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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The Passionate Software Engineer

Recruiting good software candidates is hard, and especially so if you’re in a hotspot such as Boston, New York, or San Francisco. The demand far outstrips the supply. There just aren’t enough engineers available to fill all the hiring needs of startups and larger companies. I think that one of our top national priorities ought…

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Ace the Interview with Good Preparation

One of my first mentors in the recruiting profession, Jerry Marstall, drummed into my head that if I did a good job in preparing my candidates for their interviews, I’d make more placements, all things being equal, than those recruiters who just winged it and let their candidates go to the interviews blindly. Jerry had even…

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Will Getting an MSCS Beef Up Your Career?

Sometimes software engineers ask me if I think they should go on to further their education and get a Masters in Computer Science. Mostly, they want to know if it will improve their career marketability, and if it will help them get higher offers and earn more money. My feelings on the subject are mixed. Based…

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The Best Interview Question Ever

What’s the best interview question to get behind the mask? Gaining insight into a candidate by means of an interview is a fairly artificial activity, when you think about it. As a recruiter who’s been active for a long time, I’ve read lots of articles and books with titles like, “The 37 Must-Ask Interview Question,”…

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