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.

Don’t Rely on Social Networking Alone

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Tip of the Day For your networking efforts to be effective, they have to take place in the real world. Put another way, you can’t build relationships by hiding in your office or relying on social media. Meaningful relationships are built face-to-face, and it’s from those meaningful relationships that your network derives its value. Although social media can help you identify contacts and share status updates, you need face time to get to know people and develop trust. Go to… continue…

Keep Your Cover Letter Focused

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Tip of the Day Your cover letter provides an opportunity for you to pitch your experience and skills, but you have to get your message across quickly. If your letter’s too long, reviewers can be put off before they even start reading. So focus on its mission: to get reviewers to read your resume. Be sure to tailor your letter to the company and job you’re applying for–reviewers will easily spot something that’s generic. Provide a strong thesis statement that… continue…

CMU Sees Dramatic Rise in Women Computer Science Majors

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Women comprise 40 percent of the incoming class at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. That marks, in the school’s words, “a new benchmark.” It’s certainly a respectable number when compared to the proportion of women who earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science during the 2012-2013 school year: 14 percent, according to the Computer Research Association. It’s also nearly double the 22 percent that entered the school during that same period. Click here to search research jobs. The last… continue…

4 Basic Steps of Resume Writing

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  Tip of the Day For new graduates: Whatever job you’re looking for, you’ll construct your resume on a few simple foundation blocks. The first: resume samples—we’ve got free ones here. Select a simple design that lists your education and coursework before your experience, and includes a section for computer languages, operating systems and other technical expertise. It’s best to create a Microsoft Word document that converts easily to plain text. When you need a printed version, always use quality… continue…

Don’t Hide Behind the Team in Interviews

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Tip of the Day Teamwork is important, and during interviews you always want to show that you’re a team player. But don’t go too far. When describing projects that you’ve worked on, talk about what you did. Don’t say “we took this approach…” or “we decided on this strategy.” To some managers, that can imply that “you” didn’t show much leadership and simply went along with the crowd. Hiring managers are trying to decide whether you can help them out… continue…

Finding Cultural Hints in an Employer’s Interview Questions

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Tip of the Day You can learn a lot about a company by the questions it asks during an interview. For example, managers may probe your knowledge of a technology. It’s not enough to be able to write most programs in their language, they want to make sure you know the ins and outs of the language, too. Companies that focus on such questions tend to place a high value on your current skill set. They want you to be… continue…

This Could Be the Most Important Factor in Your Success

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You may think your success will be driven primarily by your technical skills, but in today’s world that’s not always the case. That’s been the experience of Brandon Gaylor, an IT systems analyst for a large manufacturing company and 10-year veteran of the industry. For the past three years, Brandon’s spent much of his time building Web applications using C# and ASP.NET MVC. He dabbles in JavaScript, HTML and jQuery, as well. He’s been at his current employer for eight… continue…

Taking ‘Any’ 1st Job Could Hurt You for Years

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If you take a job for which you’re overqualified right out of college, you could be setting yourself up to earn less money over time, according to economists from Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The economists used government data that followed Americans who were between 14 and 22 in 1979. Not surprisingly, they found that people were most likely to be “overeducated” when they took their first job. Women were slightly more likely to be in that… continue…

Here’s What All Cover Letters Should Include

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Tip of the Day When sending a cover letter, use the job title and/or reference number as the subject line of your e-mail. In the first sentence, mention the position you’re applying for. Then explain why you want the job and what you can offer the company. In other words, make clear why you’re the best person to fill this particular vacancy. If someone at the company has referred you for the position, or if you’ve previously met the person… continue…

How to Compare Boot Camps and Online Training

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Coding boot camps position themselves as an effective way to learn new technology. But are they the most effective way to do this? Aaron Skonnard doesn’t think so, though he’s not without bias. He runs Pluralsight, an online training destination that offers courses for developers and other tech professionals. Writing in Venturebeat, he contends that boot camps can be valuable, but are limited in their approach. He thinks online learning is a better alternative because: Boot camps require students to… continue…