Meetings Per Week

Meetings Per Week

So I thought I would throw together a quick visual and see how many meetings I am in in a given week. Right now, I am average between 50 and 60. It will be interesting to see what happens with this trend overtime. 

Victim of SEO Optimization

The only traffic to my website is from people creating external links
#firstworldproblem

So part of my job is to do SEO optimization. It is not my entire job, but it is one of the items in my toolbox that I use on a regular basis. Well, on our family website that I never update, Telford Family dot org, I started to get some comments on a post I did on our camping and outdoors nursery linking to a couple mural websites. Well, it turns out that the post is the number one search term for “camping nursery” on google. Since we had such a high ranking, some SEO expert was out there trying to improve their site’s score by including a link from my thread, or at least real traffic from people viewing the link.

I went in and moderated the comments down, but maybe, for good karma, I should have let them stay. Someone might do the same for one of my clients some day.

The Advantages of Travel

One of the many advantages of traveling is the opportunity to try new and different experiences, in this case beer. Yeungling is one of the few breweries to survive the consolidation in the middle of the last century. Not available in Illinois, and only recently in Ohio, they produce a number of Lagers and this Black and Tan mix. Nothing super fancy but not a bad beer.

20111226-220927.jpg

Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin Christmas

This beer was very hop heavy but tasty. The first taste was pretty strong and held throughout. A tiny bit of pine on the nose does give it at least a partial reason to be a XMas beer, but it is a bit of a stretch. Still enjoyable and not bad after a busy weekend.

20111218-195442.jpg

Raise some money for Children’s Research Triangle!

Uno's Pizza Children’s Research Triangle does a great deal of good and they could use your help. If you happen to be downtown on July 7th, why not make it a pizza night? Head over to the Uno’s on 29 East Ohio. Give them this ticket and Uno’s will donate 20% of their profits to Children’s Research Triangle. 

HS2 Solutions is Hiring – Java Developer

Many of you know how special a place I think that HS2 Solutions is to work, some of you have even joined me here. Well, we do have an opportunity opening up for a great Java Developer. If you are interested forward your information to Leah (contact info below).

Currently, HS2 is looking to a Java Developer. We are looking for people who are smart, work well in both a virtual office and a client setting, who are passionate about what they do, and want to hit the ground running! If you are actively looking for a new career opportunity or want to learn more, forward your resume to leah.weyandt@hs2solutions.com.

Java Candidates Must Have:

  • Proficiency using Java, Web Application Development, SQL Database (Oracle, MS SQL, My SQL), HTML, AJAX, CSS, JSP, and Javascript;
  • Experience with Spring Framework a plus;
  • Proven ability to work independently on multiple, concurrent projects;
  • Experience working with co-workers and clients in distributed environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills:
    • Ability to create succinct and accurate documents, incorporating text and technical design diagrams;
    • Technical proficiency to accurately document code;
    • Ability to tailor messages to the client or internal teams;
    • Desire to actively participate in client meetings in a professional manner;
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills and ability to resolve complex issues;
  • Project Management experience;
  • “Self-starter” approach;
  • B.S. in Computer Science or an equivalent field, with a GPA of 3.3 or higher;
  • Willingness to periodically travel to client locations
HS2 Solutions

HS2 Solutions is Hiring – Web Developer, Project Manager, Program Manager, PHP Developer, Account Manager

HS2 SolutionsAs many of you know, I joined HS2 Solutions in the fall of 2008. At the time, I was very happy with my position at Fair Isaac (now FICO) and was really enjoying my work. I did, however, make the tough decision of leaving FICO and joining HS2 Solutions to open up more career opportunities and improve my quality of life. I must say this was one of the most difficult, but best decisions that I have made in my career. I have found my experience at HS2 to be extremely fulfilling by providing me with the opportunity to solve countless complex challenges facing our clients via teams of very talented professionals that I have worked with over ten years.

Well, even though economic times are tough, we are fortunate enough to be doing well as a company and are looking for some very talented individuals to join our team. Let me be clear, this is not an easy job and it is not a 9-5 “cushy” job, but this is a place where hard work is valued and rewarded. If you are interested, read on to learn more about HS2 and the positions we have available.

At HS2 Solutions, our consultants are experts at creating and enhancing software applications that allow our clients to improve their businesses.  HS2 specializes in the development and integration of web-based, cutting-edge solutions and has a history of working with Fortune 500 companies to some of the most successful online businesses. Headquartered in Chicago, HS2 is a growing company that provides a flexible and collegial virtual environment, full-benefits, competitive salaries, and the ability to grow and advance your career.

Currently, HS2 is looking to add new members to our team. We are looking for individuals who are smart, work well in a virtual office setting, are passionate about what they do, and want to hit the ground running! If you are actively looking for a new career opportunity or simply want to learn more, forward your resume to leah.weyandt@hs2solutions.com.  Check out additional information at www.hs2solutions.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Web Developer – Full-time
Currently, HS2 is looking for additional full-time web developers to work with HS2 team members and key clients.  Qualified candidates must:
  • Understand technical and functional design requirements.
  • Create prototypes for client engagements.
  • Design, code, and test technical solutions.
  • Identify system deficiencies and recommend solutions.
  • Adhere to development deadlines and schedules.
  • Understand the necessity of and contribute to coding standards.
  • Prioritizes multiple tasks effectively.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate work experience with at least one relational database management system.
  • Create effective stylesheets.
  • Understand client server and internet systems architectures.
  • Assume additional responsibility without being asked.
  • Anticipate client needs before they arise and present solutions.
  • Understand client expectations and recognize when issues and events may affect delivery.
  • Seek opportunities to broaden and deepen knowledge-base and proficiencies.
  • Share acquired skills with team members through formal and informal channels.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Web Development, or related field from an accredited college.
Technical expertise includes:
  • HTML/DHTML
  • Dynamic CSS
  • JQuery
  • PHP and/or ASPX
  • MYSQL
  • IA/UX
  • Ability to create and troubleshoot code and to build cross platform websites.
Project Manager – Full-time, 3 to 6 month contract
HS2 is looking for a dedicated and talented Project Manager to contribute to a premier account. A good candidate can thrive in a fast-paced environment, has strong communication skills, and can deal effectively with the client and development team to keep the project on schedule. Qualified candidates must:
  • Understand web design and software development.
  • Possess strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Effectively interact with client and run client project.
  • Keep the project on-time/on-task.
  • Interact with various client stakeholders, including business and content owners.
  • Plan and schedule project goals, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Provide status reporting and follow-up.
  • Define requirements and plan project lifecycle deployment.
  • Define resources and schedules for project and program implementation.
  • Direct and manage development team.
  • Identify and solve project issues.
  • Have experience executing interactive marketing programs (e.g., email, mobile, social media).
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college.
  • Possess a minimum of 5 years project management experience.
Program Manager – Full-time
HS2 is looking to round-out our program management team with an additional full-time Program Manager.  An HS2 Program Manager is the primary liaison between the client and the development team. Successful candidates will acquire an in-depth knowledge of client needs and requirements; possess effective communication, negotiation, and presentation skills; meet tight deadlines; and build to extend client relationships. Qualified candidates must:
  • Run complex projects/programs from design and development to production.
  • Develop, maintain, and extend client relationships.
  • Work with each client to establish target goals and objectives.
  • Work with all stakeholders to define and execute program.
  • Develop in-depth project plans, including scheduling, goals, milestones, deliverables, costs, resources, and marketing strategies.
  • Create strategies for contingency planning and risk mitigation.
  • Define requirements and plan project lifecycle deployment.
  • Design and maintain technical and project documentation.
  • Direct and manage development team.
  • Identify and solve project issues and strive for process improvements.
  • Determine that projects are carried out on time and under budget.
  • Demonstrate leadership and perform team assessment and evaluations.
  • Scope new client work or extend client business; develop RFPs for additional services.
  • Possess strong organizational, presentation, and customer-service skills.
  • Provide in-depth and regular status reporting, presentations.
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of software development processes.
  • Have interactive/agency background as an additional plus or experience executing interactive marketing programs (e.g., email, mobile, social media).
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Technology or related field from an accredited college.
  • Possess a minimum of 7 years of project management experience.
PHP Developer – Full-time, contract, or contract-to-hire
An HS2 PHP developer is responsible for the layout, design, updating, and coding of our client websites. Qualified candidates must:
  • Develop code from scratch or adapt existing websites to meet business requirements.
  • Upload the website onto a server and register it with a variety of search engines.
  • Test and identify technical problems; provide solutions.
  • Determine site functionality and develop content based on approved layout.
  • Provide color, layout, and style guidance.
  • Demonstrate work experience with at least one relational database management system.
  • Create effective stylesheets.
  • Understand client server and internet systems architectures.
  • Prioritize multiple tasks effectively.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Understand client expectations and recognize when issues/events may affect delivery.
  • Have knowledge of web standards and protocols.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Web Development, or related field from an accredited college.
Technical expertise includes:
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • HTML
  • Dynamic CSS
  • Drupal
  • MySQL
Account Manager – Full-time
Account Managers are responsible for targeting prospective new clients and working with existing clients to develop or extend online marketing efforts. A good Account Manager is able to manage creative and development teams and act as relationship manager for client communications. Qualified candidates must:
  • Develop, maintain, and extend client relationships.
  • Develop deep understanding of client business in order to customize Internet marketing strategy plan.
  • Work with each client to establish target goals and objectives.
  • Develop and execute on strategic recommendations that drive client revenue.
  • Analyze client performance and provide reports.
  • Research competition, competitive issues, products, and industry trends.
  • Travel to trade shows and client visits as needed.
  • Execute Internet marketing campaigns for each client.
  • Find and develop client leads and relationships.
  • Manage numerous clients through daily email/AIM/phone interactions.
  • Interpret marketing data; monitor and analyze client performance to ensure targets are being met.
  • Possess knowledge of information architecture, graphic design, and HTML/CSS.
  • Scope out and conceive new websites, including content planning, costs, and site mapping.
  • Create and implement project timelines.
  • Have interactive/agency background as an additional plus.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 116 other followers

%d bloggers like this: