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.

10 Questions to Ask a Recruiter Before You Sign On

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Recruiters can be a big help when you’re looking for a job. They’re an excellent source of market intelligence and the experts who know how to get your resume in front of elusive hiring managers. But with dozens of them to choose from, how can you tell which recruiter is right for you? The short answer is by learning as much about them as you can. To start, ask these questions early on. What’s your niche or specialty? IT recruiters… continue…

2 Networking Tricks for Shy People

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Networking
Tip of the Day You don’t have to be the life of the party to have a vibrant network. Select the formats and venues where you’re the most comfortable, and get the ball rolling by building a small circle of contacts. If you’re uncomfortable by yourself, go with a friend or colleague. That way, you can break the ice by making introductions and engaging in small group conversations. You may find it’s easier to get started by remembering that everyone’s… continue…

From Linux Sys Admin to Programmer in 3 Easy Steps

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We got an email from a Dice user: “I’d like to move from Linux systems administration to programming. What’s the best way to make a smooth transition?” He’s in a good place. His knowledge of Linux servers, the Linux command line, distribution and tools will serve as a solid foundation for a career in programming and development. Plus, learning how to program the Linux kernel will boost his market value and help him capitalize on the growth of DevOps, notes… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Systems Administrators

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The role of the systems administrator is strong and the job’s outlook is healthy, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting growth of about 11.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. That should create approximately 42,900 new positions. What makes one sys admin stand out from others? Curiousity, according to “Ski” Kacoroski, who services more than 3,000 users as assistant systems administrator for the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash. He also serves as vice president for LOPSA, the League of… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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Performance Review
Tip of the Day It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while a prospective employer will ask to see a copy of your performance review. You should politely decline. The information in your review is proprietary and giving a prospective boss access to the document allows him to scrutinize every task you performed and read you manager’s subjective comments. That’s more information than they need. In addition, performance plans are controlled documents because they often detail a… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Grammar Mistakes
Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…

Do Your Research Before Beginning Salary Negotiations

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Roll of Dollars
Tip of the Day Once you’re offered a new job, it’s time to negotiate your salary, time off and other benefits. You can’t do this in a vacuum. As in every other part of the job-hunting process, the more you know about the employer and its business, the better chance you have of getting what you want. Before you begin discussing salary, determine a preliminary compensation range that’s appropriate for someone with your skills and experience. You can find the… continue…

Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Tip of the Day Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author. It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into… continue…

Take the Initiative and Keep Your Manager Informed

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Meeting With Manager
Tip of the Day If your boss is constantly lurking by your desk, trying to stay on top of what’s going on, it might be time to change the way you interact. Because they’re unsure of which employees require more oversight than others, managers new to their roles often supervise subordinates closely. In the absence of trust, they tend to manage everyone carefully, which can grate on the nerves of experienced workers. Since relationships are a two-way street, changing the… continue…

Interview Questions for Agile Developers

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Developers who are familiar with Agile have seen their stock rise. That’s because CIOs view the framework as a way to keep up with the ever-evolving needs of owners and a welcome alternative to traditional methodologies. The approach fosters incremental software development by replacing silos with svelte cross-functional teams and emphasizing communication and collaboration over documentation and meetings. Daryl Kulak, a vice president at consulting firm Pillar Technology Group, likes to mirror Agile’s collaborative spirit during interviews. Here are some… continue…