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  • 4 Reasons Why Now is the Time For IT Contractors

    In today’s technology driven world, change happens fast. We’ve come to expect it. If you’re someone who thrives on exploring solutions to new challenges, why should your career path be any different? Over the past five years contracting has seen a steady rise in popularity among tech companies because of the opportunities it offers both job seekers and employers.

    Contracting Offers Unique & Flexible Job Opportunities

    The technology industry is currently seeing its lowest ever unemployment rate, opening the door to fulltime and contract employees alike. More and more candidates are turning to contracting to build their resumes, work with Fortune 500 companies, and help with their work life balance. Jennifer Grasz at Career Builder has this to say about the future of contracting, “The demand for temporary labor will continue to be strong as employers strive to have more flexibility in their staff levels. 51% of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017, an increase from 47% last year. 63% of employers plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2017, up from 58% last year.”

    Do you want to spend more time with family during the holidays and summer vacation? Click to find a seasonal contracting opportunity in a city near you!

    You Can Earn More as a Contractor

    One of the biggest misconceptions about tech contract jobs is they pay less on average than fulltime positions. While it’s true that fulltime employees make a yearly salary and contractors get paid by the hour, there are many other factors to take into consideration when calculating your potential earnings. For instance, if you work more than 40 hours in a week as a fulltime employee, you won’t be paid for your extra effort while contractors get paid 1.5x their hourly wage for overtime. This can have a huge impact, especially in the tech industry where employees often work extended hours.

    Enjoy Benefits as Contractor

    Surprise! The biggest misconception about tech contracting is that you won’t receive benefits from your employer. The reality is, as a contractor with Jobspring Partners, you are eligible to receive benefits that kick in after thirty days of employment. You accrue sick days beginning on day one of employment. Want to start investing for your retirement? You are eligible for the Jobpspring Partners 401K and will be automatically enrolled after the first 6 months of the contract assignment. Full health coverage including dental and vision insurance kicks in after 30 days of your start date. In addition, there is an option to use a Health savings account to put away money for your health plan every month that is pre-taxed. Beyond these basic benefits, you can also enjoy commuter benefits you can use for parking, public transit, metro, or bus.

    Make the money you deserve and explore contracting opportunities in a city near you.

    Use Contracting to Improve your Tech Stack

    Contracting gives engineers the opportunity to focus on newer technologies, increasing their value as a subject matter experts in niche tech fields and opening themselves up to more lucrative opportunities in the future. It’s a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with tech giants who are only looking to hire contractors. Employers love seeing candidates with diverse backgrounds working on unique projects. We like to call them “unicorns” in our industry.

    What Employers Gain from Contracting

    The contracting model gives qualified candidates the freedom to develop their skillsets while being exposed to many different projects, technologies and work environments. But it also offers unforeseen benefits to employers looking for qualified talent. It gives them the opportunity to have “try-outs” for contractors hoping to find a permanent position and allows them to bring in highly specialized engineers on a project-basis they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford fulltime.

    For all these reasons, contracting has never been a more viable option in the tech industry than it is today. There are many misconceptions about contracting in the tech industry. That’s why it’s important to do your own research, weighing the pros and cons of contracting versus fulltime. The results could surprise you!

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  • Jobspring Partners wins San Jose's Best Employment Agency Award

    Jobspring Partners' Silicon Valley office has been selected for the 2017 Best of San Jose Award in the Employment Agency category by the San Jose Award Program.

    Each year, the San Jose Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the San Jose area a great place to live, work and play.

    "It's an honor to recieve the "2017 Best of San Jose" award. We've worked hard to build a positive reputation in the recruiting industry and our local community," says Jason Cooper, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners in Silicon Valley. "We appreciate the recognition and will strive to continue providing superior service to our clients and candidates here in Silicon Valley." 

    The winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the San Jose Award Program and data provided by third parties. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

    The San Jose Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the San Jose area. Their mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


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  • 3 Ways You Can Connect with the Right People

    If you are looking for a new job or to hire a new team member, you want to find the best in the business. You want to find an employer or employee that syncs up with your values, work ethic, and passions. There is no sure route to finding this perfect match, several experts from Jobspring are here to give their professional recommendations as far as routes you can take:

     

    1)     The Web

    Mostly everyone is familiar with online job boards. Some of the most popular ones include LinkedIn, Indeed, and Monster. What's great about these websites is that they're easy to use in tandem with each other. If you see a new position listed on Monster, for example, then you can search for the profile of the individual you could potentially be interviewing with and connect with them on LinkedIn. However, solely relying on this method has some caveats.

    In a recent study, we found that only 30% of jobs were found online. There are multiple reasons for this that are unique to the tech market. For example, tech startups tend to have little or no HR support or process. Additionally, these high-demand roles are opened and closed so quickly that the job posting never makes it online. When it comes to large companies replacing or refilling a position of high importance like a CTO, the company may not want to publicize the employee leaving, and instead, does a confidential search.

    So while the web is a fantastic place to start, if you are serious about your search you will have to expand beyond the internet.

    Did you know our website is updated daily with the newest tech jobs? Check them out now! 

     

    2)      Informational Interview

    When asking for an informational interview, it is key to use your network’s network. You want to ask your friends, family, mentors, managers, or coworkers if they know anyone that would be an expert. Informational interviews are a fantastic way to get information on the responsibilities of a specific role or learn more about a specific company. By asking questions about the culture or work-life balance of a company, you can accurately gauge if this is the right step in your career.

     

    3)      Networking Events

    Networking events can be a great place to connect with all sorts of people. At any given gathering, there are bound to be a mix of people either hiring or looking for work. It’s a huge advantage to ask people about past events they’ve attended or companies they’ve worked at. Professional networkers know that when you meet someone, you don’t just meet them, you meet everyone they know!

    Did you know that we host free Networking Events every month in 11 different cities? View our calendar here!

    It’s not an easy process finding the perfect fit. You want to find a true culture-match with a candidate or company who shares the same passions. Be sure to utilize every resource or tool you have available at your disposal. At Jobspring Partners, we work with some of the largest tech companies in the world and the most talented local developers and engineers. Reach out, and we’d be happy to help you! 

     

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  • 13 Halloween Costume Ideas for You and Your Tech Team

    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...

    Shark Week 

    Star Wars

    Pokemon

    The Kardashians

    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

    Scooby Doo

    Rugrats

     

    Maybe you just want to be comfortable and "onesie" with your team...

    Onesies

    Village People / YMCA

     Want to join the fun? All 10 Jobspring locations are hiring!

     

    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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  • 5 Tips For Young Professionals Who Want A Career In Tech

    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:

    •  Figuring out what you want to do

    •  Where you want to do it

    •   How you want to do it

    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: 

     

  • 5 Women Who Changed The Tech Game

     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. 

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    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”.


     

     

     

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    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.


     

     

     

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    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.

  • 7 Simple Work Perks to Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    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, 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.

    Social Coworkers

    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!

    Parking

    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.

    Mail Access

    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.

    Birthdays

    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.

    That View

    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!

     

  • The Bootcamp Experience

    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. 

    Find your dream tech job in San Francisco today. 

    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.

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