INTERVIEWS WITH ENGINEERS: Vince Thomas

Meet Vince Thomas – Software Engineer @ Blue Apron We sat down for coffee with Vince recently to ask about his transition from the Chicago tech scene to NYC, his new role on the engineering team at Blue Apron, and his interests both in and outside of technology. Tell us about your first engineering job …

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Professional Development for the Clutch Talent Team

This year, I’m rolling out more professional development exercises and activities for our full team. It seems only fitting that since our company provides career development coaching for engineers we should do a great job of developing our own team! Last week was the first of our 2017 series, and it was a lot of fun. …

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Unsick Day!

This year, the Clutch team participated in Unsick Day, a company-wide day off for the purpose of making those so important but often postponed annual physicals, dentist appointments, eye check-ups, etc., and to engage in other healthful activities. Twas a day of doing all the things that make us feel healthy and rejuvenated. Here are some …

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48in48 Hackathon – Developing Websites to Help Non-Profits

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the 48in48 Hackathon – an event with the ambitious mission of building 48 websites for 48 non-profits in 48 hours. I was the Project Manager as well as one of the developers on the project so my work actually started a couple weeks before the weekend of the …

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Giving Notice — With Style

You’ve just accepted a job offer, but ugh… the dreaded conversation about quitting that you need to have with your current employer. How to do this right? Plan: First, tell your supervisor before your colleagues — and definitely before telling anyone above your boss. Schedule a meeting for same day: let your supervisor know it’s urgent. Think …

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How to Succeed in Job Interviews with Executives and Founders

It’s your last round of interviews at a company you’re really excited to work for, and you’re going to meet with one of the founders or top executives. Congratulations! You got this far, and it’s likely the final step before the job offer. Don’t be nervous; instead, be ready. Here are some insider secrets on …

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REVIEW: JavaScript Career Podcast – Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer

I heard about this new podcast, CareerJS, through the NY JavaScript slack channel. It’s hosted by three JavaScript developers, Jeffrey Biles, Erik Hanchett, and David Tang, who discuss SW developer career tips/strategies. One of the episodes, Creating a Personal Brand as a Software Developer, is tailored for software engineers generally, and not exclusively people working …

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Ruby Environment Setup for Beginners – OSX

(This image taken from rubyweekly.com who in turn took it from xkcd and adapted it for their own nefarious purposes) I’m very excited to be working on my very first OSX machine ever. Do I love Apple business practices? No. Do I like their hardware? Hell yeah. So, onto setting up a Ruby Environment! This …

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Volunteering at the CSNYC Conference

Yesterday I volunteered at the CSNYC conference, NYC’s biggest college/career exploration event for public high school students studying computer science.       It was so heartening to see how bigshot names in tech like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, NYTimes (to name very few) are showing their presence and investment the future of tech by …

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