Software Developer Drought: Where are you in Demand?

With an increasing need for software by non-tech companies, a developer drought is growing outside of Silicon Valley.

Turns out there’s a major need for software developers outside of the traditional geo-center of Silicon Valley. Despite COVID-19, states in the US heartland are actively hiring developers. Plus, professionals on the West Coast are reassessing work-life opportunities and exploring start-up prospects outside the Valley and other tech hotspots.

This isn’t a shift to remote workers. In July and August, 92% of software developer job ads on three leading employment sites were for work-on-premises jobs. Apparently, employers are slow to embrace remote working.

The data comes from Mendix, a Siemens business involved in low-code application development. The company recently launched the Mendix 2020 Software Developer Drought Index, an effort to track hiring shortages for developers on the US county and state levels. click here for full article . . .

Which platform makes sense for your e-commerce business?

NEW Women’s Business Center offers this webinar. They will go over the platforms available and what is the difference among them. Will cover all the main e-commerce platforms: Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, MagentoGo, Yahoo Small Business, Yola and ebay.

The NEW Women’s Business Center provides resources and tools to ensure women entrepreneurs are on the right track for economic independence through small business ownership.

Register here with Women’s Business Center – for this FREE online workshop. August 27, 2020 from 4pm to 6pm.

LA Veterans Collaborative Zoom Meeting Aug. 12, 2020

Don’t forget to register for the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This meeting will take place on Zoom – from 9am to 12pm.

 
This month we will hear from Dr. Carl Castro, Director of the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP).  He will discuss the future of the LAVC and the ongoing collective effort in securing its longevity.  Also, Jim Zenner, Mental Health Clinical Program Manager, with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will provide an update on the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN). Kelly Armaly, Consultant, with the Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), will share SCG/ VPAN Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities at the local level.  Tony Madril, LCSW, will share information about an ongoing pilot study examining the benefits of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapyin the treatment of PTSD. 
The Legal and Re-Entry workgroup will host Rigo Reyes from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Department. His presentation will start at 11 am immediately following the collective meeting. 

Register Here

Webinar: How Women Owned Businesses Can Take Advantage of Opportunities for Government Bids – July 16, 2020 at 9:00am

What are government bids and how you can take advantage of the opportunities out there for women owned, minority or disadvantage owned businesses. We will walk you through all the process. Bring your questions we will help you answer them.
Thursday, July 16, 20200, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Click to Register Here

Work From Home Engineering Jobs Open a World of Possibilities

Design News / Image MoTek Technologies

Engineering employment may have taken a hit during the pandemic, but many of those in engineering are just shifting to home-based work. Companies that employ engineers have adjusted to home-based work, even in their hiring practices.

Typically, mechanical, electrical, and design engineers need to be hands-on and practical. Yet there are some areas which can be tackled from home with good internet connection and technology.

Many companies are now advertising specifically for work-from-home engineers. Here’s a list of companies that are specifying remote engineers. This is just a handful of opportunities. The organizations seeking remote workers ranges from Volvo and Eaton to Zoom and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Watch Slide Show of Potential Jobs From Design News Here.

What Your Employers Should Provide: Protections at Work for COVID-19

It’s the Law: Your Employer Must Protect You

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to provide “employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” Known as the general duty clause, this includes COVID-19 exposure in hospitals and other health care facilities.

PPE for COVID-19 must include, at minimum, N95 respirators or higher, isolation gowns, eye protection, and gloves. Surgical and non-respirator face masks do not protect persons from airborne infectious diseases and cannot be relied upon for novel pathogens such as COVID-19. A Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with high efficiency particulate air filters must be worn during aerosol generating procedures on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Protections hospitals/health care employers must implement for COVID-19:

  • Open and continuous communication about any potential exposure to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case(s).
     
  • Screening protocols to identify patients who may have COVID-19 infections.
     
  • Plans to ensure prompt isolation of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections in airborne infection isolation rooms.
     
  • Protective PPE for nurses and other health care workers providing care to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections including airborne and contact precautions. PPE for COVID-19 must include, at minimum, N95 respirators or higher, isolation gowns, eye protection, and gloves. OSHA recommends that if N95 respirators are not available, employers should use higher levels of respiratory protection such as N/P/R100s, elastomeric respirators, powered-air purifying respirators, and others.*
     
  • A Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with high efficiency particulate air filters must be worn during aerosol generating procedures on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
     
  • All donning and doffing should be performed in a separate room, with a buddy system to ensure efficacy and hands on training.
     
  • 14 days paid precautionary leave for a nurse or other health care worker who is exposed to COVID-19.
     
  • Exposure incident procedures. Employers must identify, evaluate, and investigate potential worker exposures. Medical follow-up services must be provided, free of charge, to all exposed employees.

* See page 15 of OSHA’s “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”

Download CA Protection at Work Guidelines

NEW Women’s Business Center: Upcoming Workshops & Events

REGISTER FOR LOCAL EVENTS AND BUSINESS TRAINING

Setting Up Restaurant Accounting – JULY 9 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Loans – Loans – Loans what I need to know to get one. – JULY 9 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

COVID 19-Social Distancing Protocol for Restaurants and Food Trucks. – JULY 10 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to see more upcoming work and business webinars at NEW . . . .

News from LA Veterans Collaborative

 Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) sends a thank you to those who joined the meeting this month! They look forward to hosting you at the next collaborative meeting on July 8, 2020.  


Dr. Frank Alvarez M.D., MPH, discussed Los Angeles County’s Roadmap to Reopening during COVID-19 pandemic. Here is some aadditional materials related to the presentation on COVID-19 and the Los Angeles County guidelines to reopening below:    
Roadmap to Reopening
Roadmap to Recovery Infographic
Protocols for Retail Establishments

Immediate Job Openings in Southern California

With record unemployment levels reaching new highs every week, a good number of employers are currently searching for workers in Southern California. Scores of jobs that have opened even as the coronavirus pandemic continues and many businesses remain closed.

Go to this page to see samples and link to open jobs from Patch and Zip Recruiter – jobs in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County, San Bernardino and San Diego.