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Front End Developers: Getting Hired and Landing That Dream Gig

We're going to change things up this month - in lieu of our typical  presentation format, we're bringing in a panel of experts in the industry responsible for hiring or placing front end developers.

This is your chance to learn what it takes to either land that first job or snag that dream job straight from the people doing the hiring. Bring your questions as we'll have an extended Q/A session.

Our panelists for the evening are:

Adriana Ganos, Recruiting Manager at Rue La La

After 6 years as a tech recruiter at Winter Wyman, Adriana transitioned to an internal role at Rue La La. She brings with her a wealth of experience helping build the tech teams of numerous local software companies at various stages of growth as well as helping Rue La La expand it's world class talent.

 

 

Gary Garceau, Head of Technical Recruiting at Brightcove.

Brightcove is a Boston based software company that provides a family of SaaS products used to publish and and distribute the world's professional digital media for more than 6,000 high-profile customers, including NYT, Conde Nast, Fox and Sony Music. Gary moved into HR/recruiting 5 years ago when he joined Brightcove... before that he was a software engineer and technology manager.

 

Kate O'Connor, Account Executive and Recruiter for Onward Search

Kate’s been recruiting and staffing interactive positions with companies and creative agencies throughout greater Boston for the past 4 years. Prior to that, she spent years in in-house and agency positions designing and developing for the Front End. She is passionate about standards-based HTML 5, responsive design and matching up talented people with exciting opportunities.

 

We've had a last minute change on the panel -

Cort Johnson, Director at Terrible Labs will be taking the fourth chair.

Cort has been building and evangelizing web and mobile based products for the last seven years. At Terrible Labs, he runs point on client projects and handles all potential clients interested in working with the Terrible Labs team. When not at Terrible Row, Cort works with the Boston startup community through DartBoston.

 

Thanks to our Sponsors for providing space, food and drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  • Rich

    Hi all,

    I was going to come to the Meetup on Wednesday, but because of the bad weather that afternoon, I was stucked in the traffic and did not make it.

    I am actively looking for a perm role or a >6 months contract role in the web design/development space. I was hoping I could speak to some one that day. If you or someone you know is hiring, I will be very interested in hearing about.

    Thanks.

    March 2, 2013

  • gary g.

    Got a great question afterwards, and this group could provide plenty of inspiration...


    Q: Several times during the discussion, the panelists talked about the importance of "showing your work." It's not always easy to come up with an idea for a project to work on to show my ability. Could you suggest some ideas?

    2 · March 1, 2013

    • George K.

      google maps! get started by browsing through the documentation, especially javascript api v3 documentation. You'll read code written by some of the best js developers and chances are the map you create will have utility. Start here and share your map! https://developers.goo...­

      March 2, 2013

    • Rich

      I found that by learning new technology do some imaginary projects, make it very presentable and put it on your dev server helps.

      March 2, 2013

  • gary g.

    Wow - awesome feedback! Thanks to all of you for coming to this event and to Pascal for organizing. It was really fun to meet Adriana, Kate, and Cort. And special props to Cort who was a last minute fill-in. Great job all!

    Gary
    [masked]

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just turned down a Html5/css/js web front-end developer position in favor of another at a very prestigious corporation. Let me know if you want a lead-in to get the interview. Yes, I will get a referral fee.

    February 28, 2013

    • Gregory G.

      I'm interested

      February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They are looking for a seasoned veteran developer who can own and execute the front-end, you must have examples, and pass a technical screening.

      February 28, 2013

  • Brian R.

    Great panel, very informative & helpful- muchas thanks to Pascal & Martha, and of course to the generous time, space, & pizza sponsors!

    February 28, 2013

  • Betsy M.

    This was a great event. Very informative overall. I enjoyed meeting several of you. I am looking forward with connecting to many more of you. I am a front-end and back-end developer. You can see my work at www.betsymcnair.com

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Fred T.

    As a current candidate for a Jr. Web Developer position, this meetup provided invaluable insight into what my interviewers will be thinking. Thanks to the organizers and panel.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Hi Fred, I was at the event last night as well, I am a recruiter here at Onward Search (I work with Kate!) looking for jr. web developers for some roles I have. Feel free to shoot me an email a [masked]

      1 · February 28, 2013

    • Fred T.

      Tim, I just sent you a LinkedIn Connect

      February 28, 2013

  • Devin

    Excellent event! As an a junior front-end developer looking to get hired and land that dream gig, I found it especially helpful. Thank you to everyone who put the event together!

    February 28, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Hi Devlin, name's Tim, I was at the event last night as well, I work with Kate O'Connor here at Onward Search. If you are looking for opportunities, shoot me an email at [masked]

      February 28, 2013

  • Sumit B.

    Thanks for organizing such an amazing event. It was very informational and interesting. Really enjoyed Adriana and Cort speak. Hope to be part of more of these kind of events.

    February 28, 2013

  • Lance P.

    This is an awesome event. Definitely the advice about product management. If anyone know of anyone hiring for marketing specialist/product specialist please contact me. Awesome event Pascal.

    February 28, 2013

  • Darren T.

    This was a great panel! I though I'd get maybe a few worthwhile notes from it but it was actually full of great material and helped me understand even my own ups-and-downs from my past.

    Thanks, Adriana, Gary, Kate, and Cort!

    February 28, 2013

  • Rose H.

    Really valuable information! Thanks to everyone who put time and effort into making this meetup happen.

    February 27, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Great event, variety of speakers who shared own personal and professional experience.

    February 27, 2013

  • Gregory G.

    Out of all the MeetUps that I have gone to, this one was definitely the most useful. For someone just coming out of the Web Development program looking for a Junior Level role this meetup was just what I was looking for to network. Thank you for making this possible!

    Greg Goldfarb
    Web Developer
    www.goldfarbdev.com
    [masked]

    February 27, 2013

  • David B.

    I enjoyed the panel format and good information from the Q&A session. Nice set of topics by our host!

    February 27, 2013

  • Graham

    Great meetup, great set of speakers, I learned a lot from everyone.

    February 27, 2013

  • Philip S.

    Quite substantive and useful. Panel format can sometimes be superficial but this was well structured and insightful. Great turnout too.

    February 27, 2013

  • Ryan F.

    Can people still attend if RSVPs are closed?

    February 27, 2013

    • Tim S.

      If anyone here is looking for work I am the Peter griffin lookalike with the grey striped shirt! Tons of openings right now...names Tim

      February 27, 2013

    • Tim S.

      If anyone here is looking for work I am the Peter griffin lookalike with the grey striped shirt! Tons of openings right now...names Tim

      February 27, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Hey is this the South Station stop off the train?

    February 27, 2013

    • Darren T.

      Yes it is, Merlin. See ya soon. :)

      1 · February 27, 2013

  • Liz H.

    Feeling under the weather, sad to miss it.

    February 27, 2013

  • Gregory G.

    Hello All, I'm a recent graduate from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts Web Development program. Looking forward to this event and networking with you. My main interests are jQuery and PHP. If you need go-getter developer I'm your man. Please see my portfolio at www.goldfarbdev.com and my most recent site www.edwon.org.

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Hi Greg, I am a recruiter specializing in UI design/develpment. I have a bunch og openings. Can we setup a time to connect? I can be reached at [masked]

      February 27, 2013

  • Jason L.

    Really wanted to attend, but the weather is going to keep me from traveling.

    February 27, 2013

  • Christina Y.

    UI / UX Designer. Amazingly, no one has hired me. Take advantage of it!

    February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      you should email [masked]

      February 27, 2013

  • Devin

    So excited! Does this cost anything?

    February 27, 2013

  • Alexander N.

    We're new to Boston, and could use some UI/UX help for our realtime digital art collage app. peek in at our video demo https://vimeo.com/59369732. find me at the meetup or message me if you are interested. Or have an idea how you could contribute. thanks.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to hearing from the presenters:) I am experiencing a particularly googlely challenge with my Android app:( (I welcome all Java based solutions/suggestions!)

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would a UX/UI designer have any place coming to this?

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be interested in speaking with UI/UX designers...

      February 26, 2013

  • Fred T.

    Looking forward to this!

    February 26, 2013

  • Lance P.

    Pascal, this looks like a great event. I can't wait.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm hiring! My project uses Extjs v4 as the front-end of a new enterprise CRM system and we need a couple of additional team-members (agile/scrum). If you have experience with Extjs or have serious JS skills relating to other frameworks, please drop me a line or hunt me down at the meetup.

    We're a fun, smart group working on a super-high-profile project within the company trying to "do things right" ie, MVC, BDD...

    February 25, 2013

  • Tony B.

    Conflicting schedule, can't make this one :(

    February 25, 2013

  • Bill S.

    Representing Rakuten Loyalty - we are hiring multiple JavaScript engineers with MVC experience here in Boston. Please check our website for more info and apply if interested!

    February 22, 2013

  • Betsy M.

    Where do people park?

    February 21, 2013

  • Danny L.

    Very much looking forward to this event!

    February 21, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Who is going to be on the panel exactly? Hiring managers who work directly for the company, recruiters who work for creative agencies, or the product managers/creative directors/senior developers who make the final decision on who gets hired or not. These are all very different.

    February 21, 2013

    • Pascal R.

      Should be a mix - you'll see exactly who as soon as it's announced.

      1 · February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait to go

    February 21, 2013

  • Gary J.

    Thanks

    February 21, 2013

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