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.

Here’s What Some Silicon Valley Interns Make

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Curious about how much an intern at a prestigious Silicon Valley tech company gets paid? Well, wonder no longer: A list of (supposedly genuine) internship offers has leaked online, and the average seems to be roughly $7,500 a month—before you throw in the generous housing stipend. Tiffany Zhong, who posted the list on Twitter and reportedly works for Glimpse Labs, claimed that the data came from a friend assembling “top internship offers.” Jane Street, the global trading firm, came in… continue…

Daily Tip: Keep in Touch

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So you steeled up your courage and attended a networking event; once there, you smiled and chatted and collected contact info from people who might prove useful to your career; after you returned home, you diligently inputted that info into the spreadsheet or address app of your choice. Now comes the hard part: actually maintaining those contacts. In our ultra-busy world, it’s difficult to keep in touch with all your friends and family, much less that professional colleague you met… continue…

Does the Tech Pro ‘Shortage’ Really Exist?

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According to many tech firms, highly skilled employees are very hard to find. But a handful of academics have told BusinessWeek there’s no actual shortage in the number of people out there with the necessary hardware and software skills; rather, there’s a shortage of highly skilled people willing to work for cheap. Click here to find developer jobs. “[Tech companies] may not be able to find [employees] at the price they want,” Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public… continue…

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Make This Resume Mistake

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What’s the worst resume mistake you could make? There’s a long list of contenders: misspellings, neglecting to include vital information (or packing in too much that’s unimportant), not tailoring the resume to the position, and so on. But there’s one resume mistake that, in many ways, lords above all the rest: People often forget that all those job descriptions and bullet-points need to come together into a cohesive whole. Your resume is selling a story—the story of you. As such,… continue…

Certifications With the Highest Demand

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For years, cynical IT pros have maintained that certifications aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But recruiters and analysts report a growing interest in IT certification. While it’s true that employers still want to see experience, certification can provide outside validation of your skills… and signal a commitment to furthering those skills. Certifications in these areas are showing some of the sharpest growth in demand: Security The recent breaches at Target, Home Depot and the almost-daily privacy and security… continue…

Daily Tip: Still Watching What You Say Online?

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Last week, Twitter rolled out a new feature that made researchers and archivists very excited: a powerful search engine that can surface virtually every single tweet ever posted. While Twitter already had a “real-time index” with a week’s worth of tweets, this full index is roughly 100 times as large, and grows at a rate of “several billion Tweets a week,” according to the company. In a highly technical corporate blog posting, Twitter suggested that the new search is good… continue…

Obama’s Immigration Overhaul Will Affect Tech

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President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies could not only save up to five million people from deportation, it will also affect the U.S. tech industry. Obama will rely on an executive action for immigration reform, rather than working with Congress. In a Nov. 20 speech, he asserted that his actions are lawful. “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress… continue…

Daily Tip: Talking About Your Weaknesses

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Job interviewers often like to ask, “What do you consider your biggest weakness?” Many candidates like to respond, “I work too hard,” or, “I get too passionate about projects.” They think such responses show their devotion to whatever task’s at hand. In reality, those answers are total clichés, to the point where they’ve been parodied on The Simpsons. Job-hunting tip: Don’t give answers during interviews that have been parodied on The Simpsons. So what’s the best answer when asked about… continue…