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.

4 Interview Questions for Scala Developers

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As Scala slowly goes mainstream, demand for programmers familiar with the language is rising. Though it ranked 39th in August’s TIOBE Programming Community Index, enthusiasts predict it will become a leading technology in the enterprise by 2018. Click here to find Scala jobs. If you’re interviewing for a Scala developer’s job, how should you prepare? Jamie Allen, director of global services for San Francisco-based Typesafe, initially probes candidates for their general understanding of the language, then explores their specific expertise in… continue…

Sample Resume: Software Tester

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Stephen Jones, CSTE 123 Easy St. Apt. B12 Las Vegas, NV 00000 Phone: 000.555.1212 | sjones@email.com LinkedIn | stephen@utest.com |GitHub | Twitter SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTER Offering three years of full lifecycle development experience, a penchant for customer service, and a growing understanding of the principles, practices and tools affecting software quality. Familiar with industry standard best practices and methodologies for QC testing. Experience using industry standard software and tools and developing test plans and QC validation check lists to… continue…

3 Interview Qs About the Waterfall Development Model

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Sometimes an old-fashioned approach is the most effective. Take the Waterfall model, for instance. Although the process of sequential software development has been around since 1970, it’s more effective than newcomer Agile… under the right circumstances. “Waterfall is still a sound methodology,” said Dennis Kayser, CEO of Forecast.it, a project solutions firm based in Copenhagen. “PMs really need to know several methodologies and when to use them, because Waterfall might produce better results depending on the nature of the project.”… continue…

You Can Call Yourself a ‘Rock Star,’ But…

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Tip of the Day If you feel the need to call yourself a “rock star” on your resume, that’s fine—just back it up by describing your experience. Recruiters say the important thing is to make sure your skills are presented accurately and that your resume is tailored to the job description. As long as you do that, they say, call yourself whatever you like. However, it’s important to include your real job titles so you’re not missed during keyword searches.… continue…

Your Cover Letter Needs Examples

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Tip of the Day It’s not enough for your cover letter to tell an employer how great you are. It has to prove it. And it does that by presenting relevant and specific examples of your technical skills and achievements. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Select examples that demonstrate your understanding of each company’s individual needs and why you’re the best person to meet them. Remember, don’t be generic: One letter… continue…

Keywords Are a Foundation of Your Job Search

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Tip of the Day Keywords are important because recruiters search resumes for matches when sourcing candidates from databases loaded with job-seeker profiles. The more frequently your resume matches the keywords contained in a recruiter’s search, the more calls you’ll get. But they’re important to use in places beyond your resume. You should carry the concept throughout all of your job search activities by using them in your elevator pitch and during networking conversations and interviews. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Technical Trainers

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The demand for technical trainers is soaring as companies channel more money into educational programs designed to close the skills gaps of employees. As job postings increase, technology professionals who’ve taught small groups or coached a few colleagues sometimes think about moonlighting as trainers. However, they’re often unaware of the challenges they’ll encounter in the classroom or virtual environment. “It’s not enough to know the subject matter,” notes Sarah Garwood, manager of education services for LearnQuest, a global training company… continue…

‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

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Tip of the Day How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you’re talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say “nowhere,” might the interviewer think you’re desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

Take Care With Your Cover Letter’s Opening Sentence

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Tip of the Day The first paragraph of your cover letter is worth spending time on. Because it sets the mood and provides a preview of what’s to come, a generic or flimsy opening just won’t cut it. Right off the bat, capture the reviewer’s attention by briefly mentioning the employer’s needs. The hook could come from something you read in the job description or heard on the news. If someone referred you, mention their name. The idea is to… continue…

Here’s the Key to Successful Networking

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Tip of the Day Networking isn’t about meeting people… It’s about helping people. You can’t tap perfect strangers on the shoulder and expect them to do you a favor. So don’t just meet someone new so you can ask them for help. Offer your own by sharing job leads and news, providing testimonials and introducing people. Being thoughtful is a part of this. Send congratulatory notes for accomplishments and thank-you notes when someone gives you a referral. If you spend… continue…