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.

Prepared for Continuous Background Screening?

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Even if you passed your pre-hire background check with flying colors, you may not be out of the proverbial woods. A growing number of employers are performing periodic background checks or so-called “infinity” screening on current employees. The ongoing scrutiny of your criminal activity, credit report and social media posts could have a major impact on your career. “There’s no limit on the type of background checks employers can run on current employees as long as they have a signed… continue…

Interview Qs for DBAs With MongoDB Expertise

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Supporters claim that MongoDB is the fastest-growing database ecosystem. Why is the document-oriented data model so popular? Because it’s highly scalable, said Charity Majors, engineering manager for Parse, the Facebook subsidiary tasked with building the social network’s app ecosystem. Check out the latest MongoDB-related jobs. Mongo is also easy to learn, so Majors doesn’t look for vast experience with the open-source database when she hires DBAs. Instead, she asks the following questions to identify prospects with a DevOps mindset and… continue…

Interview Qs for Puppet Masters

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The demand for tech pros skilled in Puppet rose 15.5 percent year-over-year, according to Dice’s most recent annual survey. Meanwhile, postings for Puppet-related jobs have increased 91 percent. Although Puppet has been around since 2005, the open-source configuration tool’s growing popularity is linked to the rising interest in DevOps. Monica Culver, the London-based director of customer success for Puppet Labs, explained in a recent interview how, like many managers, she evaluates candidates for Puppet-heavy jobs on their proficiency with DevOps… continue…

IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

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Many IT jobs come with rigorous academic requirements, but not all of those jobs offer high starting salaries and explosive growth potential. Which ones offer the best (and worst) return on investment (ROI)? IT Jobs With the Best ROI DBA Entry-level salary: $59,000 Average salary: $102,446 Although 60 percent of DBAs have a bachelor’s degree, 16 percent have an associate’s degree and 20 percent have some college, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Demand exceeds supply, with… continue…

Interview Qs for ITSM/ITIL Consultants

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The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is rapidly becoming a widely used framework for IT management around the world. Its growing popularity has boosted demand for trained consultants, while raising the value of ITIL certifications. Although consultants are expected to reduce operational costs, standardize processes and improve the quality of service delivery by applying ITIL’s cohesive set of best practices, they tend to embrace the notion that ITIL should be adapted—not adopted—to suit a company’s needs. Check out the latest… continue…

How to Ask for a Raise… and Get It

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Wage satisfaction is slipping among IT professionals. According to Dice’s latest salary survey, only half of tech pros are happy with their compensation, and 37 percent believe they could find a new employer this year. If you like everything about your job except the pay, why not ask for a raise before you decide to jump ship? Knowing what your boss expects and how to broach the subject can increase your chances of success when it’s time to ask for… continue…

Interview Qs for DevOps Pros

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As more companies tear down the silos that separate software development and IT operations, market demand for DevOps skills is on the rise. Experience with Puppet, the popular open source DevOps tool, tops many hiring managers’ wish lists. Check out the latest DevOps jobs.  Joe Sanchez, an IT operations manager for Grand Canyon University, is one of those hiring managers, and he wants more than technical skills when hiring for his DevOps team: “I look for creative, free-thinking people who… continue…

How to Identify the Skills You Need to Advance

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Whether you’re gunning for a promotion to project manager, or just want to expand the scope of your current role, you’ll likely need to master a collection of new skills in order to advance your career to the next level. The hard part is figuring out which skills will take you where you need to go. Yes, you might spot some of the required technical skills by studying job postings for your desired position—but even the most detailed job posting… continue…

Overcoming Recruiters’ Most Annoying Habits

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Recruiters are often the gateway to an awesome company and a high-paying tech job. But to get a recruiter’s help, IT professionals sometimes have to put up with some annoying habits. No. 1: They Bombard You With Unsuitable Positions “The first time a recruiter offers you an unsuitable position, firmly and clearly restate your criteria,” advised Scott Love, a recruiting industry trainer and speaker based in Washington D.C. Being clear about your goals from the outset and partnering with a… continue…

Interview Qs for TOGAF Enterprise Architects

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Enterprise architects with TOGAF experience are in high demand. In fact, The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF) was recently named the highest-paid skill in a quarterly survey compiled by IT analyst firm Foote Partners. While a TOGAF certification can help an EA land an interview, it doesn’t guarantee an offer. Hiring managers often ask situational or behavioral questions to see how an EA will apply the popular framework and standards during an interview, according to Dr. Bill Estrem, founder… continue…