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Why Are Software Developers Rude To Recruiters?

August 23, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

Mean candidates. This topic comes up every once and a while, especially with newer recruiters. "Why are these guys so rude to us, we are trying to get them jobs" goes the refrain or something like it. I think there are a lot of issues going on here, but I'll try to lay a couple of them out. Developers are in demand Yes, developers are still in demand, even with 10% unemployment in a post-covid…
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I was really struggling with what to call this post, but I think "Proprietary Systems Developers" is the closest description I can come to what this topic is. In plain english I'm talking about these kind of folks: Salesforce Developers, Tableau Developers, Microsoft Sharepoint Developers, SAP Developers and others like that. These people are programming, but they are programming within some…
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Query Languages Explained For Recruiters

July 25, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

What is a query language? How is it different from a programming language? Why do there seem to be so many of them. How are databases and query languages related? What kind of developer needs to know query languages? Let's begin with the basics. A query language is a Domain Specific Language (DSL) built to interact with some kind of data storage system. But wait, what's a domain specific…
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An update on the job market, June 2020

July 05, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

Note: I previously wrote about this here (May 10th) and here (March 23rd). Headline Unemployment Numbers (BLS reports 11.1%) I've been tracking the monthly BLS reports here, so let's start off with that. The headline number for national overall unemployment rate was reported at 11.1% on July 2nd (PDF Link). The total number of unemployed fell to 17.8 million. Both of which are huge improvements…
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Non-Competes For Engineering Hires (A Discussion)

June 14, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

Today on Hacker News there was a thread about a software engineer who had a non-compete added to his employment agreement which he had-to resign to be promoted. To make matters worse he didn't originally have a non-compete and this was done after the employer told him his original contract would not be altered. I'll avoid mentioning the company they are discussing but you can find all of the…
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Let's introduce "Object Oriented Programming" (OOP) Object Oriented Programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm based on the concept of "Objects". I'll put it in another way: it's a way of programming where you focus on performing actions on things, or put in terms of language - its about using verbs on nouns. Let's think about an example: you have an application that is used to track applicants…
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There is so much conflicting data coming out about jobs and hiring right now, I wanted to try to collect some of things in one place and take a hard look at the numbers that are actually available to us. And that is the issue - things are changing fast and all of the official numbers are updated monthly at best... Everything is out of date and nobody knows what's temporary and what will be longer…
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Learning New Tech Buzzwords For Recruiters

April 04, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

Anybody working in tech encounters new buzzwords and new technology topics frequently. Kafka, Apache, Svelte, Kaniko, you might see a new technology once a day when you are getting started as a tech recruiter. How do you go about understanding them? There are a couple of ways I would recommend approaching this. From Looking At How Software Is Developed It's helpful to think of technology terms…
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How Will Covid-19 Affect The Job Market in 2020

March 23, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

We are currently going from the tightest job market in decades at 3.5% unemployment reported in February of 2020 up to as high as possibly 30% unemployment according to the president of the St Louis Federal Reserve yesterday. That would be worse than what we saw during the great depression. But if you close x% of businesses across the country to slow a pandemic, that's what happens I suppose…
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