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How to Level Up

I regularly hear from and read about technologists in a career rut. Unless one is both lucky and adept at predicting the future, experiencing some temporary stall can happen to professionals at any career stage. It may be the ...
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Why Hire Older Engineers

Another day, another article about age and technology. The comments of these articles usually escalate into some generational war played out with mythology and anecdotes regarding relative energy levels and productivity, work ho ...
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How To Succeed in Software Without a CS Degree

This week I was approached by two individuals seeking advice on finding employment in a programming capacity, yet both lacked the traditional standard requirement for entry-level positions – the BS in CS (‘BSCS’). I get aske ...
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NoSQL Job Trends – February 2014

So, it is a few days late but we finally have the NoSQL installment of the February job trends. For the NoSQL job trends, we continue to focus on Cassandra, Redis, Couchbase , SimpleDB, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, and Riak. As was ...
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When You Can’t Compete on Salary: Tech Talent On a Budget

When trying to hire developers, startups and small companies now find themselves in the unfortunate predicament of having to directly compete with the unlimited resources and mass appeal of market heavyweights like Google and Face ...
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Programming Language Job Trends Part 3 – February 2014

Today we have the third part of the programming language job trends series. In this, we review Erlang, Groovy, Scala, Lisp, and Clojure. To recap, in part 1 we looked at Java, C++, C#, Objective C, and Visual Basic and in p ...
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Programming Language Job Trends Part 2 – February 2014

In part 1 of the programming language job trends, we looked at Java, C++, C#, Objective C, and Visual Basic. In today’s installment, we review the trends for PHP, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and PERL. Watch for part 3 in ...
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Counteroffers, Secrecy, and Fear

Counteroffers are a fairly common occurrence in technology and other competitive job markets, and much of what we think we know about counteroffers seems to originate from agency recruiters. Google counteroffer and we find articl ...
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Programming Language Job Trends Part 1 – February 2014

Yes, it is job trends time again! I am changing the list of languages a bit because I wanted to start including more languages. So, we are now up to 3 different posts just for languages. In Part 1, we look at Java, C++, C#, Objec ...
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Building Your Personal Programmer Brand

Just because you’re a software developer doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about branding. In fact, if you really want to boost your career, you’ll actively manage it by creating your own personal brand. In this po ...
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