Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is the Managing Editor of Dice. He started as a videotape editor back when there was videotape to edit, then joined the news desk at Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the company's first online product. He produced The Wall Street Journal's first multimedia CD-ROMs and published his novel, "September," in 2006. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, their fierce terrier, and a schnauzer who wonders why she ever left California. He's a member of the Project Management Institute.

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure It’s the Right Job for You

Posted In Looking in Tech
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The job hunting process doesn’t end when you get an offer: It ends when you decide to take it. That’s as important as the decision you made to look for a job in the first place. It can be as complicated, too, because there’s more to it than simply agreeing on pay, perks and vacation time. Just because everything looks great on paper doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up loving the situation you put yourself into. You want… continue…

How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

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Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate. Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants… continue…

Consultants: Pay Attention to These 3 Sectors

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Technology consultants look to be in a good position for 2014 as more companies re-focus on internal IT operations after several years of economy-driven hunkering down. A survey of those responsible for hiring consultants, conducted by Source Information Services, found nearly all of them plan technology improvements this year, and most will use consultants to help. Half will spend more on technology consultants than they did during 2013 and of those, half plan an increase of more than 10 percent.… continue…

Here’s How to Win a Dice Hackathon

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An app that helps job seekers identify opportunities in distant regions was the winner of Dice’s first hackathon, held over the weekend of March 15 and 16 in Ankeny, Iowa, outside of Des Moines. The app, called Make Me Move, helps users search for positions they might not otherwise find, and allows employers to expand their recruiting efforts to areas that might offer a wider field of candidates. The app also provides salary comparisons to help users calculate the cost-of-living… continue…

Watch Tuesday: Convincing Recruiters You’re the One

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How do you convince recruiters you’re right for a job even when your skill set isn’t a perfect match for the job description? For the answer, join us for our Google Hangout, “Helping Recruiters Connect the Dots: Translating What You Do Into What They Need.” Our panel of career experts will look at how to address skills gaps in an interview, assess your qualifications, and decide whether the job is right for you in the first place. The panel includes:… continue…

How to Translate Today’s Skills Into Tomorrow’s Job

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We’ve all seen postings for jobs we know we’d be right for, even if we don’t have the complete set of skills listed in the job description. When that’s the case, how do you convince recruiters that you can get the work done promptly and well? For the answer, join us for our Google Hangout, “Helping Recruiters Connect the Dots: Translating What You Do Into What They Need.” Our panel of career experts will look at how to address skills… continue…

These 2 Things Drive Coders Crazy

Posted In Living in Tech
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It’s become something of an article of faith that the best developers love programming so much that it’s all they want to do. But Business Insider’s Julie Bort is wondering if that’s the real case. It’s a good time to be a coder — employers can’t find as many as they need and pay is healthy — but Bort says their life is made difficult by two things: a nagging sense that they’re not as good as they should be,… continue…

Why Systems Administrators Are Gold

Data Center
Cloud services like Amazon’s AWS are creating a talent gap by eliminating the need for systems administrators. That means companies have to build their business without having the in-house expertise needed to run their own data centers when the time comes. The rise of cloud services providers means fewer people are developing the operational skills needed to build and maintain a business’s infrastructure. As a result, finding people who can tackle that work has become more difficult, Steve Curry, president… continue…

More Spies Needed in Silicon Valley

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Increasing demand is giving cybersecurity engineers more options in terms of where and for whom to work. Where before many of the available jobs were government positions based in the Washington, D.C., area, today private companies in Silicon Valley are offering opportunities that didn’t exist before. Reporting on a story from the Information, Business Insider says engineers working for agencies like the NSA and CIA can take advantage of “fast-moving, non-bureaucratic environments” in the private sector. Besides that, they can… continue…

Disney Interactive Surprises With 700 Layoffs

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Disney Interactive laid off roughly 700 people Thursday, about 26 percent of its global workforce, as it moves to bring itself to profitability. While the Walt Disney unit showed revenue of $403 million and operating income of $55 million in the most recent quarter, it’s lost more than $1.3 billion since 2008. The New York Times says the restructuring is “a humbling acknowledgment that, despite the company’s repeated pronouncements that long-term profitability was on the horizon, the unit remains challenged.”… continue…