Looking in Tech

Everything you need to know about how to find — and keep — your job, plus the latest news on developments impacting the job market.

Degree Pedigree Matters Less to Today’s Employers

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As they struggle to find experienced technology professionals, managers aren’t as focused on hiring from top-flight schools as they have been in the past. Just two years ago, we reported that employers were growing ever-more picky about hiring candidates with the “right” college degree. But while they’d still love to attract candidates from Stanford, MIT or Carnegie Mellon, today’s low tech unemployment rate means many companies don’t have that luxury. “If you say, ‘I only want a college graduate and… continue…

Where College Students Can Find Mentors

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Tip of the Day Mentors can help college students find the right niche in technology and link up to a ready-made network of industry contacts. So where do you find them? School mentorship programs are an option, but they won’t always do the trick. Sometimes you’ll have to look beyond your college campus. To start, check out trade associations at the state and local level. They often offer programs for students including discounted memberships, scholarships, conferences, mentor-matching and networking. Click… continue…

Check Out the Dice Job Search App 2.0

Dice Job Search App
Dice has released an updated version of the Dice Job Search App, loaded with nifty new features. The app, available for iOS devices, allows users to browse, share, and apply for thousands of open tech-pro jobs. New features include the ability to create a Dice account from within the app, add a resume to an account from your mobile device, and preview resumes and cover letters while on the go. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume.… continue…

Critical Skills for DevOps Engineers

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DevOps sounds more like a Special Forces division of the military than a technology role, but this position is mission-critical to the software development life cycle. The challenge with DevOps is that organizationally it bridges an important part of the software lifecycle—change management. In software development, change is critical to success. In operations, change is faced with caution since it introduces risk. The best candidates for a DevOps role possess great communication skills and the ability to crossover between both… continue…

Your Cover Letter Needs Examples

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Tip of the Day It’s not enough for your cover letter to tell an employer how great you are. It has to prove it. And it does that by presenting relevant and specific examples of your technical skills and achievements. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Select examples that demonstrate your understanding of each company’s individual needs and why you’re the best person to meet them. Remember, don’t be generic: One letter… continue…

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…

10 Steps to the Perfect Job

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We’ve all had those days when the job feels like a paycheck-to-paycheck shuffle in line for whatever the company has to dish out. For me, many were the times when I just felt like escaping for a day, month, or year. One of the best things about software and IT is that there are so many things to explore and do that there never is a lack of possible directions. With the emergence of cloud, Big Data, machine learning, and… continue…

Employer Peeves: Embellishing, Negativity and Being Cocky

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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…

Boston Employers Scramble for Web Developers

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An increasing demand for Ruby on Rails skills is making it more difficult for Boston-area technology employers to hire Web developers and engineers. Exacerbating the situation is a concerted effort by many companies to keep current employees onboard. “I think what’s happened is there are a lot of people who are turning to (Ruby on Rails) as new developers trying to learn it, but as far as the folks who are more seasoned, they’re not even getting to the point… continue…

Networking’s About What Happens AFTER You Meet People

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Tip of the Day A common myth has it that networking is all about meeting people. Truth is, it’s more about what you do after you’ve been introduced to someone. In other words, how many people you know isn’t as important as how well you communicate with them—or what you do for them. You need to consistently communicate. It makes no sense to get all that great personal contact information and then not talk to a person for a year.… continue…