What Do Software Engineers Want?

The competition for good software engineers is fierce these days. Software engineering recruitment in Boston and NYC isn’t easy, and is a pain point for most growing companies. The perks that are being offered nowadays to lure good software candidates are extensive. It reminds me, frankly, of the dot-com bubble in the late 1990’s. Software…

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How to Resign from Your Job

Now that the new year is here, perhaps one of your resolutions is to change jobs. One of the aspects of this process that sometimes gives people trouble is the act of resigning from the current position. Younger engineers leaving their first post-college job in particular may feel guilty or uneasy, but this can affect…

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Ripe for Disruption

Software engineers love to look at established industries, processes, and markets, and to apply technology leverage to wring out the inefficiencies, friction, and bloat. When they’re done, huge financial value is created, and people’s lives improve in real ways. Countless companies and fortunes have been built on this approach, from eBay and Amazon in the…

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People Skills for Software Engineers

 My last post was about what it takes for a software engineer to be considered “technically deep.” Every company I recruit for wants software engineers who have outstanding technical skills. That’s a given. These days, it’s all about how good a coder you are. Companies are making their interviews heavy with coding challenges on the whiteboard,…

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Technically-Deep Software Engineers

Of all the reasons that a software engineer might come up short in the interview process, “not having enough technical depth” seems to occur more often than many others. What exactly does “technical depth” mean for a full stack developer? Can a Java developer increase his or her share of it? How much more technical…

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Oculus Search Partners Expands to Silicon Alley

I’ve been a top software recruiter for Boston for a long time. I continue to be excited by the constant innovation happening in Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding towns. There’s a lot of great entrepreneurial companies seeking to hire software engineers. The software engineering job market in Boston is extremely robust, and I’m right in…

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Coming Back to Software After a Break? 5 Tips

I was recently speaking with a software engineer who had been referred to me. Very smart guy, good track record, but unfortunately some serious medical issues had pulled him out of the workforce for several years. Now recovered, he was ready to return, but sadly, I had to tell him that, in my opinion, he…

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Sustainable Software Recruiting

Our family recently spent a wonderful, relaxing week on a small family dairy farm in Maine (Toddy Pond Farm, if you’re curious. Highly recommended!www.toddypondfarm.com). For me, it was a great chance to “unplug” and experience life not coming at me from a screen.Rather obviously, farm work is quite different on many levels from what I do…

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