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Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

Thought this article by Forbes Columnist Alex Knapp relating lessons from Star Trek to leadership was fun to read and very relevant.. Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped […]

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Make your best offer first when hiring Software Engineers!

We recently were in the throes of trying to close deal with a client software company. The position was Software Manager with growth to Director of Engineering. The technology was Java, Hadoop, HBase, Spring, Hibernate, Multi-threaded, Concurrent, Distributed, Big data. For example purposes, the company offered 127K and the candidate wanted 130K. From my experience, […]

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Software Developers: Target your resume when making career shifts

I recently got a call from an it infrastructure vp turned php developer. My client job seeker had grown through the ranks as a systems administrator, then as an it infrastructure manager running linux, unix and windows servers,  then vp of it, infrastructure and operations and then decided to make a career shift into being a web developer, software engineer […]

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Time is your enemy when hiring a good software engineer candidate

Our client is a software company start-up looking for a senior javascript software engineer. They shared that this hire was critical for them and that they needed to hire this person yesterday. We presented them with a strong candidate who had javascript experience and a background in java and c++ development, along with a degree […]

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Do the Demo!

Recently, our candidate, a UX Manager was interviewing with a SaaS Software Company. He was doing everything right. He had gone on 2 full rounds of interviews and was the reviews were glowing into the 3rd and final interview round. One comment was “Hire him! He is the best candidate we have so far!” This candidate was […]

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5 Tips for a Winning Resume

We are pleased to have David Roper, founder of A-Script, share 5 tips about building a better resume.  Mr. Roper’s background includes extensive and wide-ranging career development consulting and lecturing, and teaching.  Techpros has been successfully referring clients to David Roper for a number of years and we have received many accolades about David for his work on […]

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Phone Interviewing: Best Practices in the High Tech Industry

Since a phone interview is typically a screening tool, your goal is to be invited to meet in person with the employer. Some high tech companies phone screen routinely, while others IT companies phone screen to overcome potential concern. Do you know which is the case? Either way, put forth your very best effort. Your […]

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The “iCare Principal” for Best Software Interviewing Practices

As a software / IT recruiter for over 20 years I am amazed that over and over again, I hear from Software Managers, Software Directors and Vice Presidents of Engineering of software companies that there are candidates who come to interviews unprepared. They did not familiarize themselves with the company’s website. They did not try to […]

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Integrity in the Software Engineering Job Market?

I feel like my grandfather when I say “in the olden days” but I’d like to talk about a situation and would welcome any feedback and input. I know, speaking as a recruiter,  that recruiters can get a bad rap, but the truth is that recruiters are no different than software engineers and software companies […]

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