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.

Here’s the One Thing You MUST Say During an Interview

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By the time hiring managers ask you in for an interview, they’ve already decided you’ve got the technical skills to do the job. Their purpose in meeting you is to decide whether you’ll fit with the team, gauge your soft skills and in general measure your level of enthusiasm for the position. This last point is among the most critical. If there’s one thing you absolutely must get across during your meeting, it’s why you want the job. “Skills can… continue…

Interview Questions for Novice Software Testers

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If you’re interested in software testing, you don’t need robust tech skills so much as a heavy dose of tenacity and a strong service mentality. “It’s still a young profession so there are a lot of misconceptions about the role,” says Ben Yaroch, President of the Association for Software Testing and Senior Software Quality Engineer for ExactTarget, an Indianapolis-based digital marketing platform. “Most applicants have had some exposure to testing but they haven’t done it full time,” he says. “I… continue…

Interview Questions for IT Business Analysts

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Demand for IT business analysts is skyrocketing as the use of data grows and more companies push the envelope on productivity gains. The need isn’t going to ease off anytime soon: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 876,000 business analysis-related professionals will be needed by 2020. In interviews, many hiring managers probe a BA’s ability to solve problems, create value and nurture productive relationships with stakeholders, says Kevin Brennan, CBAP, PMP, chief business analyst and executive vice president for the… continue…

4 Interview Questions for UX Designers

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User experience is about science, not art. That’s why consummate UX pros don’t base design decisions on intuition. Instead, they use data and feedback to improve the experience for users of websites and applications. They think independently, solve problems and aren’t afraid to advocate for their ideas, according to Jen Romano Bergstrom, UX Project Leader for Arlington, Va., research firm Fors Marsh Group. She’s also the Director of Marketing and Communications for the User Experience Professionals Association. Search user experience… continue…

12 Simple Mistakes That Could Sink Your Resume

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Any IT professional worth their salt knows employers automatically reject resumes littered with typos and grammatical errors. Or that resumes need keywords to survive resume screening and selection software. But what other mistakes are you making that could be secretly hindering your efforts? Here are 12 stealthy–but correctable–problems that could be plaguing your resume and stifling your search. 1. It doesn’t tell a compelling story. The goal of a resume is to unequivocally demonstrate why you’re the best professional for… continue…

Sample Resume: Web App Developer Seeking Startup Position

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Rochelle “Shelly” Chu 123 Easy St. Milwaukee, Wisc. 00000 000.555.1212 ■ rchu@gmail.com Twitter ■ Facebook ■ Google+ ■ Blog ■ LinkedIn ■ GitHub ■ StackOverflow ■ website ■ YouTube Rock Star Web App Developer Full stack developer with awesome Python skills, hefty product development experience and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, looking to create world-class applications as part of a lean and mean team at an innovative startup dedicated to saving lives and ending disease. See my… continue…

How to Navigate a Complex Hiring Process

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Some employers like to put candidates through their paces as they search for the perfect fit, which can lead to a process that requires multiple interviews spread over several weeks. Unless you know what lies ahead, you could be derailed by an abrupt salary question, a bad credit score or a poor showing at a technical interview. The best way to be ready for any contingency is to be prepared. Here’s an outline to help. Step 1: Understand the Process… continue…

Sample Resume: Data Visualization Engineer

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Seth Kaminski 123 Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta, GA 00000 ♦ sk@email.com ♦ 000.555.1212 ♦ LinkedIn ♦ Instagram ♦ Facebook Data Visualization Master “Turning dull, unsystematic data into meaningful works of art” A data interpreter, analyst and information manager with a proven history of turning large data sets into progressive ideas through the creation of clear, compelling infographics, maps, data visualizations, interactive media and product designs. Generated $8 million in ad revenue by harvesting nuggets of competitive information from data sets and… continue…

How Veterans Can Translate Their Military Skills Into Civilian Language

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Returning veterans possess many of the skills and qualities that private sector employers are looking for. But to transfer your technology experience to the civilian world, you’re going to have to do a bit of translation on your resume: If you pepper it with jargon, acronyms and references to tools and technologies specific to your service, you may not make it through the first pass. Garner the interest you deserve by highlighting your transferable skills and outcomes in a way… continue…

Interview Questions for Python/Django Developers

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Django, an open source framework written in Python, was designed to save Web developers time and money by promoting the idea of reusing code and avoiding replication. As with any language, programmers interviewing for a job involving Django are going to face a series of specialized questions. We asked Remco Wendt, a Berlin-based entrepreneur and member of the Django Software Foundation, how he screens candidates. Though he uses a live coding test and a short take-home project to plumb the… continue…