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A Guest Worker’s Perspective on H-1Bs

Posted In Looking in Tech
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by Samwise With immigration reform being a central topic in Washington, there’s talk of reforming the H-1B program, possibly increasing the number of visas made available each year. Dice asked me to share some of my thoughts about the program, hence this article. I’m here in the U.S. on an H-1B, currently working as a senior database developer. Why come to the U.S.? Many people wonder what prompts individuals to apply for H-1Bs. For me, and most others in the… continue…

Resumes: How to Effectively List Technical Skills

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory You know the problem: Everyone who reviews your resume — whether they’re a recruiter, an HR staffer or the hiring manager — spends mere seconds on it and wants to decide just one thing: Is this person worth calling in for an interview? To make them think Yes, every part of your resume has to be well thought out and carefully constructed. In tech, one of your resume’s most important sections is your list of technical… continue…

3 Strong Graduate Degrees for Business Analysts

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by Michael Goul Even though we keep hearing about Big Data and how organizations are increasingly using analytics in strategic planning and day-to-day operations, the people involved in turning those numbers into something meaningful are often overlooked. The role of a business analyst is one of the fastest growing in IT. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22-percent increase in these jobs through 2020, and a recent survey from Lavastorm Analytics shows 53 percent of the 600 IT professionals… continue…

Planning for the Financial Impact of Your New Job

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By Brian Spero Technology employers continue to struggle to find the right people to fill open positions, which is a good thing for people who are looking for work. Those with the right set of skills and experience can find themselves weighing several offers at once, a notion that has more IT professionals weighing the possibility of jumping to new company. As they mull things over, though, many job seekers don’t pay nearly enough attention to the financial implications of… continue…

From the Buzz, Piecing Together the Xbox 720

Posted In Living in Tech
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By Scott Bowers Microsoft has announced that the date of the “Xbox Reveal” will be at a special event on May 21.  This is the first official announcement from them regarding their new upcoming console.  But just because Microsoft’s not saying a lot about the upcoming Xbox 720 – code-named “Durango” — doesn’t mean gamers are in a wait-and-see mood.  After all, if nature fills vacuums, then the gaming community argues rumors.  And so many rumors have been floating around… continue…

5 Great Computer Science Schools You’ve Never Heard Of

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By Ji Hyun Lee When you ask people for their advice about where you should get a computer science degree, they’ll often say the same thing: MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon… You know, the brand-name schools. Good advice, so long as you have close-to-perfect grades and the perfectly rounded background of classes, extracurricular activities and all of those other ingredients for the alchemy that is college admissions. That doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. Far from it. A number of colleges… continue…

Consultants: How to Minimize Your Billing Pain

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By Brad Egeland One of the most stressful, confusing and frustrating things consultants have to grapple with is how to go about billing a client. Typically, you meet with them up front to get some details on what they’re really looking for, then put together some sort of a proposal that includes a billing strategy or plan. As the consultant, you want that plan to maximize the amount of money you can earn while not scaring off the client because… continue…

5 Questions Consultants Should Ask Prospective Clients

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By Brad Egeland Your advertising has worked and you’ve made contact with a potential client who has a need and thinks they might want your consulting services. That’s the easy part. Now you’re ready to sit down with and get details on what it is the client thinks they need. The easy assumption is that clients always know their requirements, but in reality they rarely have a good handle on their situation. They usually know a symptom or a portion… continue…

Get Ready for Opposite Approaches to Hiring

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by Amy Knapp The way we apply for jobs can change dramatically depending upon a company’s hiring practices. Many times, you’d follow a traditional route to getting the job: that well-known trajectory that includes submitting a resume that hits the sweet spot, followed by interviews where you arrive with a firm handshake, looking and behaving as if you already belong. But other companies don’t follow the usual paths to recruiting new employees. You may never have to figure out what… continue…

Why You Should Know Both Business and IT

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By Benjamin Weiss My firm has been in the IT staffing business for more than a decade now. And while I could spend all day talking about the folks we’ve seen grow out of dead-end careers to become titans of their respective industries, one that stands out in particular is an IT pro I’ll call “Drew,” who comes out of the finance world. One IT Guy’s Path to the Top When we first encountered Drew years ago, he was as… continue…