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


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


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


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


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


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


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. 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


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


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


Mixed state jobless numbers ‘confound’ economists, but signs point to better times

Numbers sometimes tell strange stories, and that appears to be the case in the latest unemployment report from the Washington State Employment Securities Department. The analysis found that the unemployment rate actually dropped to 8.1 percent in Washington state during April, down from 8.3 percent in March. However, the good news came with a dose… Read More


Northeastern University to open graduate school this fall, names Seattle attorney as dean

Northeastern University is continuing to push forward with its graduate school in Seattle, announcing today that it plans to open this fall. The Boston-based university, which opened a similar branch in Charlotte, North Carolina last year, also tapped Seattle attorney Tayloe Washburn as CEO and dean of the new campus. Washburn most recently served as senior… Read More


Asteroid mining company flooded with job applications

Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based company that this week unveiled plans to launch robotic spacecraft to mine asteroids, has received nearly 1,000 job applications since making its announcement. The company cited the figure in a post on Twitter a short time ago, adding, “Thrilled to see all the enthusiasm!!!” At least on the technical side, it… Read More


Jobless rate dips to 8.2 percent in Washington state, the lowest level in more than 3 years

Politicians have been hesitant to declare a full economic recovery, but here’s more evidence that things are turning around (at least in Washington state). The unemployment rate fell again during the month of February, dropping to 8.2 percent as the state added 4,200 jobs. In a report today, the state’s Employment Security Department said that… Read More