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.

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…

10 Resume Buzzwords That Have Lost Their Sizzle

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Your resume should always address the IT manager’s needs, and showcase your mastery of the latest technical tools and techniques. But peppering your career history and cover letter with random buzzwords could make you seem phony and dated. Buzzwords are empty adjectives or terms that are trite, overused, or no longer relevant. Instead of making your resume stand out, they make your documents look boilerplate and unimaginative. “If you really want to use a cliché like ‘innovative’ or ‘outside-the-box thinker,’… continue…

Sample Resume: Freelance iOS Developer

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William “Bill” Rodgers willrodgers@email.com 000.555.1212 300 North Street, Unit A San Jose, CA 00000 Portfolio: [Insert URL] LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/wrodgers GitHub: www.github.com/iOSguru Freelance iOS Developer Summary: Results-oriented iOS developer with more than three years’ experience writing highly readable, clean, maintainable source code. Developed more than 15 applications for iPhone and iPad that offer users an intuitive, friendly interface, and successfully executed more than 75 updates to existing applications for a variety of small to mid-size companies. Results include robust downloads, activations, session lengths,… continue…

5 More Things to Learn About Computer Science Degrees

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Thanks to offshoring and other trends, there’s precious little job security in IT—or that’s the perception that many people have of the industry, at least. The reality is, (nearly) every tech company wants to produce a quality product, and they’re willing to pay generously in order to make that happen. “Rumors about offshoring continue to be fiction,” said Dr. H. E. Dunsmore, associate professor of computer science, and chair of the College of Science Undergraduate Education Policy and Curriculum Committee,… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…