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concept: employer company filter

French-Press-Coffee-MakerLast week I was presented with an interesting challenge. I’ve been looking around a bit for companies and I would like to work for. Talking to a recruiter who had no idea how to slim down his list of clients he just passed me the list. The list contained a little over 250 company name. A lot for me to read through!

As a developer I tend to be picky in the companies I would be interested in and even more picky in the ones I will talk to. So I knew that out of those 250 company names by definition at least 50% were useless to me, and probably even 75%. I tend not to be the type of person that will only say yes to A, B and C. I’m more of a person that will say I’m not going to go for D, E and F. For me personally it comes down to this;

  1. I’m not doing agencies, I already have my own.
  2. I will not work for corporations working on a product that has been out for decades.
  3. I prefer start-ups but will also consider any other start-up type of construction. (Note my definition of start-up is very narrow compared to the sense that it’s being used today!)
  4. I look for projects that try and make a dent in the world. Things that try to disrupt or try and add a new dimension to society.

So because I’m a developer I made some code for that!

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The technology jobs game

Compared to other jobs I’m someone that travels around. I follow interesting problems and promising ideas around the world wherever I can find them. As a web developer I can get a job anywhere in the world, but finding that one job is another challenge. Through a web of recruiters, sub-recruiters, job websites, venture capitalists, start-ups and whatever you can think of you can find the next best thing. The web is a big place with different kinds of players that make this work. You can categorize the players into three groups: employers, candidates and service providers. Employers are the ones that have the job, candidates want the job and the service providers assist in making the connection between supply and demand.

I’ve been on both sides of the table, both as a candidate and as an employer. I’ve also dealt with plenty people offering me a job or offer to search for me. So what do I know about this “game”?

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