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There is No Such Thing as “Too Involved”

There is No Such Thing as “Too Involved”

Recently, a client told me, “As I’ve become familiar with other businesses in this area, I have to say that I am very impressed with your outreach and community involvement. The company I work for could take a lesson from…

Architecting Simplicity

Architecting Simplicity

At CodeMash v2.0.1.4 I attended a great session by Cory House (bitnative.com), “Pragmatic Architecture in .NET: Curing the Architecture Astronaut.” I’d never heard the term “Pragmatic Architecture” before, but it really resonated with me—and I feel that it accurately describes…

Coaching Tips for Interviewers

Coaching Tips for Interviewers

Not long ago I read an HR article that described how hiring managers should interview candidates. I thought the tips offered up in this article were quite interesting. Although it might be a bit like cheating on a final exam,…

Walking in a Hiring Manager’s Shoes

Walking in a Hiring Manager’s Shoes

One piece of feedback that we hear from candidates is that they find portions of the screening, interviewing and decision-making process to be confusing, illogical and frustrating. Questions that we hear are: Why such lengthy and complex interview processes involving…

The Consulting Mindset

The Consulting Mindset

Is it possible to shift your development group into a consulting attitude? Not like the big behemoth consulting companies do, but like the little ones—the ones that can conceive of something smaller than a man-year. And if you could, should…

Handling Gaps in Your Resume

Handling Gaps in Your Resume

A question often posed to me is, “What do I do with the gaps on my resume?” Many of us have them. They can be anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years in between jobs. Often…

Stout Selected To Share $1M Automation Alley Training Fund

Stout Selected To Share $1M Automation Alley Training Fund

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 5, 2014 – Stout Systems, a leader in the software engineering consulting and technical staffing sectors, announced today that the company has been selected to receive a share of Automation Alley’s $1 million Technical Talent Development…

Resume Narrative

Resume Narrative

As a quick review for the non-journalism majors, first person is written from the perspective of the resume owner. Example: Resume Summary I have been a .NET Developer for the last 10 years working mostly in the financial industry. I…

Internet Explorer Must Evolve and Users Must Upgrade

Internet Explorer Must Evolve and Users Must Upgrade

If there’s one thing that every Web designer or developer can agree on, it’s that working with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is like treading through “eel-infested waters”—to be specific, the issue is that old and outdated versions of the application are…

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