Myra Thomas

Myra Thomas is an award-winning business reporter. She started her career in finance, eventually becoming AVP for a Lloyd’s of London intermediary. She applies her extensive business knowledge to the world of reporting. Her stories run the gamut of topics, including tech, banking, healthcare, personal finance, and small business. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Myra lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and two fierce Cairn Terriers.

4 Interview Qs for Network Penetration Testers

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Network penetration testers hack into an organization’s systems to uncover security vulnerabilities. Not surprisingly, they need a strong sense of curiosity, says Charles Tendell, founder and CEO of Denver-based Azorian Cyber Security, a professional penetration testing company. In the wake of high profile breaches at the likes of Target and IBM, demand for penetration testers is up, Tendell says. Large companies are adding resources in-house, even as smaller specialty firms crop up. If you’re looking to interview with one, expect a… continue…

Employer Peeves: Embellishing, Negativity and Being Cocky

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Grumpy Guy
Dissing a previous employer, embellishing your resume and acting cocky. These should seem like obvious “don’ts,” but tech employers still run into them. That’s too bad: They can quickly bring a promising conversation to a screeching halt. Of course, all of these can result from the frustration that goes along with trying to find the right job. But, even if your search is stretching itself out or you’re desperate to get out of an existing job, resist the temptation to… continue…

Secrets to Landing a Tech Job at Bank of America

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Bank of America’s Global Technology and Operations group is comprised of some 110,000 employees and contractors, a significant chunk of a company whose total headcount is 233,000. “If you carved out this division from Bank of America, it would be one of the largest technology organizations in the world,” says Whitney Westbrook, senior vice president and the group’s campus talent manager. Across 34 countries, Global Technology and Operations provides the platforms and services for BofA’s consumer banking, wealth management, commercial… continue…

More Tech Companies Use Behavioral Tests in Hiring

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A growing number of tech companies are using behavioral tests as part of their hiring process, hoping they’ll help them identify the “right” workers for each position. And while candidates aren’t going to be thrilled by having to navigate an additional layer along their way to a new job, it looks like these tests are here to stay. That’s because tech companies are particularly attuned to taking a data-driven approach, says Matt Poepsel, vice president of product management for PI Worldwide,… continue…

How to Look for Work Without Alerting Your Boss

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Job hunting takes time. A lot of time. So trying to plan your next move while working full time is, to put it mildly, a challenge. It’s complicated by the need for discretion: When you’re looking for a new job you don’t want to jeopardize your current one by having your boss find out about your search. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but one many people will have to face at some point in their career, especially today,… continue…

4 Interview Questions for DevOps Engineers

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Whether it’s coding and scripting, process re-engineering or team building, DevOps engineers apply a variety of skills to bridging systems operations and development. Their goal is to create a stable infrastructure and, ultimately, get new code into production. “It’s also about understanding business priorities, strategies and metrics,” says Mitesh Mehta, business head of the Technology Competency unit for Collabera, a Morristown, N.J., technology staffing and services company. To do that, DevOps engineers need to keep abreast of modern software engineering… continue…

Opportunities Expand for Program Managers

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As more companies look to better manage costs and align strategy across multiple tech projects, the role of program manager is gaining notice and becoming better-defined. And for some project managers, the job seems to be a logical next step. Program managers are responsible for overseeing a number of project teams at the same time with the mandate of meeting client and company needs. Making the leap isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re a long-time project manager more interested in… continue…

Do IT Contractors Really Need to Carry Insurance?

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If you’re working as an independent contractor, do you need to carry professional liability insurance? For full-time workers, employers are typically responsible for indemnification against claims of intellectual property infringement or issues related to failed projects or dissatisfied customers. But for contractors and consultants, it’s a different story: They usually need to protect themselves through something called errors and omissions, or “E&O” insurance, which protects them from losses related to claims of negligence and other issues. It’s a cost of… continue…

Online Gambling Providers Seek Range of Tech Skills

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A number of technology and service providers are positioning themselves to take advantage of what seems to be imminent growth in online gambling, and that’s leading to the creation of tech jobs: Software providers, payment processors, mobile app developers, Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) providers and e-wallet companies are ramping up operations and adding developers, security experts and back-end support staff. “Development is key here,” says Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for Las Vegas-based World Series of Poker. “You constantly have… continue…

Can the PMP Make Sense for Developers?

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Does earning the Project Management Professional certification make any sense for someone who’s focused on a technical role like, say, a software engineer or developer? It might, if you’re looking to move onto the management track. A large proportion of project management jobs in everything from software development to SOA include the PMP as a requirement. The credential’s listed as either a requirement or “nice-to-have” for roles beyond project management, such as software engineer, information architect and senior SharePoint administrator.… continue…