Cat Miller

Cat Miller has been the anchor of DiceTV since the program began in 2008. A former HR manager, she has worked in television and feature films including the Grindhouse flick Shadow: Dead Riot. She's a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and does her own stunts.

How Android Helps Avoid Awkward Social Questions

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Iceland’s population is part of a rather close family tree, which can make for some awkward social situations. While most people are likely to know whether they’re first cousins, there are always surprises, i.e., attending a family event and running into someone they’d hooked up with at some point in once-blissful ignorance. But now there’s a solution: An app. Specifically, the Islendiga-App. Cat explains.

Computer Science Grads: Here’s 5 Jobs to Look At

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As another academic year nears a close and a fresh crop of computer science graduates plunges into the job market, Cat asks — and answers — a simple question: Where can they find the best opportunities? See our related story here, and more stories for graduates here.

3 Billing Strategies for Consultants

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Generally, there are three ways you can bill a customer: Hourly, a set retainer rate paid weekly (or bi-weekly, or monthly), or a set retainer rate paid in advance (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). Cat takes a look at each. See all of our stories about contracting and consulting here.

Tips on Finding Your Next Consulting Gig

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Consulting can bring you better pay, fewer political issues and higher visibility as an industry expert. On the other hand, you’re always worrying about finding work. Today we’re discussing a few things that can help you in your search for that next contract. Related Links on Dice How to Plan for Your Next Consulting Gig Avoid These Mistakes in Consulting Career Doctor: When Consulting is a Good Fit for You

Tricks to Finding Out the Hiring Manager’s Name

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The best way to get the hiring manager’s attention is to… go around HR and talk to the hiring manager. And not only is it possible to find their name, it’s also not all that tricky.  Here are some ways to suss them out. Related Links Tricks to Finding the Hiring Manager’s Name 6 Steps to Better Cover Letters 6 Great Videos on Resumes and Cover Letters

How to Make Sure You Get Paid for Extra Work

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It happens a lot: Your manager hears about your extensive skill set, and suddenly you’re transformed into a Web developer, network administrator or basic jack-of-all-IT-trades. Of course, you don’t get a raise. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cat has some tips for negotiating an increase, as well as leveraging your extra work the next time you look for a job. Related Posts Overworked? Get a Raise How to Prepare Yourself for Salary Negotiations

Why HR Staffers Can Be Your Best Friends

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When you’re frustrated because you’re not getting offers for jobs you’re qualified for, it’s natural to look for someone to blame. Most often it’s the folks in HR who have the target on their back. But the truth is, HR doesn’t deserve the condescension, if not the fury, candidates direct at them. In fact, if you take a breath and develop relationships with them, they can become your greatest advocates. Related Stories on Dice Stop Picking on HR What Recruiters Bring… continue…

10 Must Have Skills for IT Architects

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IT architects use diverse technologies to engineer solutions across the enterprise architecture stack. Some of their roles can be more specific, and so require focused knowledge of just a few aspects of the environment. But if you want to work across a broader range of projects, you’ll need to have these 10 foundational skills. For addition stories on IT Architecture, click here.

Health IT Employers May Not Be So Picky Anymore

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The re-election of President Obama means the federal mandates associated with healthcare reform aren’t going away. That means that healthcare organizations are scrambling to find the right people to implement the technology they need to meet healthcare reform’s timelines. Before, they were being picky. Now? Not so much. Here’s some other information about Healthcare IT: How to Get into Health IT Without Experience Other Stories

How to Prove Your Skills During an Interview

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Nowadays, employers are being more careful to make sure they know exactly what they’re getting – and getting exactly what they want. A lot of times, that happens when you’re in the home stretch. So let’s get into a few of the hurdles you may face late in the interview process, and look at how to handle them.