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Student Coders Expect $70K Starting Salaries

By Alice Truong // Quartz // May 18, 2016

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Students seeking a full-time software job or internship are quite optimistic about their salary expectations, according to a new surveyreleased today (May 18) by Devpost, which polled 1,700 US students this spring at hack events it organized on college campuses. The report found that the majority of students expect starting salaries of at least $70,000.

Devpost’s report also found that more than 90% of respondents said receiving equity as part of their compensation was somewhat or very important to them.

The students may find themselves somewhat disappointed. Their expectations far surpass the $50,561 starting salary for the class of 2015, according to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and it’s also higher than what computer and information sciences majors who graduated last year earned, an average of $65,849.

Survey respondents also anticipate their salaries will rise by $20,000 to $30,000 after five years on the job market—even as annual raises have become a thing of the past for many Americans. But their upbeat expectations do reflect one reality, says Devpost CEO Brandon Kessler: the surging demand for students with coding chops. “Wages for software developers are in...

Video: 3 Ways to Make the Most of Google Docs

By Caitlin Fairchild // May 13, 2016

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Google Docs can be an essential tool for collaborating in the workplace and for working remotely. The word processor has a few extra features you might not know about, like "Voice Typing." Located in the tool bar, this lets you dictate what you want to write when you're on the go.

Also useful is the "Document Outline" feature. A side bar will pop up breaking down the sections of your writing, allowing you or your editor to see how your work is organized (or perhaps not organized).

Most importantly, users can do a Google Search within Google Docs, extremely useful during the writing process. Highlight a word or phrase, then click on tools, then research. A sidebar will pop up with everything you need to know.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET

No More Rock Climbing Walls? Silicon Valley’s Insane Perks Are Unsustainable

By Corinne Purtill // Quartz // May 11, 2016

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Employee perks like climbing wallsvacation money and on-site barbers have been a signature part of Silicon Valley’s start-up culture. But with venture capital funding drying up and cash-strapped businesses eager to get liabilities off the books, some companies have had to face the unthinkable: limiting the free-for-all.

In March, file-sharing site Dropbox told employees it was nixing its free laundry service and shuttle bus to San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Once-unlimited guests at the office’s free dinner hour and open-bar Fridays were capped at five per month.

In a staff email, the company said it was spending at least $25,000 per person on perks each year. That’s about $38 million annually, according to the Chronicle’s estimate, based on the Dropbox’s roughly 1,500-person headcount.

Meanwhile, when a 5-foot chrome statue of Dropbox’s panda mascot appeared in the company’s lobby last month, it was accompanied by a note apologizing for the hubris of its commission.

“It wasn’t the right call,” the placard read. “While it’s OK for us to have nice things, it’s important to remember to ask ourselves, ‘would I spend my own money this...

This Calculator Will Tell You How Much that Pointless Meeting Cost You

By Michael J. Coren // Quartz // May 10, 2016

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Silicon Valley is famously allergic to meetings. Few things say bloated legacy business like the endless, pointless meetings that startups love to mock.

Even for successful former startups, however, some meetings are unavoidable. And Phillip Cohen, a Dropbox engineer, thinks he’s figured out a way to help figure out which ones are really worth your time, and which aren’t.

Last week, Cohen built a Chrome extension to calculate the cost of every meeting in your calendar. The prototype multiplies the rough hourly rates for participants by the total scheduled meeting time. This final cost is shown to everyone on the calendar.

While his is not the first meeting cost calculator, it may be the only one that makes cost a visible quality of the meeting, like time and place. After a quick chat with a friend, it only took him a few minutes to post a prototype on Twitter.

A few thousand retweets later, employees everywhere were celebrating. The ensuing Twitter comments saw meeting advocates defend their merits to legions of...

Here Are Google, Amazon and Facebook’s 'Secrets' to Hiring the Best People

By Sarah Cooper // Quartz // May 3, 2016

Want to work here? You'll have to make it through the interview first.
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Google, Facebook, Amazon. These top tech companies each receive over a quadrillion resumes per year (source needed). So, it’s safe to say they have a good process for choosing the best job candidates. But what is it?

No, it’s not that list of popular Google interview questions you googled. In fact, their finely tuned hiring process goes way beyond rudimentary queries on algorithms and quantum physics.

If you, too, want to hire the world’s best top tech talent, try one of these secret hiring strategies.

Begin phone screens 15 minutes early, 15 minutes late, or not at all

WHY?

To find people who are always ready for the job

Anyone can answer a series of probing questions when you call them at the expected time. But what happens if you call them when they’re still sleeping, in Zumba class, or on the toilet? This is how the top tech companies find people who are ready for the job at any moment.

Make the interview schedule as confusing and unpredictable as possible

WHY?

To find people who don’t need instructions

Make sure that neither the interviewers or interviewees have any idea what’s going to happen...