The best jobs in cloud: Nov 4, 2021
And some interesting survey results
Greetings and happy Thursday.
OK, so the reader survey I ran last week turned up some really interesting results.
The strangest and most salient trend was that people looking for senior-level jobs tended to give a target salary range about $40K USD higher than hiring managers are giving me for the same roles. That discrepancy may actually be larger because I used the middle of the candidate range but the top of the company ranges when calculating the averages.
Even weirder, this discrepancy does NOT show up when considering mid-level roles; for people with a couple years of cloud experience, candidates’ salary expectations are right in line with what I’m hearing from hiring managers.
Why is this happening? I do not know, but I would like to hear your thoughts. Please do email me with your anecdata.
In the meantime, let’s get to the jobs. Usual reminder to be respectful of our referrals’ time and take their restrictions at their word; don’t contact a Canada-only posting if you are based in the US, don’t apply to a senior position if you have no experience, etc.
(little to no prior cloud experience required; we’ll train you)
Reminder for all junior jobs below: these are rare and highly-competitive opportunities. If you do not have prior professional experience, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you complete the Cloud Resume Challenge before applying to any of the roles below. You’ll give yourself a big leg up.
This is an opportunity to join the Kin Accelerator Program, a pretty cool program that pays you to get up to speed on cloud, then throws you right into client engagements. The next cohort starts at the end of this month. Of special note, the minimum qualifications include “Demonstrable experience programming, from classwork, personal study and projects, or past internship(s)”. Reader, let me translate for you: bring your Cloud Resume Challenge and rock the freaking house.
Location: Remote, but you’ll need US work authorization.
My contact at Kin says: We have a pretty robust program for those new to the workforce, or new to engineering roles. This includes training on how we do agile delivery, core engineering (testing, Git, etc), and then role-specific training (web, microservices, etc). We are unique in that we are a B-Corp certified company, which signifies a focus on not just profit, but also people and planet.
Inside track to apply: DM Joe on Twitter for more info.
I guess maybe some of you know about this one, but it was new to me. An interesting twist on work-study that lets you pick up a computer science degree on Shopify’s dime - while also getting paid to work half-time at Shopify. A good fit if you’re at the beginning of your career, or looking into nontraditional education options.
Salary: They say $160K CDN in “total support”, but I’m not sure how exactly that breaks down between salary and tuition reimbursement. It sounds like you come out ahead either way.
Location: Remote, and famously so.
How to apply: Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are open through February.
Got junior job openings? I’d love to feature them in a future issue! Just fill out the quick form here.
(a couple years of cloud/DevOps-type experience required)
I feel like every time I send out this newsletter I end up recommending some company two or three times just because it’s that cool. Well, this week I’ve fallen in love with the humanity and flexibility of the hiring process at Shopify. Consider the job linked above a starting point; they have an enormous number of mid-level to very-senior engineering roles available.
Location: More or less true global remote, and famously so!
My contact, who was just recently hired there, says: Their process is a little different in that listings are generic on purpose; the actual role/team is something that gets discussed throughout the process, so people don't have to scan through 200 listings to find the one that's *just right*. So that was really nice. Their onboarding is spot on, super well done, stress-free, and they're expanding like crazy.
Inside track to apply: