Boston Software Hiring: 2012 Mid-Year Trends

June 13th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Our recruiting practice is extremely busy these days and Lynx is currently working on well over 200 active search assignments on behalf of local technology companies. Let’s take a mid-year look at what we’re seeing happening:

  • We are filling positions at a wide range of experience levels. On one extreme, we are placing fresh grads with decent grades from good CS programs right now for anywhere between $60k and $90k+. At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got several searches going for VP Engineering, and have placed a VP Engineering and a CTO in the last two Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Interview Candidates Face to Face at Lynx

May 31st, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Ever since we started Lynx, we’ve made it a core operating principle that, whenever possible, we conduct our interviews with candidates face-to-face, in person. Many other recruiting firms don’t do this, and we sometimes will get pushback from potential candidates along the lines of, “Why do I need to come in and meet with you? Other agencies aren’t making me do this, and they’re getting me interviews.” It’s a fair question. Read the rest of this entry »

Is there such a thing as too much preparation for an interview?

May 22nd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Doing a good job preparing for an interview can be the key difference between getting an offer and getting a rejection. These days, there’s no excuse for at least the minimal step of checking out the company’s website, but if that’s the only thing you do, you’re just scratching the surface.

I’d like to share with you an superb article written by a friend and professional recruiting colleague of mine, Marie Burns from Compete.com, on how to take your preparation to the next level. Read and learn from Marie’s excellent post “I Spy: How to Scope Out a Company Before the Interview,” and ace your next interview!

Should You Accept That Counteroffer?

May 3rd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

The other day, one of my colleagues at Lynx got an email from a candidate who wanted his help. The Lynx recruiter had placed this candidate in a new job a few months ago, but the candidate had subsequently accepted a counteroffer and backed out before starting. The opportunity we had connected him with was an influential Product Management position within a promising startup, which he was very excited about. The candidate, who had been working for an established, publicly-traded company, was ultimately wooed back by his current manager with promises of great opportunities in the future, and he decided Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Locate Your Software Startup

April 26th, 2012 by Sophia Navickas

Entrepreneurs are faced with the decision about where to locate their company. As they begin to look  – the cost of rental space, size, amenities and parking often come to mind. I’d like to suggest they consider some long range and short range planning of another sort, namely, what type of employee am I most interested in attracting and where will they most likely want to work.

If you are a new firm interested in attracting more candidates whose experience  is in the 0-8 year range then be aware that there is a clear trend emerging.

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Software Interview (with apologies to Mad Libs)

April 12th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

My family loves to do Mad Libs. If you’ve never tried one of these, I encourage you to visit www.madlibs.com and check them out. They’re a lot of fun.

I hereby offer my own humble version, based on my years of experience arranging interviews for software engineers. If you use this, I can’t guarantee success on your next interview, but at least you’ll make a unique impression!

“My Software Interview”

Thank you for having me here today to meet with your ______________ (adjective) Read the rest of this entry »

Short-Term Job: Leave it off My Resume?

April 4th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Software engineers, by the very dynamic nature of the industry in which they work in, sometimes end up looking for a new job only a month or two after beginning their last one. Perhaps they made a mistake and only realized it after they started. Perhaps, after the fact, there was a change in the position, responsibilities, employer or the new company’s fortunes changed quickly and a layoff occurred. Whatever the reason, it’s not an ideal situation, and candidates often ask if they should even list such a position on their resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Thirty Reasons to Look for a New Technology Job Now

March 28th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

The Boston job market for good technology professionals is very strong … better than it’s been in a dozen years. Have you benchmarked your current job recently against what other opportunities might be available to you?

Here are just a some of the things you might be able to improve upon by working for your next company: Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Software Internships

March 14th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

I’m a graduate of Northeastern University, which is known for their coop program.   I can tell you first hand that this experience was especially helpful for me because I was able to get an idea of what positions interested me and which did not when I was ready for full time employment.  If I didn’t take advantage of the internship programs, I would have never have had the insight of working in different industries and having different job responsibilities before graduating.  When I was ready to graduate, I knew what would keep me challenged and Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Break Into Software Recruiting? (And Should I?)

March 7th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

A software engineer who I once placed at a company in Boston eventually moved out to Silicon Valley. We still keep in touch, and he recently told me he thinks he’d enjoy combining his love of technology with his ability to work with people to become a software recruiter. He wasn’t sure how to make the transition to working for a recruiting agency, and he asked me if I could tell him how to go about it.

Well, I sure can. In fact, that’s exactly what I myself did back in 1987. And I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to write a blog post about what it takes to Read the rest of this entry »

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