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  • Workbridge Boston Success Story: Tony

    In the 7th grade, Tony programmed a Microsoft Access Database to manage his baseball card collection and how much each card was worth. Over a decade later, he put his trust in Workbridge Boston to place his talent in the right hands.

    Tony (Right) with his recruiter Steve (Left)

    Tony is originally from the Bay Area, where he studied at San Jose State University. In 2010, he came to Boston to work at City Hall doing .NET programming, and then after a year, transitioned into doing Rails and have been loving it ever since.

    Though he can't remember how he came across Workbridge (there's that Workbridge Boston mystery again), he sure is glad he did. In less than three weeks, Steve Vaughan placed him with a company that is transforming the way retailers manage in-store merchandising and marketing-- a company that Tony thinks will allow him to have a career in Rails. Tony explains, “I get to work in doing what I love, which is programming in Ruby on Rails."

    “You guys went right to work immediately and lined up interviews pretty much every day. All of them were interesting positions that all seemed like really rewarding opportunities. It was good, I loved it. Steve’s great, Abby’s great, the companies you guys were hooking me up with were great, it was just awesome all around. And very fast.” -- Tony W.

     

     

  • Workbridge Boston Office Headshot Spoofs

    Headshots of Workbridge recruiters will be scattered all around our new website-- launching soon.

    For now, here's a preview of ones that didn't quite make the cut:

    Open Source Recruiter: Abby Rose

    Division Manager: Ryan Crimmins

    Scott Lobdell (Left) with Division Manager Ryan Crimmins (Right)

    Open Source Recruiter: Steve Vaughan

    Which one is your favorite?

  • Kind Words from Someone We ... DIDN'T Place in Boston

    Even though we didn't place him, this candidate was more than happy with us. He wrote to our .NET team:

    Though you guys did not place me, I would like to mention how satisfied I was with your business. I have worked with a few recruiters and placement agencies before, but the team at Workbridge Associates exceeded all my expectations. Your team demonstrated professionalism, energy and results. As Alex promised during my first visit to your office, I felt like working with multiple efficient placement agencies. That was just amazing!

    I would like to keep you guys in my professional network. Be certain that Workbridge is the first placement agency I would recommend in the New England area to anyone seeking for Software Engineering positions.

     

    My regards to the entire team.

    These are often the best kind of reviews we get from candidates. Why? It's more than obvious that someone who gets placed will likely be pleased with our services, but for someone who didn't find the right job to go ahead and say that we were the best-- that sure says something.

    It exemplifies the way that, here at Workbridge, we give our all to each and every candidate we've got.

     

  • Boston Success Story: Jamie Michalski

    Jamie Michalski is a man of many hats, but here at Workbridge Boston, we think the three coolest are developer, DJ, and recruiter Scott Lobdell’s first placement.

    (Scott, left, and Jamie, right)

    Jamie moved to Boston from Amesbury, MA, graduated from Boston University in ’05, and has been working in Quality Assurance ever since. Recently, he began to explore the development side of things. When he decided to continue pursuing development, he came to Workbridge.

    Over the past twelve years, Jamie has gone by the alias “DJ Die Young” by night—something he’s kept somewhat of a secret from his employers until he was named “Boston’s Best DJ” by the Improper Bostonian. Twice.  

    Scott Lobdell, a fairly new recruiter and electronic music enthusiast, was more than happy to work with Jamie. “Scott was highly responsive and kept me completely informed about the process. He was incredibly friendly and never made me feel pressured,” says Jamie.

    Scott placed Jamie with a global water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities firm, where he felt Jamie would be a fantastic fit. Jamie says he’s excited to continue becoming experienced in this field, and to be working for such a prestigious global company with “a small but intelligent team of developers.”

    “Workbridge was professional when it came to the hiring process. Everyone was laid back and made you feel comfortable with working with them.”

    – Jamie Michalski

     

  • "9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People"

    Check out this article we found on Inc.com, a great business resource for "useful information, advice, insights, and inspiration." While their content is geared towards business owners, these nine mantras can make a big difference for anyone in a leadership position, or not (plus, they're easy to remember)!

    Read longer explanations at the link above.

    1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time.

    Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

    2. The people around me are the people I chose.

    Remarkable employees want to work for remarkable bosses.

    3. I have never paid my dues.

    4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

    You have "10 years in the Web design business." Whoopee. I don't care how long you've been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world.

    I care about what you've done: how many sites you've created, how many back-end systems you've installed, how many customer-specific applications you've developed (and what kind)... all that matters is what you've done.

    5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn't just happen to me.

    6. Volunteers always win.

    7. As long as I'm paid well, it's all good.

    8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

    9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

    Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people aren't doing that one thing. Sure, it's hard.

    But that's what will make you different.

    And over time, that's what will make you incredibly successful. 

    - Jeff Haden, Inc.com

    Also by Jeff Haden, "Best Way to Make Employees Better at Their Jobs"

  • Workbridge Boston Sponsorship: Google I/O Debrief Panel

    Last night, Workbridge Bostonsponsored an event for Google Developers’ Group, Boston.

    After being introduced as the sponsors, Abby told a joke that went a little something like this:

    “There are four engineers traveling in a car: a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a software engineer. The car breaks down, and each of them thinks they know what’s going on.

                ‘It’s gotta be the engine,’ says the mechanical engineer.

                ‘No, it must be the fuel,’ the chemical engineer declared.

                ‘Nope, it must be a spark in the system,’ explained the electrical engineer.

                Then, they all turn to the computer engineer and ask, ‘What do you think?’

         ‘Well,’ he says, ‘I think we should all get out of the car, get back in again, and restart it!’”  

    Ha! Then, Brian introduced Workbridge and what we’re all about just before the panel began.

    The “Google I/O Debrief” Panel consisted of the following five people: 

    • Arun Nagarajan VP of Architecture at Verivo
    • Dan Lines Customer Support Manager for Cloudlock
    • Jeff Moyer Principal Software Engineer at Redhat <kernel hacker>
    • Luke Hutchison Post Doc at MIT
    • Adam Stroud, Lead Software Engineer Fitness Keeper

    It was a very interesting dialogue, and with about 70 developers in attendance, the event was a great opportunity to network and meet new candidates and potential clients (we got to see some current clients and candidates, too).

    Maybe we'll see you at a sponsored event soon!

  • Boston Success Story: Evan

     

    When we saw that Evan Davis’s resume included “grilled meat,” we knew we had to place him somewhere awesome that would suit him just right.

    Evan and his recruiter Abby Rose

    A mid-westerner, Evan’s gone from his native Wisconsin to Boston and from product support to agency. While he’s “learned a ton from each experience,” he thinks he’s finally found the perfect fit thanks to Workbridge Boston!

    Referred to Workbridge by past candidates, Evan says we can really give ourselves a pat on the back. As soon as recruiter Abby Rose told him about the job opportunity, he explains, “I knew this was what I was going to do. I think we both knew right away this was going to happen.”

    Evan is now officially the new Senior Engineer at an amazing start-up, which provides high-quality educational content to students for free.  He can’t wait to get started there, where he says “Within ten minutes of talking to the CTO on the phone, [the deal] was sealed.”

     “This is the first recruiter that’s actually seemed like they understand what I do and what I want to do.” – Evan

  • Major Life Decisions: Whether to Take a Job Away from Home

    Here at Workbridge, we sometimes place candidates who, while excited about their new jobs, are still a little weary about being alone in a new city (namely, Boston).

    If you’re just getting started in your career, now is the time to pack your bags and move. When a good opportunity lies in a place where you might not see yourself in the long run, seriously consider taking it anyway, because it might work for now. Leaving behind friends and family is always difficult but it’s imperative to remember that they will (or, should) always be there in the end. A good job opportunity, on the other, probably won’t stick around.

    Our recruiters have all faced similar issues, and are understanding of dilemmas like these. When considering a job away from home, ask yourself the following:

    • Does an opportunity of equal value and quality exist back home?
    • If I go, what am I losing permanently? / If I stay, what am I losing permanently?
    • Is this position going to act as a stepping-stone in my career, even if I don’t intend to be here for the next ten years?
      • For example, might this company be willing to put me through graduate school?
      • Does this company have offices in other cities?
      • Is it a reputable company that will boost my resume and experience?

    Most importantly, have enough faith in yourself to believe that you’ll be able to build a new network of friends wherever you go. In Boston specifically, there are tons of meet-up groups where you can socialize with people who have similar interests as you. For example:

    If you've been so inspired by this blog post that you feel like getting out there ASAP, go ahead and RSVP to our "Big Data in the Real World" event, taking place at the Microsoft NERD Center on July 25th at 6:30 PM.

    (Also keep in mind that even if you don't want to "meetup" about tech, there are tons of other groups that involve things like the environment, fitness, politics, literature, film, new-age spirituality, paranormal activity, animals, sci-fi, social groups, and more!)

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