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How to Improve Your Search Results on Dice

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By Alicia Ouverson It’s usually best to start your search off more broadly, using fewer filters and then add them in as you go to narrow down your search results. The Advanced Search page on Dice offers several different filters for this. But the most impactful piece of the search is the keyword search string. With the Keywords field, you can search by using “match all words,” “match any words,” or perform a Boolean search. If you’re not familiar with… continue…

How to Post Your Dice Resume Anonymously

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By Alicia Ouverson Some people prefer to post their resume without showing their name or contact information. Dice allows for this option– you’ll just need to set your profile as confidential. To do this: After logging into your Dice account, click on the ‘Manage/Add Resumes’ link in the My Resume section of your dashboard page. In the Available Resumes section, click the Edit link to go to the Edit Profile and Resume page. In the first section under Search Settings,… continue…

VC Altman: ‘Hot Girls’ Only Part of the Bubble Picture

Sam Altman’s recently spotlighted comments about tech companies hiring “hot girls” to recruit engineering talent was “meant somewhat tongue in cheek, although it’s a real phenomenon,” he told Dice News. When asked about how often this takes place, he said, “I don’t think it’s super common.” The real meat of his blog post: “Maybe now we’re actually in the early stages of a startup bubble.” The venture capitalist and former Loopt CEO pointed to such signs as unsustainable high valuations… continue…

How to Update Contact Information On Your Dice Profile

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By Alicia Ouverson In the event that your contact information changes, it’s important to update both your Dice profile and your resume. Employers are able to contact you via the information you listed on your Dice profile, and may choose to use that instead of what’s listed on your resume. Also, if the contact information on your resume doesn’t match what’s listed on your Dice profile, they may not know which one is correct. What’s worse: they may question the… continue…

Integrating Your App with Amazon Web Services S3

By Jeff Cogswell If you can write software for the cloud, you’re one step ahead of other job hunters. In particular, one area you want to know about is Amazon Web Services (AWS). It’s huge and sophisticated, yet surprisingly easy to integrate into applications. Let’s look at how you can program AWS with Microsoft C# and Visual Studio. Specifically we’ll look at how to store data in the AWS cloud storage called S3. To get started, you have to sign… continue…

How to Change Dice Email Subscription Settings

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By Alicia Ouverson We’ve made it easy for you to opt-in or opt-out of receiving our emails. Just log in to your Dice account and scroll to the bottom of your MyDice dashboard page. There, you’ll see a section titled “Subscription Center.” Just check or uncheck the boxes next to the subscriptions you want to change. When you’re done, click the green “Save Subscriptions” button. You’ll receive a confirmation message saying, “Your subscriptions have been updated.” If you have any… continue…

How to Build a Windows 8 App – Part I

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By Jeff Cogswell Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has been building up its own app store, just as Apple and Google have done. It supports both Windows Phone as well as the desktop operating system, Windows 8. As a programmer, you can create apps for Windows 8, upload them to the Windows store and (hopefully!) start making money. If you’re willing to create apps that make use of the new Windows 8 interface, you can make the apps… continue…

The Cost Analysis Dilemma in Project Management

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By Russell Harley Using cost analysis is an important tool in almost every kind of project. It helps determine if a project will improve a business’s profitability or not, so a great deal of effort goes into it during the beginning stages of a project. If an effort’s Return on Investment looks good, then the project moves forward and work begins. The major issue with cost analysis is that a project’s future benefits are predicted by past and current behavior.… continue…

Incorporating Social Links into Your Dice Profile

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By Alicia Ouverson When creating or editing your profile on Dice, you can add links to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, Facebook page and/or personal websites. To do this: Go into your active or inactive resume via the link in the My Resume section of your dashboard page, OR Hover over the MyDice link at the top of the page and click My Resumes in the dropdown menu, then click the Edit icon of the resume you wish to work… continue…

Schools Push for Women Computer Scientists

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By Ji Hyun Lee It used to be that some professions were thought to be just for men — picture rugged firefighters, those thoughtful doctors in pharmaceutical ads and, of course, the hyperactive geek types associated with programmers of the Mark Zuckerberg kind. Another profession in which women have been missing out on is computer science. Despite the gender stereotype that women can’t do math, many tech leaders are adamant that women computer scientists have the capacity to elevate an… continue…