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Hiring like a Pro: How to Identify the Right Developer for Your Mobile Project

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 3, 2015

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Photo courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/johanl/

You have an idea and a vision (that’s been approved). How do you go about hiring the right people to complete your mobile project?

First and foremost, you need to decide which platform(s) you would like to build on, and from there, the languages your developers should be fluent in. For example, Apple IOS will be require Objective C; and Android will require Java. You also may want to inquire if they are familiar with other common web languages such as PHP and Ruby as these are the typical languages for building mobile web applications.

Once you have a pool of candidates to choose from, start investigating:

  • Do they use services such as GitHub and Bitbucket?
  • Are they active in development communities such as GitHub and Stack Overflow (where developers can share ideas, brainstorm problems, learn and ask questions)? This will be an indicator of how immersed they are in the developing world.
  • Have they published code?
  • It might go without saying, but be sure to ask the candidate if they have written code, and to provide a sample. You could also ask all candidates to take a coding test before proceeding to the next interview stage.

If you’re looking at more of a group project, you may want to look for more specialized technical skills when hiring. Try to assemble a group with a large diversity of skills sets that complement each other to set your project up for success.

If you are conducting a project where a one man team is all you need, ask yourself these questions during interviews to rate your candidates:

  1. Do they understand your desired project outcome?
  2. Do they understand the functions of the business?
  3. Does this person seem tactful?
  4. Does this person appear responsible; will they be able to meet deadlines?
  5. Do they openly share their ideas?
  6. Are they team oriented?

Bridge Pro-Tip: While technical skills are important, interpersonal skills also need to be taken into account. A candidate could have all the technical skills in the world; but if they don’t have the social skills to match, the project could suffer. Make sure to get references in order to verify your initial thoughts.

If you need some hiring guidance, or just don’t have the time, set yourself up for success and reach out to an IT Staffing Firm. Our team of recruiters would be more than happy to learn more about your project and source the best individual(s) for the job. You can contact our team here.

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3 Smartphone Apps That Can Help You Network

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 26, 2014

We live in a world where Smartphones are king. As a professional in the field of technology, you may be wondering how your phone could be put to valuable use—aside from Candy Crush and Facebook, of course.

This week, we have a few savvy apps to share with you. While most apps are all fun and games, these three apps will help you network with local professionals.

#1: CardMunch. This app is made for the professional who hoards one too many business cards! With this app, you can convert business cards to address book contacts. You can even add them as a connection on LinkedIn! Simply take a picture of the business card and it is automatically converts into a contact. It’s that simple.

#2: Meetup. This app is designed to help individuals locate meetups around their particular field of interest. You may be a tech professional, but you should also consider yourself to be a “forever student.” Find a meetup in your area about a topic that interests you. Not only will you learn a thing or two, but you can network with local tech professionals, as well. This app is available to both iPhone and Android users.

#3: Bump. Sharing documents is easy with this iPhone and Android app. You can share contact information, files, documents, photos, and videos by simply bumping two phones together. This tool can come in quite handy at networking events and conferences. If someone asks for a sample of your work or even your resume, you can simply bump.

Which Smartphone apps do you use for business and networking? There are millions of apps out there—we want to hear what your favorites are! Comment or tweet us, today.

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March Madness: The Battle of the Smartphones

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 16, 2014

smartphone reviews

Welcome to March Madness – and our smartphone comparison.

Which smartphone is best for your career? Whether you’re a business analyst, project manager or part of the tech industry, there’s a phone for you. But with all of the different brands battling for consumer attention, it can be hard to sort through all of their different features. In the spirit of March Madness, we’re breaking down the smartphone bracket and have narrowed down the options to the final four in our smartphone reviews.

Business Analysis

Final Four Contender: BlackBerry Z30

Pros: Having long been the favorite of business professionals but then suffering with the development of smartphones, Blackberry is back as 2014’s Cinderella team. The Z30 has a bigger, more comfortable display and a top rated messaging hub that shows new alerts from all platforms – email, text messaging and social media. Another great business feature is BlackBerry Balance, which gives users the option to switch back and forth between business and personal profiles. No need for two phones!

Cons: Just like its competitors, BlackBerry has eliminated the keypad that many users have come to love. The company is also a bit behind on apps, most of which are developed for Android and Apple phones. If you’re the type who enjoys keeping up with the latest software or trying out popular games, BlackBerry might not be your winner.

Project Management

Final Four Contender: iPhone 5s

Pros: Considered the pioneer of the modern smartphone, the iPhone is seeded at number 1 in this tournament. The biggest benefit for project managers that comes with Apple products is the ability to sync across platforms. The App Store is equipped with some of the best project management apps on the market, including task managers and scheduling apps, that are also available on the iPad. Plus, the iPhone comes with Siri – your very own personal assistant to help with organization and give reminders.

Cons: The iPhone is one of the most expensive smartphones on the market, especially if you plan on keeping up with each phone update. It might be best to wait for the reveal of the iPhone 6 later this year if you like being up to date. Additionally, not everyone is a huge fan of the iPhone 5s operating system, IOS7. Some users have experienced glitches in email, phone calls, etc., but online support proves to have some quick fixes.

Tech Industry

Final Four Contender: HTC One

Pros: As only the third smartphone to ever receive a 5/5 star rating from TechRadar, the HTC One has caught the attention of fans and has become a favorite in the smartphone battle. The phone has a 4.7 inch display with a pixel density of 468ppi, making it one of the sharpest on the market. Complete with Beats Audio speakers, top of the line bluetooth, and a high speed interface, this phone is perfect for anyone in the tech industry.

Cons: Reviewers have cited battery life as an issue, saying that it has slightly less battery capability than past HTC phones, but this flaw is not tragic. The phone also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to storage.

Any Profession

Final Four Contender: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Pros: This smartphone has something for everyone but often falls under the radar, making it the underdog in this tournament. It has a 5.7 inch HD display, making it perfect for working on presentations, reviewing graphics or making a schedule. It also has an optional stylus, meaning you can annotate anything on screen and send it right to coworkers. Finally, the winning element of this smartphone is its ability to multitask effectively. It lets the user run two apps side-by-side, making it perfect for working on the go.

Cons: The Galaxy Note 3 has some less than useful Samsung apps included and its interface can also be complicated in some areas. Additionally, some users have complained that the phone might be too large or too heavy.

What does your Battle of the Smartphones bracket look like? Are these contenders in your final four smartphone reviews? Tweet us and let us know which phone comes out on top in your profession.

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Educational Apps: What’s on your Tablet?

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 12, 2014

If you walk into a classroom today, you might not see textbooks laid out on the desks. Increasingly, educators are making use of technological advancements and incorporating them into the curriculum. That certainly is the case at The Providence Center School, where iPads and Smart Boards are used daily by teachers and students alike. Bridge has supported the school’s Learning Through Technology project, which aims to incorporate technology in the classroom for the betterment of students’ educational experiences. A teacher at the school explains, “When we are thinking about what types of technology to add to our curriculum, we want to be sure that it is helping the student learn in more engaging and relevant ways.”

Teachers incorporate a variety of apps into daily lessons to enhance students’ education. But what about education for those no longer in school? What about working professionals who want to continue their education? Using those guiding questions, we surveyed the app store and found some of the most positively reviewed educational apps for adults out there. You don’t need to be enrolled in classes anymore to continue your education. Keep your brain active and start using these apps today to begin your own educational adventure.

Apps, Education, Gaming, Mobile

Image courtesy of http://www.brainpop.com/about/mobile/

BrainPOP Featured Movie – Who likes watching movies? If your answer is a resounding “yes!” then this app needs to be on your mobile device or tablet . The app features a library of short educational videos on topics ranging from current events to history to science, etc. You can test your knowledge with the quizzes that follow the educational video. The app is recommended for midde-school aged students, but the New York Times quips, “the cartoon is followed by a quick quiz that will at times challenge even a grown-up.” Try watching a single video a day for a month. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn. The app is available on iPhone, Android, iPad, and Windows/Mac computers.

Apps, Education, Mobile, Tablet

Image courtesy of http://www.pocketanatomy.com/

Pocket Anatomy – Maybe you’re interested in anatomy/biology or perhaps you’re a pre-med/medical student or working on your massage skills. This app provides incredible graphics of the human body, both male and female. Users can take notes directly in the app as well as take quizzes on anatomy. It’s the perfect app for all your anatomical educational needs and is available on the iPhone and iPad.

Apps, Education, Mobile, Tablet, Foreign language

Image courtesy of https://www.duolingo.com/mobile

Duolingo – Hola. Bonjour. Ciao. Hallo. Olá. No longer is the Rosetta Stone the only software to help you become bi- or tri-lingual. Learn a vast vocabulary and develop the skills you need to become fluent. Based on studies, Duolingo has been shown to be as effective, if not more, than a semester of college education in a foreign language. Why not try out this free app today? By tomorrow, you’ll be well on your way to speaking another language. Start learning on the iPhone, iPad, or Android phones/tablets.

Education, Apps, Mobile, Apple, Brian Cox

Image courtesy of https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brian-coxs-wonders-universe/id508465867?mt=8

Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe – What’s really up in the sky? Wonder no more with Professor Brian Cox’s personalized tour of the universe. This smooth talking English physicist will sure pique your interest with videos that make you feel as if you’re actually there in space. The app also features many articles and stunning images on everything space-related. It is available on the iPhone and iPad.

Do you recommend any educational apps for adults to enjoy at home or commuting to work? Share with us in the comments below.

 

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