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.

Silicon Valley Sees Skills Shortages in Java, .NET, PHP

Silicon Valley
What’s New This Quarter While blockbuster deals can seem all too common in Silicon Valley these days, Facebook’s January acquisition of text messaging service WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion turned many of the region’s heads, with some experts contending that the company was actually worth even more. In late March, Facebook followed up the deal with the purchase of Kickstarter darling Oculus Rift for $2 billion, turning even more heads. Then there’s action camera maker GoPro, which is testing… continue…

How to Get a Job at HomeAdvisor

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The home-maintenance website HomeAdvisor offers comprehensive tools and resources that connect homeowners with a network of 85,000 pre-screened home improvement and repair service professionals. Headquartered in Golden, Colo., the company has over 1,200 employees globally, with 1,000 of them in Denver and Lenexa, Kan. Currently, it has some 100 technical and product team members, and open positions including junior-level Java developer, mid-level QA staff, senior-level platform automation professionals, and systems and network engineering roles. The company’s tech recruiters, Tanya Jones… continue…

In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

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What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

Sample Resume: Hadoop Developer

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Anna Burke123 Any St. Apt. 102 LinkedIn ▪ GitHub ▪ Google+ East Brunswick, NJ 00000 000. 555.1212aburke@email.com Profile: Hadoop Stack Developer and Administrator “Transforming large, unruly data sets into competitive advantages” Purveyor of competitive intelligence and holistic, timely analyses of Big Data made possible by the successful installation, configuration and administration of Hadoop ecosystem components and architecture. Two years’ experience installing, configuring, testing Hadoop ecosystem components. Capable of processing large sets of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data and supporting systems… continue…

No Bachelor’s Degree? No Problem, in NYC’s Tech Scene

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When it comes to working in New York City’s tech scene, the lack of a bachelor’s degree isn’t an impediment: a recent report (PDF) by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), Citi, and Google found that 44 percent of jobs in the city’s “tech ecosystem” don’t require a four-year diploma. New York City has spent several years encouraging the growth of “Silicon Alley.” In addition to major tech companies such as Google and Facebook… continue…

Google, Facebook and Dropbox Make Room for NY Hires

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New York City
What’s New This Quarter In New York it’s all about real estate, and when a company grabs more square footage it means that things are definitely on the upswing. One good example: Google, which has finally signed an expected deal to grab a massive 360,000 square feet at 85 10th Ave. in the Meatpacking District, not far from its already huge quarters. And starchitect Frank Gehry will be overseeing renovations at 770 Broadway in Astor Place, where Facebook has signed… continue…

3 Ways to Get the Business Skills You Need

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It isn’t enough for software engineers and developers to be masters of coding and development. You also have to be business savvy and an expert in your company’s sector, whether it’s banking, retail or whatever. But getting those skills – both financial and operational – is sometimes easier said than done, especially when you’re siloed off in IT with deadlines bearing down. Fortunately, the answer may be right in front of you. Here’s some things to consider. Click here to… continue…

Here’s Who Travel Site Kayak Wants for Its Tech Team

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Kayak.com, the travel metasearch engine operated by the Kayak Software Corporation, indexes hundreds of global travel sites to help travelers find flights, hotels, rental cars or cruise lines. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with its technology center in Concord, Mass., the company has 250 employees spread throughout six offices worldwide. Many in the industry believe it has one of the strongest tech teams in travel. Seventy percent of its workforce are technologists. Kayak is well known for hiring outside the travel… continue…

How to Spot Your Next Big Skill

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Keeping your career on track is challenging enough without having to worry about timing: If you learn an emerging technology too soon, the jobs won’t be there. If you wait too long, you’ll face stiff competition. So how can you develop impeccable timing? By actively monitoring the evolution of promising technologies that align with your skills and interests. When new tech starts to gain momentum and more and more people get their hands into it, it’s time to make your… continue…

Washington: Surprising Reasons Behind Promising Job Market

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D.C.
What’s New This Quarter A long and miserable winter in D.C. coupled with the usual governmental tumult has left federal workers in terrible moods. According to a poll conducted by researcher Market Connections and FierceGovIT, 50 percent of government employees said recent policies were a reason to leave government work, while 39 percent said staffing issues have gotten so bad that mission-critical work is not getting done. “This level of frustration is fueled by policies and budget cuts we’ve seen… continue…