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.

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…

Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed!

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Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue…

Want to Work as a Video-Game Developer?

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Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to work on video games? Who wouldn’t want to become the next Markus “Notch” Persson, who just sold his game Minecraft to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars? (He wanted to spend more time creating games, not managing a global phenomenon.) But gaming’s popularity also makes it difficult to get a proverbial foot in the door of a major company; to enter this highly competitive industry, you need a great resume and cover… continue…

Sample Resume: Embedded Software and Robotics Engineer

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Raul Sanchez rsanchez@email.com 123 Any St.000.555.1212 Indianapolis, Ind. 00000www.Robotman.com LinkedIn ♦ Facebook ♦ Collaborator ♦ Robotman Blog ♦ Twitter Embedded Software and Robotics Engineering Professional Futuristic engineer and bona fide expert in embedded software and architecture looking to fuel my fervent passion for cutting edge technology by developing next-generation robotic systems and creating tight, bug free software and code on a contract basis. Experience researching, designing, developing, testing, debugging and optimizing robotic systems in companies serving the automotive and manufacturing… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Little Secrets

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One of the biggest controversies to rock the tech world over the past few years was the revelation that executives at Apple, Google, and other firms “fixed” the market for highly skilled tech workers by agreeing not to steal each other’s employees. If the unveiling of that secret practice made you wonder about the true modus operandi of corporate and third-party recruiters, you’re not alone. Across the country, tech workers are wondering: Did that last recruiter deliberately steer me toward… continue…

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…