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Good CS Recruiting Starts With an Engaging Tech Talk

Good Quora entries on the most effective recruiting events to attract top computer science students on campus:
http://qr.ae/RFHQVn

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“I Look Like An Engineer” SF Campaign

Have you been following the wildfire spread of #ILookLikeAnEngineer? A campaign starting in San Francisco to raise awareness about tech diversity and the faces of women in tech.

Job Skills and Job Opening Mismatch: What’s Your Major?

Marilyn Geewax, NPR’s Senior Business Editor, stated today on a TV news program that 30% of our unemployment today was due to a skills mismatch with available job openings. This mismatch, and the void of job training (or pursuit of that training), are key issues today.

In my specific industry view as a technical recruiter focused heavily on software development, I am always surprised by how few of U.S. students seriously pursue computer science as a major: Especially women, as CS is such a great salary equalizer. You cannot fake passion for CS, but if you have not explored it as an option, you may be seriously selling yourself short!

I can place a CS major, straight out of school with a bachelor’s degree from a top school in CS (Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Cornell, UCLA, USC, CalTech, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, etc.), in a job starting between $80k and 90k (sometimes more) with full benefits. Much of my day recruiting for senior engineers is spent talking with people from India, China, Russia, and other countries who have known this for a while and are happy to fill the demand here in California and other US states. Silicon Valley is now one of the greatest melting pots of people and ideas you will ever see.

There are plenty of kids playing on ipods, pocketing Android phones, gaming, doing homework assignments on GoogleDocs, using search engines for school research projects, Skyping with their friends, etc. How about learning some Objective-C, Java, Android programming, UI development, Lucene, and other technologies underlying all of those great things?

e-Discovery and the Electronic Trails You Leave Behind….

Interested in how legal and information technology teams collaborate to protect a company from lawsuits and meet compliance requirements?  Curious about all the electronic “breadcrumbs” you leave along your daily journeys?  Here is a good overview of eDiscovery:

http://www.gvsu.edu/arbitrations/index.cfm?id=DAB25C30-A1CA-D6FF-C8B83BAEC7DD771E

Search within the enterprise is more fascinating than you think, encompassing intelligent ways to determine relevant information in obvious and not-so-obvious records, such as sound recordings, video, email, chat, IM, text, images, documents, spreadsheets, relationship management systems, phone logs, cell phone data,  access logs, keycard access records, and GPS tracking devices.

Take this a step further into machine learning:  How can we quickly and accurately parse through the mountains of pages involved in complex contracts, financial assets, and intellectual property, for example, to extract relevant, non-duplicated information,  with a high degree of accuracy and  confidence?

I am working with a cutting edge search, content management, and eDiscovery company right now, in a great stage of growth.  If you are a Developer or Architect with LAMP, Java, or NLP background, or a Technical Client Consultant with Windows/AD/SQL, with interest in this product set, looking for an established, profitable company that still has pre-IPO stock available to a talented few, contact me right away. I am helping to build several teams right now.