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Re: [NYC-rb] Freelance market?

From: Tim P.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7:53 PM
Thanks Steve!

Thanks for all the suggestions, I've already signed up to rubynow.com.

I'm sure we'll bump into each other at a tech meet up.

Cheers,
Tim


On 28/03/2013, at 1:28 AM, Stephen Robinson <[address removed]> wrote:

Here's a plan ...

0) Email this list (and others like it) - DONE!
1) sign up to jobs boards (good intel on the market, good for negotiating)
2) turn up to events and talk to the 50% that aren't paying attention to the topic (they are hiring)
3) talk to the other 50% and find out about the companies they work for (probably hiring too)
4) reach out to companies on this list ... http://nytm.org/made-in-nyc
5) walk around union square with a copy of 'Programming Rails 1.9'

You probably won't make it much beyond step 3 :)

If you're into the neuroscience of resume writing, check out this fun post I just put together ...

I recently just took over jobs.rubynow.com so feel free to sign up for the ruby jobs postings there. It's the oldest Rails jobs board and I'm working to help fix it up. All comments welcome :)

Enjoy New York!

Steve

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On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM, Tim Preston <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you all for such a positive response.

I'll get back to you all off-list.

I'm looking forward to the move!

Tim


On 27/03/2013, at 1:01 AM, drew bollmann <[address removed]> wrote:

WorkMarket.com, put resume on dice.commonster.com,stackoverflow.comsimplyhired.com/indeed.com...all provide fulltime and consulting opps, with dice being mostly contracting in last few years for sr.level folks such as yourself.   

Linkedin profile is just as important as your resume and you can sign up seeking work and browse the largest group of ft and consulting opps off Linkedin as MOST firms don't post on the above sites nearly as much as Linkedin. 

There are a bunch of other sites similar to WorkMarket (whitetruffle.com will also hook fullstack devs up with startups)...and the original "bid for work" sites are guru.com and rent-a-coder.com [but for those, watch for scams and people winning bids at 3 cents an hour just to gain traction in the US market].  

A quick search on "employment agencies in NYC" should help out too; visit a few when you arrive (have a 1-min conversation with them first to see if they sound reputable; read: not " i gots a guy dat knows a guy").  This will help give an idea of what's out there.   There's a LOT of tech work incl ruby Here in NYC.  

Also attend ruby meetup.com hackathons and meetup events; sponsor companies are usually hiring and sometimes you'll make the best connections "ol-skool-style" (getting work thru friends and associates recommending you after having met you)...these are usually the strongest leads to new work, consulting or full time.  Hope that helps!
- drew




On Mar 26, 2013, at 10:02 AM, Pete Soderling <[address removed]> wrote:

Hey Tim - I tend to agree with Leonard. If you're a serious engineer (which it sounds like you are) and you know to package/present your experience well in attracting new clients, I'm sure you'll find opportunities. Especially if you're interested in startups since the NYC startup scene as exploded, and there are *many* early-stage startups that find the full-stack Rails engineer very appealing. 

If not, Pivotal Labs or Cyrus Innovation or others have probably reached out to you to offer you a full-time Rails position already. ;)

You might also check out g33ktalk.com (full disclosure, I'm the founder - based in NYC). We're building a community of startup engineers by exposing the engineering culture of top startups. Can be a good way to explore the technologies different teams are using to build their platforms and do research on companies you might be interested in approaching. 

Good luck!

-pete


On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM, Leonard Bogdonoff <[address removed]> wrote:
You won't have a hard time finding work at all.

Im a frontend developer and got a full-time gig in my first week.

Come with enough money to pay for the deposit / downpayment for rent and you should be fine.

Worst case scenario, you can pull remote work while you're here.

Check out the Temp-to-Perm hiring agencies if you're in a bind.

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On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM, Tim Preston wrote:

Hi NYC.rb,

My name is Tim and I'm moving to NYC in two months from Australia via Singapore.

I have 10 years experience in software, 5 years with Ruby and Rails.

I'm wondering if anyone can give me their opinion on the freelance/contract market there. Will I struggle to find work? What's the best way to make myself known?

Thanks in advance,
Tim

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