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  • Market Knowledge Monday at Workbridge Boston

    The lack of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time did not stop our recruiters from tackling this Monday with hard work and some research. Another Manic Monday means another Market Knowledge Monday where Workbridge Boston keeps on track with and up to date on everything going on in the Boston tech community and hiring scene. This week's winner was recruiter, Andy Kahan on the Network Infrastructure team who shared with the office a map of Boston start-ups that he found while reading the Boston Business Journal.

    "Kinvey, a well-known startup based in Cambridge since graduating from TechStars Boston in 2011, this week moved its offices to Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood — and released a map highlighting the growing concentration of startups in Boston proper."

    Not only does the map showcase the shift from startups typically being located in the Cambridge area to the expansion into Boston proper, it also highlights the fact that Boston is a hub for entrepreneurs who work hard to have their ideas come to life and their companies started. Full article here.


     Other honorable mentions:

    Mass Tech Leadership Council's Annual Meeting in Boston. Governor Deval Patrick will join the Boston tech leaders to discuss how to make the tech ecosystem in Boston even better than it is already. 

    The BBJ announces the 2013 Pacesetters. Last Tuesday Boston Business Journal announced a list of the region's fastest-growing private companies, 70% of which located in Massachusetts. 

    New Neighbors! An Israel-founded firm, Nipendo, whose cloud technology aims to improve B2B trade processes is making the move to Boston and opening up their Headquarters in Cambridge.

    The $100M club: 5 Boston tech firms with $100M in VC. An article from the BBJ discussing the VC funding of a few Boston tech firms.


    Looking for a new job opportunity? Check out our open positions!

    Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @WorkbridgeMA for the latest tech news, job openings, and Tech in Motion information.

  • Tech in Motion: The DevOps Movement

    Wednesday night at the Microsoft NERD Center, Tech in Motion:Boston hosted their monthly meet-up with a discussion on "The DevOps Movement." Thomas McGonagle, Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat and Rich Paret, Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter (previously Crashlytics) gave presentations on a few different aspects of DevOps followed by a Q&A session. 

    The night started off with Tom's presentation on the coding side of DevOps. Focusing on "agility, application and automation," he discussed how to implement DevOps by using measurement and incentives to change culture, unified processes, and unified tooling. His lecture also touched upon Cloud Infrastructure Automation and Configuration Management using the software tools Puppet and Chef. To view his presentation slides, click here.

    Rich then dived into the logistics of building a successful DevOps team within a corporate setting. Stressing that actual tech skills can be learned and improved but someone's behavior seldom will change, we left with the feeling that behaviors, not skills, are critical. Rich pulled from his personal experience and offered great insight on how to build a strong and collaborative product team. 

    Overall it was a fantastic night and we want to thank everyone who came out to join us as well as Tom and Rich for their insightful presentations. 

     Want to hear more from Tom and Rich?  Follow them on Twitter:

    @McGonagle

    @RichParet


    Tech in Motion Interview Series: We had the opportunity to ask Tom McGonagle a few questions about his engineering experience and any advice to give techies that are just starting out.

    WB: Did you always want to be a Software Engineer?

    TM: "No, I had a more operations/systems engineering path to becoming a software engineer. My first job was at the Volpe National Transportation Center where I worked as an operator on the FAA's Air Traffic Management Network. It was a very large distributed Linux network, and we used a proprietary (it didn't even use TCP/IP for networking) system for configuration management and command and control of the hundreds of servers. My employer paid for me to get a graduate degree in Information Technology, and it was in graduate school that I focused on mesh wireless networking. Eventually, I heard about the DevOps tool Puppet and it clicked with me, because of my distributed and mesh wireless networking experience. Puppet was basically an advanced version of the system I used at the FAA, and a tool I desperately needed for configuration management and command and control of large mesh wireless networks. This sent me down the path of specializing in Puppet for the last several years. Based on this experience I was hired to work at Red Hat as a Senior Software Engineer working on OpenShift. Red Hat's free auto-scaling Platform as a Service (PaaS) for applications. As an application platform in the cloud, OpenShift manages the stack so you can focus on your code."

    WB: You have so much experience working with different platforms such as Linux, DevOps, Puppet, and OpenShift, what is your favorite to work with?

    TM: "I experienced a "gestalt" the first time I heard about Linux, Puppet, and OpenShift. Each technology clicked with me, and I have recognized each to be the "the next big thing". If I were to choose a favorite, I would probably have to say Linux. I got into it when I was 19 and in college, and it has been the foundation that I have earned my living from ever since." 

    WB: What advice can you give people starting out as a Software Engineer?

    TM: "It can be hard to do, but try to focus on an up and coming language or technology that you expect will become popular. Node.js is an example of one such language; it is being touted as the "next Ruby on Rails". Another would be R the analytics language or even Big Data (Hadoop, etc.) in general. It can be difficult to identify the up and comers, and it will be hard work developing the skills, but getting in early on a technology has its benefits. In order to figure out what the next big thing is, attend meetups, talk to lots of people, read blogs, and industry periodicals. Try to make an informed decision, try to get a sense for where things are going and then jump in with both feet. It will certainly be an adventurous and wild ride."


    Tech in Motion:Boston is a monthly meetup group centered around anything and everything tech. We have a lot of exciting events in the works so stay tuned and be sure to check out our Tech Mixer on March 13th from 6:30-8:30pm at Lir on Boylston St. We hope to see you there.


    In the market for a new tech job? Check our listings here.

    Follow Workbridge Boston on Twitter: @WorkbridgeMA

  • The Importance of Structuring Initial Contact with a "Purple Unicorn"

    By: Stephen Vaughan, Lead Recruiter of Workbridge Boston

     

    This is the most difficult market to hire quality technical talent since the dot com boom. And unless you have been living underneath a rock in an obscurely deep, dark cave on the South Shore or are new to the hiring scene, you are probably already aware of this.

    Highly talented technical engineers are so few and far between, that holding out for that perfect person to help grow your team with is akin to a Buffalo sports fan holding their breath in hopes for a championship.

    To properly introduce myself, I specialize only in Java and open source languages (PHP, Python, Ruby) specifically within the 495 loop of Boston.  The location and languages I recruit for are among the most difficult positions to fill nationwide across any industry – it certainly is no walk in the park.  After about a year of feeling the pressures in the front line, the Boston Globe reported on the hardships of tech hiring (and again, here).

    So what do you do when you are actually introduced to somebody who does have the skills or the potential to fit the role of that perfect person?  (From here on out I will be referring to this perfect person as: the "Purple Unicorn.")  The knee jerk reaction is to speak with that individual on the phone and to make sure that their personality/ cultural aspects are as great as their technical skills, right?

    WRONG!!!!

    I can’t stress how many times I consult and then witness my new clients miss out on that “Purple Unicorn” by sticking to their "typical" hiring process.  The hiring market is constantly moving no matter what the demand cycle is and unfortunately, the current market is moving at a pace at which many people may deem uncomfortable. 

    The number one thing to do, and what we do here at Workbridge Associates, is to set up a time to meet with that “Purple Unicorn” face to face.  70% of communication is non-verbal and by taking the exact same amount of time out of your day to meet with that candidate rather than putting a phone up to your ear allows you to cover 70% more. This puts your company well ahead of the other 500 opportunities he/she is checking out.

    By meeting with candidates every single day and understanding their ongoing job search activity, we make such a stronger connection meeting face to face. The proof is in the pudding. Workbridge physically meets with and sits down with any and every candidate who might be qualified for our clients.  By doing this we truly understand what these Purple Unicorns are looking for in their next adventure and where the companies they have been interviewing with are falling short.

    Remember that information is power and the more knowledgeable you are about those Unicorns, the higher your chances are to land one. HAPPY HUNTING! Don’t hesitate to give me a call at my office if you have any questions. The advice is free.

    Want to hear more from Stephen Vaughan? 

    Follow him on Twitter @SteVaughan15

    Connect with him on LinkedIn

    Shoot him an email or give him a call at (617) 622-2600

  • Workbridge Boston and Tech in Motion

    Last night, Workbridge Boston had the pleasure of hosting another Tech in Motion meet-up at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. 

    Matt Williams presented on "How to Make Your Site Perform Better in 2013." He gave the audience some tips on how to optimize their site in regards to speed and efficiency.

    Boston techies braved the frigid temperatures to come out and learn about the different techniques, including image compression and site testing and monitoring, to optimize a site's performance.

    "Web Performance basically comes down to two things - monitor to see how fast things are, then optimize to make it faster. Then simply repeat those steps over and over again. In this session, we learned about some free tools you can use to test and monitor your website for performance and then covered some easy techniques you can use to optimize the site. Now its up to you to keep repeating those two steps, while learning about other optimization techniques as they come out. If you do, you will see your site get faster and faster, blowing away your competition." -Matt Williams

    Everyone grabbing some food, provided by VIGA, before the presentation started. 

    If you were unable to make it last night, here is a link with the slides to the presentation so that you can check it out!: Tech in Motion "Make Your Site Perform Better in 2013"

    If you would like to join us and get regular updates about our upcoming Tech in Motion events, click here for more details.

    Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates on our latest events, tech news, and our latest job openings! @WorkbridgeMA

  • Interview tips from Workbridge Boston

    Interviewing for that new job can be stressful. This is your one time to make a first impression with hiring managers and it's important that you do all you can to make sure it's a good one.

    Alexandra Hoge here at Workbridge Boston is one of our Practice Managers on our .NET team and she has 6 interview tips to help you rock your interview.

    Tip 1: Do your research! Make sure that you have researched the company and come prepared with questions.

    Tip 2: Arrive on time- don't be late!

    Tip 3: Make sure that you dress and look professional. This is your one time to make that first impression.

    Tip 4: Start off with a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye when you do so.

    Tip 5: Do not guess on questions you do not know! It's important to be honest in what you know and what you don't know. If there is something you've never worked with before, you can turn that into a positive by explaining how you would go about learning it

    Tip 6: Follow-up with a "Thank You" note after any interview, reiterating 3 main points:

    1. Thanking them for their time.

    2. Saying what interests you about the position.

    3. Why you feel you would be a good fit for the position. 

     

    If you want more interview tips, follow us on Twitter @WorkbridgeMA.

    If you are in the market for a new Tech Job, check out our open positions!

    To contact Alex:

    Connect with her on LinkedIn.

    Follow her on Twitter: @HogeAg

  • Workbridge Boston Recruiter Spotlight: Andrea Sullivan

    We take pride in all of our recruiters here at Workbridge Boston and we like to recognize them once in a while! This week our recruiter spotlight shines its light on Andrea Sullivan, a member of our Open Source team. Every day Andrea comes into the office and helps Web Developers and Engineers find their dream job. 

    A graduate of UMass Amherst, Andrea started at Workbridge Boston in June of 2012. A social person by nature, Andrea's people skills help her relate to job-seekers and hiring managers to find the perfect fit for open positions. She loves having the chance to help people find new opportunities.

    "There's nothing like walking out of the office after a long day and knowing that you positively impacted someone's life in one way or another. That's when all the hard work pays off."

     

    When Andrea is taking a break from all-star recruiting, she can be found spending time with friends and family. 

    How to contact Andrea:

    Email: [email protected] 

    Connect with her on LinkedIn.

     

  • Workbridge Boston Works

    With so many different recruitment agencies out there, we want to show you how Workbridge Associates differentiates itself to help you find a job. How #workbridgeworks if you will.

    What makes us so different is that all of our recruiters are a part of a team. Here at Workbridge Boston, we have an Open Source team, a .NET team, and a Network Infrastructure team. These recruiters use their individual resources while working together to find you the perfect career.

    When you walk into our office we want you to feel like you can talk to us openly about what you want and don’t want out of a job opportunity. During your visit, you meet with each and every individual in that team so that they can get to know you, and at the same time you can get to know them. This way, we have a good sense as to who you are and what you are looking for in hopes that we can form a relationship and find you the perfect opportunity to continue your tech career. 

    We really are more than just a recruiting firm, we are tech enthusiasts who love to socialize with others like us and find perfect job opportunities for those who want and need them.

     

    So if you are in the market for a new job or just a fellow tech enthusiast, stop by or give us a call! We would love to meet you and help out with your job search.

    Join us at Tech in Motion for great presentations and networking events.

    Connect with us on Twitter for the latest tech news, job opportunities, and events. 

  • Workbridge Boston Places a Job Seeker in 8 Hours!

    Matt Rogers recently placed Will, a talented technologist, in a great new position!

    Matt reached out to Will about an open Senior Database Architect position he thought he would be a good fit for. Will thought it sounded like a great opportunity that fit his skill-set and on Wednesday came into our offices to meet with our team.

    Immediately after, Will went straight to our client's office for an in-house interview and a few hours later, he was offered the job! Not too shabby!

    We are so excited to welcome Will, a Boston native who was working out in California, back home and to have found him a position that is such a perfect fit; all within 8 hours of coming into Workbridge! Talk about meeting people with performance!

    Congrats again Will, we know you will do great!

    Connect with Matt Rogers:

    Email: [email protected]

    Twitter: @mattrgrs

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