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

Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey

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Demand for tech professionals isn’t slowing down anytime soon, according to nearly 800 tech-focused hiring managers. In fact, tech-hiring intentions for the first half of 2015 are record breaking. Heading into the new year, 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last six months of 2014, an all-time high for Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s five points greater than mid-year and two points greater than December 2013. Nearly three… continue…

Interview Qs for PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Writing a Great Post-Interview Thank-You Note

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It’s common knowledge that job seekers should send thank-you notes to recruiters and hiring managers after an interview. The tough part is figuring out what to say and how to say it. Will an email suffice? And should you really use a formal salutation (“Dear [person’s name]”) to address the founder of a laid-back tech startup? Sending a customized, well-written thank-you note after an interview will certainly help you stand out, and could even allow you to seal the deal.… continue…

How to Break Out of a Job-Search Rut

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If you feel as if you’ve applied for too many positions without getting past the first interview (or even getting an interview at all), and you’ve become bored and frustrated with the process, you’re officially in a job-search rut. Forget about moving forward: The key at such moments is to rethink the way you look for work. Accept Your Unhappiness Susan Wise Miller, career counselor and vocational expert at California Career Services, imparted three conditions for change—the first and most… continue…

Google, Apple, Others Top List of Best Workplaces

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Google, Facebook, Adobe, Qualcomm, Apple, and LinkedIn are the tech companies topping Glassdoor’s list of the best places to work in 2015. Glassdoor based its rankings on employee evaluations. Google came in first thanks to its combination of fun (but intense) working environment, great perks, and a sense of overarching mission that motivates employees. Facebook came in 13th, followed by Qualcomm at 14th, Adobe at 18th, Apple at 22nd, and LinkedIn at 23rd. Employee reviews for all these firms focus… continue…

Google PM Talks Hiring at the Tech Giant

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Earlier this year, Google Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, who heads up personnel hiring at the search-engine giant, told The New York Times that securing a job with the company required a combination of cognitive agility, creativity, and intellectual ability; it simply wasn’t enough to code well. Bock suggested that Google’s hiring processes are built to determine whether candidates’ reasoning is rigorous enough to succeed in an environment where cutting-edge thinking is considered the norm. “I’m not saying you have… continue…

How to Survive Job Rejection

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Rejection stings, especially when you’re sure you’d sailed through the interview process. When you read that polite note informing you that you’re not the one, the path of least resistance may involve bitter invective, and a gallon of Cherry Garcia (or a six-pack). But there are better ways to channel that disappointment and move forward. Click here to find IT management jobs. Vent Hard, Be Brief You have permission to feel lousy. Let your frustrations out privately to a few… continue…

Daily Tip: Dare You Apply for the Same Job Twice?

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It’s a conundrum that confronts every job seeker at some point in his or her career. You applied for what sounded like a pretty cool job and never heard back; weeks or months later, as you scan through the listings, you see that the position is still open. Do you risk applying again? The answer is yes—with a pretty big catch. Larger companies use automated software in order to screen cover letters and resumes, and there’s a good chance that… continue…

‘Angry Birds’ Layoffs Hint at Danger Facing Big Apps

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Rovio Entertainment, the studio behind the mobile-game hit Angry Birds, has announced that it will lay off 110 workers, or approximately 14 percent of its workforce, as part of a game-studio shutdown. Four years ago, the idea of Rovio cutting workers and consolidating its operations might have come off as a joke. Originally released in 2009, Angry Birds quickly grew from popular mobile game to pop-culture franchise, spawning not only a handful of branded spinoffs (Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry… continue…

Cover Letter: Experienced Game Designer

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Kelly Clark Portfolio Link 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Dec. 5, 2014 Mr. Bob Jones Game Producer TOTALLY AWESOME GAMES 123 Hollywood Blvd. Ste. A Hollywood, CA 00000 Re: Game Designer, Hollywood Adventures, Position No. 12345 Dear Mr. Jones, As a video game designer whose creative flair contributed to the success of War of the Worlds III and Urban Saga, I’d love to elevate my career by sharing my… continue…