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HR advice: Hire for velocity of learning

Let’s say you have an opening on your technology team: An urgent need for engineer that will expand your application written on top of the Spring Framework in Java. You use Puppet for deployment, and Jenkins for managing your builds. So naturally, you craft a job description that says “must know Spring, Jenkins, and Puppet.”… Read More

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Want a job packing boxes? Amazon has 2,500

Amazon announced today that it has 2,500 job openings between six fulfillment centers in Chester, Va., Dupont, Wash., Coffeyville, Kan., Murfreesboro, Tenn., Columbia, S.C. and Petersburg, Va. “Last year, we hired more than 20,000 people into full-time jobs across our U.S. fulfillment centers – with more than half starting as seasonal employees,” Mike Roth, Amazon’s… Read More

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Gov. Inslee ‘disappointed’ as Boeing moves up to 1,200 tech jobs out of Washington state

Aerospace giant Boeing is restructuring its Research & Technology Unit, shifting between 800 to 1,200 jobs from Washington state to new R&D locations in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; St. Louis and North Charleston, S.C. “We are reorganizing and realigning our research-and-technology operations to better meet the needs of our Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security business… Read More

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Washington reports 9,500 job losses: Unemployment rate consistent for past 2 months

The latest stats from the state’s Employment Security Department show Washington’s unemployment rate staying consistent over the past two months despite the first job losses in nearly two years. The unemployment rate went from 7 percent in August down to 6.9 percent in September, before coming back up to 7 percent last month. However, after 22… Read More

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Survey: Majority of tech execs say talent shortage is stunting growth

New survey results from Technology Councils of North America reaffirm the lack of tech talent available to employers. TECNA, a non-profit trade association of regional technology organizations that includes the Washington Technology Industry Association, polled 1,763 senior U.S. tech and business execs and found that 69 percent of them perceive a shortage of tech talent available…. Read More

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GeekWork: Sweet gigs from WhitePages, RealNetworks, Expedia and more!

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to check out our new jobs marketplace: GeekWork.com. And, if you haven’t, check out this introductory post from the beta launch last week. We’re excited about this new offering for GeekWire, and anticipate it will simplify the search experiences for both employers and job seekers. To get you in the swing of things, here… Read More

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Yes, we’re satisfied in Seattle: City ranks 3rd in employee satisfaction survey

The traffic congestion kind of sucks, and the rain certainly can be a bummer at times. But, for the most part, Seattleites are generally satisfied with their jobs. That’s the latest finding from the Glassdoor Employment Satisfaction Report Card, which ranked overall employment satisfaction. Seattle scored a 3.4 rating in the survey, just behind San Jose… Read More

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Convicts to coders: Maximum security prison teaches inmates computer science

Clallam Bay Corrections Center, a maximum security prison on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, is worlds away from Seattle’s bustling high-tech and startup scene. Yet, an innovative educational program introduced last fall at the prison could connect these two disparate worlds around a very valuable asset: software developers. Working in conjunction with Peninsula College extension, the… Read More

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3 questions every job seeker should ask about culture

We come across a cornucopia of articles, white papers and blog posts on workplace culture, with inspiring examples from companies like Zappos, Facebook and Google as well as innovative ideas from fast growing start-ups. Some articles focus on the artifacts of culture like free food, foosball, pets at work, bring your mom (or dad) to… Read More

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Survey: Washington state No. 1 in software publishing jobs, ranks third in tech wages

Technology workers are well paid in Washington state, with Seattle area entrepreneur and Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi telling us earlier this year that learning computer programming is the fastest way “to join the one percent.” Now, here’s some evidence to that effect. According to the annual Cyberstates report from the TechAmerica foundation, tech workers in… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Jobaline looks to help hourly workers hook a job

We write a lot about the shortage of workers in the fields of software development and engineering. But the majority of workers in the U.S. — roughly 59 percent —  pull down hourly paychecks in jobs such as dishwashers, baristas, sales clerks, landscapers and janitors. Jobaline, a six-month-old Kirkland startup led by former Microsoft manager Luis… Read More

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The best and worst jobs in America: From software geeks to newspaper hacks

It’s a good thing we got out of the newspaper business. According to a survey out today from CareerCast.com, newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters, which has been ranked as this year’s worst job,” the… Read More

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Take that, Marissa Mayer: This startup’s ‘nomadic engineer’ program lets developers work wherever they want

We’ve seen tech companies do all sorts of crazy things to attract talented engineers — giving away cash, cars and more. But this is a new one on us. Pathable, a six-year-old Seattle startup that specializes in building social networks for events, just launched a “nomadic engineer” program in which it plans to pay engineers… Read More