Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson is a Los Angeles based writer whose work has appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, Documentary magazine, Movie City News, and more. Her stories have covered the gamut from IT and healthcare to music and culture.

How to Land a Technology Job at Esurance

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Esurance is an online auto, homeowner, renter and motorcycle insurer that offers direct-to-consumer insurance in 42 states, as well as service through partner providers in the remaining eight. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has 3,200 employees in 17 offices across the country. More than 300 work exclusively in technology. Gregg Sears, senior manager of talent acquisition at Esurance, says the company is currently looking for a variety of technology professionals including senior software developers, software developers, data analysts, storage… continue…

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Games?

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Recently, the International Game Developers Association reported that 40 percent of the respondents to its Developer Satisfaction Survey hold an undergraduate college degree, while 20 percent have a graduate degree and 15 percent hold some kind of trade diploma. A little over half have taken supplemental training in game design in either high school or college. By the numbers, then, it would appear degrees count when it comes to building a career in games. But how much? Click here to… continue…

How to Land a Job at Ernst & Young

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Ernst & Young, also known as “EY,” is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company has about 175,000 employees in over 150 countries, some 54,000 of whom are in the Americas. Currently, more than 4,000 professionals work in EY’s IT operations. “At EY, we have many opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in technology in all of our service lines,” says Larry Nash, EY Americas director of experienced & executive recruiting. Primarily a Microsoft shop, the… continue…

5 Simple Ways to De-Stress

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Technology has never been a nine-to-five business, and that’s especially true today. Whether your office is in some corporate park or your basement, deadlines are aggressive, demands for updates are incessant and email follows you wherever you go. While there’s no magic way to make the craziness stop, you still need to step back and get your breath each day. But how? Here are five simple suggestions that can help build a barrier between your work and home life, and… continue…

Bloomberg Stresses Advanced Tech to New Hires

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Bloomberg is a news and data company that provides business, financial-market and other information in real time to hundreds of thousands of global subscribers. Headquartered in New York, the firm has over 15,000 employees working in 192 locations around the world. Of those, more than 3,000 comprise its technology group. Mike Marinello, who works for Bloomberg R&D and its CTO’s Office, says the company has a number of open tech positions including jobs in application development, software architecture and user… continue…

5 Sure Ways to Annoy a Tech Recruiter

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Getting the most out of recruiters is about more than crafting a targeted resume or having the perfect pitch. It’s about avoiding the gaffes they see every day, too. So, to help make sure your phone calls get returned and your name stays high on their list, here are five of recruiters’ top pet peeves—some subtle and some obvious—you should take pains to avoid. 1. The Fudged Resume Don’t send a resume that’s rife with misspellings or you may never… continue…

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Approach to IT Hiring

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Headquartered in Detroit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the state’s largest health insurer. It designs, sells and manages health plans for 4.4 million individuals, families and state-based employers. Currently, it has 7,500 employees, about 850 of whom comprise the technology team. Click here to see business intelligence jobs. IT recruiting is overseen by Talent Acquisitions Team Lead Mike Busovicki, who says the company’s in need of experienced, senior-level professionals. Specifically, he’s looking for people who can take on:… continue…

This is How Blinds.com Hires in IT

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Blinds.com, the largest online window covering store in the world, is based on Houston and home to 250 employees, 30 of them working exclusively in IT. CIO Larry Hack says that in addition to its dedicated tech team, the company prides itself “on being fairly tech-savvy in all departments.” Growing rapidly, Blinds.com now has several open positions including UX designer, senior developer, network engineer and mobile developer. “As we’re an Agile shop, we also look for future teammates that are… continue…

Black Duck Seeks Open Source Skills

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Black Duck Software believes the future of development relies on the effective and informed use of open source technologies and methods. It’s a highly regarded provider of consulting and software for customers seeking to adopt open source for their applications, governance and management. As part of the open source community, Black Duck connects developers to open source resources through Ohloh.net and to commentary from industry experts through its Open Source Delivers blog. The company also hosts the Open Source Think Tank,… continue…

3 Ways to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

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Job hunters have a love-hate relationship with recruiters. On the one hand, a good recruiter can be the one who introduces you—and advocates for you–to the hiring manager, and coaches you on the best way to land a particular job. On the other, they can be distracted and non-responsive when they’re searching through a pile of resumes in search of the right candidates for their clients. So, how do you get their attention? We asked Matt Brosseau of Chicago staffing… continue…