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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 Everything is out of date and nobody knows what's temporary and what will be longer…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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Lately I've heard a lot of developers joking about the term "Senior Engineer". On a recent episode of JavaScript Jabber Charles Max Wood said that he was first called a "Senior Engineer" after about a year and a half of professional work because his consulting company wanted to bill him at a higher rate! So with that kind of title inflation going on it probably doesn't mean anything other than…
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5 Simple Java Screening Questions For Recruiters

March 01, 2020
Author: Aaron Decker

Java is maybe the most common backend language used in software engineering jobs. Amazon, Google, Netflix, Apple, and Twitter are all major tech companies that extensively use Java. In this post I'll go over a couple of basic technical "weed out" questions you can ask Java developers. The problem with most Java programming questions Java is a language that strictly enforces and requires the…
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What I do for a living is program computers. Mostly I write code to make web applications for SaaS style software products or business applications. I'm a programmer. I write code for a living, its fairly simple to explain. But why are there so many job titles - especially the two big ones "Software Engineer" and "Software Developer"? Job titles - Software Engineer Vs Software Engineer For the…
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