Are You a Purple Squirrel?

The answer, of course, depends on who you ask.

A purple squirrel, according to Wikipedia, is a term used “to describe a job candidate with precisely the right education, set of experience, and range of qualifications that perfectly fits a job’s requirements.”

All companies are on the elusive hunt for the purple squirrel, including RightBrain Networks. As a cloud development firm that subscribes to the DevOps philosophy, our purple squirrel has three distinct skillsets: IT, application development and consulting. RightBrain CEO Jamie Begin explained to

“People with an IT background generally have infrastructure management experience, which is the foundation for our cloud work. With app dev experience comes a mastery of agile delivery methods and an understanding of high-level application architecture.”

Candidates with a consulting background also have a “polished professional etiquette and an understanding of our business model,” Jamie said.

IT professionals are often drawn to service companies like RightBrain because of the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and with different technologies. But it’s important that candidates understand the nuances of working with clients (as opposed to internal end users) and can conduct themselves in a professional manner. Many different “soft skills” come into play here: the ability to communicate clearly, time management, critical observation, problem solving, etc.

If you’re curious about working for a service provider and want to learn more about what they look for in a job candidate, check out the full article on

Finally, we are always on the lookout for talented software engineers who would like to join the RightBrain team. Check out our current job openings: Linux Support Engineer, Cloud Solutions Engineer, and Software Engineer (Cloud). If you’re the purple squirrel we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.