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Google sheds 1,058 employees during Q3

The market for hiring technical talent is red hot right now, with companies offering bounties and special perks for the best-and-brightest minds. But even amid the hot market, one of the most aggressive recruiters in technology has reduced its headcount. According to the search giant’s latest quarterly report, staffing at the company has dropped to… Read More

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Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More

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Comcast to add jobs at Seattle area call centers

Cable giant Comcast announced today that it is expanding its call center operations in the Puget Sound area, adding 180 new jobs in Fife, Lynnwood and Everett. About 140 positions will be added in Lynnwood and Everett, while 40 positions will be added in Fife. The company, the largest cable provider in the state, employs… Read More

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Salesforce.com to hire hundreds at Portland office

Seattle has experienced a boom in new engineering and development offices from Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook, Zynga, Splunk and eBay. Now, the Portland area is getting in on the action. Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian reports that Salesforce.com has chosen the Rose City for a new office, with plans to hire hundreds… Read More

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Seattle ranks No. 1 for startup-loving Gen Y workers

Seattle is the best place in the nation for workers in the age range of 18 to 29, according to a new study by PayScale. The report found that Seattle outperformed other tech hotbeds, including Boston (#5), New York (#7) and San Francisco (tied for #9). The report also found that Gen Y workers tend… Read More

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Q&A: What it really takes to land a killer technology job

Software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell has worked for companies including Microsoft, Google and Apple, but she’s also known in the technology industry for her books, Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume, offering tips and insights to people looking to land a job in the tech industry. McDowell will be talking on that topic during a series… Read More

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Amazon to move warehouse workers to tech jobs with new ‘career choice’ program

Amazon.com has been on the hot seat in the past year, with labor groups and the media criticizing working conditions at some of the online retailer’s fulfillment centers. But now Amazon is taking a unique approach to getting some of its warehouse workers trained in other fields, especially higher paying technical positions like aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design,… Read More

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47 percent of H1-B Visa requests are in the computer field, and Microsoft leads the pack

Requests for H1-B visas, the controversial 22-year-old program that allows skilled workers into the U.S. to complete temporary jobs, are increasingly being made by large corporations in the fields of science, engineering and technology. In fact, a new report out from the Brookings Institution finds that a whopping 47 percent of requests were in computer-related… Read More

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INRIX names ex-Blue Nile CEO to board, strengthens management team

INRIX is bolstering its board and management team as the Kirkland provider of traffic data continues to add new customers, and possibly positions for an initial public offering. The spin out of Microsoft Research today named former Blue Nile CEO Diane Irvine  to the board, tapping a proven executive with public company experience. At Blue… Read More

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The Climate Corp. storms ahead with $50 million, plans hiring spree in Seattle and San Francisco

The Climate Corp. has raised $50 million in financing to expand its weather insurance program, helping to protect farmers against droughts, heavy rain, freezes and other adverse weather conditions that may arise from climate change. The San Francisco company — founded by former Google engineers David Friedberg and Siraj Khaliq — established an engineering center… Read More

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Washington’s unemployment rate rises in May, but that actually could be a good thing

Washington state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.3 percent in May even as more than 11,700 jobs were added, according to a report from the state’s Employment Security Department. But is the uptick actually a good thing? That’s the word from Employment Security economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman who said more unemployed people are re-entering the job market…. Read More

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Good times vs. bad times: What’s the mood of the tech industry in wake of Facebook’s IPO?

On the surface, things look pretty good in the tech industry. Amazon.com has openings for 1,000 positions in Seattle, and companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Zynga and others are establishing engineering offices here. Venture capital is flowing, as evidenced by the more than $100 million that just arrived at the doorstep of Bellevue-based Donuts Inc…. Read More

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Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, as he brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what’s missing from the tech community. From tech incubators to private universities to startup job advertisements at… Read More

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Study: Washington state tech jobs grow 4% since 2010

The last couple of years have been rocky ones for jobs overall, as the economy struggles to emerge from the depths of the recession. But Washington state’s tech economy has continued to grow, with tech companies adding more than 15,000 jobs since 2010, or 4 percent growth, bringing the total tech employment in the state… Read More

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Seattle top in the nation for tech job growth, study finds

A new analysis by Forbes ranks the Seattle region No. 1 in the country for technology job growth, crediting the region for expanding its tech employment base “in good times and bad, boasting a remarkable 43% increase in tech employment over the decade.” That was ahead of the growth seen by Silicon Valley and other tech… Read More