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6 Resources for Salary Research

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…

Introducing Slashdot’s New Build Section

Posted In Living in Tech
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Slashdot has nearly two decades of spotting and showing off interesting projects, inventions, technologies, and hobbies. Some of them are strictly personal, some are frankly commercial, and some are the fruits of ambitious organizations (or tiny teams) motivated by curiosity and passion, politics, or just plain fun. The site’s new Build section (build.slashdot.org) offers, under one big virtual roof, everything from makerspace visits and interviews with technologists and innovators, to hands-on projects and inventions. Not everything you’ll find in the… continue…

Turbocharge Your Time Management With These Tips

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By John White Are you currently attending or considering going back to grad school while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life? If so, welcome to my world! With two small children, a full-time position in sales and marketing, an executive MBA program, and blogging for various media channels, I am crazy busy these days. I have been forced to learn how to effectively manage my time. I have done so by having valuable conversations with my mentors,… continue…

SourceForge Interview: CMDBuild

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Over at SourceForge, the August “Staff Pick” project is CMDBuild, a software platform that allows developers to configure a custom database of assets and design-related workflow processes. The SourceForge editors sat down with one of the project managers, Fabio Bottega, to discuss the project’s purpose and direction. Tell me about the CMDBuild project. CMDBuild is an open source, enterprise Web application to model and manage your IT asset database. CMDB stands for configuration and management database but CMDBuild is more… continue…

SourceForge Interview: A New Game Engine

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Over at SourceForge, the August Project of the Month is the community-elected VASSAL Engine, described as “a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board and card games.” Project manager Joel Uckelman sat down to talk about the project’s origins and future. (Editor’s Note: Here’s the link to the project. Hello, Hacker News folks!) Tell me about the VASSAL Engine project. VASSAL provides a virtual tabletop for playing board games live over the net and by email. It’s cross-platform… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Enterprise Social Collaboration

Posted In Working in Tech
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Over at SourceForge, the July Project of the Month (as elected by the community) is eXo, described as “a highly customizable, social-collaboration enterprise platform.” One of the project’s managers, Patrice Lamarque, talked with SourceForge about the project’s history and direction. Tell me about the eXo project, please. eXo produces a social collaboration platform for the enterprise, with software and add-ons. Large and medium-sized companies that desire social collaboration within their information system or that build an online community, social intranet, or a… continue…

Why Cultural Fit Is Critical to Your Success

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Daryl Zapoticzny Gallup’s recent State of the Global Workforce analysis states that only 30 percent of professional workers in the U.S. are “engaged” on the job. The other 70 percent range from “checked out” at work to “actively disengaged.” You may relate to these statistics if you find yourself exploring opportunities elsewhere. Although technical skills can help your marketability, they don’t keep you immune from the drain of a company culture that doesn’t fit your values and modus operandi.… continue…

How to Search for Jobs by Company

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Alicia Ouverson Have you dreamed of working for a specific company?  Want to know the quickest ways to find out what openings they have available?  You have a few options: First, go to the Dice homepage. Near the top, you’ll see the BROWSE JOBS bar. Click the ‘By Company’ link. You will be directed to the Employer Directory, where you can search the alphabetical listings to find the company you’re looking for. Or there’s another option, if you’re already… continue…

To Beat the Software Interview, Think Video Games

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Ben Weiss I think we can all agree that interviewing for software development jobs could be a little more fun because as it currently stands, the whole process pretty much sucks. First, you have to get noticed, which seems all but impossible with modern day applicant tracking systems. When you do get noticed, you then need to go through the formalities presented by Human Resources, undergo a technical assessment from senior development types, then endure a problem solving and… continue…

Read This Before You Say Yes to a Counteroffer

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Doug Schade You have found a new job, and put in your resignation, but your manager tells you that you are important and a key asset to the firm and provides you with an excellent counteroffer. As a job seeker, having two job offers is definitely not a bad situation to be in, but what should you do now? Below is advice on how to handle the emotional aspect of the counteroffer. Stick to Your Guns: First of all,… continue…