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.

Entering the (Growing) Healthcare-Privacy Field

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Healthcare privacy experts are in demand, and a tech pro with strong analytical and interpersonal skills has the potential to cross industries and enter the healthcare field. No transition is without its challenges, however. For starters, most positions related to healthcare privacy require you become HIPAA-certified in data privacy and security. But considering the growing need in a booming industry, the time and effort necessary to lock down such a certification could be worth it. Operations and Processes The role… continue…

The Challenges of Being a Nonprofit Techie

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Many job descriptions for tech positions at small nonprofit organizations are so vaguely written that it’s impossible to discern the requirements, with one exception: They always seem to want their tech pros to be Jacks-of-All-Trades. Things are a little different at larger, well-funded nonprofits, which have the resources to build out an established tech staff. Check out the latest tech jobs at nonprofits. Regardless of the environment, working for a social cause can prove rewarding for the technologist with a… continue…

5 Interview Tips for Project Managers

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Project management is a burgeoning industry at the moment, with growth projected at 15 percent through 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (faster than average); those with five years (or more) of management experience can expect to earn an average of $120,000 a year in a full-time position, while freelance contractors can pull down between $50 and $60 per hour. What’s the best way to land a rewarding management position? As with so many industries, it’s all in… continue…

How to Land a Job at Level 3 Communications

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Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Its comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; and data center and cloud-based solutions. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, the company has grown since Dice first profiled it in 2012. In 2014, it acquired TW Telecom, which significantly expanded its reach in the U.S. market. Check out the latest… continue…

Interview Tips for QA Engineers

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As always, QA engineers are in demand across industries. Entry-level technologists can expect salaries of $59,000 on average; after several years of experience, that pay can increase to $80,000 and even beyond. No matter how white-hot the segment, though, you still need to ace the interviews to get the job. Here are things that can make that happen: Hard Skills Understanding the job description and role ahead of time is crucial for success. Seems like an obvious statement, no? Except… continue…

How to Outwit Excessive Job Requirements

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Many in the tech industry believe that employers often want too much from candidates, publishing job descriptions that even super-qualified pros find excessive and unreasonable. There’s really no good justification for overwritten “specs,” but their continuing appearance on job boards and recruiters’ desks means that any tech professional who wants a job needs to find a way to deal with them. In situations where the bar is set too high, here are some concrete steps you can take to get… continue…

Six Tips for Acing Your Panel Interview

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The panel interview, at some companies, is the last stop in a multi-step search process. Other firms see it in a more informal light, as a way for people within a division to learn a bit more about a candidate. Whatever the approach, a panel is often an intimidating experience for job seekers—but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s important to remember that the panel is not an interrogation chamber: You wouldn’t be in the seat if you… continue…

Do Employers Want Too Much From Candidates?

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Reading a job description can send even the most talented technologist off the proverbial deep end. Many employers’ “required” skill sets seem to include everything but the ability to teleport and build a Shaker barn; the lengthy requisites of skills and experience seem achievable only by candidates who’ve spent the past four decades using a hundred different programming languages and platforms to excel at fifty different, complicated jobs. Even under the best circumstances, it’s difficult to find a job for… continue…

Necessary Skills for Database Analysts

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Despite an ever-increasing number of specializations within the Big Data space, there’s still an overwhelming need for traditional database analysts. Much of the current hiring is for junior and mid-range positions, so candidates can expect salaries anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 for starters. According to Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, “Database analysts have to straddle both hemispheres of their brains.” If you’re currently seeking work in the field, you may want to exercise your brain’s left hemisphere by engaging… continue…

Interview Tips for Data Security Analysts

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It’s easy to argue that the most significant issue facing technology today is the security of online data. As demonstrated by recent mega-breaches, IT security pros can barely keep up with increasingly sophisticated threats, and the need for talent with a solid security skill set is therefore great. The security field needs critical thinkers, not just candidates with good resumes. These top-notch practitioners want to know “why” something happened, not just “how,” and they’re not always comfortable following a list… continue…