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.

Non-Certified Skills That Pay: JavaFX and SAP GTS

Posted In Looking in Tech
shutterstock Kritchanut
Everybody knows that the right tech certifications can boost pay. What everybody tends to forget is that non-certified skills can earn you just as much—provided they’re the right skills. David Foote, chief analyst and chief research officer at Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla.-based firm that tracks certifications, told Dice about the growing value of JavaFX, a software platform that, when combined with Java, enables the creation and deployment of modern-looking applications with rich content, audio, and video. Click here… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

Posted In Looking in Tech
Dice Interview Qs Icon
Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… continue…

Daily Tip: Optimizing Your Interviewing Technique

Posted In Looking in Tech
shutterstock Kzenon
Prepping for a job interview? Here are some quick tips for optimizing your performance: Keep Things Short: Before you head into the interview, take out a watch (or activate the stopwatch function on your smartphone) and rehearse your answers to commonly asked questions. Each answer should clock in at no more than a minute and a half—at most. Job interviewers don’t like it when candidates ramble on. Keep Things Focused: If it’s not relevant to the position, chances are pretty… continue…

Fed Policy Subjects H-1B Records to Destruction

Posted In Looking in Tech
shutterstock Casper1774 Studio
The U.S. Department of Labor plans on destroying H-1B records after five years, in accordance with a new policy. In an Oct. 17 posting on its website, the Department of Labor also noted that the Labor Condition Applications Online System, which contains many of the Labor Condition Applications (LCA) used by prospective H-1B employers, has been shut down. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will “no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests,… continue…

This Firm Tried to Pay Tech Workers $1.21 an Hour

shutterstock Dohee Han
What’s the minimum that some companies are trying to pay workers in Silicon Valley? If you guessed “the required minimum wage for the state of California,” you’d be wrong: Electronics for Imaging Inc. paid eight Indian technicians $1.21 per hour, for as many as 122 working hours per week, with no overtime. The company claimed that the low salary was “unintentional,” and that it originally paid the IT workers what they earned as their regular salary in Bangalore. To find… continue…

Daily Tip: In Interviews, Don’t Diss Your Old Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
Eviled Shutterstock
In the course of a typical job interview, questions about your previous employer will come up. If your old job caused you immense frustration, you might find yourself tempted to use those questions as an excuse to rant about the horribleness of your former boss, working environment, colleagues, tasks, and so on. Succumbing to such temptation would prove a mistake. A prospective employer doesn’t want to hear candidates talk about everything wrong with their old jobs. At the very least,… continue…

Sample Resume: Data Modeler

Posted In Looking in Tech
Thomas Song tsong@email.com 000.555.1212 123 Any St. Omaha, Neb. 00000 Willing to Relocate Data Modeler Offering a proven track record of supporting and influencing positive outcomes in business units and companies throughout the financial services industry through the application of cutting-edge tools and creation of detailed, production-level technical specifications, as well as intuitive conceptual, logical, relational and physical data models. Enthusiastic learner and excellent problem-solver.  Willing to relocate and start work within two weeks anywhere in the U.S. without financial… continue…

Employers Worried About Critical-Thinking Skills

Posted In Looking in Tech
shutterstock ollyy
How does an employer measure critical-thinking skills? That’s a pressing question, considering that every company on the planet needs employees who can analyze information in a way that’s ultimately good for the bottom line. But how do you tell which employees have the right aptitude? According to The Wall Street Journal, employers have wildly different methods of evaluating their employees for critical-thinking skills. Goldman Sachs, for example, asks job candidates to “assess company valuations and stock pitches and then to… continue…

Daily Tip: Fresh Eyes on Cover Letters, Resumes

Posted In Looking in Tech
NASA
In the early 1960s, NASA scientists reportedly omitted a hyphen from a guidance program uploaded to the Mariner 1 spacecraft, causing the latter to veer off course immediately after launch. Rather than allow the spacecraft to crash-land and possibly kill someone, NASA opted to remotely detonate the craft, arguably making that missing hyphen the most expensive typo in history. Leaving a few typos in your resume and cover letter probably won’t set the U.S. space program back a few years,… continue…

What Allstate Wants in a Tech Pro

Posted In Looking in Tech
Landing@ Allstate
The Allstate Corporation is the third-largest personal lines insurer in the United States, and the largest that is publicly held. Founded in 1931 as part of Sears, Roebuck & Co., it was spun off as a separate entity in 1993. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., the company has more than 70,000 employees in over 1,200 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,000 U.S.-based staffers work in the technology space. Click here to find mobile-development positions. According to the Allstate talent… continue…