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.

Show Off Your Passion for Technology in Job Interviews

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Programming Love
Tip of the Day When it comes to getting a job, you have to demonstrate your expertise—indeed, your passion—for technology and pass a technical interview to score top pay. Hiring managers want to see that you’re engaged by tech and are always working to keep your skills current. So don’t be surprised if an interviewer asks about projects you’ve worked on in your spare time, without pay. The fact that you want to program in off hours and voluntarily upgrade… continue…

Overstock.com Plans to Hire 330 IT Pros in Utah

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Overstock.com Workplace
E-commerce site Overstock.com will hire 333 people into Utah-based IT positions over the next 10 years, the state announced. The jobs had been contracted out of state. The company said the jobs will be well-paid, with total compensation hitting 200 percent of Salt Lake County’s average wage. The state estimates the move will generate a total of $300.8 million in wages over the course the decade. It’s awarding Overstock an incentive package worth roughly $2.2 million, assuming it completes the… continue…

4 Interview Stories That Are Truly Weird

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Weird Interview
Sometimes interviews can turn weird. We don’t mean in the sense of interviewers taking phone calls during the conversation or of questions so out of left field it’s hard to figure out their purpose. We mean weird in the sense of WTF. Quora hosted a thread of some truly bizarre interview stories, which Business Insider helpfully sorted through to find the really interesting tech episodes. Among our favorites: One woman, Nina Kumar, was having lunch at Amazon when her interviewer… continue…

GE Capital to Add Jobs at New Orleans Tech Center

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New Orleans
GE Capital—General Electric’s financial services unit—is hiring at technical centers in Detroit, New Orleans and Bangalore as it works to reduce its reliance on outsourcing providers. “We’ve gone too far from an outsourcing perspective,” said CIO Jim Fowler in an interview with InformationWeek. Currently, GE Capital has reduced the amount of IT work it outsources from 80 percent to 70 percent, and Fowler says he wants to reduce the ratio to 50-50 in the next two years. However, that may… continue…

How to Go From Designer to UX Designer

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Website Wireframe
When most people hear the word design, they think of making things look good. However, with consumers demanding equal parts beauty, ease and utility in every site and application they use, design has broadened to encompass numerous new skills and capabilities that go beyond what things look like. And you, dear UX designer, are the one who makes them all come together. How? Click here to find UX jobs. Well, User Experience (UX) designers should have graphic design skills, like… continue…

You Should Network In-House, Too

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Break Room
Tip of the Day Building a network within your company can be as important to your success as developing contacts outside. Your colleagues can help you learn more about the business, offer informed guidance about politically sticky situations and help you meet people beyond your normal circle. As you go about developing relationships, be sure to pay attention to your company’s culture. In some businesses, relentless networking could brand you as a cutthroat while in others you might be lauded… continue…

Millennials: Ready to Lead Your Company?

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A new survey suggests that Millennials are on track to become tomorrow’s leaders, provided organizations can retain them long enough. The survey (PDF) is a joint production of HR consulting firm DDI and The Conference Board, the latter a business-research association, and incorporates responses from 13,124 “leaders” and 1,528 “global human resource executives” at 2,031 organizations. Many of those surveyed felt that their organizations needed to retain and develop effective leaders, and only a minority—40 percent—rated the overall quality of… continue…

Does Apple’s App Store Need a Radical Revamp?

Apple iPad
Earlier this month, Apple launched a website touting its job-creation record in Europe. “Throughout our history, we have created entirely new products—and entirely new industries—by focusing on innovation,” reads the website’s text. “This has resulted in nearly 630,000 European jobs at Apple and at developers and businesses supported by Apple.” Click here to find app developer jobs. And that’s not all: “In addition, the App Store has created hundreds of thousands of jobs that previously did not exist in the… continue…

Turbocharge Your Time Management With These Tips

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By John White Are you currently attending or considering going back to grad school while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life? If so, welcome to my world! With two small children, a full-time position in sales and marketing, an executive MBA program, and blogging for various media channels, I am crazy busy these days. I have been forced to learn how to effectively manage my time. I have done so by having valuable conversations with my mentors,… continue…

Staffing Issues Delay Healthcare IT Projects

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Doctor with Tablet
Although the pace of hiring in healthcare IT remains consistent, employers still find their need for technology professionals is outpacing the availability of candidates, reports FierceHealthIT. In the second annual workforce survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly 70 percent of respondents said a lack of qualified talent represented their greatest challenge in filling open positions. Those staffing challenges are having a real impact on their work. More than a third of the survey’s respondents—35 percent—said… continue…