Three Temptations, Three Victories

Three Apparent Temptations, Three Decisive Victories:

jesus_holy_spiritA couple of weeks ago I prayed a sincere prayer to God asking for him to grant me access to his thoughts when it comes to spiritual warfare. A few days later he granted me that revelation by pointing me to the Gospel of Matthew. Specifically Matthew Chapter 4:1-11. I’ve read over that particular scripture tons of times due to the fact that, when I was a younger and an inexperienced Christian I would always start at the beginning of the new testament. I would get into scripture and then fall out of it, mainly because I wasn’t being in tune with the Spirit. Chapter 4 verse 1 actually speaks about just that! (Being led and in tune with the spirit)

Matthew 4:1 NIV says “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted(or tested) by the devil.”

Notice how the scripture DOES NOT SAY, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. NO! it says HE (Jesus) was led by the Spirit. It’s important to emphasize this right into the introduction of Jesus’s time in the wilderness, because it sets the tone for how Jesus’s divine life played out. He moved in the Spirit. He was(is) in alignment with God by the divine power of the holy Spirit. This same spirit that lived in him, lives in God. This same spirit that dwelled within Jesus the Son, dwells also in me [John 14:26] Proceeding on…

After setting the scene to explain how Jesus is in this state of existence here on Earth, we then are taken into verse two that explains how (by the spirit) he “fasted for forty days and nights”. An interesting statement to make before I move on is that, in the “Expanded Bible” it says this:   “analogous to Israel’s forty years in the desert” Analogous means “comparable in certain respects, typically in a way that makes clearer the nature of the things compared.”

The reason why I point this out before continuing is that later on, like really soon, we will come to Matthew 4:4, in which Jesus uses OT scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 8:3. And Deuteronomy chapter 8 actually explains God’s Mercies to the Israelite’s while they were in the wilderness for forty years. It’s really cool to see the comparisons in certain respects, which can potentially lead to a clearer nature of “things”

Anyway, back to Matthew 4:2. We know that it says that he fasted 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness to be tested. What it says in the very same verse is that “he was hungry”. That’s important, and its also self-explanatory. This is his TEST. This is him being led by the Spirit so that he can endure these upcoming trials by the Tempter and prove that he can move into victory. Not only does this build the ground work for Jesus Christ to move into his inevitable destiny, but it also provides Satan the awareness that he is not messing with just some mere Mortal. This is Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God, whom is indeed better than Satan himself. Satan tries to employ cunning tricks that he used on human beings, it’s not going to happen with the Son of God.

So, if your with me, we are transitioning, and you can tell through foreshadowing, that Jesus Christ is done with his 40 days/nights fast, and he is hungry. So the likely scenario obviously is that the tempter (Satan) is going to use that very issue to employ his temptations against Jesus.

Now that I have set the ground work for you, I am going to introduce to you a table I made, that will help you visualize and comprehend what it is that is taking place between Satan and Jesus whom has the Spirit in him. (1v2) You lose Satan!

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Scenario 1:

Satan, because he know’s Jesus is hungry attempts to tempt Jesus by attacking his identity (If you are the Son of God) and Jesus’s survival, due to him being in the flesh. Even though Jesus is truly divine in nature, he was made flesh to carry out his divine mission set by his Father. Jesus simply replies to Satan (Mat 4:4) by saying Man doesn’t live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. This was exact scripture that Jesus pulled from the Old Testament. See notice how the author paints the picture that Jesus moves and does as he is guided by the Spirit. So if this wasn’t a test, then Jesus being the Son of the Father and indeed having the power that God has, is totally capable of shifting stones into a new creation (bread). We see it clearly when he turns water into wine, and feeds five thousand. But now, God is allowing this time to be a time of testing.

Scenario 2:

Clearly it is evident that Jesus is victorious against Satan’s tricks in Scenario 1. So Satan, being as cunning as he is, comes up with a very intriguing plan. What he does is in Matthew 4:5-6 he takes Jesus on top of the temple on the Holy City and he says “If you are the Son of God” (attack on identity) THROW YOURSELF DOWN…for it is written…This is where it gets really interesting. He(Satan) paraphrases holy scripture directly from Psalms 91:11-12 by saying “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” This is clearly Satan trying to fight fire with fire, trying to attack Jesus’s very essence of existence and who he really is.

But again, Jesus is stronger than that, he comes right back, harder than before, with a slap in the face to Satan and he says “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN:’Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again as I said above, Jesus is directly connected with the father via the Spirit. If God wanted him to jump, to prove to Satan that he is indeed the Son of God, then he would have told, and Jesus would have obliged.  However, we know this is not the case. He has a higher purpose than to prove himself to such scum. He is a divine King, who has a higher mission. This is only a portion of what he has to experience and play out in his life, before his death and resurrection, and Jesus knows this. Yet again another decisive victory for Jesus.

Scenario 3:

We come to the very last situation that Satan tries to put Jesus through. By now Satan is just really p.o’ed with the way things are going. He is clearly understanding that Jesus is much more powerful than what Satan can throw at him, so out of desperation Satan tries to attack him by asking him to bow down.

Satan takes Jesus on top of a mountain and he shows all the glorious kingdom’s and all their worldly splendor, and he Proposes to the Son of God. I will give you all this, if only you will bow down to me. This indeed was the last straw to be pulled by Satan before Jesus basically put it to him straight. Jesus’s reply to Satan was this: ““Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.‘”

And that my friends is exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ did. He continued to keep himself humble, he continued walking in the Spirit, and he continued to move forward in God’s divine plan for His life. He also accomplished everything he came to earth to do.

Maslow Theory in relation to Spiritual Warfare

The last Part I want to explain to you is how Satan employed tricks against Jesus, that he also employees against human beings. Back in the 1940′s and 50′s there was a psychologist by the name of Abraham Maslow who spent time building up his humanistic theories concerning self-actualization. These theories were established and crafted into a famous diagram in psychology that I will provide for you to the right side.

The reason I bring this up is because, Satan’s tricks was built for and against a “self-actualizing” person. You see, Satan’s three temptations were built to attack Jesus’s identity (self-esteem), his survival (need of food) and his Self-Actualization (Self-Fulfillment). But Jesus is beyond self, he succeeds because it is not for self, but for God and humanity.

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This why I feel Matthew Chapter 4:1-11 is indeed a strong instruction and guide to promote victorious spiritual warfare in Christians. You see, when you’re “Born Again” and you become a new creation you have the power, extreme Godly power to give it all up, and walk with the Lord. This is not to say that your expected to sell everything, and go follow him, because you think that’s what he WANTS you to do. No! what I am saying is, by you being a New Creation you have the Spirit, the same spirit dwelling within you, that if God calls you by the holy Spirit to do tasks that are intense, you will be able to serve and endure, and have victory over Satan’s Schemes in your life. That is the role of the holy Spirit in you.

That is why we need to move like Jesus moved, and do what Jesus did. Because the way he lived was the way that we can achieve total glory. By losing ourselves, we gain. It may seem like a loss, but in reality, you actually gain, not just in the afterlife, but here, and NOW.

No offense, but this Hierarchy Pyramid, is crap to me. It’s all about the self. Building the self, becoming aware of who you are. Let me tell you something! You don’t need one of these hierarchy pyramid diagrams to help you know who you are, my Christian friends. That diagram does not apply to you! You are better than this! This diagram is of the world. Satan’s ploy’s are designed against worldly people, and Christian’s whom have a hard time understanding their identity. His only way to defeat Christians, is to catch them, when they are caught up in this very game of “self-actualization”. “I” “me”. If Jesus was about “I” or “Me” only, he wouldn’t have lasted.

The thing that needs to be pointed out the most is that, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the holy Spirit, are so much more powerful than we can even conceive, compared to Satan. We are apart of something that is so much more, than Satan’s “I will give you the kingdoms, all its glory and splendor, if you bow down to ME”

Being influenced and becoming influential

In my junior year in high school (2002) I spent a lot of time ditching school and participating in online gaming. Deductive reasoning can lead you to the possibility that I might not have been a popular student. However, online gaming gave me an outlet to meet others with common interest and build strong bonds. During the after hours of hardcore gaming I came across a discussion board dominated by east coast gamer’s. It was a forum dedicated to a top-tier clan from the NYC area.  At the time of my browsing there was a popular discussion called “Do you believe in God” in the “Thought Provoking Forum”

I had no idea that me sharing my thoughts about God publicly would change my life forever, and I seriously mean that. Lets just say I was blind in my faith and didn’t feel I needed to support my claims what so ever. On that very day, I got my ass handed to me. It was defeat. I felt humiliated. But it was a blessing in disguise. For you to truly appreciate the good in life you need to experience the bad. I was being influenced by a person who was clearly capable of experiencing life on a higher intellectual plane.

That didn’t keep me from experiencing life on that level though. I was determined to not be portrayed as someone who is “dumb” or “stupid”. Along with that feeling, I also have an innate need to display value and leadership to others. I feel deeply fulfilled when I know deep down in my heart that I have been of service to society. We all participate in being influenced by others and influencing those around us. It just depends on what level of the spectrum.

In all professional fields such as recruiting and even in life in general we’re taking part in a giving and taking relationship. It’s like the circle of life. Simply speaking, the universe and the human species as a whole operate in this fashion. In my opinion, those who “succeed” best in this process are those who take time being influenced by others good and bad and then share that experience and knowledge to others and specifically the next generation.

This blog post is directed to those who KNOW deep down who/what they want to become and to push them to be the best in that specific area. Whether it be in the recruiting field, music industry, acting field and so on. Let this bring to light the process to a conscious level in your mind. Also, understand that the end result does not happen over night. But, you will be able to notice results right away depending on how much you act upon your desire. Let us begin.

It is in my belief, that there is a list of  passive and active interests that allows a person to move from talented to influential in a particular area of interest(s). Passive talents consist of reading, observing, and listening. On the opposite side of the spectrum, in the active category there is writing, speaking and acting. Allow me to elaborate.

There is a saying among aspiring writers, to keep them on the path to becoming a better writer, that is “when a good writer is not writing, he reads”. I think that’s simple to understand. In our case, sticking with the theme of bettering yourself in your career we are looking to experience others by being passive and vulnerable. This allows learning to take place. Anyone can write, but a person who is influential builds an audience through his writing. To do that, he has to have spent a substantial amount of time experiencing life’s lessons and taking part in passive actions. The more reading you do the more knowledge you can consume, and the more knowledge you consume the better your chances are at providing value to others.

A smart student/pupil spends time gathering information such as video programs, audio recording, or positioning himself in areas where he can potentially meet and speak to those who are influential in his field. He then can spend time soaking up this knowledge while also having reading materials in his weaponry. The more he spends time studying, the better his confidence will be when he goes out into the field to experience what it’s all about. Life itself, is the best teacher. As long as the student is willing to learn from his mistakes. To many human beings go through life being close minded, and eventually grow old and can not escape detrimental behavior. Once you have spent time building up your own thoughts and opinions you then can move along the spectrum and participate in speaking events. This really begins to build your persona as a person of great value.

You may be thinking to yourself that both of these terms seem to stick out like a swore thumb. I agree. But I am going to try to stick with them anyway. I will start by explaining the semantics behind the usage of “acting”. When I say act, I don’t mean on the stage or on a movie set. I mean your daily life. What you do as a person, who you talk to, what you eat, the information you consume, and how you act, and above all, how others portray you.

By explaining this, now you should get the gist of the term “observing”. Like I said earlier, a student needs to play a passive role and be vulnerable to the process of learning for the sake of consuming knowledge. This last part is about him or her spending time and stalking/lurking others who seem to play that influence role, and they try to understand that person at a deeper level. Even the psychology of that given person. This circumstance only takes place if the person really wants to be come that spotlight character that others can go to for valuable content. If that’s the case, expect to shift your lifestyle to fit your calling. If you are an actor, you need to be watching movies of great actors, watching bravo’s the actors studio, watching behind the scenes features on DVD’s, reading blogs and forums, and networking with other actors/actresses. Not to mention your close eye on your physical features. Taking care of your face, maintaining a specific body weight( plus size, petite, medium etc) and so.

Remember any person can play any role on these spectrum. There is no good or bad in this situation. It just “is”. If you want to be a person of influence some day, remember you can’t start being an effective influencer without doing your do’s. That means you can’t skip steps. You HAVE to be building passive interest in things like reading, writing, and watching in order to move along the scale. Stick with it and create realistic achievable goals.

Last advice, when taking interests in to others who influence you, remember its okay to have role models, but at the same time, limit them to role models, because you deserve the right to shine like a star just as much as they did. If you put in the time, I guarantee you one day your time will come.

Good luck!

An in depth look into the new startup Airtime

On June 5th 2012 the secretive startup Airtime  (Sean Parker & Shawn Fanning) released their much-anticipated video application. On opening day, users could have potentially been matched via video with people like Jessica Alba, Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and other top names. During launch day, users familiar with tech, shared negative responses concerning the usage of Flash. (security vulnerabilities)

However, this article isn’t created to discuss the Adobe  Flash controversy, or even talk about Sean Parker & Shawn Fanning. No not-at-all, they get too much publicity anyway, especially Parker. My intention is to share insight into what Airtime is, the great team, the money behind it and the possible evolution behind Airtime as a company, brand, and application.

Airtime is a live video platform that allows you to connect with strangers who share the same likes and interests as you, and like Skype, lets you video chat with your current friends. Airtime is built on Facebook  and uses your information from there to discern who should be connected to you by video. From what I understand, you can also select a criteria that is used in the matchmaking process as well.

Some of you may be aware of a similar app  in the past called ChatRoulette which didn’t succeed due to being a place largely used by perverts sharing their genitalia. Airtime used ChatRoulette’s mistakes to learn from to ensure that perversion is eliminated. They do this by using Machine Learning algorithms. These algorithms are specifically using customized technologies such as Facial Recognition, and skin’s hue/luminosity detection. This helps the system understand if penises are being shown on-screen. However, since it is a learning process for “machines” sometimes actions like fingers pointing or waving can be mistaken for a small penis. That’s why large amounts of stored visual data (Big Data) will be used to learn from for accuracy purposes. The evolution of Machine Learning and Big Data in the recent years allows products like Airtime to be safe but fun. (I’m a huge fanatic of the relationship between Big Data and Machine Learning)

The safety and ingenuity of  Airtime couldn’t have been possible though, without an all-star lineup to help it become a reality. Since you have two Co-Founders who are mainstream media icons and a brilliant “change the world” type of idea, backed financially by large VC’s, you have the ability to create a solid team. As I looked through the LinkedIn profiles of each key player, I couldn’t help but think, these are the upcoming tech Rock stars, who could be the next millionaires if they stick with this startup.

Lets take a look at the Airtime team:

*Chris Piro and Gareth Aye did not share a photo via LinkedIn, but they did share a Facebook profile and blog as links on LinkedIn. So I decided to carry the photos over so that way the above picture looked fuller.

*Also, some of you may be wondering how I was able to get the last names of all these employee’s even though I’m not connected to them. It’s actually a little recruiting trick, using a loop hole in Linkedin. For instance, if you were to go to Ebby A.’s profile, on the lower right it would show “People also viewed this profile” and then it would give the full names of the employee’s, when normally it would just show Name then last name initial. Thought I would share. :)

Along with Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning we have another Co-founder who stays out of the medias focus. Joey Liaw, is the Chief Technology Officer at Airtime. He went to Stanford university in 2002-2005. It’s possible that his first time being connected with Sean Parker was when he accepted a role as a software engineer at Causes (startup by Sean Parker) in 2007. Who knows though, they could have met even earlier via IRC.  When reading Joey’s profile I noticed he is a power user of a cool programming language called Erlang, just a cool fact.

Mark Jen (VP of Engineering), has an attractive work history. A graduate of University of Michigan with a B.S in Computer Engineering. He comes from a solid list of technology companies. In his earlier years he spent time at IBM, Microsoft, and Google which he got fired from, due to his personal blog posts, read it here. Then two months after being fired he was picked up by Sean Parker’s start-up Plaxo. In 2007, after ten months of Plaxo, Tagged acquired him. At Tagged it looks like he seen a lot of promotions due to excellent performance. After a little over three years it looks like his old buddy Sean Parker hit him up again, about Airtime.

Software Engineers  Benjamin Stover, Ebby Amirebrahimi, and Chris Piro seem to be the core developers underneath Mark Jen who probably spent time building up the backend, the inner guts of Airtime. It’s possible that Benjamin Stover could have played a role on the front end development with the acquisition of Larry Chen of Erly.

As far as  Emma Zhou and Gareth Aye goes, my intuition tells me they may have been both acquired at the same time by Airtime for a specific reason. The reason behind my thinking is because Gareth mentions he started to work for Airtime in May 2012. That’s two months before the actual public release of Airtime as a web application. Both Gareth and Emma come from an ambitious startup called Rapleaf. A statement taken from Rapleaf on LinkedIn: “IT company that builds innovative products to compile and analyze large amounts of information.” This is important when it comes to Airtime. They will have databases stored with terabytes and beyond, and it requires you to have engineers like both Emma and Gareth. Because in time as this application becomes more robust with users, it will be storing videos and screen shots so that the algorithms will have a sufficient amount of data to learn from.  Not to mention what types of new custom technologies they may be able to create due to the learning taking place.

It seems that Larry Chen a creative front end designer and Rosa Wu a product manager both play a part at Airtime, but also at the social platform start-up Erly (Acquired by Airtime 5/2012). More about Erly later on.

That leaves us to Tony Onorati. Tony is quite the character. I mean this in a good way (down to earth, teddy bear type of guy). He seems to be the most open about his life and his experiences via his blog. It looks like Tony plays the server monkey role, with a cool title to go. In his own words “You name it, I do it when it comes to IT. From networking architecture to day-to-day problems, I get it done. And with a swanky title to boot.”

Before Tony came into Airtime to do the day-in-day-out IT work, there was an Site Reliability Engineer by the name of Devin Murphy, who spent six months with Airtime. You may be wondering why only six months? Did he get fired? I don’t think so. I think he was brought on for the short-term to bang out large system deployment and once accomplished I think he was paid buku’ money(urban Rhode island slang for large amounts of dough) and bounced. A job well done!

A month later Tony takes over.

One more person I wanted to share, and I’m mainly sharing this for the brilliant software engineers out there who may want to work for Airtime. She is the head of recruiting over at Airtime. She goes by the name of Lisa Rogers. She looks like a strong senior recruiter who has loads of experience, and for her to be the head of talent at Airtime means something. So if you’re looking to get your foot in the door, she is the person to talk to. It would be your best interest to have a strong resume, and a quality Github profile ready, because Airtime takes interest in Open Source contributors. It gives you an X-Factor against your competition.

This concludes the strong team behind the scenes doing what they do best. They get paid to do what they like and while they’re doing it, they’re bringing us a world-class product and service that could potentially change the world, or at least how we share ours selves to others. A great team like this cost a good amount of money. That leads us to our next section. The funding behind Airtime.

Two years ago in September 2010 Shawn Fanning  who was an adviser for ChatRoulette and Co-founder Joey Liaw raised 200k in funding for Supyo Inc which is now Airtime. A year later when Sean Parker is known to be a Co-Founder, Airtime begins it’s Series A funding.

Airtime’s Series A funding is backed by large names in the Venture Capitalist industry. They received 8.3 million in funding from Founders Fund (Parker now a General Partner), Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Yuri Milner, Ron Conway, Marissa Mayer, Ashton Kutcher, will.i.am, Scott Braun, and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington (CrunchFund), among others.

I’m pretty sure some of that money was used to create the elegant Airtime Headquarters in San Francisco. HD pictures on Facebook

Fifteen days before initial launch date Airtime was able to gather $25 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. I’m sure this money will be used to scale Airtime’s technology, infrastructure, number of employees, the large not-so-great launch party, and to pay for the acquisition of Erly (5/23/2012).

Erly was founded by former Hulu CTO Eric Feng (Prior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Erly is a new social platform for organizing and sharing your personal content. Erly also goes into detail about something they call the Experience Graph. In my personal opinion, I feel the idea of the experience graph is what can set up Airtime to be a potential powerhouse.

Currently Airtime uses Facebook (friend graph) as the platform to connect individuals. This matchmaking process is based on your likes and interests. For example, we both like Dexter, so Airtime connects us.”Great, you like Dexter, now what?” Do you see how elementary and unexciting that is. So the inevitable question should be: Is Facebook the best platform Airtime could be using? The short answer is no.

In the short-term, it’s fine for Airtime to use Facebook as its platform to be a matchmaker. This gives them the opportunity to bring it to the public, build up a user base, and bring in large amounts of data for learning material. However, like I said above. The current state of Facebook is not Airtime’s best platform for the long-term. That is why they used Series B funding to buy out Erly.

Erly understands a key principal of the human psyche, it is:

Researchers have found that we tend to retrieve memories in two ways – by people and by experiences. Sometimes you think about a person you were with first and then about what you were doing with them, and other times you think of what you were doing first and then remember who you were with.

Erly’s about page continues on stating how a friend graph is certainly powerful, but sometimes building around an experience can be more efficient.

Here is another clue:

you can quickly browse along any of those to find other experiences you might be interested in.

Relate this to Airtime. Wouldn’t it be awesome to start a conversation with a random stranger who has experienced something you haven’t, but it totally interest you? And that person has something of substance they can talk about, and maybe while you’re talking, you’re looking at that persons public event/experience pictures? Oh boy! now that’s powerful! This could be a potential Generation-Y matchmaking heaven, in a positive way. Bye match.com! Real friendships and even relationships can spawn off this Video Platform + Social Platform.

I think this was a right move by the founders of Airtime, and I think we will continue to see an audience grow to like Airtime. I believe Erly will continue to develop and mold into something that will work hand-n-hand with the video application. In a couple of years, we could possibly see the use of Facebook as a matchmaker eliminated and substituted with something much more intimate, more humanized via Erly. I wish both start-ups a healthy and growing network, and I can’t wait to see what it will be like a year from now, five years from now, and then ten years from now.

I hope that my readers enjoyed this in-depth company profile and recruiters out there should stay tuned because I will be writing a new installment answering the question, “What does the use of Airtime mean to a Recruiter?”

Github Recruiting: Retrieve profiles with emails

Alright, so I am back in 2012, close to a year after I wrote my first blog post Github Recruiting. Since then, I have been researching the topic a little more on my free time, now that I am no longer actively engaging in headhunting. That brings me to this blog post today. I would like to share with you some advanced, yet simple skills to add to your recruiting arsenal, when it comes to using Github. This will explain the usage of Google to retrieve Github profiles with e-mails. 

Introduction:

So right now there is no way that I know of to search Github for profiles that specifically have e-mails attached to them. I think that would be counter productive for users on their site if that was the case. It would be too easy for lazy recruiters to get ahold of and spam users. With that being said, we can still outsource this challenge to Google search for the solution, by using a boolean string.

The term “Boolean,” often encountered when doing searches on the Web, refers to a system of logical thought developed by the English mathematician and computer pioneer, George Boole (1815-64). In Boolean searching, an “and” operator between two words or other values (for example, “pear AND apple”) means one is searching for documents containing both of the words or values, not just one of them. -”what is boolean?” by searchCIO

The above definition does a decent job explaining the basis of boolean. However, “AND” as an operator is elementary. We will be using operators such as “site:” and “*” to tell google to  retrieve specific results.

Since I want to keep a theme in my “github recruiting” series (authorization purposes), I decided to tailor my search to find something closely related to Lorenzo Pasani aka Zeelot3k. I used him as an example last year.

A year ago, when I was actively working with Lorenzo to try and get him into digg.com, he was accepted officially into the Kohana Organization as an open source developer to extend and enhance the core framework. Please do not be frightened by the term “Kohana”. It is simply a PHP5 framework. If we wanted to, we could simply use PHP as a search term. But we wouldn’t find Lorenzo on the first page. This is due to ranking concerns.

Retrieve e-mails:

In the image below, is a google search that I am going to use, and in this image there is five things that I will point out for you. So that way we’re both on the same track.

The above string looks pretty simple right? If it doesn’t now, it will as you continue to read.

1. site:github.com

This is telling Google to specifically search inside the github site. No exceptions. Also known as X-Raying or to X-Ray in the Sourcing community.

2. kohana

We are telling google that we would like to find profiles that consist of “kohana”. For your experience you are welcome to plug-in other programming languages you may be looking for. Such as C++, Python, PHP, etc. You can also search for two or more by typing Python JavaScript. The space in between these two terms is automatically telling Google to use the “AND” operator. If it makes you feel comfortable at first, go head and put Python AND JavaScript.

3.”email *”

This little phrase is the magic. This is stating to Google to look for a title “email” and find profiles with actual e-mails on the profile by using the * operator. However, it does require you to have a user account, to see e-mails or else it will look like this: {email} 

(thank you Shane Bowen for your assistance)

4. “location * ca”

  • Pay attention to the quotes. You  need these quotes in order to tell Google to search github, logically with the above phrase. Without the quotes, location, *, and ca would be separated, and not get the results you are looking for. Each of them would be considered a term in itself, for Google to search for instead of a phrase.
  • With the word location we are telling the search to pay attention to the “title” structure of the page, location is one of the titles.
  • the * operator is simply telling Google to please search for location ____, CA. CA being California. In this case * is a placeholder for any city in California. If we wanted to be more specific and search for San Francisco, California then it would look like “location San Francisco, CA”

5. “member since *”

This is optional, but it does help. The reason why we are using this is simply because we want to bring in profiles only. Without this phrase, we may get 2-3 results in our list that may not be a profile. “Member Since” is an actual “title” within the title structure of the page and it is specific only to organization & member profiles. The * is simply a placeholder again to represent the variable. In other words, “member since December 28th 2010″

(again, thanks to Shane Bowen advice)

Results:

 

Title Structure:

Thank you to Jennifer Bowen for explaining to me eariler through a comment, in greater detail about “Title Structure.”

Jennifer says

If you right click on a webpage and “View Page Source” you will see a bunch of information at the top that is called the Meta Information. Within that will be a tag. Whatever is in between those tags is what Google sees as the title when you use the intitle: command.

If (in rare instances) a website has not created a title tag then Google determines what the title is and we have no way of knowing. They may use the meta, an tag or simply random text. But this will be rare and most sites will have title tags.

Thank you Jennifer for your explanation. That clears up a lot for me when it comes to titles. To the audience: this is extremely beneficial for you, as you gain confidence in sourcing and decide to take your skills outside of Github. Remember to “View Page Source” for an understanding of what terms you would use to search for when using Boolean strings.

Conclusion:

So there you have it. One more trick up your sleeve to make you one step closer to a sourcing ninja. I hope that my time spent researching this information will provide value to others reading this. Even if just one person was able to gain something from this and apply it, I would be grateful and fulfilled. Let this knowledge have effect on you, and enhance your abilities for the future. Just make sure you pay attention to who you’re contacting. You don’t want to pull another Groupon Recruiter contacting the creator of rails for a junior Rails role. :)

Groupon Recruiter contacts Rails Creator to fill a Jr. role #fail

This happened seven months ago.

A Groupon Recruiter was roaming through github looking to fill a position without paying close attention to who he was actually contacting. Well he was in for a surpise because he got blasted. Check it out!

Groupon Recruiter to David (dhh)
Hi David,
I came across your profile online and wanted to reach out about Development
Opportunities here at Groupon. The company is growing, and we’re always
looking for folks with solid skills that can make positive contribution to
our continued success. Any chance you’d be open to a quick conversation
about opportunities, or for any possible networking potential? If so, let me
know when you’re free and we can set up a time to chat. Also, if you are
interested, it would be great if you could forward a current resume over
that I can take a look at. I look forward to hearing back from you! Please
let me know if you have any questions.
Cheers
the above picture was a hilarious meme on dhh’s github post.
Check out his blog post called “Why are technical recruiters so clueless?” It gives some insight into the minds of software engineers when it comes to the topic of recruiters.

Resume Advice for Software Engineers

As a recruiter I have come across a lot of intelligent men and women in the tech industry who are out there attempting to try and land a great job for Yahoo!, Digg, Box.net, Pandora and many others. But what they don’t realize is, RESUMES are the first source of concern to these type of companies. It’s the very first thing that they look over to choose whether to proceed to an interview over the phone, or drop your resume into their e-mails trash.

With that being said, I am going to take it as my responsibility to share helpful tips that I have. Being a recruiter who looks over hundreds of resumes a week to fill roles may actually be of some service.

Theme

A theme is very important to have in a resume. If you can keep a theme going in the area that you are looking for a role in, your on the right track. For instance if you are looking to do a front-end role then you better have a theme that can support your efforts. We as recruiters need to see a lot of JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, website optimization, and also showing signs staying up-to-date because front-end technologies are constantly changing here on out.

Education

Education can go two ways. Either you have come from a top 10 tech university with a computer science degree,  physics degree or something along these lines.

OR 

If you didn’t have the ability to go to a top 10 school of some sort or didn’t go to school at all, we need to see some type of real life experience. We need to see passion.

If your going for a front-end role, maybe you have some open-source code that you have leaked to the public community of developers. Or if your role is that of an SA then you might have started doing some real life experience work at some decent companies and are strong in your ability to perform the job well.

Open Source Code

Here is where I will begin to show you some visualizations of what a good resume can consist of, if you have some open source code.

Here is a friend of mine who I have helped modify his resume. Before I started working with him, his resume was kind of dry, he has a lot of experience and passion for what he does, but his resume did not portray that. It had no links or information about what he has done or what he really enjoyed doing (coding for a hobby and releasing it on github.com)

As you can see from the above we added a summery that can show evidence of his passion for coding. We have a github profile link, a efficient and direct statement that expresses his passion and even shows that he stays up-to-date by learning new technologies. This is money!

Down below you can see how many public repositories he has and even how many people are following him. These are subjective as far as numbers go, however, they can still be used to influence someones idea about the candidates capabilities. It’s money!

lorenzos profile

No No’s

General no no’s I can think of are.

  • Please do not put on your resume that you know how to use Microsoft office. I have friends who have sons and daughters who are like 7-8 years of age who know office. Putting this on your resume does you no good what so ever.
  • Please keep your resume to one to three pages. Past that, it gets kind of boring.
  • Keep it simple, keep it direct.
  • “Objectives” this is personal opinion but I think they are pointless. Don’t need them. They waste space.
As of right now I think that’s all I have for now. Remember this is my opinions based on what I have learned and experienced. I hope it carries some value for you as you read it, and that you can use it in the future to land that awesome job you have been wanting!
Good luck, and God bless – sharustar

IRC Recruiting

IRC (INTERNET RELAY CHAT)

this first part down below is how to register your Nickname after your on the free node Server.

****** IMPORTANT: For general information on nickname or channel registration services, use “/msg nickserv help”. For specific information on registration, use “/msg nickserv help register” IMPORTANT*****

Beginning of IRC

  1. Download IRC @ mirc.com (green button “download mIRC”)
  2. Setup the client/ Run the client
  3. Click Options (Top Left of Client. A hammer Icon. 2nd Icon)
  4. It takes you to the “Connect” tab.
  5. In the field Nickname please create a name that has CAPITAL Letters“WILD_____”. For instance my name is WILDsharustar, shon’s is WILDshon.
  6. Now go under the connect tab and find “SERVERS”. Click it
  7. Click “ADD” (DO THIS ONLY IF YOU DON’T SEE A “FREE NODE FOLDER IN YELLOW)
  8. Description = “FreeNode” (This is considered the server that all the techies hangout on)
  9. IRC SERVER = “irc.freenode.net”
  10. Ports = I think it defaults No groups No password. Press OK.
  11. Under “Servers there is “Options”
  12. Click “Connect on Startup”
  13. Push “Perform..” button on right
  14. Check mark “Enable perform on connect”
  15. Click “Add”  (ONLY IF YOU DONT SEE FREENODE IN THE LIST)
  16. Under Network: Make sure Free Node is the one that is showing for the drop down.
  17. Type these things underneath each other.
  18. Under perform commands /msg Nickserv Identify password (this you have to plug in, once you have registered your name and password)
  19. underneath that type /j #wildcog
  20. underneath that type /j #html5
  21. Underneath those you can even add more like /j #freenode or /j #C++ . (what ever guys your looking for.) However, remember #C++ is a channel that requires members to be “registered”. AKA you Identified yourself. If you don’t do that. it takes you to a seperate channel named ##c++. you dont want that.
  22. Push OK.
  23. Push OK again
  24. Now your ready to push the connect button (yellow electic looking icon. 1st ICON)
  25. You will now be in Wildcog Channel, and I will “OP” you. Means you get commands you can use in the future to maintain the channel and new people coming in.

Github Recruiting

What is Github?

Github is a social-programming website. Meaning individuals can post open source code to a community. This allows users to create profiles (social) and upload there “repositories” to the website.
What is Github to a Sourcer/Recruiter?
Let us develop the answer by stating what Github is NOT. Github is not a source for a recruiter to go to, as a means of acquiring all information needed on an individual to store into a database.Now that we understand what Github is not. We can now transition into what Github IS. Github, in the mindset of a sourcer or recruiter, is a tool to use to begin their headhunting journey.

Headhunting does not have to start with Github. A recruiter can use various e-establishments to start his/her searching. Such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linkedin etc. But for today’s sake we will allow this document to be solely based on the Github foundation.

When you approach github.com you can determine at that moment in time if it is in your best interest to sign up and register for an account or take the easy way out and just use the site as a search tool.

There are both pros and cons to doing both. As of right now (2011) github allows anonymous individuals to browse their site without a registration. However, the downside is obviously you have no access to e-mail if needed.

For our purpose, let us hypothetically assume you are registered and ready to go.

So the site’s layout that we need to pay attention to is on the top right below your account information. It is the search bar.

This is your gateway. Learn it and Love it. Searching is an art. It’s not just some random thing you take for granted in our industry. It’s serious business. Got it? Good! :)

As we proceed for training purposes we will use a current search that I used today (July 11th 2011) while I was working on Box.com. Box is a current client  who has sent us a high priority “Lead Security Software Engineering” role. It’s an important role, and because we don’t get this type of REQ on a weekly/monthly basis, our Database lacks qualified candidates in the area/core skills of “XSS/ CSRF/SQL Injection”

What does this mean?

It means its time to become that traditional “Headhunter” that oh so many people talk about. Good or bad, its what we do.

show me the money!

“Show me the $MONEY$”

So as we transform ourselves into the mindset of headhunting, take  the term “CSRF” and input it into the search bar. This allows you to find every relevant repository that has been created by an individual for the community.
A repository in a sense is a way for you to show off your programming skills to those who most likely can read it. Not everyone who uses Github can actually read the complex code. So don’t feel alone. For those who might not understand the coding, but have to use github as a recruiting tool, we have three tools to pay attention too once we have our target.
You may be asking, how do we find our target. If this is the case here is a visualization:

GitHub picture one

Once you have accomplished the above visualization, your next step is to sift through the data. This means you go through the list. In our case, I had to go through 4 different candidates who I was able to disqualify due to three areas of interest. These are:

1. Location of an individual
2. Followers
3. Public Repositories
Your next inevitable question for this exercise should be: How do I find out about those listed above. And once I do, how do I dictate the process of how to disqualify candidates easily, efficiently and quickly? To answer these questions Lets look at the next step of your training visually.
Github picture 2

user of the repository

After you clicked your target that you are interested in, you are presented with his comment, for instance “fixing another typo left over from old code” and a author who you can continue lurking (gathering intelligence.)The second part of the above picture is the open source code. My personal opinion is that it is irrelevant to me only because I do not have the ability to read code. However, please don’t take this as me saying that the  information is irrelevant. No, not at all. But I do use the three tools as my main source of quick disqualification.
Find out detailed information about Location, Public Repositories, and Followers down below
Github picture three

3 areas needed

1. Location (Objective)
This is the most important and objective source of information that we use to disqualify a candidate. Our world in 2011 has 750,000 developers. So Github is a international community. Therefore, you need to disqualify candidates based on geographic location.
2. Followers (Subjective)
The reason I write subjective next to followers is because there is no real recipe for us as an agency to disqualify or even favor a potential target by his number of “followers”. With this in mind, let us use followers as a means to understand a persons influence without using a mathematical algorithm. A large part of our job as a headhunter is based off of having an “eye” for patterns and using intuition as a means to determine possibly pursuing a candidate.

Basically, I am inferring to you as a new individual, to lurk github, understand who has influence, develop a hierarchy in your mind and go from there.

In the case of Lorenzo, has 69. From my experience, and based on our recent success with him as a candidate, 69 is doable and influencial. However, match him against someone like Paul Irish from Google Chrome who is a innovator in HTML5. Lorenzo is no match. (Paul Irish:1,700k plus )

3. Public Repository (Subjective)

This as well is a subjective tool that we can use. Understand that there may be a diamond in a ruff on github, but for some reason he only has 5 public repositories on github.

So use these subjective tools with caution.

What this can tell you, is how passionate they are about the developer community, and the idea of “open-source”

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So those are the main tools that I use to disqualify candidates. If they pass these requirements, I then continue on with the headhunting process into other domains on the internet.For instance if we have his handle name “Zeelot3k” but no “Lorenzo” I can go to google and search that name and possibly find his twitter account, which may give me more information like a website and such.
Headhunting Skills

Headhunting Skills

Since we have Lorenzo’s name, I was able to go to Facebook during my time and add him as a friend. In like 20 mins he responded to my message. I was able to come to that conclusion of adding him to fb because he is young (my age- 20’s) and we are a generation that loves fb. (my opinion)
Facebook Headhunting

Facebook Headhunting

If your lucky, that the person has an e-mail attached to github, you then can add them to your Database. You will at least need a phone number or e-mail to consider it a successful headhunting task.

So there you have it, use github as your tool to find out the beginning process of an individual and move along the process after qualifying a candidate and move into the first contact phase.
Let the force be with you!
Matthew Jalayer
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