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.

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…

A Tech Career May Not Require a Four-Year Degree

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Do you need a bachelor’s degree to have a successful career in IT? Not necessarily. In some occupations, professionals with less-costly two-year degrees may actually out-earn people with more education, according to research from Georgetown University. In fact, Georgetown says that 28 percent of people with an associate’s degree make more than the median of workers with a bachelor’s degree. For instance, you can make a nice living as a Web developer, application developer, computer programmer, computer support specialist, game… continue…

Sample Resume: Hadoop Developer

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Anna Burke123 Any St. Apt. 102 LinkedIn ▪ GitHub ▪ Google+ East Brunswick, NJ 00000 000. 555.1212aburke@email.com Profile: Hadoop Stack Developer and Administrator “Transforming large, unruly data sets into competitive advantages” Purveyor of competitive intelligence and holistic, timely analyses of Big Data made possible by the successful installation, configuration and administration of Hadoop ecosystem components and architecture. Two years’ experience installing, configuring, testing Hadoop ecosystem components. Capable of processing large sets of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data and supporting systems… continue…

How to Spot Your Next Big Skill

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Keeping your career on track is challenging enough without having to worry about timing: If you learn an emerging technology too soon, the jobs won’t be there. If you wait too long, you’ll face stiff competition. So how can you develop impeccable timing? By actively monitoring the evolution of promising technologies that align with your skills and interests. When new tech starts to gain momentum and more and more people get their hands into it, it’s time to make your… continue…

Interview Questions for Contract Scrum Masters

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One moment scrum masters are leading and mentoring team members, the next they’re reviewing code and calling for a two-week sprint. A Scrum master has to wear many hats to help a project team perform at its highest level. And while they don’t always have the bandwidth to code, design or test, those with hands-on development experience relate better to the technical members of the team, says Faizan Syed, director of service delivery for eTeam, a staffing firm based in… continue…

How to Face Down an Interviewer Who’s a Jerk

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When you go in for an interview, you expect the manager to be professional, if not pleasant. But sometimes you run into one who’s just, to put it plainly, a shmuck. Needless to say, it’s no fun to face someone who’s irritated or angry, rude or belittling. Don’t take the bait. Believe it or not, some companies purposely conduct stress interviews to see how a candidate deals with pressure. Though that says a lot about a company’s culture, you still… continue…

Infographic Resumes Aren’t There Yet

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An effective resume grabs the reviewer’s attention by painting a clear picture of the value you offer. And it has to do that with words, because so many companies use keyword matching technology to pick out resumes of interest on the first pass. That’s why most resumes are simple written documents, without a lot of images or graphics. That’s changing, though. Some – not many, but some – candidates are creating infographic resumes, documents that use data visualization to help… continue…