190474646?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-79225916213276876852009-03-19T22:18:00.001-05:002009-03-19T22:19:34.273-05:00Twin Cities Code Camp – 4/4/09<p><a href="https://www.twincitiescodecamp.com/TCCC/Information.aspx"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Code Camp" border="0" alt="Code Camp" src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ScMK8CbyYgI/AAAAAAAAAHg/BleMhtAYWs0/Code%20Camp%5B2%5D.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="49" /> Twin Cities Code Camp</a> will be held on Saturday April 4th, 2009 in the <a href="https://www.cs.umn.edu/">Computer Science and Engineering building</a> on the <a href="https://www.umn.edu/">University of Minnesota</a> campus. </p> <p>From the TCCC web site. </p> <blockquote>The Twin Cities Code Camp is biannual event held in the Twin Cities area. It follows the guidelines published in the Code Camp <a href="https://blogs.msdn.com/trobbins/archive/2004/12/12/280181.aspx">manifesto</a>. As this is a community-driven event, we are always looking for people to lead sessions, volunteer to help during the day of the event, etc. If you'd like to participate, or if you'd like to contribute to the event, <a href="mailto:jasonb@magenic.com">let me know</a>. </blockquote> <p>You can register for the event <a href="https://www.nhmn.com/Courses/CrsRegister.aspx?SK=0036733">here</a>.</p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-7922591621327687685?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-13786925934321258402009-03-19T10:13:00.001-05:002009-03-19T22:23:39.615-05:00Finally an Increase in Computer Science Majors<p><a href="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ScJhDqoBTDI/AAAAAAAAAHY/nsiOlEAcJR8/s1600-h/CS%20enrollment%20up%5B2%5D.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="CS enrollment up" border="0" alt="CS enrollment up" src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ScJhEGVJIaI/AAAAAAAAAHc/RJ9YpD-XDOU/CS%20enrollment%20up_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="244" height="178" /></a> I came across this article on <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/" target="_blank">ZDNET</a> regarding the increase in Computer Science majors in 2008. This is after a <a title="ZDNET by Alex Moskalyuk - June &#39;08" href="https://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=14594" target="_blank">20% drop</a> in Computer Science majors from the previous year.</p> <p>“The number of majors and pre-majors in American computer science programs was up 6.2 percent from 2007 [first time in six years], according to the <a title="Computing Research Association - PDF" href="https://www.cra.org/taulbee/CRATaulbeeReport-StudentEnrollment-07-08.pdf" target="_blank">Taulbee Survey</a>, which follows trends in student enrollment, degree production, employment and faculty salaries for computer science, computer engineering and schools of information in the U.S. and Canada.” <a title="ZDNET -" href="https://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=14861&amp;tag=mncol;txt" target="_blank">Posted by Andrew Nusca 3/18/09</a></p> <p>This means more computers science majors will be graduating soon and in an economic downturn. There is a still great need for high quality computer science majors, but the competition is greater than in the past 6 to 7 years and the opportunities are fewer. </p> <p>Are about to graduate or have been working for a year or so? If so, this is a perfect reason to sharpen your communication skills, build up your person network, learn a new language or methodology, improve your QA skills and focus on the big picture. </p> <p>Take stock in yourself and don’t get left behind. </p> <div style="padding-bottom: 0px; margin: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: none; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:0767317B-992E-4b12-91E0-4F059A8CECA8:8d7c682c-0b10-491e-8970-b16a0dbc7ca7" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent">Technorati Tags: <a href="https://technorati.com/tags/Computer+Science+Major+Increase" rel="tag">Computer Science Major Increase</a>,<a href="https://technorati.com/tags/Career" rel="tag">Career</a></div> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-1378692593432125840?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2404383292479761748.post-19234904765115926402009-03-19T09:15:00.001-05:002009-03-19T11:26:02.405-05:00C# Software Engineer – Direct Hire<p><b><a href="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ScJTb-jfitI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/rHXPylVk5xg/s1600-h/CopyofCSharp2.jpg"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Copy of CSharp" border="0" alt="Copy of CSharp" src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_4EcGDIC9aI4/ScJTcOkMf6I/AAAAAAAAAHU/cEi3M_55lwQ/CopyofCSharp_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800" width="215" height="162" /></a> Position Description: Software Engineer </b></p> <p><b></b></p> <p><strong>Position overview: </strong>The ideal candidate will be proficient in maintaining and enhancing complex business logic, and in participating in the research, design and development of new functionality. You must have a GREAT desire to delve into the nuts and bolts details of a multi-faceted business. There will be frequent interaction with the highest-level business experts in the organization. To understand their requirements you will need exceptional written and oral communication ability. </p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><u><strong>Reports to</strong></u><strong>: </strong>VP of Technology</p> <p><u><strong></strong></u></p> <p><u><strong>Compensation:</strong></u> Salaried. Commensurate with skills and experience</p> <p><u><strong></strong></u></p> <p><u><strong>Schedule:</strong></u> Full-time – general business hours</p> <p><strong><u>Primary Responsibilities</u>: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Participate in producing detailed functional and technical design documents </li> <li>Build automated unit tests </li> <li>Code in all tiers (data, business and presentation layers) </li> <li>Thoroughly document code </li> <li>Test, prepare and deploy production releases </li> <li>Work with end users to analyze production issues </li> </ul> <p><u><strong>Skills and experience required:</strong></u></p> <ul> <li>Computer Science or other relevant degree, or work experience equivalent to formal qualification </li> <li>Understanding of multi-tier architectures and OO concepts </li> <li>Understanding of relational data modeling </li> <li>Must demonstrate exceptional organizational and communication skills </li> <li>Must demonstrate an ability to quickly assimilate, analyze and solve complex business problems </li> </ul> <p><u><strong>Specific skills desired:</strong></u></p> <ul> <li>C# .NET, T-SQL, ADO.NET, XML, Crystal Reports, NUnit, ASP.NET </li> </ul> <p>More info here: <a title="C# Software Engineer" href="https://www.resourcegroup.com/joblisting.asp?PK_lJobID=265" target="_blank">Resource Group</a></p> <p><a name="_MailAutoSig"><font size="2" face="Tahoma">Tavis Hudson</font></a></p> <p><font size="2" face="Tahoma">Technical Resources</font></p> <p><a href="mailto:tavis@resourcegroup.com?subject=Web%20Developer%20-%20PHP%20with%20backend%20experience%20%2815731%29"><font size="2" face="Tahoma">tavis@​resourcegroup.​com</font></a> </p> <font size="2" face="Tahoma"> <p></p> <div style="padding-bottom: 0px; margin: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; float: none; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:0767317B-992E-4b12-91E0-4F059A8CECA8:cbb3506d-3fea-41e4-86f7-c15ff4ca8c36" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent">Technorati Tags: <a href="https://technorati.com/tags/C%23" rel="tag">C#</a>,<a href="https://technorati.com/tags/Software+Developers" rel="tag">Software Developers</a>,<a href="https://technorati.com/tags/Job+Opportunities" rel="tag">Job Opportunities</a></div> <p></p> </font> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/2404383292479761748-1923490476511592640?l=www.techcareertips.com' alt='' /></div>Tavis Hudsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01302838943279625994noreply@blogger.com0