The Employbl Blog

Notes on hiring, health and growing as an engineer.

Sep 21, 2020

I wanted to pull together a summary of some of the latest research and create some actionable suggestions to help you to take care of yourself, cope more effectively, and move forward in this moment

Jul 8, 2020

Understanding why we have anxiety surrounding phone calls will lead to solutions that help curb this aspect of the job search. It’s my hope that after reading these tips, you’ll hang up your next interview with a brand new job.

Jul 4, 2020

This is a list of companies in the USA that use the Laravel PHP framework to serve and delight their customers :)

Jun 29, 2020

Most software developers are laser-focused on one thing: writing code. That makes sense, as it’s ostensibly the thing that they are paid to do. However, software development is about so much more than writing code. It’s also about communicating well with others, creating simple solutions to complex problems, and working in a team.

Jun 29, 2020

This is a list of black owned businesses in the Bay Area operating in the legal marijuana space

Jun 29, 2020

Writing is a deeply underestimated skill within the field of software development. Learning how to be a clear and concise writer is the fastest way to level up your output and effectiveness. In this post, you will find 3 strategies you can utilize to improve and stand out as a writer.

Jun 20, 2020

Guide to building side projects, finding companies to apply to, data structures and algorithms and services to help in your journey :)

Jun 17, 2020

If you're looking for a job or learning about companies it can be helpful to know about Venture Capital (VC) firms

Jun 9, 2020

The H-1B is a temporary non-immigrant visa. Someone that comes to the USA on an H-1B visa can stay in the country for three years and renew it once for a grand total of six years.

Jun 6, 2020

All about H1B visas, Labor Condition Applications and big US tech companies that sponsor H1B visa holders to come to America.

May 3, 2020

Picking how to move forward requires reflecting on why you wanted to learn to code in the first place and defining goals and where you want to go. Whenever I feel stuck in how to advance professionally I try to focus on a few of these areas.

Apr 9, 2020

This blog post goes over the technical implementation of the Employbl candidate approval process for candidates using Laravel and PHP.

Mar 21, 2020

Online courses to help you learn new things and become a better more confident software developer :)

Mar 10, 2020

This is a map of all the tech companies and startups in Silicon Valley that I can find, updated regularly..

Mar 4, 2020

This is a post of all the tech companies and startups I can find in Oakland, CA. Hopefully it's hella helpful..

Feb 5, 2020

We're going to be having the Oakland fullstack developer meetup group event this month at The Flight Deck on Broadway.

Dec 29, 2019

This post goes over how and why I transitioned from GitHub Pages to Netlify and Hugo for my personal blog

Dec 22, 2019

Hosting: Free. Domain Name: $12/year Live Site: connorleech.info

Nov 16, 2019

The past few months I've begun organizing the fullstack developer meetup in downtown Oakland, CA to grow the community and learn from other developers in the East Bay.

Nov 2, 2019

Structured hiring is a talent acquisition process for eliminating bias, evaluating candidates and scaling your team. These are some steps you can use to implement structured interviews at your company

Oct 24, 2019

Here are some best practices for preparing for traditional software engineering interviews

Sep 19, 2019

Technical interviews can be broken down into two broad categories: domain specific interviews and computer science fundamentals interviews. To grow your career as a software engineer it’s important to recognize the different methodologies for evaluating talent.

Sep 15, 2019

In this tutorial, we’re going to set up a Node.js server application, connect it to MongoDB and demonstrate how relationships work between MongoDB Collections.

Sep 8, 2019

If you’re hunting for a job in the Bay Area it’s beneficial to understand how the recruitment industry operates. This article explains how the technical recruiting industry functions.

Sep 5, 2019

In this article I’m going to build a Single Page Application (SPA) with Laravel 5.8, Vue.js, Vue Router and a Tailwind CSS landing page template.

Aug 24, 2019

Here are some steps and notes I took recently when setting up Vagrant for Laravel development on a Mac

Jul 6, 2019

This is a subset of Bay Area startups and tech companies that have open job listings for software engineers right now.

Jun 25, 2019

This post covers what SQL is, what jobs you can get, how to install it and where to learn it. SQL all the things.

May 26, 2019

In this tutorial I’m going to go through the process of uploading files to an AWS S3 bucket using Laravel, PHP and Vue.js. The goal is for approved candidates to upload their resume to Employbl.

May 20, 2019

Greenhouse is a common Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that many Bay Area startups use to track job applications and store their job listing information. This post shows in PHP how I pull in job listings.

May 15, 2019

This site outlines some popular job titles that you will find across departments and companies in the Bay Area tech industry. Specifically I focus on common job titles for Sales, Engineering, Marketing and Product departments.

May 14, 2019

These are the popular job boards startups and tech companies in the SF Bay Area use to hire talent. Use these job boards as a source of information in your job hunt.

May 2, 2019

This post will go over some strategies, websites and resources for finding your first internship or computer programming job.

May 1, 2019

A summary of technical recruitment agencies work in the Bay Area. How much do they cost? How do they work? What are the advantages? What are the drawbacks? What technical recruitment agencies exist in the Bay Area?

Apr 29, 2019

This is a map and list of startup tech companies that went through the YC program and have physical offices in San Francisco.

Apr 25, 2019

Here I’m going to build upon the application built in the last tutorial. I have a Gatsby site that can trigger AWS Lambda functions via Netlify. Now it’s time to create a Fauna database, connect to, read from and write to it.

Apr 24, 2019

In this tutorial we’re going to build an application that submits a form with React.js and triggers an AWS Lambda function with Netlify.

Apr 21, 2019

How to choose a tech stack and then get flummoxed by new tech

Mar 24, 2019

This is a map and list of startup and tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area that use Marketo for their Digital Marketing and Marketing Automation efforts.

Mar 18, 2019

This is a map and list of companies that use React.js in the Bay Area

Mar 12, 2019

In this tutorial we'll go through async form submission using Vue.js and Vuex for state management

Mar 7, 2019

Follow these steps to own your experience and communicate effectively during your conversational interviews.

Mar 1, 2019

Candidate profiles are the fundamental building block of the Employbl hiring network. In this post we'll go through the process of setting your profile up

Feb 26, 2019

Launching the ability for employers to search for qualified candidates using PHP and Javascript

Feb 19, 2019

Demanand Generation Marketing requires individuals to be creative and highly analytical. These four startups are hiring for Demand Generation Marketers this month.

Dec 13, 2018

Build session authentication with email verification into a default Laravel 5.7 app

Dec 11, 2018

In this tutorial we’re going to expand the API we built in the previous tutorial to include authentication. By default Laravel includes authentication for session based authentication.

Dec 7, 2018

In this tutorial we'll go through setting up a JSON API with Laravel 5 and writing tests with PHPUnit

Jun 15, 2018

In this tutorial we’re going to add authentication via Google to a Laravel app. We’re going to use Socialite and start from scratch.

May 1, 2018

Authorization can be tricky. There are thousands of posts about how to perform authentication, but actually verifying who someone is and managing user permissions can be a whole can of worms. Fortunately, Laravel has systems in place that make a tiered login system very easy to implement.

Mar 30, 2018

Wes Bos has made an awesome course called Javascript 30 that he gives away for free. If you have the time or the inclination to complete the course, do it!

Feb 9, 2018

There’s an alternative approach to development that abstracts some calls into PHP classes called Repositories. The idea is that we can decouple models from controllers and assign readable names to complicated queries.

Sep 6, 2017

In this tutorial we'll create and deploy the WildRydes application that utilizes S3 for hosting, DynamoDB for a database, API Gateway for RESTful endpoints and Lambda functions as our backend server processing.

Jul 17, 2017

Get started with Laravel PHP framework and the Vue Javascript framework

Apr 20, 2017

This should be really straightforward, but I found myself googling around. I wrote a recent post about how to create a web app with the Laravel PHP framework but connecting to the database was tricky.