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  • Looking to Advance Your Career? Tips for Recent Computer Science and Dev Bootcamp Grads

    Article written by Jaime Vizzuett, Practice Manager at Workbridge Orange County

    So you did it, you’ve completed your college degree or spent a tireless amount of weeks learning to code in a hardcore bootcamp – congratulations! But now what? While everyone’s career path will be unique and there’s no step-by-step guide to getting you to a C-Level position within x-amount of years, there are definitely career moves you can make to set yourself up for the success you’re looking for.

    As a Practice Manager at a highly-recommended tech recruiting agency in Orange County, CA, I’ve come across plenty of Junior-level engineers seeking to get into a Mid-level role to advance their career. For those not qualified for the position, my dedicated team and I were able to give those candidates feedback on how they can better brand themselves, and what skill set was needed to turn them into a highly sought after candidate. We focus on the Orange County and San Diego tech markets and have close relationships with hiring managers at companies as small as startups all the way up to Fortune 500’s. Because of this, we know what hiring managers are looking for in Junior to Mid-level engineers. Below are the five smartest moves to make after graduating from a dev bootcamp or college with your C.S. degree:

    Build Your Brand

    Update your Linkedin profile to include a personal summary, a work or project summary and include your skills in the appropriate sections. Nowadays this is one of the major ways recruiters from companies and agencies get connected with you about a job you may be the right fit for.

    Get on Github. For many hiring managers this is a 'nice-to-have' but for junior engineers this is especially crucial as it may be the only thing a manager has to look at. 

    Connect with a Dedicated Recruiter

    Find a dedicated technical recruiter who specializes in positions where you’re looking to work or understands your skill set. Even if they can’t offer you a position right off the bat, inquire about interview advice, resume tips or keep in touch with them for later on in your career.

    Network and Get Noticed

    If you haven’t yet tried out the networking aspect of looking for a job, step out of your comfort zone and add it to your to-do list. Meetups and networking events such as the one that my company organizes for tech professionals, Tech in Motion, are a great way to get your name out in front of an influential group of people.

    When you are vocal about your employment status, you might find your next mentor or even your next job at an event or job fair, so make sure to put your best foot forward.

    Stay Current

    You will hear it over and over again, but keeping up with the newest technology is crucial in any market. Every company wants someone who has experience with the trendy new technology that very few other engineers have, so being ahead of the curve will set you apart.

    Keep Motivated

    Just because you have been on the market for a few weeks, doesn’t mean you should lose motivation. Great things take time! Every company has different needs. You just need to find one that fits your criteria and vice versa, and sometimes that takes time.

    Bottom line is that building your reputation in a way that advances your career will take time. Following these steps will point you in the right direction and hopefully help you find a job that you truly will be passionate about. By staying up-to-date with technology, networking and building your own brand, you will find the search more successful.

  • Workbridge Associates Expands IT Recruiting Operations in Canada

    Largest concentration of tech talent in Canada makes it the ideal location for recruitment agency specializing in hard-to-fill IT positions

    Boston, August 10, 2015 -- Workbridge Associates, a leading IT recruitment agency specializing in hard-to-fill technology positions, has announced the opening of their new office located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The city's emergence as the largest and most dynamic hub of technology talent in Canada makes it the perfect location, and allows the agency to provide Toronto area clients with highly qualified candidates for a wide range of IT positions.

    "We're excited to expand our footprint further by opening this office in the center of Canada's largest city," said Matt Milano, President of Workbridge Associates. "This new office in Toronto puts us in a better position to help our clients find that perm and contract IT talent they need to build their businesses."

    Workbridge Associates specializes in staffing hard to fill IT positions including RUBYPHPPYTHONUI/UXJavaScriptMobile, and .NET/Microsoft developers. This new Toronto office will be managed and led by Matt McKinney, Division Manager. The new office will hold up to 30 people, including Recruiters, Sourcers, and Marketing & Events Specialists.

    See the official Press Release distributed by CNW.

  • Current Trends in Programming Languages

    Article by Miles Thomas, Practice Manager in Workbridge Philly

    Now more than ever, programmers are moving away from being specialized in one language or role and moving towards being “jack of all trades” developers. The term “Polyglot” gets thrown around a lot, but Python shops are hiring C# programmers, Scala shops are hiring Java developers, and PHP shops are hiring full-stack JavaScript engineers. Being proficient in multiple languages at different layers of the stack is now becoming the norm. As such, different languages are more popular amongst software developers than others.

    For clarification, this article is not about “the best programming language”, but simply trends online and what we can conclude from looking at them. Using data from the end of 2014 to the beginning of 2015, GitHut analyzes the statistics of over 2.2 million GitHub repositories, RedMonk analyzes the popularity of a programming language by the number of active projects on GitHub and the number of tags on StackOverflow, and PYPL measures how many tutorials for different programming languages are searched for using Google. After looking at all three of these sources, several patterns become clear:

    1.)    Little has changed at the top of the chart over the last year. That is to say, JavaScript and Java remain the most popular programming languages according to these three sources. There has been some movement after these two, but it is clear that both languages remain incredibly relevant.

    2.)    For native mobile developers, Swift is climbing while Objective C is falling. It will be interesting to watch how long it takes Swift to completely overtake Objective C as the most popular native mobile development language. Ever since Apple’s announcement last summer at WWDC 2014, Swift has been trending up while longtime iOS SDK cornerstone Objective C has been trending down.

    3.)    There are a bevy of functional programming languages on the cusp of mainstream relevance. Though Python has long been used by programmers near and far, lesser used languages such as Scala and Clojure are now creeping up the charts. A recent focus on concepts of “scalability” are likely the reasoning behind companies moving toward a more functional approach.

    4.)    DevOps & Data Science tools remain on the periphery. R, Matlab, Chef, and Puppet are some examples of tools & languages that haven’t gotten a foothold as mainstays just yet. DevOps & Data Science roles are just now becoming mainstream positions with small-to-mid-size technology companies, so the trends will likely be changing more over the coming years.

    5.)    Some languages are dying slow deaths atop the charts. Languages such a VB, Ruby, and Perl are slowly creeping down the charts. Perhaps this is a result of newer programming languages supplanting them as better fits within development environments, but only time will tell.

    Though several more observations could certainly be made, these appear to be the most relevant with the most far reaching repercussions. The conclusions to be drawn from these trends:

    1.)    Some technologies will be flashes in the pan, while others will be mainstays for years to come, regardless of flaws.

    2.)    The “Open Stack” movement is having a clear effect on the market trends of popular programming languages. Microsoft’s recent announcement that the next version of Visual Studio will be open source compatible is evidence of that.

    3.)    “Malleability” of programming languages seemingly dictates their popularity. JavaScript seems to have new libraries and frameworks every day, each with its own specific task/purpose. Java also has numerous frameworks & tools that keep it relevant. Even PHP, which catches major flack online from hardcore computer scientists and product developers, remains at the top for a reason.

    4.)    Functional Programming languages aren’t at the top (yet). Languages used to develop highly scalable applications have their place, but will likely take some time to supplant more commonplace languages atop the most popular and used programming languages.

     

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