With Halloween right around the corner, you might have already been thinking about your Halloween costume - but don't dress up by yourself! Put together a costume for you and your team to show off during work on October 31.
Not only is it a fun and unique way to collaborate together but according to US News, “these exercises can help employees work on more serious issues, such as learning problem-solving techniques and improving communication skills. This all helps them to build trust, which goes a long way toward achieving better communication.”
Additionally, according to Great Places to Work, creating a space to celebrate seasonal events, such as Halloween, can go a long way toward building camaraderie at work. The global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures cited 30-to-40-percent higher levels of employee collaboration, cooperation and willingness to give extra to get the job done at organizations with strong levels of camaraderie. (Business Wire)
So get ready to build your workplace culture and dress up as someone else for All Hallows' Eve. Here are some fantastic examples of group Halloween costumes ideas, as dreamed up by our own teams across North America.
Pay homage to your favorite franchise...
Why is strong work culture so important? Read how it relates to your next job.
Throw it back with a nostaligic costume...
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Maybe you just want to be comfortable and "onesie" with your team...
Village People / YMCA
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Last but not least, go as your favorite Programming Language!
Chef, Puppet, Ansible, AWS
Mustache, Backbone, React, Batman, Knockout
Red Hat, Chef, Linux, Jenkins, Python
Building a strong company culture begins one day at time, but it's how top tech talent will accept the job offer and stay for years. When looking for your next job, consider if it's the best culture fit. If you are currently searching, let us connect you with some of the top rated and award winning companies in your area!
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Many people dream of a career in tech. The industry is fast-paced, constantly changing and growing. While many people desire a role a trendy tech startup, they're not sure if they're cut out for startup life or a technology bohemeth, an IT hands-on role or a position in management. If you’re an aspiring technologist looking to pursue a career in tech, don’t get discouraged from pursuing your dream job - instead use these 5 career tips from Cassy Rowe Head of UI/UX at Scoop in San Francisco:
1. Just Do It and Don’t Hold Back
Don’t be afraid to pursue what you want to accomplish in your career. The worst thing someone can say to you is “no.” There are so many opportunities out there; all one has to do is try.
Want to jump start your tech career? Apply to your next role now.
2. Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor is key. It can be intimidating to walk up to someone who could be a role model, especially since a lot of people are afraid to ask someone for help in gneral. On the contrary, many experienced professionals are willing to mentor young people, and find it flattering when someone asks them. Mentors can be a great guide and give you a third party perspective on your career and life goals.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Try Different Things
Trying different things may seem scary for a lot of people fresh out of school because the challenge for a lot of young people is:
No one can answer those questions except yourself. Many aren't 100% sure they going in the right direction, but there are many opportunities to explore. You can’t be afraid to try new things to figure out those key questions, as well as to find the right job that fits you.
4. It’s Okay to Take Your Time
When starting out, you don’t need to be an expert in what you want to end up doing, whether in your first, second or even third job. Make sure you take the time to slow down and try to get the most out of every position you hold so you can bring those skills into your career.
5. Make Sure You Have a Good Idea of What You Want Out of the Job
When looking for a job make sure you have a good idea of what you want out of the job, because you don’t want to be at a job you don’t like. When you know what you want, it's easier to go all in for it and target the skills you have towards the job.
Use These 6 Ways to Figure Out if It's the Right Job For You
As daunting and fast-paced as the tech industry can seem, whether you're technical or not it's a matter of wanting to be in this world. Don’t be discouraged, get out there!
Don't want to wait to start your career in tech, but need a little more guidance? Thees articles might point you in the right direction:
If you couldn't live a day without relying on Wi-Fi or your GPS, you're not alone. Some of technology's coolest and sometimes taken-for-granted inventions have women to thank for its creation. Celebrate Women's History Month by taking a look back at some of the revolutionary women technologists who weren't afraid to break boundaries in the tech scene and help pave the way for our future generations.
Are you a woman in or looking to get into the tech industry? Check out these technology jobs from our job board.
1. Hedy Lamarr: Hedy created a secret communications system during WWII which eventually laid the foundation for Wi-Fi to GPS. She also just so happens to be a world famous actress.
2. Dr. Grace Murray Hopper: Dr. Grace Hopper created the system that translates English commands into computer codes. She is also known as the “Mother of Computers”.
3. Chieko Asakawa: Being blind since the age of 14, Chieko developed a voice-recognition web browser, which opened up the doors to the Internet for the blind.
4. Radia Perman: Much of modern day Internet would be different if it weren't for Radia Perman. Begrudgingly answering to the title "Mother of the Internet," Perman invented the "Spanning Tree Protocol" that lead to the creation of large networks.
5. Susan Kare: If you've followed Apple's journey from Steve Jobs' garage to one of the most prominent companies in the world, you've come across the designs of Susan Kare. One of Apple's original user interface designers responsible for many of its early desktop icons, she will always have a page in Apple's history books.
The next time you go to pull up your email on-the-go, be sure to extend your gratitude to the women technologists who broke the mold of this male-dominated industry.
This story was originally published on techinmotionevents.com.
Game rooms. Unlimited vacation time. Free yoga classes. One year of maternity OR paternity leave. Tech companies these days are offering some phenomenal employee benefits, but not every company can afford to offer such lavish options. Sometimes it’s the simple things at a job we love that we need to appreciate. It’s easy to get swept away in the daily grind of a work day, so here is a list of little perks around the office that are worth being thankful for this holiday season.
Location, Location, Location. Chances are you probably don’t live right next door to your work, so instead of sitting in traffic right at closing time or riding the rush hour train, why not go for a walk and see what’s around? You’d be surprised how many people work in an area they never take the time to explore. Maybe you’ll find a new happy hour or a restaurant you would have never found otherwise.
Speaking of happy hour, they say that an office that drinks together, succeeds together. They don’t actually say that, but a Gallup study shows that employees with a best friend at work are 21% more likely to report that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day. So if you have coworkers who enjoy being social after a long, hard week, it could make you much happier and productive in the long run.
Snacks on Snacks on Snacks
Nothing gets you through the end of the day 2:45 like a good afternoon snack. According to USA Today, a study by PeaPod shows that while “56%,of full-time employees are "extremely" or "very" happy with their current job, that number jumps to 67% among those who have access to free food.” If your office provides healthy snacks like green tea, fruit, or vegetables it can make you feel better as well.
Your job doesn't offer snacks? Here's a list of open roles at companies that do!
Nothing like a nice secure place to put your car every day. No need to worry about meters, street cleaning, or struggling with a tight parallel parking job! Sometimes, depending on the area, you can even park your car there on the weekend and see a show or eat at your favorite restaurants.
Who has time to wander the streets looking for a blue box? Even with apps and maps, it can be so confusing! Not to mention, who can keep track of all those pick-up times. The fact that you can get mail delivered to work is great, even better when they pick up in your building…It’s especially nice this season, because you’ll need someone to sign for all of those packages you’ll be getting for your holiday shopping list.
Depending on the size of the office, you’re probably going to eat cake every couple of months. Cookies may get delivered every few weeks. Maybe you’ll get to prank someone by taping balloons all over their workspace, or wrapping everything in gift wrap. It’s all fun and games…until it’s your birthday.
Even if your personal workspace doesn’t have a window, there’s probably one a couple floors up. It’s always a good for the mind and body to watch the sunset. Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the little things in life. (like the view from our sister office in Dallas, below).
The Jobspring Partners team wishes you a happy holiday season and hopes that you have many things to be thankful for this year. If your job isn't one of them though, feel free to reach out to us after the holiday to find one that will be!
Written by Melissa Tobia, Practice Manager in Jobspring San Francisco.
The world of coding camps has been expanding, especially in this booming market where everyone in San Francisco is looking to hire a Software Engineer. Coding Camps are a great way to get a foot in the door and not only learn about software development, but to also expand a skill set.
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In my previous blogs for Jobspring I spoke on the benefits of enrolling in coding academies and how they can benefit a tech career. Today, I am looking into the bootcamp experience on a personal level. I represent many candidates who went to coding camps and they all possess similar qualities; they’re passionate about development, eager to learn more and excited to pursue new opportunities. I helped Brian Kang who went to a coding academy called Hack Reactor in finding a new role about a year ago. I wanted to get his insight on his overall experience and where he is at today. Here is what he had to say:
1. Why did you decide to go to a coding camp?
I decided to go to a coding bootcamp because I wanted to build software for a living. I wanted excellent instructors and structure to my learning, but I didn't want to go through another four years of college.
2. What was the most valuable thing you learned at Hack Reactor?
The most valuable thing I learned at Hack Reactor is that nothing is out of reach. I had never been in an environment with so many smart and driven individuals. The enthusiasm to learn and build amazing projects is infectious, and my frame of mind quickly shifted from assessing my ability to accomplish a seemingly impossible task to diving in and figuring out how to do it.
3. What was the hardest part about Hack Reactor?
The hardest part about Hack Reactor is the initial adjustment to the pace of learning and the amount of work involved. The first two weeks were tiring, but the program is very well structured and by weeks 3+ I felt comfortable with the pace.
4. How long did it take to get a job after graduation, and what did the process of getting a job look like?
My job search experience was different than most of my cohort. I decided to stay at Hack Reactor for three more months as part of the Hacker in Residence program where I conducted technical interviews and assisted students with projects part-time. The rest of my time was free, so I decided to build a project with a friend and also contracted for a startup. Towards the end of the contract, I began my search and was contacted by Melissa at Jobspring. Melissa quickly found a few companies that were a good match, and I talked with engineers from one of the companies a few days later. The week after, I went in for an onsite interview and accepted an offer that night. It took roughly two weeks from beginning my search to accepting an offer. I decided to end my search early because I found a company with an amazing team, culture, and opportunity for personal growth.
5. What is some advice you would give to someone who is looking to get their first job as a software developer?
I would advise engineers looking for their first job to pursue personal projects while searching for jobs. You will learn, gain experience, and have something to talk about.
From what Brian has said, his experience going to Hack Reactor was very rewarding. It gave him an opportunity to expand his skill set and grow while offering an alternative to four more years of college. If you are trying to pursue a career in software development, I would highly recommend signing up for a development bootcamp.
There were a couple of Jobspringers, up to some good, keepin’ kids from makin’ trouble in the neighborhood. There wasn’t one little fight, and no one got scared, but we made some memories we’d all like to share.
When Jobspring Philadelphia volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia on March 27th, we weren’t sure exactly what we would be doing with the children of the program. Turns out, we ended up doing a little bit of everything at the Jackson Street Center. It was “Healthy Living Day” at the after school program, and the kids kept everyone from the office moving!
The Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia offers kids a safe place to learn and grow while still having fun. They offer a variety of programs to help enhance the lives of their members. Their goal is to offer unique and healthy opportunities that might not be available to their members otherwise – this includes homework help, athletic groups and building leadership skills.
Steve Vaughan and one of the Boys & Girls Club members took each other on (above) while Keith Wilson and Drew Collins, to the right, caught their breath. The Jobspring Office was thrilled to play basketball, football and tag with the children of the program, but sometimes quick breaks were necessary to keep up with their level of energy. The kids were in much better shape than we expected, and more than up for the challenge of one-on-ones.
Perhaps Keith was tired out after his Zumba and kick boxing session alongside the group (below). Along with the impromptu sports games in the gym, we were able to take part in some informational workout videos. Additionally, there was a pretty intense bracelet braiding session going on in the study hall room, after we helped the kids wrap up any loose homework ends.
Mai Chau (below) loved hanging out with the young ladies of the club, even teaching them a few new, old hand games. The girls also loved playing football with us, taking over the ongoing game of tossing the pigskin around.
During one brief moment of quiet, the Jobspring group stopped to snap an office photo. Somehow, we managed to fit this in between the spirited game of tag and a highly completitive round of Jenga, with the help of the center’s assistants.
By the end of the afternoon, it was clear that we were fortunate enough to just be kids for the day with the Boys & Girls Club after school program. We hope to return to the Boys & Girls Club for another afternoon of hanging out with their wonderful members – perhaps Gerard Daly can even get a re-match in foosball!
Our Jobspring New York team recently utilized their skills and knowledge about the NY tech job market to help recent graduates of a non-profit organization, Per Scholas, get a head start on their career search.
What is Per Scholas?
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that breaks the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, training and job placement services for people in low-income communities.
How did we help?
For many Per Scholas students, they either do not have any job search experience whatsoever or do not have job search experience for the IT field. Our network infrastructure team worked to close this gap with the students.
We trained more than ten students on how to build an effective resume, where to start your job search, how to utilize social media and networking for your search, how to effectively work with a recruiting agency, how to identify the right people to reach out to for your search, and how to rock an interview.
While the students were engaged and asking questions throughout the entire presentation, it was obvious which key takeaways were their favorites.
Check out a few key takeaways:
1. Over 2,200 jobs were created in Q2 (2013) in the NYC tech field. This results in a 7.3% gain over Q1. If you didn't already know, it's a great time to be in the NY tech job market!
2. Your LinkedIn account is key. Make sure your profile is 100% complete and your picture is a professional headshot. If possible, beef up your bio with recommendations from prominent people in your past positions.
3. Recruiters can be an excellent tool. Pick 2-3 tech recruiters that you trust so you can stay effectively organized on your job search. A few red flags to look out for when working with recruiters: They ask you to pay a fee. They ask you to sign a contract. They don't provide you with company names.
4. As many of you know, you should always be prepared to ask your interviewer questions. Great question topics include: company culture, interviewer's story, or biggest challenge of the role. Make sure to stay away from anything negative from your prior employer or colleagues during the interview process.
We finished off the event with some delicious pizza and beverages- yum! We're looking forward to partnering with Per Scholas again soon.
Below: Our Network Infrastructure team is getting ready to present.
Below: Per Scholas students excited to start the class!
Interested in having Jobspring Partners come mentor your community on job search advice, interview tips, etc? Email [email protected]. We'd love to help!
Every Monday in our Jobspring offices around the country, the recruiters participate in “Market Knowledge” – a chance to share articles to inform the office about what is going on in the tech markets in our cities. Since we find this knowledge share so useful, we thought that we could start sharing some of these articles with our blog readers!
So, here are the articles that our cities found the most useful and informative:
Break Out a Hammer: You’ll Never Believe the Data ‘Wiped’ Smartphones Store (wired.com)
After reading this you might think twice before reselling or donating your old smartphone.
Submitted by: Adam Salk
Facebook poised to announce its ‘new home on Android’ (Guardian UK)
On Thursday April 4th Facebook will make a big announcement that many suspect is the launch of their much anticipated ‘Facebook Phone.’
Submitted by: Matt Sottile
6 Reasons the Legal Industry is Ripe for Startup Invasion (Tech Cocktail)
Why start-ups may start entering the legal space.
Submitted by: Brad Marek
Top 5 places to work in Chicago (Crain’s Chicago)
Crain’s Chicago Business ranks the top 20 businesses to work for, according to their own employees.
Submitted by: Jordan Douglas
Best Web Programming Languages: Python and Ruby(Altabel Group’s Blog) Are Python and Ruby worthy rivals for the title against PHP?
Submitted by: Kamyar Rahrvoi
Submitted by: Samuel Shaw
Tech Firms Bumping up Perks to Recruit, Retain (ABC News)
This spring, as the tech industry is soaring out of the Great Recession, plans are in the works for a flurry of massive, perk-laden headquarters.
Submitted by: Neal Singh
The media and technology sectors have been busy already this morning, coming up with some new and clever ways to pull the wool over our eyes on the one day of the year when all the stops are pulled out to deliver the laughs.
Submitted by: Devon Ellis
SEC Greenlights One Style Of Equity Crowdfunding For Startups (Techcrunch)
The article describes a new way for investors to fund start-ups through a third party company FundClub. They were undergoing scrutiny by the SEC but there is no longer any issues.
Submitted by: Brianna Schickling
At Parks, Disney Invests In Interactive Experiences (OC Register)
Disneyworld is now going more interactive. They are having guests wear wristbands that can then grant them access to the parks, hotel rooms, pay for food and merchandise. This will allow Disney to give each visitor a more customized experience.
Submitted by: Brianna Schickling
Apple patents iPhone with wraparound display (SiliconValley.com)
Apple files a patent for a display that wraps around the edges of the device which will increase the viewable area and eliminate all physical buttons; preface for the iphone 6?
Submitted by: Ben Kuncz
Facebook’s Mobile Platform Ambitions Come As Messaging Apps Gain Traction With Youth (TechCrunch)
Facebook aims to focus on messaging applications due to the growing success of mobile-first messaging platforms that make social networking more about conversation and less about broadcasts.
Submitted by: Steven McMurray
Don't see something on this list that you read about recently? Comment below and share market information that's a must know!