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 PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Writing a Great Post-Interview Thank-You Note

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It’s common knowledge that job seekers should send thank-you notes to recruiters and hiring managers after an interview. The tough part is figuring out what to say and how to say it. Will an email suffice? And should you really use a formal salutation (“Dear [person’s name]”) to address the founder of a laid-back tech startup? Sending a customized, well-written thank-you note after an interview will certainly help you stand out, and could even allow you to seal the deal.… continue…

Cover Letter: Experienced Game Designer

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Kelly Clark Portfolio Link 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Dec. 5, 2014 Mr. Bob Jones Game Producer TOTALLY AWESOME GAMES 123 Hollywood Blvd. Ste. A Hollywood, CA 00000 Re: Game Designer, Hollywood Adventures, Position No. 12345 Dear Mr. Jones, As a video game designer whose creative flair contributed to the success of War of the Worlds III and Urban Saga, I’d love to elevate my career by sharing my… continue…

Sample Resume: Game Designer

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Kelly Clark [Portfolio Link] 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Profile Creator of colorful, enticing fantasy worlds enjoyed by avid players of video, computer and online games. Fully capable of turning the vision of programmers, producers and engineers into a working game in which fascinating characters fend off evil villains in search of valuable treasures. Experience: Concept Design, Prototyping, User Experience, Content Design, Game Rules, Mobile, Character Design, Props, User Interfaces, Setting Design, Tuning and Testing, Scripting and Debugging… continue…

Interview Qs for Systems Analysts

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Systems analysts assess and optimize existing IT systems, including networking processes and infrastructure. Their primary goal is to understand the needs of business units across the enterprise and deliver improvements in efficiency and productivity. Since systems analysts impact the bottom line, validating your accomplishments with facts and figures is a great way to set yourself apart during an interview, said Matt Kalush, an IT recruiter who works in Austin, Texas for Frontline Source Group, Inc. “Companies want systems analysts who… continue…

5 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

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A bad boss can stymie your professional growth, destroy your self-esteem and send you running for the exit. According to one study, three out of every four employees reported that their boss was the most stressful part of their job, and 65 percent would take a new boss over a pay raise. Can you spot a bad boss during a job interview? While it’s not an exact science, here are five warning signs that your future boss could be a… continue…

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…