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.

How to Ask for a Raise… and Get It

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Wage satisfaction is slipping among IT professionals. According to Dice’s latest salary survey, only half of tech pros are happy with their compensation, and 37 percent believe they could find a new employer this year. If you like everything about your job except the pay, why not ask for a raise before you decide to jump ship? Knowing what your boss expects and how to broach the subject can increase your chances of success when it’s time to ask for… continue…

Self-Evaluate Before Salary Negotiations

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Salary negotiations are a tricky business, and it always pays to do a little self-evaluation before entering into one. Every candidate has a long list of skills and experience that can help boost his or her salary to new heights; at the same time, are the liabilities and issues that can potentially check even the most experienced pro’s bargaining power. With all that in mind, here are some things to do before beginning a salary negotiation: List Your Achievements: If you’re… continue…

Is This a Good Time to Become a Consultant?

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If you’ve toyed with the idea of becoming a consultant, this could be a good time to make your move. With the economy improving and tech employers facing far more projects than there are professionals to complete them, those with the right skills and even a modest amount of experience should be able to find as much work as they want, recruiters suggest. Of course, anyone considering consulting should go into it with eyes open. Working for yourself brings with… continue…

Want to Boost Your Pay? Learn Data Analytics

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Data analytics: It’s not just for data scientists anymore. According to a new report (PDF) from the Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), more than half of the American workforce (that’s 74.3 million people) works with data in some way. Some 10.3 million of those workers rely on “fairly sophisticated” software to perform data analytics. The ESA defines a “data job” as one in which an employee: Analyzes data or information Processes information via coding or categorizing Interacts… continue…

Determining If an Office’s Culture Is Right for You

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As the U.S economy heats up, employees now have more opportunity to look for new jobs—and many of those employees aren’t necessarily jumping ship for better money. As Dr. Kerry L. Schofield, co-founder of Good.co, wrote in a recent blog posting: “To be happy at work, as in life, we need to feel in control: that we choose and own our jobs, instead of them owning us. The fastest way to this kind of job satisfaction is good cultural fit:… continue…

Is Your Recruiter Legitimate, Or Just Filling a Quota?

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Recruiter spam is so ubiquitous that there’s even an entire Website devoted to collecting data on it. It’s easy to tell when a recruiter is just spamming developers with the wrong jobs. But not all recruiters resort to email-bombing in order to meet a quota; some are genuinely trying to cast a wide net for technical talent. How can you tell which is which? Evaluate the Email The first way to differentiate between a targeted email and spam is to… continue…

Six Tips for Acing Your Panel Interview

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The panel interview, at some companies, is the last stop in a multi-step search process. Other firms see it in a more informal light, as a way for people within a division to learn a bit more about a candidate. Whatever the approach, a panel is often an intimidating experience for job seekers—but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s important to remember that the panel is not an interrogation chamber: You wouldn’t be in the seat if you… continue…

Is There Room for Generalists in Tech?

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It’s an old adage that, in an industry as competitive and crowded as tech, only the specialists survive. Startups with a laser focus on a particular product need developers and engineers with deep knowledge of a narrow skill set; tech giants such as Apple and Google want those same masters to build out new lines of business, such as self-driving automobiles. There’s comparatively little room in such a world, some would argue, for generalists: It’s simply not worth knowing a… continue…

‘So, Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?’

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The job interviewer leans forward and asks, “So, where do you see yourself in five years?” If the interviewer has even a hint of self-awareness, he or she will probably deliver that question with a self-aware smile, fully cognizant of the impossibility of knowing where any of us will be five years from now, much less tomorrow. Nonetheless, it’s a question that pops up quite a bit in interviews, and (for many job candidates) it’s an equally reliable stumper. Inappropriate… continue…

Dealing With Salary Requests Before the Job Offer

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You’ve probably dealt with it before: You sit down for a job interview, and the interviewer asks how much you expect to be paid. At those moments, you should resist the urge to say, “A million-billion dollars.” All joking aside, a potential employer asking you for a salary number ahead of a job offer can create significant problems. If you state a figure that’s too high, you may sink your chances of landing the job; if you lowball yourself, you… continue…