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.

Dodging a Nightmare Recruiter

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Years ago, I worked in a branch office of one of the 10 biggest law firms in the world. I had moved there from a boutique firm, where I worked as a self-taught network admin; after five years I was ready to move on and learn other technologies. The interview at the big firm went perfectly, I landed the job—and in five months I was miserable. I hadn’t yet developed the political muscles to survive in a large corporate environment… continue…

Need for Linux Talent on the Rise: Report

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Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. Hiring managers are also looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report includes data from 1,010 hiring managers and 3,446 Linux professionals and provides an overview of the state of the market for Linux careers and what motivates professionals… continue…

Interview Qs for DevOps Pros

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As more companies tear down the silos that separate software development and IT operations, market demand for DevOps skills is on the rise. Experience with Puppet, the popular open source DevOps tool, tops many hiring managers’ wish lists. Check out the latest DevOps jobs.  Joe Sanchez, an IT operations manager for Grand Canyon University, is one of those hiring managers, and he wants more than technical skills when hiring for his DevOps team: “I look for creative, free-thinking people who… continue…

How to Identify the Skills You Need to Advance

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Whether you’re gunning for a promotion to project manager, or just want to expand the scope of your current role, you’ll likely need to master a collection of new skills in order to advance your career to the next level. The hard part is figuring out which skills will take you where you need to go. Yes, you might spot some of the required technical skills by studying job postings for your desired position—but even the most detailed job posting… continue…

Overcoming Recruiters’ Most Annoying Habits

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Recruiters are often the gateway to an awesome company and a high-paying tech job. But to get a recruiter’s help, IT professionals sometimes have to put up with some annoying habits. No. 1: They Bombard You With Unsuitable Positions “The first time a recruiter offers you an unsuitable position, firmly and clearly restate your criteria,” advised Scott Love, a recruiting industry trainer and speaker based in Washington D.C. Being clear about your goals from the outset and partnering with a… continue…

Necessary Skills for Database Analysts

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Despite an ever-increasing number of specializations within the Big Data space, there’s still an overwhelming need for traditional database analysts. Much of the current hiring is for junior and mid-range positions, so candidates can expect salaries anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 for starters. According to Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, “Database analysts have to straddle both hemispheres of their brains.” If you’re currently seeking work in the field, you may want to exercise your brain’s left hemisphere by engaging… continue…

Interview Qs for TOGAF Enterprise Architects

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Enterprise architects with TOGAF experience are in high demand. In fact, The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF) was recently named the highest-paid skill in a quarterly survey compiled by IT analyst firm Foote Partners. While a TOGAF certification can help an EA land an interview, it doesn’t guarantee an offer. Hiring managers often ask situational or behavioral questions to see how an EA will apply the popular framework and standards during an interview, according to Dr. Bill Estrem, founder… continue…

Interview Qs for Ubuntu Developers

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It’s a good time for developers to learn Ubuntu. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, recently announced plans to turn Ubuntu Core into an operating system for the Internet of Things. Canonical has also built a mobile-friendly version of Ubuntu that Spanish manufacturer BQ Aquaris installed on a smartphone earlier this year. Check out the latest Ubuntu-related jobs. So what do hiring managers want out of a candidate skilled in all things Ubuntu? Jono Bacon, the senior director of community… continue…

What Interviewing at Apple Is Like

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Ever wondered what it would be like to interview for a job at Apple? Given the company’s intense secretiveness, news about the hiring process is often hard to come by. But one freelance developer, Luis Abreu, recently took to his blog to describe all he went through when Apple became interested in him for a position on its Developer Publications team. In short, it was an intensive process. “[Three] screening calls, 5 FaceTime interviews, a trip to Cupertino for 5… continue…

Interview Tips for Data Security Analysts

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It’s easy to argue that the most significant issue facing technology today is the security of online data. As demonstrated by recent mega-breaches, IT security pros can barely keep up with increasingly sophisticated threats, and the need for talent with a solid security skill set is therefore great. The security field needs critical thinkers, not just candidates with good resumes. These top-notch practitioners want to know “why” something happened, not just “how,” and they’re not always comfortable following a list… continue…