Monthly Archives: June 2015

Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days

Technology has advanced the way we live, the way we communicate, the way we travel and the way we learn. As people’s demands and life styles change, the demand for advancing the type of technology we use and the people to create them is high, but how immediate is that need if there’s still a delayed hiring process?

 

Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days

 

 

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Courtesy of Soulskill from the moving-at-the-speed-of-HR dept.

Despite the high demand for tech workers of pretty much all stripes, the hiring process is still rather drawn out, with the average time-to-hire for Software Engineers taking 35 days. That’s one of the findings of a new study from career site Glassdoor. The study, led by Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, analyzed over 340,000 interview reviews, covering 74,000 unique job titles, submitted to the site from February 2009 through February 2015. Glassdoor found that the average time-to-hire for all jobs has increased 80% (from 12.6 days to 22.9 days) since 2010. The biggest reason for this jump: The increased reliance on screening tests of various sorts, from background checks and skills tests to drug tests and personality tests, among others.

 

The Potential of Bitcoin

The Potential of Bitcoin

Blog post courtesy of Peter Carabeo-Nieva and Javier Carabeo

 

In the midst of the recent bitcoin hysteria, I’ve heard bitcoin described as virtual money, an investment, a commodity, a protocol, and a decentralized cryptocurrency.

All these terms describe facets of bitcoin, but all are incomplete descriptions.

At its core, bitcoin is a platform.

When the internet first emerged, its first killer application was email – it was the driving force behind its initial popularity and eventual mass adoption. However, email constitutes just a fraction of what we use the internet for today.

Bitcoin as a currency is the initial killer app for bitcoin as a platform. Within a few years it’s likely we’ll know Bitcoin to exist as much more than a currency.

Bitcoin’s most impactful implications lie in creating a framework for decentralizing systems on a global level.

One of the short-term implications of disseminating Bitcoin as a platform is that billions of people in developing countries – many who currently have no access to banking – won’t have to rely on banks in order to save, store, or transfer value. A possibility for long-term bitcoin platform adoption is that both civic and corporate voting can be made tamper-proof and assuredly equitable.

That last example is made possible by the genius foundation behind Bitcoin’s design – the blockchain. The blockchain is a shared public record that is replicated onto every single node on the bitcoin network. This multiplicity creates a stopgap against tampering by allowing data to be viewed publicly and verified against nearly infinite duplicates.

With bitcoin as currency, the blockchain acts as a ledger that records all transactions. In the world of cryptocurrency – digital cash – the books are open and everything is written in pen.

With a bitcoin-style decentralized platform for voting, what would it mean for global democracy if the “books” were open?

With the volatility, investment craze, and payment implementation currently behind bitcoin as a currency, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of it as solely a financial tool. However, Bitcoin protocol as a means to empower individuals, particularly in the developing world, is truly where the Bitcoin revolution begins.

 

Lenovo’s ‘Magic View’ smartwatch concept hides a private display

Lenovo’s ‘Magic View’ Smartwatch Concept Hides a Private Display

James Trew

 

Smartwatches, you know the drill: a touchscreen display, and it feeds you notificationsand stuff. Pretty boring, right? Lenovo agrees, so has cooked up a “Magic View” concept to show things don’t need to be this way. The problem Magic View solves is simple: the small displays inherent in watches. The answer? A small, second screen in the strap that initially appears cosmetic, until you hold it to your eye. Once you do, you’ll see an image the company claims is 20 times larger than the watch’s main display. Lenovo says it’s using “optical reflection” to achieve this, and that the second display can be used for viewing maps, looking “around” images (using the accelerometer in the watch we gather) and even viewing videos — should you be ok with holding your wrist to your eye to do so.

 

 

Image Credit: msn.com

Image Credit: msn.com

 

The prototype was on show at Lenovo’s Tech World show in Beijing, and bares more than a passing resemblance to a Moto 360 — hardly surprising. Android Central say that the demo device was running an Android-based OS that was different to both Wear and Google’s main mobile operating system. The second display might seem a little goofy at first, but Lenovo is likely pitching it as a security feature, too. Given that only you can see what’s on the second screen, it’s ideal for private viewing, or showing notifications you don’t want the person next to you catching. Given that Lenovo also showed some smart shoes, that display your mood on a screen, the Magic Eye doesn’t seem so crazy after all?

Timely ‘Thank You’ Note/Email Often Job Tie-Breaker

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Timely ‘Thank You’ Note/Email Often Job Tie-Breaker

LOOKING FOR AN EASY, YET VERY EFFECTIVE WAY TO DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY FROM THE “COMPETITION,” i.e., others seeking the same position(s) as you, during a new job search? Simply send a timely, well-written, short “Thank You” note or email following each and every face-to-face interview with a hiring manager.

Oh, you may be saying to yourself at this point, everybody sends Thank You notes/emails after an interview, don’t they? How would that make me stand out? News flash! Fact is, the majority of job candidates do not send Thank You notes/emails; most don’t even think about sending one!

Rarely does a job search winnow down to just one candidate left standing. And that’s particularly true for the much-sought-after top professional jobs. Usually, there are two or perhaps  three finalists, all of whom may essentially be of the same high caliber and possess equivalent experience and credentials. (By the way, in order for a Thank You note/email to perhaps serve as a “tie-breaker” for you, you must be in this rarified group of candidates.) At that point in the selection process, it can definitely be, and quite often is, a “little thing” that tips the scales in favor of the candidate ultimately chosen by the hiring manager. One of those little things can easily be the timely sending of a well-crafted Thank You note/email.

GOOD IDEA TO SEND NOTE AND EMAIL

During my career as a headhunter, I have seen time and time again how a timely Thank You note/email can sometimes be the difference between a candidate walking away with the job offer and joining the ranks of also-rans. As a result, our executive recruiting firm, The HTW (Hire to Win) Group, coaches all candidates presented to our hiring company clients to send both a hand-written Thank You note through snail mail and an email to the hiring manager (and any other key personnel the candidate may have interviewed with on hiring company premises). Why both? Two key reasons:

  • In our current digital environment virtually any correspondence received through the U.S. Postal Service tends to stand out and be noticed—and of course actually get opened and read!
  • Today’s busy hiring managers may not even get to your Thank You email for a week or more, and by then she may have already made her candidate selection. So, also sending a Thank You note through the mail merely serves as “insurance” that she will receive your Thank You note in a timely manner.

‘TIMELY’ KEY WORD HERE

There is a definite, very good reason why the word “timely” appears in the headline to this post. As is often the case in most important situations, time usually is definitely of the essence, and that’s particularly true when it comes to sending a Thank You note/email following a face-to-face job interview. How soon after the interview should you send a Thank You? The short answer is the sooner the better, but in no case should you wait longer than two to three days.

Some of our candidates actually carry blank Thank You notes in their briefcases when they go to a face-to-face interview. At the earliest opportunity they compose the note and drop it in the nearest mail drop after leaving company premises. Others, who may have flown to the interview, compose and send (if allowed by the airline) an email Thank You on their laptop, tablet or iPhone/SmartPhone on their flight back home. Others of course wait until they arrive back home to do so. The point is, just make sure you compose—and send!—the note/email within the two- to three-day time frame.

LENGTH, SAMPLE CONTENT OF NOTE/EMAIL

Most Thank You note stationery is rather small in size, so that of course limits the length of the note. But, after all, it is called a note, not a dissertation! Best advice:keep your note short, simple and to the point.

Here is an example of what you may include in your Thank You NOTE:

“Dear Susan,

Just a short note to thank you for taking the time to interview me for the (position name) position at XYZ, Inc. I sincerely appreciate it. I am even more impressed with your company than when I applied for the position—and that’s saying something!

Please feel free to contact me at 123-456-7890 if I can answer any more questions for you, or if you would like additional information regarding the significant contribution I know I can make to your unit and XYZ, Inc. 

Thanks again!

Skip”

If you also choose to send an email, in addition to a note (strongly recommended!), you can make the email slightly longer and go in to slightly more detail to re-sell your candidacy.

Here is an example of how you might approach a Thank You EMAIL:

“Dear Susan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me for the (position name)position at XYZ, Inc. I sincerely appreciate it and am even more impressed with XYZ, Inc. than when I first applied—and that’s saying something!

Let me briefly restate what I can offer to your unit and company:

  • (List most significant thing you have to offer)
  • (List second most significant thing you have to offer)
  • (List third most significant thing you have to offer)

I am very excited about this fantastic career opportunity, and I stand ready, willing and able to make a substantial contribution from day one, if I am the candidate you select for this position!

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