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.

Top Tech Degrees for 2015 (and Beyond)

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Technology degree programs of all types may enjoy booming enrollments these days, but which diplomas are the most useful for next year’s grads? While computer science is a perennial favorite (and always a good choice for students), other paths of inquiry are rapidly gaining in popularity among those who want lucrative and fulfilling careers once they graduate school. These five top tech degrees for 2015 (and beyond) are shaped by changes in the global economy, industry and technology. They may… continue…

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

What Capital One Looks for in Technology Hires

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Capital One Financial Corporation is a U.S.-based bank holding company that specializes in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products. Headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, Va., it’s a pioneer in the mass marketing of credit cards—so much so that the company is now the fourth largest customer of the U.S. Postal Service. The company has approximately 45,000 associates and major operations in 15 cities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Nearly 5,800 people comprise the tech team,… continue…

How to Get a Tech Job at Benefits Provider WageWorks

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Based in San Mateo, Calif., WageWorks provides tax-advantaged consumer-directed health, commuter and employee benefit plans throughout the U.S. The public company currently employs about 1,500 people in 10 offices across the country. Julie Iskow, senior vice president and CIO, says its 300-member technology team continues to grow along with the company. Many of WageWorks’ open positions are in the largest component of its technology organization, product development, which includes design, front-end and back-end development, QA and business analysis. “We are also continually looking… continue…

How to Get a Technology Job at WebMD

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WebMD calls itself the leading provider of health information services, offering a consumer website, a network for physicians and healthcare professionals, and a private portal service for employers and health plans. Its WebMD.com has one of the highest usage rates in the sector. Headquartered in New York, the company has 11 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Of its more than 1,600 employees, about 350 work in technology. Click here to find a job in health IT. Director of Recruiting… continue…

Tips for Landing a Technology Job at Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo is a global financial services company that provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and other products through brick and mortar locations, ATMs, online and mobile devices. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has 270,000 employees in 36 countries. More than 14,000 of them support technology, most of them as part of the Technology and Operations Group. Wendy McKoy, the group’s senior vice president and recruiting manager, says the company is currently seeking to fill positions for application developers, SOA… continue…

‘Large Project Experience’ Key to Many Mobile Jobs

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Chris Luu is the chief technology officer at Fuzz, a design and development shop with offices in Brooklyn and Northampton, Mass. The company’s created mobile apps for the likes of AT&T, Hearst and GNC. We asked him for his insights into jobs in mobile development. Who’s most interested in mobile skills? Pretty much every industry is thinking about how they can leverage mobile. However, it does seem that many of these companies will simply outsource the development of their mobile… continue…

Why Women in Tech Should Interrupt Men

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Your parents probably told you: Don’t interrupt. But could interrupting be exactly what women should do if they want to rise in the world of technology? Slate recently published an informal study that suggests the answer may be “yes.” Linguist and technologist Kieran Snyder got curious about the matter. So, she sat through meetings where approximately 60 percent of the attendees were men. Over 15 hours of conversations, she noted that there were 314 interruptions, translating into an interruption once… continue…

5 Key Things Recruiters Want to Hear

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By the time you find yourself in front of a recruiter, they already know you’re serious about finding a job that’s a better fit and have a clear idea of your skills and accomplishments. That’s all well and good, but what can you say to keep them in your corner—not just during your current job search, but over the course of your career? There’s no one thing. Recruiters want to hear about “passion” and “enthusiasm,” but they also want to… continue…

How to Get a Technology Job at Carfax

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Carfax is a Web-based service that supplies vehicle history reports for used cars and light trucks in the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Centreville, Va., just south of Dulles Airport, the company maintains a data center in Columbia, Mo., where it was founded 30 years ago. The company also has offices in Toronto and Munich, as well as field representatives across the U.S. and Europe. Two hundred forty of Carfax’s 600 employees work in tech, most of them in Missouri… continue…