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.

Interview Qs for Ubuntu Developers

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It’s a good time for developers to learn Ubuntu. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, recently announced plans to turn Ubuntu Core into an operating system for the Internet of Things. Canonical has also built a mobile-friendly version of Ubuntu that Spanish manufacturer BQ Aquaris installed on a smartphone earlier this year. Check out the latest Ubuntu-related jobs. So what do hiring managers want out of a candidate skilled in all things Ubuntu? Jono Bacon, the senior director of community… continue…

Forging a Career Path When the Route Is Unclear

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Up-and-coming companies seldom offer well-defined career paths that guide IT professionals from one position to the next. Enterprising employees are instead expected to identify an emerging role or need and pilot themselves to the next career opportunity. “You have to know where the company and your particular niche is headed to steer your own IT career,” said Katy Piotrowski, CEO of Career Solutions Group, a career planning firm based in Fort Collins, Colo. “The key is finding an opportunity that… continue…

Will Your Next Employer Advance Your Career?

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A lack of career progression is the No. 1 reason why people quit their jobs, according to a list of deal-breakers compiled last year by BambooHR. Poor work-life balance came in second, with pay dissatisfaction the third-leading cause of worker defections. If these complaints sound familiar, you may already be seeking greener pastures. But how can you tell if your advancement and earning potential will be any better at another company? Here are four ways to investigate your chances of… continue…

How to Talk Tech to Nontechnical People

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Communications isn’t just a skill for IT professionals in business-facing roles. Today, practically everyone who works in IT needs the ability to communicate technical concepts and information to end users. Recruiters say hiring managers are often willing to substitute one technical skill for another when they consider candidates… but communication skills are a non-negotiable requirement. So what’s the secret to communicating technical concepts and information to nontechnical folks? Check out the latest IT management jobs. In addition to patience and… continue…

Top Cover Letter Tips From IT Managers

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Forget boilerplate templates for cover letters: If you want to grab an IT manager’s attention, tailor the contents of your cover letter toward his or her specific needs. “Most cover letters aren’t very informative, so I usually don’t read them,” admitted Pete Overas, director of Enterprise Technical Support for Minneapolis-based software company Parametric Technology Corporation. What would change his mind? “A letter that conveys an understating of what we do and how an engineer could contribute would definitely catch my… continue…

What’s on Employers’ IT Wish Lists for 2015

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The IT sector is poised for a strong year in 2015, with employers planning to add professionals to support business expansion and sustain growth. As businesses strive to stay competitive, they need people who can add value by developing new tools and services, or increasing a firm’s bench depth and management capabilities. Here’s what employers are looking for when they hire IT pros in 2015: Third Platform Skills Companies that support the cloud and Big Data need to expand their “third… continue…

Interview Qs for MySQL DBAs and Developers

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The popularity of the MySQL open-source database platform is on the rise. But professionals who fail to convey a solid understanding of database structures and concepts during an interview may limit their appeal to employers, according to Alex Alexander, CEO of San Francisco-based SpringbokSQL, which builds specialty database appliances. “Someone can always learn another RDBMS as long as they understand the basic working structure of a relational model,” he said. “And myopic professionals tend to overlook a database that could… continue…

How to Ace Your Interview With the CIO

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You sailed through your job interview with the IT manager, and you established a great rapport with members of the development team. Now one last thing stands between you and the job offer: the interview with the CIO. Fortunately, there are some winning strategies and techniques for impressing a CIO when there’s a lot on the line: Do Your Homework Some candidates admit that they have no idea what the prospective employer does when they sit down with Cheryl Correll,… continue…

Finding Your Way as an Enterprise Architect

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Aspiring enterprise architects (EAs) have to navigate a winding, unmarked career path littered with inconsistent job titles, diverse duties and a plethora of frameworks in order to stake their claim in this emerging but confusing field. Brian Cameron, founder of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State University, thinks enterprise architecture is a hodgepodge of fiefdoms that desperately needs consistency: “The architectural frameworks and skill requirements vary… continue…

Sample Resume: C++ Developer

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Professional Resume of Raj Kapur, MCSD Website: [Insert URL]Email: [Insert Email Address]Location: New York, N.Y.Mobile: [Insert number]GitHub: [Insert link]LinkedIn: [Insert link]Brainbench: [Insert link] C/C++ software developer offering more than four years of full life cycle experience including planning and assessment, requirements definition, features and functionality design and development, coding, testing, QA, implementation, product and infrastructure enhancements and maintenance. An expert in object-oriented design and analysis with a history of building unique and original products and solutions through intuitive problem-solving and creativity. Summary Knowledge… continue…