Leslie Stevens-Huffman

Leslie Stevens-Huffman is a business and careers writer based in Southern California. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry and has been writing articles, blog posts and moderating the Dice Discussion Board since 2006. In addition to her writing pursuits, Leslie is a part-time instructor for UC Irvine Extension and a member of the Human Capital Institute’s Contract Talent Advisory Board. Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…

Sample Resume: Predictive Analytics Developer

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Montel Ramirez Carlsbad, California Twitter: @soothsayer mramirez@email.com 000.555.1212 [YouTube and SlideShare links] Predictive Analytics Developer Reliable Soothsayer with a proven track record of applying predictive analytic techniques to data management, producing a host of incremental revenue and profit opportunities in diverse industries on a contract basis. Comfortable using quantitative approaches, creative data analysis, algorithm development and modeling to create assumptions based on historical data and testing thresholds to predict future performance. Strengths include: Quantitative Analysis Decision and Predictive Analytics Optimization,… continue…

Sample Resume: Big Data Engineer

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Raj Patel 000.555.1212 Providence, Rhode Island www.portfoliolink rpatel@email.com Big Data Engineer Designer, builder and manager of Big Data infrastructures A collaborative engineering professional with substantial experience designing and executing solutions for complex business problems involving large scale data warehousing, real-time analytics and reporting solutions. Known for using the right tools when and where they make sense and creating an intuitive architecture that helps organizations effectively analyze and process terabytes of structured and unstructured data. Competency Synopsis  Data Warehousing Proven history of… continue…

Should You Take an IT Job in a Small City?

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If you’re tired of living in a hectic metropolis, you’re in luck. Small cities such as Helena, Mont. (pop. 25,596) and Cheyenne, Wyo. (pop. 62,448) have managed to attract a handful of high-tech firms. Now their recruiters are actively seeking IT professionals who would rather live and work in a modest-sized town. For more IT jobs, click here. While the idea of a 10-minute commute may be tempting, accepting a job in a small city could have long-term consequences on… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Secrets: Recruiters Respond

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There are always two sides to every story. So recruiters were given a chance to clarify and defend their little-known policies and procedures, which are often called dirty little secrets. Here’s their perspective on our list that exposed the inner workings of third-party and corporate recruiters. Yes, ‘No Poaching’ Tactics Are Common It’s true that the contracts between employers and recruiting firms typically contain a “no poaching clause,” explained Kevin Newell, a Boston-based technical recruiter with more than 11 years’… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

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Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… continue…

5 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career

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Maybe you were passed over for a promotion or received a skimpy annual raise. Why? If your performance and technical skills are up to snuff, the reason might be your on-the-job behavior. Research suggests that emotional maturity and the way you treat your co-workers and boss may play a greater role in determining your success than having a high IQ. At their most extreme, undesirable behaviors can lead to disciplinary action and even termination. Here are some of the common… continue…

Sample Resume: Data Modeler

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Thomas Song tsong@email.com 000.555.1212 123 Any St. Omaha, Neb. 00000 Willing to Relocate Data Modeler Offering a proven track record of supporting and influencing positive outcomes in business units and companies throughout the financial services industry through the application of cutting-edge tools and creation of detailed, production-level technical specifications, as well as intuitive conceptual, logical, relational and physical data models. Enthusiastic learner and excellent problem-solver.  Willing to relocate and start work within two weeks anywhere in the U.S. without financial… continue…

Interview Qs for Python Newcomers

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Although Python’s popularity continues to soar, recent trainees and junior developers usually need more than a cursory understanding of the language to land their first job. “Managers are looking for people who have thought critically about their tools, instead of accepting them blindly just because they are in style,” said Mark Lutz, a Florida-based trainer and author of several books on Python. Click here to find Python-programming jobs. Answering the “how” questions is always important during an interview, Lutz explained,… continue…

Sample Resume: Senior Information Architect

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Keisha Reynolds 123 Any St. Milwaukee, Wisc. ♦ kreynolds@email.com ♦ 000.555.1212 ♦ LinkedIn ♦ Twitter ♦ IASAprofile Senior Information Architect Leader. Strategist. Designer. Master designer with an enterprise perspective offering more than five years’ of success developing and implementing architectural concepts, strategies, roadmaps, patterns, frameworks, principles and recommended practices. Expert data warehouse designer and configuration manager. Known for spearheading process improvements and architectural techniques involving ERP systems resulting in productivity and profit gains and increased customer satisfaction.  Led the redesign… continue…