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.

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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Interviewing
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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Introducing People
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…

3 Interview Questions for Network Infrastructure Engineers

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As they become more complex and traffic volumes increase, networks take more than great technical skills to design and maintain. So, infrastructure engineers need a designer’s mindset and approach to problem-solving, believes Ethan Banks, senior network architect for Columbus, Ohio-based Carenection and co-founder of Packet Pushers Podcasts. “When I interview candidates, I’m looking for someone who will step outside their comfort zone, dig into problems and design creative solutions,” he says. Click here to find network infrastructure engineering jobs. Here… continue…

How to Break the Interview’s ‘Q&A’ Format

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A lot of IT professionals think of job interviews as interrogations, tense encounters where managers or engineers fire off a series of questions and you respond with terse answers. But if you’ve been reading our Interview Qs series, you know the opposite is true. In fact, managers frequently ask open-ended questions to spark a discussion. Even technical evaluators hope you’ll ask for hints and walk them through your steps as you solve a problem on the whiteboard. They want to… continue…

Use Data to Make Yourself Stand Out During a Job Search

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On paper, the two finalists for the massive data center consolidation project looked identical. “Both business analysts had great resumes and similar experience, neither one really stood out going into the interview,” recalls Joel Manfredo, managing director of ACIES Consulting Corp. in Orange County, Calif. But the tie didn’t last long: One candidate used data and metrics to describe his project experience, while the other was less specific and tended to ramble. “We hired the candidate who quantified the cost… continue…

4 Interview Qs for Business Analysts in Product or Marketing

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The duties and requirements for business analysts vary from position to position. While some BAs support an entire organization or a particular function, others are tethered to a product or marketing manager and assist in the creation of deliverables for external customers. That can be a tricky role, says Laura Brandenburg, a former BA who trains and coaches prospective professionals for Colorado-based Bridging the Gap. “You may not have access to the external customers who are using your product or… continue…

Always Include Cover Letters When Responding Online

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Tip of the Day If you’re using a job board like, say, Dice, always include a cover note or introductory paragraph when using your saved information. If the “apply now” button takes you to the company’s website or an application form without a designated space to introduce yourself, merge a short cover letter into the top of your resume before pasting it into the resume builder. If a strict format’s being imposed, customize your profile and summary toward the company… continue…

Know When It’s Time to Refine Your Job Search

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Examine Resume Details
Tip of the Day New job seekers usually score several interviews fairly quickly, or at least hear from several recruiters soon after they post their resume. But if you’ve been searching for several months and interest seems to be waning, it’s time to ratchet things up. First thing, ask an objective expert like a local recruiter or former boss for an honest evaluation of your resume and marketability. Assess everything from the number of hits your resume has received to… continue…