Little Bites: CBC, Heenan, Microsoft/Ireland, Devlin

April 10, 2008

CBC is clearly still looking for their Senior Applications Manager (15-Feb-2008, 30-Jan-2008): Craigslist/Modis, Craigslist. I’m still skeptical about the compensation, and the one person I know who has worked for the CBC doesn’t have overly-inspiring words of encouragement, but there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the posting, and I think the CBC is an interesting organization.

Heenan would like you to qualify for the “hidden job market” by putting your information in their databank. While I agree the ‘hidden job market’ exists, I don’t believe the jobs that recruiters hold are usually in that category. If a recruiter is retained, why would they not do their best to attract additional candidates? That said, if you’re willing to trust ’em … maybe there’s an interesting job in it for you.

Microsoft still (20-Feb) wants You to move to Ireland. Ireland’s a nice place, if you’re willing to move. Well, it seemed nice in the two weeks I was there, anyway, which I suppose isn’t the same thing. Still, interesting opportunity for the mobile and Microsoft-oriented.

Devlin’s still (22-Feb-2008) looking for that tech lead / architect.

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Updates: Route1, CBC, Scoring

February 15, 2008

Route1 is still looking for an architect, CBC is still looking for a Senior Applications Manager and I’ve stopped using the scoring system for now.

Those are still my axes of interest, but I’m not finding the metrics very useful — when I don’t know anything about a company, should I score it 50% (average) or 0% (because I don’t know anything about it?) I’m thinking about other ways to quantify my interest level.


Jobs: St. Joseph Media, Informiam, CBC

February 6, 2008
  •  St. Joseph Media is looking for a technology director / lead architect.  If you’re into Python/Django, this could be an interesting option.  I have to admit, I’m a little suspicious of a company looking for deep experience in interative web applications when it looks like their properties aren’t very interactive, for the  most part.
  • This posting at Yonge and Finch is for Informiam, recently acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, and employer of a friend.  The posting itself is nice, looking for interesting technologies and using positive-sounding words like ‘creative’ and ‘intelligent’ is nice.  The location, on the other hand, doesn’t do a lot for me personally.  ‘ESB’ scares me a little — I’ve looked into these, and for the most part they seem like more trouble than they’re worth, but the rest of the technology stack sounds positively sane.
  • The CBC is adding two Senior Architect positions to the previously-listed Applications Manager.  Are they growing, or is there some kind of shake-up in CBC development?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Jobs: OTN, Quest, CBC, Fuel Industries

January 30, 2008

A release engineer for the ontario telemedicine network.  I’m starting to see more of these build/release positions regularly, which is an interesting niche.

It’s too bad that Quest let Sitraka/KL Group’s performance tool suite die such an ugly death, or this Foglight posting, what with the reference to Groovy, might be appealing.

The language of the posting doesn’t really do it for me, but if your French is up to scratch, a Sr. Applications Manager for the CBC doesn’t sound like a bad position.  I worry that like some government-related opportunities you might be hogtied by procedure and underpaid, but you’d have to inquire to find out.

Flash/Flex/Air/Silverlight development with some backend components for Fuel Industries.  Foosball and bubble hockey skills a bonus.

Scrum Master / Agile Lead, .Net/Ruby, travel required.  Despite being posted to Craigslist Toronto, this seems to be based out of Calgary.  ThoughtWorks, maybe?  If so, they’re not posting the same job themselves.