Job hunting, interview process and anything related to the experience of a job writing the Clojure language.
emccue 2020-01-25T00:57:06.010900Z

I am a few months out from graduating college with a bit over a year of work experience. I have offers for some places in California, but the thought of living there isn't very pleasant.

emccue 2020-01-25T00:58:25.012400Z

Right now I am in the Boston area, so I am trying to hunt for opportunities around there or remote

emccue 2020-01-25T00:58:54.013Z

Wondering if anyone has any advice and/or leads

nycmatrix 2020-01-26T17:39:53.020300Z

@emccue we are base in NYC, looking to hire clojure engineers. DM me if interested.

seancorfield 2020-01-25T01:39:19.013100Z

@emccue Is the cost of living the main concern about CA, or something else?

emccue 2020-01-25T01:40:32.013300Z

Thats one concern, but there's also family reasons

bherrmann 2020-01-25T01:53:26.013600Z

make sure your linkedIn profile is updated and reflects your clojure skils

bherrmann 2020-01-25T01:54:49.013800Z

I've had multiple interviews where we worked on the 4clojure .com problems during the interview - so be comfortable with those problems and working through them at the REPL/emacs

bherrmann 2020-01-25T01:56:44.014100Z

Look at - they are a clojure shop in Boston (the biggest?) They have open engineering positions posted...

bherrmann 2020-01-25T02:00:22.014300Z

You should drop by the next clojure meetup and let hat group know you are looking

emccue 2020-01-25T02:07:15.014800Z

Thats all very helpful, thank you!

seancorfield 2020-01-25T03:30:43.015Z

@emccue I hear ya. My closest family is 5,500 miles away (England) and my wife's is 800 miles away (Phoenix/Tucson). Property (mortgage/rent) is crazy expensive here (Bay Area) but there is a huge amount of software work here. I'm lucky to work from home so I don't have to deal with the awful commutes so I could move somewhere cheaper but my wife likes the access to three international airports (for her job as a cat show judge -- yes, really) and I'll be honest: I like the diversity here and the huge variety of cuisine and the culture 🙂

emccue 2020-01-25T03:36:09.015200Z

I stayed roundabouts Mountain View for 6 months and San Diego for 6 months and I really didn't like the whole experience

emccue 2020-01-25T03:37:04.015400Z

Even when housing and stuff is covered, I really don't like the tech crowd all that much and the whole area ended up being pretty isolating.

emccue 2020-01-25T03:39:09.015600Z

I also don't think I would feel very "secure", if that makes sense. Like "oh cool nice relatively high paying job", but if I lose that job I'm homeless in a month because housing is priced for people with said jobs.

emccue 2020-01-25T03:39:28.015800Z

(at least in the pile of insecurities and fears that is my brain)

seancorfield 2020-01-25T03:41:43.016Z

True. CA is an "at will" state and I've been at companies that let every engineer go with just one day's notice. And I totally get your feelings about the Silicon Valley "bro" culture -- I hate it too. I live in the East Bay and love it -- close enough to SF etc for easy access to culture etc; far enough to avoid the craziness 🙂

the2bears 2020-01-25T05:30:55.016200Z

We just moved to the East Bay last year, an option what with my son finishing HS. We absolutely love where we ended up. And, we can actually afford a house!

the2bears 2020-01-25T05:31:47.016400Z

Helps that the kid went to college in Canada 🙂

seancorfield 2020-01-25T05:42:35.016600Z

@the2bears Yeah, when we went house-hunting back in 2001, there were only a few places in the Bay where we could afford to buy.

seancorfield 2020-01-25T05:42:50.016800Z

We ended up in Castro Valley. Where are you?

the2bears 2020-01-25T05:56:14.017Z

@seancorfield we're in San Leandro. Close to the freeway but because it's raised we don't feel close to it. Close to a commuter bus for work. Can't complain :)

seancorfield 2020-01-25T05:59:06.018100Z

Just up the road. Close enough to chat about Clojure over a beer sometime if you feel like it 🙃

seancorfield 2020-01-25T05:59:57.018900Z

My commute is to turn right out of the bedroom 😁

the2bears 2020-01-25T06:12:33.019200Z

Clojure and a beer would be great! I've thought of working remotely and heading into "the office" on the main floor. Maybe some day.