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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.

9 More Resume Buzzwords You Should Cut

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Earlier this month, we offered up nine buzzwords that you should eliminate posthaste from your resume. But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg: The list of clichés, redundant terms, and outmoded verbs ripe for deletion is, of course, much longer. Here are nine more terms that deserve the attention of your ‘Delete’ button: Enthusiastic: The ultimate in redundant phrases: Who isn’t enthusiastic (at least in public) about their work and career? Assisted: You only have a limited… continue…

Microsoft Recruiting Workers With Autism

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Microsoft has launched a pilot program to hire people with autism for full-time positions. Microsoft’s partner in the program, Specialisterne, already has relationships with tech companies such as SAP, where people with autism are hired as software testers, QA specialists, and programmers. It’s safe to assume that those selected for Microsoft’s program will take on similar jobs. Candidates interested in the program can email resumes to msautism@microsoft.com; all jobs will reportedly be based in Redmond, Washington, where Microsoft has its headquarters. “Microsoft… continue…

Big Data Suggests Gender May Impact Hiring

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Kieran Snyder, CEO of machine learning firm Textio, has an interesting piece up on Fortune that suggests a gender disparity among tech pros’ resumes. After using software to crunch data on 1,100 technology resumes (512 from men, 588 from women), she found “stark differences between how men and women write their resumes,” which in turn could have “ramifications for the hiring managers and anyone who is concerned about the lack of women in technology.” So what exactly did she discover?… continue…

The Key to Interviewing at Google

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Wired has an excerpt from a new book of Google-centric workplace advice, written by Laszlo Bock, the search-engine giant’s head of “People Operations” (re: Human Resources). In an interesting twist, Bock kicks off the excerpt by describing the brainteaser questions that Google is famous for tossing at job candidates as “useless,” before suggesting that some hiring managers at the company might still use them. (“Sorry about that,” he offered.) Rather than ask candidates to calculate the number of golf balls… continue…

Job Interview Prep: Read Your Own Resume

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There’s lots of advice out there about preparing for job interviews: Don’t argue with the interviewer, for example, and don’t bring up personal stuff. What isn’t mentioned quite so much is the need to have a solid grasp on the arc of your own career—which is too bad, because there’s no easier way to trip up job candidates than to ask them for details about their professional past. What does “have a grasp on the arc of your career” actually… continue…

Startups Outsource, Too

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Have you ever called up customer service at Uber? How about at Tinder? Most likely, you haven’t. In fact, you probably couldn’t find a phone number for these companies’ customer-service departments if you tried; they go out of their way to solve all of your problems over email. While a quick, documented response is (sometimes) great for customers, it turns out it’s great for startups such as Uber and Tinder, too: Eliminating a customer-service number means these companies don’t need… continue…

DC Is Desperate for STEM, Cybersecurity Pros

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What’s New This Quarter Tech employment in the Washington, D.C. metro area continues to flourish, according to most sources. “We tend to see the market pick up during the first quarter of the year,” said Jennifer Selden, a recruiting director for Randstad Technologies. “This is the time when many companies’ annual budgets are approved and implemented, and any hiring freezes from the prior year are lifted.” That buoyancy extends to the public sector. Take the FBI, for example: Desperate for… continue…

Interview Qs for DBAs With MongoDB Expertise

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Supporters claim that MongoDB is the fastest-growing database ecosystem. Why is the document-oriented data model so popular? Because it’s highly scalable, said Charity Majors, engineering manager for Parse, the Facebook subsidiary tasked with building the social network’s app ecosystem. Check out the latest MongoDB-related jobs. Mongo is also easy to learn, so Majors doesn’t look for vast experience with the open-source database when she hires DBAs. Instead, she asks the following questions to identify prospects with a DevOps mindset and… continue…

9 Resume Buzzwords You Should Kill

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You can (and should) spend lots of time polishing your cover letter and resume. Even as you correct spelling and agonize over word-choice, however, there’s another aspect to writing that many people overlook: Killing as many overused buzzwords as possible. If you want your cover letter and resume to seem like true originals, you’ll eliminate all instances of the following: Self-Starter: What sort of employer wants people who aren’t capable of starting and completing tasks without a boss breathing over… continue…

VCs Helping Chicago’s Tech Sector Grow

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What’s New This Quarter Some 155 Chicago tech companies raked in $1.6 billion in tech investments in 2014, according to Built In Chicago. That’s in addition to 34 area companies exiting to the tune of $7 billion, and a number of tech startups enjoying increased funding. “Historically, the coasts have been popular hubs for tech and analytics jobs. However, with many top engineering programs in the Midwest, many tech companies based on the West and East Coasts are opening up… continue…