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.

Developers, IT Still Racking Up High Salaries

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As part of its continuing exploration of income in the United States, NPR used data from the American Community Survey to create a graph of the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and… continue…

Best Advice for Startups Is Also Most Obvious

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What’s the secret to succeeding in the startup world? According to serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, the answer is simple: perseverance. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” he told the audience at this year’s Disrupt Europe 2014, according to TechCrunch. Kan should know: It took eight years from the time he founded online-streaming service Justin.tv until the platform’s offshoot, Twitch, sold to Amazon for… continue…

Zen and the Art of Machine Learning

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If there is anything that I have enjoyed about being in software, it is the inexorable change, and emergence of new technologies and opportunities. I am often heard saying, “I love living in the future.” Just looking at the past few years, the advent of virtualization and cloud computing has opened up new job types, areas of expertise and ways to make money or find satisfying employment. One area in particular has emerged recently, a field of mathematics reborn with… continue…

Daily Tip: Keep Your Portfolio in Order

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Most tech pros spend so much time perfecting their resumes and cover letters, it’s easy to forget another vital element in applying for a programming or developer job: an immaculate portfolio of past projects. Every software developer, engineer, and product lead should keep such a portfolio, preferably accessible via a personal website. Even if you don’t have a website, you can offer links to SourceForge, GitHub, or wherever else you keep your projects. Just as you’d take care with every… continue…

AMD’s New Female CEO Paid Less Than Her Predecessor

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Advanced Micro Devices is catching some flak over the salary for new Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su. The company plans on paying Su around $850,000, significantly less than what her predecessor, Rory Read, received during his tenure in the CEO chair. Read had earned roughly $1 million per year since 2011. According to Bloomberg, AMD issued a statement defending the gap: “Rory’s compensation included various incentives common in situations in which a person joins a new company. As a current… continue…

Daily Tip: Handling Technical Interview Questions

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If you’re applying for a highly technical role, you can expect a job interview filled with highly technical questions. Depending on the company, the interviewer might ask you to whiteboard a problem, or solve some fun-sounding but devilishly hard puzzles, take some sort of online test, or tackle a question verbally. However the interviewer frames the questions, these tips will help you solve them as quickly—and correctly—as possible. Take the Obvious Route: Some technical questions demand an elegant solution, but… continue…

The Key Traits of Small-Business Tech Specialists

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If you like the idea of being the technology leader at a small business, be warned: Finding that job will be tough. Research conducted by Dell and Intel last year discovered that just 15 percent of small businesses have dedicated IT resources on their payroll; the rest either rely on shared resources—someone who divides their time between IT and another job—or outside vendors known as managed service providers (MSPs). That means the more realistic path to a job in the… continue…

5 Ways to Finesse Illegal Interview Questions

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There’s one key way an interviewer can trip you up, even if you’ve sailed through a whiteboard test and get along famously with everyone in the room: You may be asked a very personal, unexpected and inappropriate question, one that can knock you completely off course. While inquiring about your marital status, children, or religious background may seem illegal, most of the time it’s not: The legal line gets crossed if an employer refuses to hire you because of the… continue…

Daily Tip: Emphasize Your Expertise

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It’s tempting to cram your resume with as many skills as humanly possible, even if your grasp of those skills is tenuous at best. Recruiters and HR staff will tell you stories about all the candidates who included knowledge of particular platforms under the “Skills” portion of their respective resumes, even though the aforementioned candidates hadn’t interacted with that platform in any way, shape, or form for years. Those stories rarely end well: If a job interviewer drills down into… continue…

CIOs Need to Make Room for Chief Data Officers

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The building of a digital business that leverages IT to make processes more efficient is all the rage these days. That construction, however, requires organizations to actually manage data as an asset, rather than a burden. At least on paper, the chief information officer (CIO) is responsible for all things within the organization that relate to information. In practice, however, many CIOs tend to focus on infrastructure rather than information, and often choose to treat all data more or less… continue…