LAMP Frontend Engineer
•Worked with Google, WD, eBay, Yahoo, Sony, Juniper Systems, HP & Silicon Graphics, and AlikeList Social Networking.
•Passionate about Object Oriented Programming, Web Development, Software Engineering, PHP Programming, and developing smarter apps with machine learning for a richer, more intuitive User Experience.
•12 years of PHP, MYSQL, Apache Web Server, Linux
•8 years of PHP5, and Web Services using SOAP, REST, XML, XSL
•3 years of AJAX, Closure, ExtJS, Jquery, BIRT Reporting, Bugzilla, Eclipse
•Complete understanding of Object Oriented Features (Inheritance, Polymorphism, Abstraction and Encapsulation)
•Over 4 years of experience with Xcode, Instruments, Cocoa, RDBMS and Objective C
•Knowledge of the latest Xcode and all its features
•Over 3 years of experience in iPad application development and handling different screen orientations
•Knowledge of C and C++ and using pointers
•Familiar with data structures
•Efficient storage of data using File System, Core Data and Database
•Designed and improved application flow using Storyboarding
•Developed both native iPhone application and web based iPhone applications
•Implemented application designs based on MVC architecture
•Working knowledge of MapKit, UIKit, GameKit, EventKit, Addressbook, AddressbookUI, MessageUI and Core Location framework
•Effective Coding style (clear, explicit method names and effective comments)
•Strong experience with iCloud
•Highly motivated and creative individual
Sr Project Manager
•10 years of industry experience
• 5 years of experience working as a Technical Project Manager
•Confident in managing client’s needs and integrating products with the IT teams having over 7 years of experience
•Currently working on getting Project Management Professional certified
•15 years of System Administration experience
•12 years of DevOps experience
•Most recently worked as a Search Service Engineer and was responsible for deployment, continuous integration, agile development and search operations
•Solid background in Bash and Borne having 20 years of experience, 15 years with Perl, 8 years of Python and 15 years of LAMP development
•5 years of public and private cloud networking experience
Things are always changing in the tech industry, and that includes leadership. Today, being an IT leader means something different than it did even ten years ago. Leaders are no longer controlling, reviewing, and directing every aspect of a project-instead, they’re empowering skilled team members to work both independently and collaboratively, doing what it takes to get the job done with efficiency and excellence.
So what makes a great IT leader? Here are a few of the most common traits shared by successful leaders in the tech industry, and how these traits help them guide and develop the most powerful and complex component of IT-human resources.
They know themselves
The best IT leaders are self-aware. They have high degrees of emotional intelligence-understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, and knowing who to surround themselves with in order to complement those aspects. They’re also aware of their own emotional triggers, which helps them to manage logically.
To be a successful leader, you also need to know your own leadership style. When you’re aware of both how and why you manage as you do, you’re able to project an authenticity that your team can detect in every interaction-making it easier for them to respect you.
They create a team environment where it’s safe to fail
Collaboration is essential in today’s IT landscape. A great leader is able to encourage effective collaboration by knowing who should work together on what projects, along with when and where collaborations should take place. Leaders embrace the idea that “none of us is as smart as all of us.”
Working together can also help to cultivate innovation-and a strong leader is aware that innovation sometimes requires failure. It’s important for an IT leader to encourage team members to take reasonable risks, and not to penalize them or call out individual employees if a risk fails. Team members should know that they’re allowed to make some mistakes along the way.
They’re always learning
Without question, the most successful IT leaders never stop to rest on their laurels. Even those who reach the pinnacle of the company ladder are aware that they don’t know everything-and they’re always looking for ways to grow and improve.
This is especially essential for leaders in the tech industry. With frequent changes and upgrades, and continually emerging technologies, the only thing IT professionals can be sure of is that things will be different tomorrow. Staying up to date with the latest advances that are relevant to your company is crucial for successful leadership.
However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t only strive to improve your industry knowledge. If you’re aware that you struggle with soft skills like decision-making, or communication, or strategic thinking, you can continue to learn more in those areas-take a course, read relevant books, or even network with and learn from other leaders you admire.
Most great leaders aren’t born that way. They learn to improve through awareness and experience-and you can, too.
If you are looking for a staffing partner to help you recruit top IT talent in California, contact us today. The Armada Group has the top IT recruiters in Santa Cruz.
Bay Area IT staffing firm to expand operations in Silicon Valley
The Armada Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Chapman to their senior leadership team as an Executive Vice President. Mr. Chapman will be responsible for corporate sales leadership and direct management of Armada's new Silicon Valley offices.
Mr. Chapman has more than 17 years years of information technology staffing and recruiting experience, previously serving in leadership roles for TEKsystems and Volt Information Sciences. In addition, Mr. Chapman is a U.S. Army Veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Houston.
According to Armada CEO, Jeff Tavangar "Tim is a proven IT services leader who thoroughly understands technology staffing in the Bay area. He will be a great resource for our clients who are looking to develop more effective talent management strategies."
Mr. Chapman will focus on the delivery of The Armada Group's proprietary talent consultation process to enable companies to more effectively and proactively hire and manage their technical staffing requirements. According to Mr. Chapman, “By joining the Armada Group, I am thrilled to be a member of the team that has been a key solutions provider to an impressive list of who’s who in global technology companies with roots in the Bay Area. Armada’s expansion is a natural step in our commitment to deliver the best available talent with the companies that require it.”
About The Armada Group
The Armada Group provides on demand talent solutions for the world’s most innovative companies. Armada's clients include global technology leaders like Cisco, eBay and Paypal, Fortune 500 companies such as HP and Sony, as well as fast growth VC funded tech firms.
The Armada Group was founded in 1995 to connect extraordinary talent with world class opportunities. Because of the incredibly competitive nature of technical recruiting in the Bay Area, Armada developed a proprietary technical talent evaluation and hiring plan process that enables employers to more effectively source qualified resources and ensure timely access to full-time and contract staff.
While post-recession job growth is still sluggish nearly four years later, temporary staffing is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers provided by staffing agencies rose to 2.74 million in October 2013 – a 57% increase over a low 1.75 million in August of 2009.
"All the research that we've done (shows) the trends are pointing towards the flexible workforce," said Jeff Tavangar, CEO at the Armada Group, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based staffing company.
- Overall percentage of current temporary workers is now 2%, near an all-time high.
- Temporary jobs represented one in 10 jobs lost during the recession.
- More than 16% of net employment gains since the recession ended were temporary jobs
- Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be 631,000 more temp jobs in 2020 than 2010.
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There’s a relatively recent shift in employment trends that is especially significant in the tech industry, and that is job longevity. The days of starting and ending your career at the same company are long gone—and it’s rare that anyone spends even a decade with the same employer.
In the software development field, this paradigm has come to signify a positive asset. Developers and engineers who change jobs frequently are viewed not as disloyal and unreliable, but as adaptable and improving. Their skills outgrow their job demands, and they move on to better challenges—a process that makes them more desirable to employers.
So as contrary as it might seem, frequent job-changing is one way software developers can increase their employability. Here are some other things you can do to make yourself a hot commodity in the tech world.
Be an expert at one thing (and proficient in others)
Specialists are always in high demand in every field. While it’s important for software engineers to be well-rounded, choosing an area of expertise will help to ensure that there’s always a position for you somewhere. Make sure you specialize in something you enjoy doing, so you don’t get burned out and lose your expert advantage.
Of course, technology is always changing, so you shouldn’t specialize in the flavor of the moment. Instead, opt for foundational specialties in things that tend to last for a decade or more, such as a particular field, programming language, or type of software.
Keep your options open
This tip can be applied in a few different ways. First, it’s essential to continue learning new things and working with new technologies. Employers want to see software developers who are flexible, open-minded, and willing to try new tools, languages, and platforms. The longer you go without learning, the more difficult it will be to find a new position.
Second, experienced developers should be willing to compromise on the hierarchy of positions they’ll accept, especially when entering a new software area. If you’ll only take a senior or supervisory position with a high salary, you’ll find your options extremely limited and your job search extended much longer than you want.
Network—even when you’re not thinking about changing jobs
The saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” can often be applied to finding work as a software developer. You don’t necessarily need connections to land a job, but there are a lot of benefits to continual networking—not the least of which is the potential to lower your job search time dramatically.
In addition to maintaining an accurate, active LinkedIn profile, you can network throughout your current employment by:
- Reaching out to others in your field at different companies. For example, when you hear about a new development you admire, send a quick email or social media mention to congratulate them. The positive impact you make will help you out later.
- Put yourself out there by attending conferences or industry events, writing industry articles for online circulation or as a guest blogger, or even doing some public speaking. You’ll make connections you may not even be aware of until you start searching for your next job.
Being employable as a software developer is all about keeping things fresh, interesting, and constantly circulating. Resist the urge to bury yourself in code, and make new experiences that will help you enjoy a long and happy career.
If your are looking software developer jobs in California, contact The Armada Group today.
In just five years, Google Chrome has become the most widely used desktop browser, surpassing both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Chrome is pretty impressive right out of the box, with the latest update (Version 27) featuring excellent security, fast response time, superior HTML5 support, cross-device bookmark and preference syncing, and a built-in PDF reader and flash player.
However, extensions and add-ons can make Chrome even better. There are now almost as many Chrome extras—more than 50,000 of them—as there are in the extensive Firefox library of add-ons. Here are five of the best for 2013.
Security extension: Click&Clean
Maximize your browsing privacy and security with this full-featured extension. Click&Clean features a drop-down menu with 1-click actions like clearing your cache, deleting cookies, and erasing your download and browser history. You can also delete temporary files, Flash Cookies, and client-side Web SQL databases.
This extension offers more than a fast way to erase your browsing activity. Click&Clean gives you a one-click link to external security applications, like Bitdefender to scan for malware and CCCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner to securely delete files. You can also use this add-on to watch flash videos offline.
Interface extension: AdBlock and AdBlock Plus
Both of these Chrome add-ons serve the same basic purpose: they keep ads from ruining your online experience. The community-driven AdBlock Plus blocks banners, pop-ups, and video ads, including on Facebook and YouTube.
AdBlock (without the “plus”), which is unrelated to the extension of nearly the same name, takes things a step further by blocking banners, pop-ups, and all video and Flash ads, including those in Flash-based games. The latest version, 2.6, also includes a counter that shows you how many ads have been blocked.
Productivity extension: RescueTime
Ever wonder where the time goes when you’re online? Now you can figure out which sites are your biggest time drains with this handy add-on. The RescueTime Chrome Productivity Meter keeps track of which sites you’re using online. An automatic pause feature stops the timer when your keyboard and mouse go untouched for two minutes, and you get a report letting you know exactly where you spend the most time.
Bonus extension: Can’t seem to pry yourself off Facebook or YouTube? Pair RescueTime with StayFocusd, an add-on that limits the amount of time per day Chrome will let you spend on certain websites before the browser blocks them. You can set StayFocusd to monitor your time on entire sites, specific pages, or even apps and Flash games.
Sharing and bookmarking extension: AddThis
A faster way to bookmark pages, share content on your social networks, and more, AddThis makes it easy to save your favorite things online. You can bookmark or share anything with a tool bar drop-down menu, or by right-clicking anywhere on a page. AddThis supports more than 300 services, including the big social media networks, blogging platforms, and email services.
Tab extension: Awesome New Tab Page
The default new tab in Chrome shows you shortcut options based on recently visited pages or most-used bookmarks. With the Awesome New Tab Page add-on, you get a customizable Windows 8-esque tile menu that lets you arrange your favorite bookmarks and custom shortcuts, add dynamic widgets, launch apps, and more. You can move, resize, and delete your shortcuts and widgets at will with a drag-n-drop interface.
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