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.

Customize Your Resume’s Technical Skills Section

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Tip of the Day Never send the same resume for every job application. Instead, customize your technical skills for each position. Especially important: Include technology that the company uses in its environment. Click here to see QA-related jobs. If you’re applying to a public company, you can often find out what type of technology it’s using, then craft your resume to fit the platforms. When recruiters and hiring managers see that you’ve written your response specifically to their needs, you’re… continue…

Plan Your Body Language Before the Interview

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Tip of the Day Body language plays a big part in whether or not an interview is successful. So before you go in, it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about how you’ll stand, sit and move around. If you’re offered a choice of seats choose a hardback chair rather than a sofa where you’ll sink down and find it harder to project authority and leadership. Sit comfortably erect, leaning slightly forward with your feet planted on the floor.… continue…

One Way to Lessen the Stress of Networking

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Tip of the Day If you hate the idea of networking, think about lunch. Meeting someone for a meal–or coffee, or a drink after work–is a low-stress way to create and maintain a relationship that could pay off for you down the road. When you ask someone out to lunch, you rarely have to provide them with much of a reason beyond “exchanging ideas” or “learning more about your company.” Those are pretty low-pressure statements, and you’re really not asking… continue…

‘Knozen’ App Lets You Post Co-Worker Ratings

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Do you have a clear idea of how your co-workers view you? If you don’t, you might soon, if they take up Knozen, an iOS app–an Android version is in the works–that lets users rate their colleagues anonymously by displaying images of two people and asking yes-or-no questions such as “Which person is friendlier?” or “Who is more likely to leave work early for a date?” Click here to see iOS jobs. Sounds dicey. But the company says at least… continue…

4 Things Making Life Easier for PHP Developers

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Though some developers have walked away from PHP and aren’t looking back, InfoWorld’s Serdar Yegulalp notes that the last several years have seen changes that make the PHP world a more pleasant place to be. He thinks these four are the most important: Click here to see PHP-related jobs. Package Management Rather than depend on the notably difficult PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for package management, you can now use Composer, which tracks packages on a project-by-project basis, making… continue…

Take a Breath When the Interviewer Makes a Mistake

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Tip of the Day Interviews have crazy dynamics because everything is, quite literally, a test. Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine, used to seat his interviewees in a chair that had the two front legs slightly shortened, just to see how they’d react. Granted, Rickover was known as a high-pressure guy, but whoever you’re meeting with, few things equal a job interview for making you feel like you’re under a microscope. Click here to see project manager jobs.… continue…

Amazon Sues Ex-AWS Manager for Jump to Google

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In a case technology employers are sure to follow closely, Amazon has sued former Amazon Web Services Strategic Partnership Manager Zoltan Szabadi for breaking the non-compete agreement he signed when he first joined the company. Szabadi now works at the rival Google Cloud Platform. Click here to see cloud services jobs. The lawsuit is seen as a test of the employment agreements tech companies usually require to protect themselves when an employee departs. Amazon filed the suit in Seattle, since… continue…

Pay Attention to Termination Clauses

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Tip of the Day Though it may seem odd, before you start a new job you should think about what happens if you decide to leave. Most employment agreements contain some kind of language governing terminations and an employee’s rights and obligations in the event they depart on their own. Click here to see networking jobs. Some attorneys say that understanding what constitutes grounds for termination may be the most important thing you do. For example, if the agreement says… continue…

Resumes and Cover Letters are a Package Deal

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  Tip of the Day Cover letters and resumes work best as a package, with the cover letter acting as an introduction to the skills and experience described in your resume. Every hiring manager is different, but for what it’s worth let me share how I use the two in combination: I scan the cover letter quickly, then go on to the resume and give that a quick read. Then I go back to the cover letter and read it… continue…

Before Jumping, Be Sure You’ve Got a Startup’s Personality

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Tip of the Day If you’re toying with the idea of joining a startup, a little self-analysis is in order. Otherwise, the leap could be your downfall. Click here to see engineering jobs. Typically, there are two types of engineers who thrive during a startup’s early stages: those who are driven to develop a product people will use, and those who itch to build the next big company. There’s also a third type: Engineers who get a rush from being… continue…