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Programmers Get So Many Job Offers, a Site Made a Special Spam Filter to Help Them Cope

By Joon Ian Wong // Quartz // June 15, 2017

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Programmers face an embarrassment of riches when looking for a new job. In fact, the abundance of offers can be so overwhelming it becomes a problem in itself. (A good sort of problem, but a problem nonetheless.)

Job search site Indeed learned this when it launched a service called Indeed Prime in December 2015. It is meant to help programmers filter the flood of solicitations from recruiters so they can only get job offers they are interested in. The machine-learning experts Indeed hired to work on the service were themselves inundated with job offers from recruiters, as machine learning is one of the hottest areas of tech right now.

“You can call it a homegrown problem,” says Raj Mukherjee, senior vice president of product at Indeed.

Demand for tech jobs is rising fast. Tech jobs are the third-largest category in “hard to fill” roles on Indeed’s platform, behind sales and management. (Indeed defines “hard to fill” roles as those vacant for over 60 days.) In London and New York, tech jobs represent 10 percent of all Indeed job postings so far this year, making them the first- and second-most sought roles in those cities, respectively. Within tech, certain roles...

This Coding School Is Set Up to Fail if Its Students Don’t Get Jobs

By Sarah Kessler // Quartz // June 15, 2017


Hundreds of coding bootcamps have popped up in the last decade, and most of them are tremendously successful—at least, according to their websites.

These schools typically offer to prepare students for work as entry-level developers through courses that last mere months or even just weeks. While their marketing materials nearly always cite job-placement rates near 100% at starting salaries as high as $70-80,000, these numbers are largely unaudited, and the schools are not accredited, so it can be difficult to ascertain their credibility. Oftentimes, it’s not clear that an investment into a bootcamp certificate will result in a job that justifies the expense.

Coalition for Queens (C4Q), a non-profit coding school, also says it can equip students with marketable skills. But it also has come up with a way to put its money where its mouth is: the school has linked its funding model to the success of its students.

Since 2011, C4Q has provided free (or nearly free) 10-month-long courses for low-income and diverse students, supported by grants from organizations such as the Robin Hood Foundation, Google for Entrepreneurs, and Blackstone. This year, it introduced a new funding option aimed at making the program more sustainable...

This Startup Wants All Your Job Interviews to Begin Via Text Message

By Kira Bindrim // Quartz // June 14, 2017

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When you first start using Canvas, it’s easy to imagine what could go wrong.

“OK so has anyone ever been drunk, and they think they’re texting their friend but they accidentally text the recruiter instead?”

That’s me, asking Canvas CEO Aman Brar what seems like the first question every millennial will have about his text-based interviewing platform. Brar assures me this has never happened. “It’s just like how someone knows to text their mom differently than they text their buddy,” he says. I nod, as though I’ve never accidentally drunk-texted my mom.

Brar co-founded Canvas in October, after seven years at Apparatus, a software company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which sold to Virtusa—an even larger IT company in Massachusetts—for $34.2 million in 2015. His fellow founders are former Apparatus colleagues Kelly Lavin (chief talent officer) and Jared Adam (COO). An Indiana native, gregarious and fond of jeans and bright polo shirts, Brar is hardly the portrait of the Silicon Valley pitchman. But his company has no smaller goal than overhauling the way companies find talent.

“Hiring was our life,” Brar says of recruiting at Apparatus, where he was president. “We were just...

As Comey Shows, Documenting Conversations With Your Boss Can Be Smart

By Oliver Staley // Quartz // June 8, 2017

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. // Carolyn Kaster/AP File Photo

When former FBI director James Comey testifies before the U.S. Senate today (June 8), he’ll be relying on the meticulous notes he kept of his interactions with President Donald Trump.

Careful documentation of meetings via notes and memos is part of the FBI’s culture, but there are sound reasons for ordinary workers to at least consider doing the same when we talk to our bosses. Taking notes—or better, recording conversations in states where its legal—is sound practice for employees who feel their managers are doing something inappropriate.

The notes or recordings are particularly valuable in situations where it’s an employee’s word against their boss’s, such as in sexual-harassment cases, said Randi Melnick, an employment law attorney. In an arbitration hearing or court case, where senior executives are seen to have more credibility, proof of misbehavior can even the scales.

“If John asks me on a date every time he comes into my office, and I press ‘record’ every time he comes in, that’s a pretty smart move,” Melnick said.

With the increased attention paid to harassment at work, and the ease of recording conversations surreptitiously on smartphones, it’s a strategy...

Federal Government Is Concerned Coworkers Don’t Hang Out As Much As They Used To

By Dan Kopf // Quartz // May 24, 2017


The Joint Economic Committee of the Congress recently released an unusual document. The report, titled “What We Do Together,” presupposes Americans feel a “sense of loss” for the “golden age” of social cohesion of the mid-20th century and then seeks to investigate all the ways the American social fabric is decaying.

The report is essentially a compendium of statistics on the ways social life has changed since the 1970s in the areas of family, community, religion and work. The authors point out compared to the 1970s, people today are less likely to attend church or hang out with their neighbors, and more likely to be single parents.

The report also notes much has stayed the same: People spend no less time with their families, are no less likely to volunteer and median job tenures are actually longer now they were than in the 1970s.

Perhaps the most original insight of the report is the finding Americans don’t hang out with their coworkers as much as they used to.

“Between the mid-1970s and 2012, the average amount of time Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 spent with their coworkers outside the workplace fell from about two-and-a-half hours to...