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.

CIOs: Current Skills Key for First-Time Job Seekers

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Graduates
What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue…

Healthcare IT Consultants Happier Than Full-Timers

Health IT
Consultants involved in implementing healthcare IT solutions are generally happier with their work than their full-time counterparts, according to a survey by Atlanta-based staffing firm Healthcare IT Leaders. More than three quarters—77 percent—of the consultants said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs, the survey found. That compares to 64 percent of full-time healthcare IT employees. To put the numbers in context, other surveys have found that 72 percent of workers across all industries report similar… continue…

Mobile Developers Find Money in the Enterprise

Enterprise Apps
Mobile developers who want to make money should consider building enterprise apps: Those who target enterprise customers are twice as likely to earn real money as those going after consumers or professionals, according to a report from app and mobile researcher VisionMobile. The report, The State of the Developer Nation Q3 2014, says that more than two thirds of mobile app developers focus on consumers, 16 percent target the enterprise and 11 percent target professionals. The developers of enterprise apps… continue…

Is There a Future in Programming D?

D Programming Language Thumbnail
Over at HTML5Report.com, Steve Anderson is wondering if D is the next big programming language. D took form when Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu combined their efforts to develop a new language back in 2005. The result, says Anderson, offers some “very exciting” possibilities, and he notes that the ad-tech firm Sociomantic Labs, recently acquired by Tesco for $200 million, used D to build its online system. Making things more interesting is another online company’s interest in D: Facebook. Click… continue…

Companies Feel Pressure to Hire CISOs

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Mobile Security
In the relatively brief time it’s been around, the Chief Information Security Officer’s job has developed into a pressured, thankless existence. These are the executives charged with keeping an organization’s systems secure in the face of mounting cyberattacks, careless vendors, and employees who are more concerned with using their own iPhones than keeping company data secure. “This job is not for the fainthearted,” David Jordan, CISO for Virginia’s Arlington County, told The New York Times. Click here to find CISO… continue…

10 Top College Robotics Programs

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MIT Robotics
Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees. So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you… continue…

Is Zappos Leading a New Management Trend With ‘Holacracy?’

Management
Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams have seen the future, and it’s called holacracy. Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, and Williams, the Twitter co-founder now starting up the Medium blogging hub, have both embraced this new approach to organizational structure and management. It eliminates traditional job descriptions and reporting layers and, its advocates say, puts power into the hands of the rank and file. Vox says it’s becoming the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Click here to find project management positions.… continue…

Amazon Launches Back-End Services to Aid Mobile Developers

Amazon Cognito
Amazon’s launched a series of services designed to support the back end of mobile apps, a move that some analysts say will reposition it as a top player in the space for Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS). The services, Amazon says, are designed to “to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications.” Find mobile development jobs here. One of them, Cognito, provides identity and data synchronization that lets developers authenticate users through popular public… continue…

Author: Employers Care About Impact, Not Age

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Mixed Ages Team
IT has taken on the aura of a young person’s game, but is age really so important to employers when they’re weighing a candidate’s value? Not necessarily, says Rick Gillis, an author and career expert. “It’s about being able to demonstrate your accomplishments,” he told CIO’s Sharon Florentine. “Most IT firms want to know one of two things: Can you make them money or can you save them money? Then they’ll want to hire you, regardless of your age.” Click… continue…

Always Have Questions for the Interviewer

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Raised Hand
Tip of the Day When an interviewer asks whether you have any questions for them, there’s only one wrong answer: “No.” “Do you have any questions for me?” is a trick question. The interviewer is hoping to learn about you from what you ask, just as you want to learn something by posing a question in the first place. That’s not a bad thing: Every piece of information in an interview—questions, answers, the office/conference room, what kind of drinks they… continue…