We are so lucky to have Mehdi interning with our marketing department. During the process of bringing him to San Francisco, we learned about and were able to take advantage of the J1 visa. More information and details here and here. This lesser-known visa allows interns to stay and work in the United States through the duration of their internship as long as they commit to returning to their home country for a least two years before re-entry. This visa was created to make it easier to bring scholars into the US for continued education and can be much easier to obtain than other visas.
If you are considering hiring an intern, J1’s can be a great option to consider when looking for top talent. Services, like Intern Abroad, that have extensive experience sourcing students and managing visa requirements can be of great help in deciding if international interns are a viable option for your company.
As you may have heard - Whitetruffle is now matching business professionals in addition to software engineers. Our companies are almost as excited as we are. Want to see a few of our newest business positions?
Kaon Interactive, makers of an innovative, touch-driven 3D marketing tool, is is looking for a Vice President of Sales.
beRecruited, a startup helping high school student athletes connect with scholarship opportunities, is ready for a Head of Marketing - maybe someone with a love of sports?
QuBit, a company in London working on ways to better understand consumer behavior on ecommerce sites, needs a skilled Inside Sales Manager to focus on lead generation.
InsideVault, using big data to help companies spend online advertising dollars effectively, is searching for a Marketing Analyst and a SAAS Strategic Account Executive.
sqrrl, the Seal Team 6 of Big Data, needs a Commercial Sales Account Manager who knows Hadoop.
Bixby Apps, a mobile development firm providing iOS app development and project management services to large brands, small businesses and agencies worldwide, is searching for an Account Executive who isn’t afraid of cold calling.
Interested? Create a profile!
OKCupid Labs, creators of one of the best dating sites around, just posted three new openings today: Senior Rails Engineer, Frontend Conversion, and iOS/Mobile. OKCupid Labs is an incubator space for their new projects and concepts.
HighTable, a site helping people solicit qualified professional advice from your peers, is looking for a UX Designer.
MightBuy is an early-stage company just starting to gain traction with a really interesting reverse-CRM product. They need a talented designer to help bring things to the next level.
If you’d like to be matched with jobs like these - create a profile. We’d love to introduce you!
For me, each new year is an opportunity to reevaluate and improve both personally and professionally. New Year’s Eve I generally spend working out goals and projects, New Year’s day is spent mapping that out into quarterly action plans. Keeping productive and managing goals to keep them top-of-mind throughout the year can be challenging, but possible and well worth it. Here are a few of the tools I have found the most useful in managing the day-to-day and week-to-week of staying on task with the things that matter most to me:
Pocket Informant is amazing. I have used this app every day for the past five years. I’ve tried many other scheduling and personal information managers, but have not come across any as well organized and thought out. PI allows quick and easy integration across multiple calendars - auto-updating to Google Calendars, task lists, notes, attaching contact info and pictures to events, and displays everything (from calendar events to you to-dos) in a beautifully integrated way. Highly recommended.
The stream of incoming email can seem endless. Boomerang allows you to bubble emails back to the top for followup attention based on conditions you set. Sent out something for feedback and no one wrote back yet? It can remind you to poke people. Want to delay sending out a response? It does that too.
I am a firm believer in regular journaling to help with personal development. OhLife is an incredibly simple app that sends you an email daily (or weekly, depending on how you set your preferences) that you respond to with a journal entry. OhLife then safes your response to a private blog. Regular personal journalling used to be difficult to keep up, but now as long as I manage my inbox, it’s taken care of.
The first full week of 2013 is almost over - what are your favorite tools for staying on top of your goals? And, if career advancement is something you’re working on, consider building a profile at Whitetruffle.
When it comes to job search, there are many options available. Some services focus on scraping the internet for more efficient search, some let you sell yourself to the highest bidder, others made video interviewing easy.
84% of our surveyed users say that they would recommend Whitetruffle to their friends. With all the different services available, you’re probably wondering what makes Whitetruffle different - and why the people who use us love our service so much.
1. Ease of Use
Creating a profile is easy. There is no search. Meeting or passing on companies is easy - no pressure.
“The skill listing system is great. The matching process is seamless; it’s easy to move to the next stage.”
“Nice interface! Kudos to the UX guy. Everything just feels intuitive.”
2. High Relevancy
There is no search, and you only ever see matches from companies that have expressed an interested in you - or that you are a high match for.
Whitetruffle was created by engineers who wanted to improve the parts of the recruiting process that they knew were unpleasant. There are no unwanted phone calls and your profile is not searchable.
4. Wide Range of High Quality Companies
We’re excited that we’ve been able to help so many amazing companies grow their teams using Whitetruffle. Your feedback tells us that you’re excited too:
“I’ve been quite surprised by the quality and breadth of companies using the service.”
“What really makes me love Whitetruffle though is the high quality companies you attract.”
5. It Works
To figure out what you like best about Whitetruffle, create a profile! It only takes a few minutes…
Peter Thiel has predicted that education will be the next bubble to burst - comparing it to the housing bubble that left many with loans they were unable to repay, the investment they had made in their security lost. There are many startups currently considering the problems around education. A quick canvas of the companies on Whitetruffle looking for engineers provides a glimpse into the wide range of approaches:
ClassDojo and Lecture Smart are both working on tools to help classroom instructors share lesson plans and best practices.
IXL Learning has chosen to focus on math education: giving teachers drills and practice sessions that can be easily calibrated and quantified - resulting in a better sense of where a student’s strengths and weaknesses are and providing valuable resources to homeschoolers.
United Classrooms is building a social network to help classrooms around the world connect with each other.
ThinkSprouts and Motion Math are focusing on early childhood and learning through play.
Tinkercad is helping younger people discover the joy of 3d modeling.
LearnRev is a platform for professionals to teach each other personal, professional development classes.
Coursio is a Swedish startup offering a service to help people create fully featured online courses on any subject they like.
Coursera is leading the way towards accredidation for massive open online courses, or MOOC’s.
Codecademy is closely focused on teaching people the essentials of web-based programming.
Let 2013 be the year you make a difference in a field that has the potential to positively impact the lives of many. If you are interested in working with one of the many companies changing the face of modern education, register with Whitetruffle.
US Employment’s Economic Outlook:
The economy in 2012 has been difficult for many - and that difficulty has been reflected in hiring trends. While software engineers have continued to be in high demand, the trend towards lower unemployment and increased hiring will certainly help the tech industry too.
The recession has hurt, but companies have found ways to work through it. According to Moody’s Analytics, “US companies are in especially good shape. They significantly lowered their costs structures during the recession, and have kept unit labor costs unchanged since the downturn. Profit margins thus expanded and lower interest rates have allowed firms to lighten their debts and generate cash. Banks are also well positioned for growth, since they raised hundreds of billions in new capital and adhered to tighter underwriting standards, improving credit conditions. While household balance sheets have not uniformly improved, the debt service burden - the proportion of after-tax income needed to stay current on outstanding debt - will soon be at record lows.”
The US Department of Labor also predicts an increase in job creation and lower unemployment by the end of next year: “Resolution of the political debate over taxes and spending should lead to a brighter picture in 2013. As GDP picks up in the second half, net job creation will push toward the 2 million mark for the year — a modest but significant increase from the 1.8 million expected for 2012. Moreover, the unemployment rate, still uncomfortably high at 7.7% in November, will head lower, to the neighborhood of 7.5% by December 31, 2013.”
Tech Job Growth:
Whitetruffle has certainly noticed the high demand for mobile developers. Over 20% of the active positions on our site are for mobile developers - and the number of people to fill those positions is limited. David Foote, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners LLC, an IT research firm in Vero Beach, Florida, agrees: “Java is making a big comeback, yet Java programmers can’t find jobs. Employers are looking at more than skills. It’s Java applied to mobile apps or big data or retail. It’s knowing how to make people more likely to spend money [online] or how to build an online presence along with C++ and Python.”
New Graduates/Entry Level Candidates:
Employers expect to hire 13 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012, Early projections show employers plan to target business-, engineering-, and computer-related degrees at the bachelor’s level during the 2012-13 college recruiting season according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2013 survey.
Next year, especially the second half, looks to be a year of growth and opportunity. We look forward to connecting even more people with the right jobs in 2013.
The weather is finally getting colder - even here in California - and we’re getting ready for an onslaught of the holidays. The holiday season can be many things to many people: looking back on the accomplishments of the past year, a time for slowing down, introspection, and visiting with/hiding from family.
Most people don’t associate the end of the year with job search, but it’s prime time to make the right connections to further your career.
1. Less Competition
Just because Thanksgiving is here, it doesn’t mean that companies are no longer looking - it just means they’re having a harder time getting candidates on the phone. Making yourself available this time of year means you are up against a smaller pool of people. You want that job? Make yourself available while everyone else is winding down.
2. Things Move More Quickly
You need a job right away? Hiring budgets can be tricky beasts. Companies may want to close an offer before year end. You could be starting something new by New Year’s.
3. It’s a Good Excuse to Avoid Family Gatherings
“I’m sooooo sorry. I can’t make it to (insert awkward seasonal gathering here). I have an important interview!”
We’d be happy to make this happen for you. Sign up!