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New Format for JumpStartFM Online FileMaker Training

New Format for JumpStartFM Online FileMaker Training JumpStartFM just wrapped up its June session and this group of students is the first to try out the new format for the course. The June 2015 class kicked off with a live session led by Molly Connolly. Using a web-conferencing program, students received an overview of the course and its objectives and students had the chance to introduce themselves to one another. Registered JumpStartFM students receive a login that enables access to the live presentations, recorded instruction videos and course assignments. This format allows for flexibility for students with busy schedules. If you can ...

Training and Billable Tasks for Junior FileMaker Developers

Billable Tasks to Assign to Junior Developers By Molly Connolly Summer is a great time to hire and train a new college graduate. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how junior developers can quickly get up to speed and start contributing billable hours to client projects. A junior developer can handle all support call logging and, after some training, even provide the client with some initial help. This responsibility allows junior staff to become familiar with clients’ issues and see patterns across projects. Do simple custom changes, billing the client one hour in three. Participate in quality assurance and testing; data ...

Jobs in FileMaker: 5 Things to Get You Hired

By Molly Connolly Over the years I've found myself in a position to both hire developers and help developers find good jobs. Since I talk to both developers who are looking for work and developers who are looking to fill FileMaker positions, I thought it might be helpful to share a list of things you could do to strengthen your own job applications. Whether you are looking for a full-time position or work as a sub-contractor, including this information will increase your chances of getting hired and winning the salary you're looking for. If you have anything to add to this conversation or ...

Can FileMaker Training Help You Make More Money?

Can FileMaker Training Help You Make More Money?   One of the most visited posts on Thorsen Consulting's blog is this one: How Can FileMaker Developers Earn More Money? If you browse the post, you'll see that there is a relationship between lifelong learning and career earnings. Developers who participate in professional development programs and work to apply what they've learned tend to command higher salaries over the course of their careers. It's easy enough to agree that we'd all like to invest in professional development, but sometimes it's not that easy to do! We've all got work and family demands that often ...

Project Manager vs. Technical Lead

I’ve done a considerable amount of work over the years managing projects for a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Level development shop and managing custom development projects for my own clients. On the topic of custom development project management, I have written white papers, presented seminars and Devcon presentations, and coached a number of development shops on the implementation of project management processes. Needless to say, when I’m around others in the development community, project management is often a topic of conversation, particularly how to define what a PM actually does. The most common misconception that I’ve come across is mistaking a ...

What kind of FileMaker developer are you?

As a long time FileMaker guy, I’ve had the opportunity to play many different roles around the business of FileMaker. I started my career as an in-house developer, then I became a developer, trainer, and project manager at a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Level company. Later I started my own development, consulting and coaching business. As a result, I have experienced a wide variety of development scenarios and I have come to realize that being a FileMaker developer can mean a lot of different things, depending on a lot of different  variables. When looking for new employment opportunities, you should consider ...

Landing a New FileMaker Gig

FileMaker is an amazing custom database platform. All types of organizations, such as businesses, schools, and non-profits, have been using FileMaker for decades to track their important mission critical data. Who builds these powerful data tracking tools? Everyone from professional full-time FileMaker consultants to the internal knowledge workers who are also the primary users of their solutions. If you develop FileMaker solutions, you may or may not be aware of the vast opportunities that exist for you. That’s where we can help. Thorsen Consulting is a FileMaker recruiter specializing in matching the right developer with the right opportunity. Here’s how it works. Connect with ...

FileMaker: How to Hire a Junior Developer

  Molly Connolly's presentation, "How to Hire a Junior Developer," provides valuable insights on hiring, training, and evaluating junior FileMaker developers. Click the image below to view the presentation on the FileMaker Technical Network:      

How Can FileMaker Developers Earn More Money?

How Can FileMaker Developers Earn More Money? by Molly Connolly My blog post, generated great conversation about earnings. When numbers like these come in from the field, it’s important to remind yourself to think about earnings in the “big picture.” If your employer offers flex-time, telecommuting and provides administrative, sales and marketing support on projects this should all be factored in when considering your compensation package. But what if you’re still not happy with what you earn? How can you move into a higher bracket and how can you assume more leadership responsibility on projects? First you need to identify areas where you ...

May 13 Webinar on Training Junior FileMaker Developers

May 13, 2014 Webinar, "Training Junior FileMaker Developers."   Interested in growing your business or need help mentoring a junior employee? Join Molly Connolly on May 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. Central Time for a live webinar , "Training Junior Developers." The webinar will be about 45 minutes including time for Q&A.  Areas of focus include: 1. What to look for in hiring a junior developer; 2. Technical resources for your new hire; 3. Business resources for your new hire; 4. Sample skill building exercises helpful for training. Join the meeting by following the instructions below: 1.  Please join my meeting, May 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/218768333 2.  Use your ...

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