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.

Include Testimonials in Your Resume

Posted In Looking in Tech
Thumbs Up
Tip of the Day People expect you to tell them how great you are in your resume and cover letter. After all, finding a job is all about selling yourself as the right person to fix an employer’s problem. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other voices. You can add a lot of credibility to your story by including testimonials from colleagues or former managers in your resume. Think of it from the employer’s point of view: They’re… continue…

Nadella Popular at Microsoft, Layoffs or Not

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Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella remains popular at Microsoft, despite his implementing the layoff of 18,000 employees, according to Business Insider. Although the website cited only a “source close to Microsoft,” it noted that Nadella retains an 87 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor. Most Microsoft employees understand the reasoning behind the layoffs, BI’s source said: The company isn’t interested in building feature phones, and so it let go the people at Nokia working on them. About 12,500 of the people who lost… continue…

Here’s a Curveball Question You Won’t See Coming

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Pitching a Curveball
Jon Bischke, CEO of recruiting software company Entelo, asks candidates an interesting question during job interviews: “What do you want to do after Entelo?” “That often throws people,” he told the New York Times. “It’s an interesting question because it helps people take off the lens of ‘I want this job,’ and to put on the lens of, ‘What do I want to do with my life? What do I want to do with my career?’” He goes on to… continue…

Don’t Slow Down Your Job Search During the Summer

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Tip of the Day The perception that companies cut back their hiring during the summer is a myth, but job hunting during the hottest months can be tricky. It’s important to avoid two particular hazards: timing and schedules. Because of vacations, trying to schedule interviews can be complicated. An interview process that would typically take three weeks may take five or more. So patience is key. Don’t feel discouraged if the process takes extra time. On the flip side, hiring… continue…

C++, J2EE, Java Skills Needed in Houston

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Downtown Houston
The availability of candidates with the skills for the growing number of open technology jobs in Houston is becoming a worry for local employers, according to the Houston Business Journal. Citing a study from consulting firm CEB, the newspaper says the gap between open jobs and the tech professionals who can fill them has been widening. The greatest demand is for people skilled in C++, J2EE, Java, .NET and cloud computing. Click here to find a tech job in Houston.… continue…

Responding to Employers, Colleges Focus on Experience

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Cogswell professor Albert Chen with his students
Some tech companies—Google notably among them—are de-emphasizing the use of test scores and GPAs in their hiring, and that’s causing colleges and universities to re-think their approach to technical education, says Tech Page One. One reason can be summed up in this quote Google’s senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, gave to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional… continue…

Preparation Is Key to Successful Second Interviews

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Woman Baking a Cake
Tip of the Day If you’re invited in for a second interview, always ask for an agenda or schedule ahead of time, including the names and titles of the people you’ll be meeting with. This will give you the chance to research them a bit, so you can understand their roles and anticipate their questions. Also, while you’re preparing, review your notes from earlier interviews, paying special attention to areas that seemed to concern the hiring manager and any team… continue…

Samsung Plans Hiring for San Jose R&D Center

Samsung's San Jose R&D Center
Samsung’s planning to do a lot of hiring in Silicon Valley as it prepares to open its new $300 million R&D Center in San Jose, by the summer of 2015. Indeed, the local talent pool is one of the reasons the company decided to locate the center there. “Samsung strategically determined the best pool of talent in the U.S. would be in the Bay Area,” Bob Brennan, senior vice president of its Memory System Application Lab, told Business Insider. “We… continue…

Why Tech Professionals Need to Be Good Story Tellers

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As a tech professional, how important is it for you to tell a good story? Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based enterprise software provider Syncsort, says the ability can make a big difference in the course of your career. In fact, he told Business Insider he believes it’s especially important in technology, where things can be “very complex, and sometimes people find technical details to be somewhat boring.” We’ve said before that the ability to communicate is a critical… continue…

What Weird Al Sees May Surprise You

Posted In Living in Tech
Weird Al
Some might say that nothing demonstrates the power of social media more than Weird Al Yankovic’s album “Mandatory Fun” hitting the top of Billboard’s chart. But that would be cynical. After all, a lot of work goes into making goofy things great. The folks at the Verge put together this video featuring excerpts from eight of Weird Al’s older parodies, synced up with the work that inspired him. It’s cool to see how well they fit together. If nothing else,… continue…