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#511 Josh1billion

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:06 AM

Searching for a reasonable software development position in this area sucks when 90% of postings don't specify salaries, because of the 10% that do, half of the ones I've seen offer way below (less than half of) what is typical in the industry.  Maybe I just need to stop looking on Craigslist and search elsewhere.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:09 AM

Searching for a reasonable software development position in this area sucks when 90% of postings don't specify salaries, because of the 10% that do, half of the ones I've seen offer way below (less than half of) what is typical in the industry.  Maybe I just need to stop looking on Craigslist and search elsewhere.

 

Where are you located in Wisconsin? And what type of software development do you do?

 

Also, try searching outside of Wisconsin. A lot of companies nowadays allow you to work remotely. I can definitely say that living far away puts you lower on the list, but if you're qualified that'll definitely bump you up.



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:15 AM

Where are you located in Wisconsin? And what type of software development do you do?

 

Also, try searching outside of Wisconsin. A lot of companies nowadays allow you to work remotely. I can definitely say that living far away puts you lower on the list, but if you're qualified that'll definitely bump you up.

In the La Crosse area right now, but I'm tentatively planning on moving to Green Bay/Appleton since the job market is much better up there.

 

These days, mostly web application development (what I've been doing for the last ~9 years, freelance and formally), but my preference goes toward stand-alone software development (which I've done mostly independently and a little formally).  That's all while juggling school, though-- what I'm looking for now is my first full-time position for after I graduate in December.

 

That's a good idea; I'll definitely look and see if I can find a remote position.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:36 AM

If you can stomach it, Silicon valley is the place to be. Beware of rediclous rent.

 

In the La Crosse area right now, but I'm tentatively planning on moving to Green Bay/Appleton since the job market is much better up there.

 

These days, mostly web application development (what I've been doing for the last ~9 years, freelance and formally), but my preference goes toward stand-alone software development (which I've done mostly independently and a little formally).  That's all while juggling school, though-- what I'm looking for now is my first full-time position for after I graduate in December.

 

That's a good idea; I'll definitely look and see if I can find a remote position.



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

In the La Crosse area right now, but I'm tentatively planning on moving to Green Bay/Appleton since the job market is much better up there.

 

These days, mostly web application development (what I've been doing for the last ~9 years, freelance and formally), but my preference goes toward stand-alone software development (which I've done mostly independently and a little formally).  That's all while juggling school, though-- what I'm looking for now is my first full-time position for after I graduate in December.

 

That's a good idea; I'll definitely look and see if I can find a remote position.

 

I can tell you with certainty that web developers are in short supply right now (and mobile developers). You just need to have the right talents and look in the right places. Clean up that resume and starting sending it to whoever will read it. Also, if your school offers any kind of employment help or counseling, TAKE IT. An hour getting your resume polished and a few hours posting it on the job board will help you more than you can possibly imagine.

 

Also, I don't know if it's possible for you, but be open to moving. I movee from the Chicago suburbs to Indianapolis and I love it so far, plus the drive isn't too far. (Although I absolutely hated Illinois from the start, so that might be why I like it so much. :lol:)



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

So yesterday I went ahead and sent an e-mail to the district manager asking for the best time to contact him. 

 

I received a message on my phone from him this morning (I provided my contact info. and work hours as well) to call him later to discuss the opening.

 

This could really be it for me. I'm happy yet nervous at the same time. It feels like my nine years in retail could actually be worth something if this opportunity comes through for me.


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#517 superleaf444

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This economy is so broken.

I graduated with a BA in two fields in 2010. My first job, the department collapsed, so they transferred me completely out of my field. I quickly got another job, then got laid off 10 months later. 

I'm willing to move almost anywhere, have had 6 interviews and even had companies call me to get me to apply. And yet, still trying to recover from this last lay off. And still don't have a job.

I really don't even know what to do anymore, but keep plugging away. I've managed a little freelance, but meh, it isn't really keeping me afloat. 

 



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:08 AM

I'm still confused on all this certification bizz.  I hear so many people saying it's a great way to get yourself noticed, but then I hear that it's a waste of money compared to having experience.

 

Considering how much certifications cost, I don't think I can afford something like that just for me to be passed over by someone with experience. Is it really worth the amount spent on it?


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:44 PM

Certs are tough. I recommend only getting cheap ones if you aren't getting reimbursed. The only exception I can think of would be PMP.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:51 PM

certs get you through HR who will search through key words provided by the department hiring.

experience get you an interview with the group hiring if it get through HR to the people that can properly interpret your experience level.



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:13 PM

Just accepted my first post-grad job today.  Moving to Madison a couple of weeks after I graduate. :)

 

To anyone looking for a job in software development, http://www.dice.com/ is a great place to search.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 01:06 PM

Just accepted my first post-grad job today.  Moving to Madison a couple of weeks after I graduate. :)

 

To anyone looking for a job in software development, http://www.dice.com/ is a great place to search.

 

Congrats man! I knew you'd be able to land a job as a developer. Where are you working and what are you going to be doing? Did you manage to land a job in game development?



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:44 PM

Congrats man! I knew you'd be able to land a job as a developer. Where are you working and what are you going to be doing? Did you manage to land a job in game development?

Thanks dude. :)  I wouldn't want to publicly say the name of the actual company, but it's a pretty big company with a fairly small in-house development team.

 

It's a programming job in my favorite language to use (Java), but it's not actually game development.  I decided against going strictly into the game development industry after realizing it'd usually mean less pay, much longer hours, and more limited creative freedom than one might anticipate... so I decided I'll just do game development in my free time for now, might be better off that way as I'd like to get some more of my own projects launched soon.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:24 PM

Thanks dude. :)  I wouldn't want to publicly say the name of the actual company, but it's a pretty big company with a fairly small in-house development team.

 

It's a programming job in my favorite language to use (Java), but it's not actually game development.  I decided against going strictly into the game development industry after realizing it'd usually mean less pay, much longer hours, and more limited creative freedom than one might anticipate... so I decided I'll just do game development in my free time for now, might be better off that way as I'd like to get some more of my own projects launched soon.

 

I know a few people who have gotten out of game development for the same reason. Unless you work for a large game company, I hear it can be kind of hectic. As for working in Java, I'm glad you like it, but I try to stay as far away as possible. :lol: I work with it every day, and every day I ask my co-worker the same question: "Is it time to move to Scala or Clojure yet?".



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:45 PM

I know a few people who have gotten out of game development for the same reason. Unless you work for a large game company, I hear it can be kind of hectic. As for working in Java, I'm glad you like it, but I try to stay as far away as possible. :lol: I work with it every day, and every day I ask my co-worker the same question: "Is it time to move to Scala or Clojure yet?".

Hahah.  I haven't tried Clojure, but when I worked with Scala during one of my classes, I came to hate it. :-P


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 07:47 AM

What is the best way to ask about salary when job hunting? At least half the ads I apply to don't list salary anwhere in the descriptions. I don't want to waste time applying if it's too low for me, but I don't want to bring up a red flag to employers when I ask. Should I provide a salary requirement in my cover letter or ask about it during an interview?


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What is the best way to ask about salary when job hunting? At least half the ads I apply to don't list salary anwhere in the descriptions. I don't want to waste time applying if it's too low for me, but I don't want to bring up a red flag to employers when I ask. Should I provide a salary requirement in my cover letter or ask about it during an interview?

 

I don't see how asking about the salary is a red flag.  If anything, that is a quick and easy way for both parties to determine whether the interview process is a waste of time.




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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

Recently relocated to the Capitol and job-hunting is harder than I remember. I've only had 2 bites after around 40 applications.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:22 AM

What is the best way to ask about salary when job hunting? At least half the ads I apply to don't list salary anwhere in the descriptions. I don't want to waste time applying if it's too low for me, but I don't want to bring up a red flag to employers when I ask. Should I provide a salary requirement in my cover letter or ask about it during an interview?


Don't ask about salary. That is like asking a girl if she will put out. It is rude and in bad taste.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:19 PM

I got hired by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office last week as a deputy. I'm really excited. It took me almost a year and a half to get a job plus I put myself through the academy ($4,000) during that time. I know this doesn't quite fit in with everyone elses job hunting on here but I thought I would mention it


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:18 PM

I got hired by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office last week as a deputy. I'm really excited. It took me almost a year and a half to get a job plus I put myself through the academy ($4,000) during that time. I know this doesn't quite fit in with everyone elses job hunting on here but I thought I would mention it

 

 

Nice work Ninja!  

 

I actually have some good news myself, accepted a position in the Business Analysis division of my current company, will be starting in 2-3 weeks.  Its not much of a raise but the department is more friendly and has better advancement opportunities going forward than my current department, so I'm pleased.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

I think I would like to find a different job but I don't want to drive any further than I do now (15min) but we only get .20 a year for raises and I now have to get medical which will bring my checks down $40 a week.


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:25 AM

bumping an old thread for some advice...

 

I currently work as a Finance Analyst for a non-profit.  Today I was offered a Staff Accountant role at the same company.  I would get about a 3% raise over my current income but one of the drawbacks is that I would be going from salaried to hourly and due to the way time off is structured I would lose about 3.5 days off a year.  Are there any other pros/cons to switching from salary to hourly I should be thinking of?  


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:43 AM

Overtime is the only thing I can think of.

Unless you really love your company or staff accountant is a big step up or important stepping stone in your career, that sounds like an awful trade off.

3% raise vs 2% more work days? That's not a raise, that's a rounding error.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:48 AM

working in the same place for many years... might be time for a change.

 

My buddy just got accepted into JET (Japanese Exchange Teaching?)

Not a bad gig, I'm partially jelly even though it pays far less. At least he'll get to experience something new for a couple of years.



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 03:12 AM

What are some easy volunteer jobs to get that build up resumes for other jobs?

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:42 PM

working in the same place for many years... might be time for a change.

 

My buddy just got accepted into JET (Japanese Exchange Teaching?)

Not a bad gig, I'm partially jelly even though it pays far less. At least he'll get to experience something new for a couple of years.

I'd research it a bit first before thinking it is a good idea. Go to someplace like gaijinpot, there are lots of English teachers over there. From what I understand the field is pretty glutted thus leading to very few jobs, and many that do pay very very low pay and treat the teachers pretty poorly.

 

I do kind of know a girl who did it and liked it, but she was rich so she didn't have to worry about the whole money thing.



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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:48 PM

What are some easy volunteer jobs to get that build up resumes for other jobs?


It might help if we knew what field you're planning on entering.

Personally, I graduated from law school about a year ago and still don't have any solid prospects so I started volunteering with legal aid back in February. I'm carrying a case load of about 10 clients and while I'm putting in about 25-30 hours a week I'm not getting paid for I am building up my resume with actual law practice experience.

I think using a volunteer job to build up your resume is a great idea though and while it hasn't quite led to a paying job for me yet I'm getting experience that should put me ahead of other job seekers.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 01:01 PM

It might help if we knew what field you're planning on entering.

Personally, I graduated from law school about a year ago and still don't have any solid prospects so I started volunteering with legal aid back in February. I'm carrying a case load of about 10 clients and while I'm putting in about 25-30 hours a week I'm not getting paid for I am building up my resume with actual law practice experience.

I think using a volunteer job to build up your resume is a great idea though and while it hasn't quite led to a paying job for me yet I'm getting experience that should put me ahead of other job seekers.

Good advice. The legal job market is awful right now but you seem to be making the best of the situation. Have you considered looking for a judicial clerkship?   


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 01:15 PM

Overtime is the only thing I can think of.

Unless you really love your company or staff accountant is a big step up or important stepping stone in your career, that sounds like an awful trade off.

3% raise vs 2% more work days? That's not a raise, that's a rounding error.


I want to go for a Finance MBA and work in the accounting field directly at some point so it would be a good stepping stone for that. You are right though, the more work days is a big bummer.

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