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24 August 2016
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. Where the Tech Jobs Are: 2016

In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, two-thirds of companies that responded said they were planning to hire engineers. “The electrical engineer has a lot of opportunity,” says Richard Zambacca, president of technical recruiting firm Randstad Engineering. “Those entering the workplace now and those in the field have a bright future ahead of them.” EEs’ “highly transferable skills” make them sought-after candidates in sectors such as medical devices, automotive systems, and telecommunications. Read on to find out where the pace of hiring is most robust.  Read more.

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2. Want to Level the Playing Field? There's an App for That
On 1 June, the beta version of Blendoor, a mobile job matching app became available. Blendoor hides a job candidate’s name and photo in order to prevent unconscious bias from spoiling even the most well-intentioned attempts to hire the candidate with the skills and background that would best serve the company’s needs. The app, which links to popular applicant tracking systems, also features a machine learning algorithm that lets Blendoor make individually-tailored recommendations for skills and career development.  Read more.
3. Another Way to Think of Workplace "Culture"

Companies regularly reject candidates with stellar credentials, citing “bad fit.” But it’s high time that we unpack that phrase so some of the items jammed in there can be discarded. Sometimes “bad fit” is actually a declaration that, without saying in so many words, “We know our department/company culture is toxic to people like this candidate. But that’s their problem.” A Medium article highlights the experiences of the people on the other end of that imbalanced scale, like, “The woman with children who left at 4:59 PM today [and is not credited with being a hard working team player]-but got twice as much done in her 8 hours as the men whose stay-at-home wives picked up the load while they worked 10–12 hours for ‘optics’ reasons."  Read more.

4. African Job Site Comes From Humble Beginnings

Njorku, one of Africa’s biggest job search engines, is the brainchild of Churchill Nanje, a Cameroonian who was once so poor that, when he first got into coding, “I didn’t even have a laptop or a computer. I couldn’t even pay for the Internet.” he told The Guardian. He describes Njorku as a Google search engine for jobs in Africa, and says that in the five years since he set it up, it has served more than 2 million unique users across 11 African countries. He got the idea when his first company, an IT consultancy, had a high rate of employee turnover and he needed to find a way to replace engineers quickly.  Read more.

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