Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer writes about jobs and technology. 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.

Show Off Your Passion for Technology in Job Interviews

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Programming Love
Tip of the Day When it comes to getting a job, you have to demonstrate your expertise—indeed, your passion—for technology and pass a technical interview to score top pay. Hiring managers want to see that you’re engaged by tech and are always working to keep your skills current. So don’t be surprised if an interviewer asks about projects you’ve worked on in your spare time, without pay. The fact that you want to program in off hours and voluntarily upgrade… continue…

Overstock.com Plans to Hire 330 IT Pros in Utah

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Overstock.com Workplace
E-commerce site Overstock.com will hire 333 people into Utah-based IT positions over the next 10 years, the state announced. The jobs had been contracted out of state. The company said the jobs will be well-paid, with total compensation hitting 200 percent of Salt Lake County’s average wage. The state estimates the move will generate a total of $300.8 million in wages over the course the decade. It’s awarding Overstock an incentive package worth roughly $2.2 million, assuming it completes the… continue…

4 Interview Stories That Are Truly Weird

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Weird Interview
Sometimes interviews can turn weird. We don’t mean in the sense of interviewers taking phone calls during the conversation or of questions so out of left field it’s hard to figure out their purpose. We mean weird in the sense of WTF. Quora hosted a thread of some truly bizarre interview stories, which Business Insider helpfully sorted through to find the really interesting tech episodes. Among our favorites: One woman, Nina Kumar, was having lunch at Amazon when her interviewer… continue…

GE Capital to Add Jobs at New Orleans Tech Center

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New Orleans
GE Capital—General Electric’s financial services unit—is hiring at technical centers in Detroit, New Orleans and Bangalore as it works to reduce its reliance on outsourcing providers. “We’ve gone too far from an outsourcing perspective,” said CIO Jim Fowler in an interview with InformationWeek. Currently, GE Capital has reduced the amount of IT work it outsources from 80 percent to 70 percent, and Fowler says he wants to reduce the ratio to 50-50 in the next two years. However, that may… continue…

Staffing Issues Delay Healthcare IT Projects

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Doctor with Tablet
Although the pace of hiring in healthcare IT remains consistent, employers still find their need for technology professionals is outpacing the availability of candidates, reports FierceHealthIT. In the second annual workforce survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly 70 percent of respondents said a lack of qualified talent represented their greatest challenge in filling open positions. Those staffing challenges are having a real impact on their work. More than a third of the survey’s respondents—35 percent—said… continue…

What It’s Like to Work at Microsoft, Facebook AND Google

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Comparing Microsoft, Google, and Facebook
  Dima Korolev has worked at Google, Facebook and Microsoft, so he’s got a unique perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of each company as an employer. He worked on search quality and Gmail reliability at Google for a couple of years, then went to Microsoft, again working on search quality and also airfare prediction. After that, he moved on to Facebook, where he spent about a year working on spam issues. Then he decided he’d be happier working for… continue…

Report: Boot Camp Graduates Find Jobs, Better Pay

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Battle Stripes
There’s an interesting report out from Course Report, a company that provides information to students considering technology boot camps. Billed as “the first cross-school study of its kind,” it indicates that these non-college-based programs actually do help their graduates find jobs. Bear in mind that it’s in Course Report’s interest for students to want to attend a boot camp, so it’s got a definite ax to grind here. That said, the report presents some impressive numbers. Of the 432 graduates… continue…

Can Defense Companies Hire Hackers on Their Terms?

Department of Defense
Big-name aerospace and defense contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are beginning to think that one answer to their cybersecurity recruiting needs  lies in the hacker community. After all, if you want to combat attacks from people who think out of the box, why not hire people who think out of the box? It’s ironic because all of these companies are known for being somewhat conservative—they work for the Defense Department, after all, and security to them is a… continue…

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘Attitude’ Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

Anti-Gentrification Party
In Silicon Valley they think differently, and if that leads to arrogance, so be it. At least that’s what Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joel Stein implies in his long meditation on the area’s outlook on technology, money and changing the world. For better or worse, technology is driving the area’s economy: Private pay and benefits are rising more quickly there than in any other major metropolitan area in the country, reports the Oakland Tribune. “The Bay Area has one of the strongest… continue…

NSA Hints at Outreach to Silicon Valley Talent

NSA Spying Protests
The National Security Agency is worried that all of the controversies surrounding its, er, data-gathering activities is hurting its efforts to recruit technology talent, according to comments made earlier this week by Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to agency Director Michael Rogers. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the LongNow Foundation, Neuberger “extended a plea to an audience replete with tech workers to consider a career in government, or at least apply for a fellowship,” Reuters reports. Though many officials… continue…