Not Loving That Programming Language? When To Move On And Find A New One.May 9, 2018An annual survey was just done by a developer-focused website that offered up a variety of insights to me, but one in particular caught my eye and showed there may be a distinctive gap at times between what programmers like to learn and use what they should want to use.… Read More
Your Tech Skills Have A 3-Year Half-Life: Where Do You Go From Here?May 3, 2018In many cases, the vast majority of our clients considering a software developer for hire these days may ask that developer to do a project as a test. During one of those situations recently, a client remarked about a solution that our candidate came up with involving some very modern code.
Frankly, that's not something you hear every day.… Read More
How To Gauge Your Quality Of Life In The Next JobApril 4, 2018One of our recruiters was recently talking to a candidate who used to live in Chicago and now lives in San Francisco working for one of the top five eCommerce Internet companies in the country.
During their conversation, a question came up for the candidate:
"I'm curious – if you don't mind me asking, what are the living conditions there in San Francisco for your wife and two kids compared to where you used to be?"
His answer: "We live in one bedroom – and we're paying $3,000 a month in rent."… Read More
Thinking Like da Vinci: How To Approach Problems As A Genius WouldMarch 22, 2018One of the more fascinating books I've been reading is Walter Isaacson's latest about Leonardo da Vinci.
Most of us know Leonardo as a painter and sculptor. However, beyond that, Leonardo's notebooks show us that he also had an incredible level of curiosity and an exceptional ability to represent visually what his eyes would perceive. He was able to discover things on his own that scientists wouldn't discover for hundreds of years. Perhaps the most extreme example of this was when he figured out how the valve of the human heart closes, because a vortex is created when the blood rushes past it.… Read More
Could Bitcoin Pave A New Career Path For You?March 13, 2018Being as close to the financial trading sector as we are at Roy Talman & Associates, we can see that a number of financial trading companies are jumping on the bandwagon of trading cryptocurrencies. The core of expertise of trading companies is, of course, trading. For these companies, it's often much more profitable to trade something with high volatility than little volatility. Despite the fact that there are lots of stories about how 2017 was one of the least volatile market years on record, that simply doesn't apply to cryptocurrencies.… Read More
The Next Phase Of AI: Beyond The “Hype”March 8, 2018I was recently watching two luminaries in the area of artificial intelligence talk about where AI is at this point. It wasn’t really presented from the point of view that “one algorithm is better than another algorithm," but rather more in terms of how someone in business can make sense out of this new machine age we’re entering.… Read More
Moving Your Company At The Speed Of GoogleJanuary 16, 2018For as long as we can remember, Google is held up as a shining example of innovation in many respects. Yet, just as they admire Google, many people will say in the same breath, “Of course, I’m not Google and I don’t have Google resources.”… Read More
How Machine Learning Is Heating Up Tech Opportunities In Financial TradingJanuary 9, 2018I was recently part of a panel at the Global Derivatives Conference here in Chicago in which the topic was the application of machine learning. Interestingly, it became clear during our discussion that there are several people who believe machine learning is, basically, the be-all-end-all “Holy Grail” for success in quantitative finance.… Read More
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