With Halloween this Friday, we’re in the pumpkin carving spirit at Modis! After browsing the internet for some inspiration, we’re astounded at the creativity and skill involved with some of these pumpkin designs. We started out by pinning some great examples on our Pinterest board, narrowed down 6 of our favorite geeky jack-o’-lanterns and even created carving templates of our own:

The Modis-o’Lantern

Rockin’ Robotkin

The Pumpktris

This throwback jack-o’-lantern looks pretty simple at first glance, but it’s fully playable and quite intricate with 125 embedded LED lights.

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Top IT Schools and Tech Education Options

by Modis on October 24, 2014

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Over the past several years, there’s been a dramatic rise in online tech education. With the increased availability of online learning resources, a movement to make computer science and coding affordable has also occurred. Startup companies, traditional universities and nonprofits alike are now offering free online courses as a non-conventional way to educate the tech workforce. These online courses are an effective way to earn the tech skills needed to build a portfolio, earn a degree or just learn for the sake of education, but they often fill up quickly due to popular demand. For those that prefer a more conventional learning environment, there are still many traditional universities offering comprehensive tech educations. Here are five top IT schools and tech education options from both sides of the spectrum that we believe are worth noting:

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Code School Giveaway

In our second live question and answer session, Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips chatted with Code School Content Creator, Alyssa Nicoll about her particular path into programming. Her transition from the psychology field into programming and her various passions within the coding world were just two of the many discussion topics in the Q&A:

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2014 September Regional Jobs ReportSince August, 31 states reported a decline in unemployment rate according to the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. 42 states and the District of Columbia also reported unemployed rate decreases as compared to September 2013. As previously reported, the national unemployment rate dropped to 5.9% – a reduction of 1.3% less than last September.

The improvement continued as 37 states reported having positive statistically significant changes in payroll over-the-year. Texas, California and Florida lead the country with the largest number of jobs created in the past 12 months.

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Three Innovative Ways to Recruit Developers

by Modis on October 17, 2014

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Diversity in your coding workforce is a must. Beyond the different types of programming language-specific specialists you need from project to project, having developers from a wide range of backgrounds can have a positive impact on your team. If you’re eager to broaden your candidate pool and find top developer talent outside of the usual channels, here are a few alternative approaches to consider to recruit developers:

1) Programming is not just for Guys

Anyone in programming will tell you it’s a testosterone fest in the programming world, albeit an often geeky one. Let’s face it: men have dominated the tech industry for a long time. That’s changing as more women programmers enter the code-slinging realm, bringing with them big skills and fresh perspectives.

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How to Succeed as an Entry-Level Recruiter

by Modis on October 15, 2014

Entry Level RecruiterFrom the moment when you make your first placement as an entry-level recruiter to that moment 5 years later when you realize that candidate is succeeding and happy in their career, you know recruiting is an incredibly rewarding job.

In your role as a career matchmaker, it really is up to you to make dreams come true across the entire candidate spectrum — you help experienced professionals take big leaps, and you help newcomers build their lifelong trajectories.

But sometimes, being a recruiter is tough. For every successful placement, there are exponentially more rejections. As much as you want to spend hours on every single resume that comes your way, you simply can’t.

Then, there are the toughest moments of all — when you’ve realized that you were completely wrong about a candidate and that the person didn’t work out at all.

Successful recruiters have experienced both ends of the spectrum — and that’s okay. It’s important to keep learning, growing, and positioning yourself for long-term success by making the most out of every interaction in your career. Here’s how:

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