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Old January 20th, 2019, 11:50 AM #31
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One more question...How do you deal with programming test screening before interview where you have to write 3 programs and answering 8 questions in 60 minutes?

I am terrible at something like test since I left college 25 years ago.
Like anything you just need to prepare yourself for it. As much as it sucks I usually sit down the day before and pretend like its CompSci 101 exam and bust out some basic sort/loop algorithm problems. Remember we have forgotten as much as we have learned at our age. Its like archery practice during hunting season for me. I still have to throw an arrow down range a day. But I think some places take this too far to the point where they are farming work out. Anything more than a few simple console apps is too far.
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Old January 20th, 2019, 11:53 AM #32
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When I read you're comment I immediately remembered this video. The first 20 secs is all anyone needs to see....

And these idiots currently run the internet. The next downturn can't come soon enough. Sure I might end up having to work as a wallmart greeter for a while but I can still code circles around these fairies that will have an even tougher time having never been through a real recession.
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Old January 21st, 2019, 12:20 PM #33
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It is an old job listed back in Dec 2018 for Node.js Developer 3/4 on Northrop careers page.
Gotcha. Definitely sounds like requirements for our IT Modernization effort.
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Old January 22nd, 2019, 08:07 AM #34
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Not to derail the thread but it also bumps it back to the main page.

We have had quite a few summer/winter interns come through as computer science or electrical engineering majors. Near zero passion for anything associated with computers, electronics, technology in general. Also virtually no experience in things that come with the territory. Like electrical enginer that has never soldered or programmer that has no idea what parts are in their home computer or how to build a computer.

Also noticing people getting cyber security degrees and becoming sysadmins that are borderline luddites.

Anyone else noticing this?
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Old February 9th, 2019, 01:19 PM #35
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Sorry OP. Im probably the same age/skillset. Its all about our age and the fact that we are not off the boat H1Bs willing to starve and be stacked into an apartment with 30 others. I'm socking away all that I can because I know that my days in the business are numbered (Just turned 40). I've built major systems for banks, insurance companies, lead teams, divisions of developers, still write code and contribute to a few open source projects including .net core. Doesn't matter when Bunny in HR wants Apu for $15 an hour.

I don't think you know what you're talking about. There are Federal laws that set a baseline of what the employers can pay their H1B visa contractors.

https://www.dol.gov/whd/immigration/h1b.htm

As for OP, I know a few Software Engineers (Backend engineers like yourself) in central MD in their 50's and they do just fine finding work, they are in demand. I am surprised you are having issues. There must be something you are not doing right. Do you have a site with examples of your work? Portfolio? Maybe you interview poorly.

One thing as you know, many Software Engineer jobs in central MD do require a Security Clearance since there are so many federal contracting firms around.
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Old February 9th, 2019, 01:25 PM #36
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And these idiots currently run the internet. The next downturn can't come soon enough. Sure I might end up having to work as a wallmart greeter for a while but I can still code circles around these fairies that will have an even tougher time having never been through a real recession.

You think the person in that video represents 90% of Google engineers? Don't be delusional. Yeah they have weird people but the vast majority are competent engineers.
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My wife used to do it work for corporate law firms in Baltimore and DC. Paid better than non law firm work for the same job. About 100k or so and that was 5-10 years ago. She is no longer in the business there but her friends are. Worth checking out.

Good luck to you.
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Not to derail the thread but it also bumps it back to the main page.

We have had quite a few summer/winter interns come through as computer science or electrical engineering majors. Near zero passion for anything associated with computers, electronics, technology in general. Also virtually no experience in things that come with the territory. Like electrical enginer that has never soldered or programmer that has no idea what parts are in their home computer or how to build a computer.

Also noticing people getting cyber security degrees and becoming sysadmins that are borderline luddites.

Anyone else noticing this?
For the cost of one Senior programmer in the US I can hire 4 in India. It sucks but it is reality. When we have a programmer position open up they, upper management, tells us that we can only hire in a lost cost geo.
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