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  • Will Hiring Managers Respect Online Education Anytime Soon?October 2, 2017The more that people are truly motivated and self-driven, such as those who put the effort into utilizing online education, the more they will be in a position to do really well. Yet, upon their graduation from an online learning environment, many candidates face an uphill climb for respect on the same level as those who have graduated from a traditional learning environment. Why does this occur and when might it change?… Read More
  • What If Machines Evolve Our Jobs Rather Than Take Them?September 14, 2017What If Machines Evolve Our Jobs Rather Than Take Them?A lot of the discussions I see around machine learning and AI appear to assume that, when we talk about a shift of any kind, there’s going to be a complete replacement of 100% human work with 100% machine work. However, I don’t necessarily see that picture the same way people paint it. Instead, I see new opportunities on a grand scale potentially opening up for people. Here’s why: What we’re seeing is not an overnight transformation but a multiple step progression that will happen over time. As it does, there’s room for a smooth transition period to occur in which people adapt into new roles that meet new demands. This seems far more realistic than the idea that jobs will suddenly vanish one day and leave millions of people without career options the day after.… Read More
  • What’s The Real Story On Chicago’s Tech Hub Status?August 28, 2017There seems to be some real disagreement in the press lately about Chicago’s place in the world as a technology hub. Is our city truly the next Silicon Valley and one of the rising tech hubs in the world? Or are we allowing news of the latest tech success stories to cloud our judgment?… Read More
  • Why Coding Bootcamps and Online Learning Matter More Than EverAugust 16, 2017Why Coding Bootcamps  and Online Learning Matter More Than EverIn recent years, computer coding “bootcamps” in which students can get up to speed quite quickly on a particular programming language have seemed to become a hot trend. Even so, I’m sure there are some who ask, “Are these bootcamps and online learning environments a viable option to consider alongside some of the more traditional avenues of education?” In my opinion, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.”… Read More
  • Will Tests And “Brain-Teasers” Reveal Your Next Golden Hire?July 20, 2017Recently, I came across a promotion by Jaguar that was designed not to sell cars but to highlight how the brand plans to hire thousands of new engineers this year. How so? It starts with a challenge for the potential hire using an app that’s been developed by the company and in the process, seems to be a unique way to gamify the recruiting process. Obviously, a name like Jaguar lends a slick appeal of working with such a recognized brand. But don’t let that fool you. At the end of the day, it’s still about the test, not the brand.… Read More
  • They Can't Advertise To Customers So How Do They Promote Themselves To Candidates?July 11, 2017In a perfect world, most companies would like the person to work for them not because they get paid a lot, but because they love the job. On the other hand, there is a reason why Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple pay more than just about anybody else.… Read More
  • Slow Down!: Why More Patient Job Candidates Beat The SpeedstersJuly 3, 2017Slow Down!: Why More Patient Job Candidates Beat The SpeedstersNot long ago, we were working with a candidate who had a PhD in machine learning from a very reputable west coast institution. Impressive, right? He could write his own ticket anywhere! Or so you’d think.… Read More
  • The H-1B Visa Program: Everything You Know Is About To Change (Maybe)May 25, 2017The H-1B Visa Program:  Everything You Know Is About To Change (Maybe)As we’ve written here before, the H-1B visa program that caters to foreign hiring is hardly a perfect one and has been in dire need of a revamp of its design. Why? Take your pick from a multitude of reasons: The process is chaotic. Far more H-1B visa applications are accepted than those that can actually be granted. Candidates can apply to multiple firms and accept multiple offers, effectively pulling a bait-and-switch on one company choosing to sponsor that candidate in favor of another company.… Read More

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