Why Silicon Valley Is Looking Hard At Chicago For ExpansionAugust 24, 2018I was reading a fascinating story in the Wall Street Journal focusing on a very large software-specific private equity firm that has a unique strategy – when they buy a company that happens to be based in a high cost area, they subsequently try to diversify the geographic location of their talent.… Read More
Average Job Tenures Are Shrinking But There's A Hiring Strategy For That.August 9, 2018If there's one observation that can be made in regard to the average employee's longevity at a company, it's that these days, people generally don't stay in one place for very long. By now, the assumption is made by many hiring managers at tech companies that within two or three years, the person they hire today will leave.… Read More
Picking Winners In Tech's Next Stage And Building A Career Around OneJuly 13, 2018There's a school of thought among some in the technological space that as advanced as we humans have become at coding, code generated by machines is getting better all the time. Still, the future lies with people who can leverage the code that machines are generating for us. We still have such a fundamental role to play in the relationship with machines, as in what we can actually train machines to learn and do for our benefit.… Read More
All Signs Point To Chicago Sitting Atop Crypto SpaceJuly 2, 2018The cryptocurrency business continues to grow and it might actually be reaching its highest level here in Chicago. We're seeing a number of companies growing or moving to Chicago in that space.… Read More
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
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