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.

Daily Tip: How Creativity Can Wreck a Resume

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We’ve all heard the stories: A media consultant decided to render her resume as an infographic, rather than relying on just text, and landed her dream job as a result. A graphic designer wanted to earn more freelancing work, so he custom-printed his resume on boxes of beer, which he sent to prospective clients. These stories inspire our creative side, and tempt us into thinking that we can make our resume stand out from the pile if we do something… continue…

Federal IT Hiring Looks Bright in Washington DC

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What’s New This Quarter Concern about an aging federal workforce may have alleviated a bit in October, when data released by the Office of Personnel Management showed that 16 percent of government workers are indeed “Millennial” (born after 1980), and those 336,000 employees have an interest in IT. In fact, IT management is one of the top 10 occupations for Millennials in government, with 7,657 of them holding IT management jobs. For more jobs in Washington, DC, click here. What… continue…

Worst Entry-Level IT Jobs of 2015

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Entry-level IT jobs can either offer tons of responsibility and upside potential, or they can hammer you with low pay and endless tedium. In the latter case, you’re often left dealing with pushy developers and angry software customers, and the thankless work is never-ending. With that in mind, here’s Dice’s list of the worst entry-level IT jobs for 2015. Data Entry Technician: “This one is pretty boring, but it still needs to get done,” said Manoj Garg, managing partner of… continue…

Chicago: Strong in Healthcare and Big Data

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  What’s New This Quarter Over the past couple of years, the evolution of Chicago’s Motorola Mobility division has made headlines time and again. Now things may be settling down: In October, Lenovo Group completed its purchase of the Libertyville-based company from Google, a $2.91 billion deal that guarantees the unit will stay in Chicagoland. As part of the deal, Google will keep many patents and license them to Lenovo, while about 2,000 patents will go to the latter. Lenovo… continue…

Landing a Healthcare IT Job at J2 Interactive

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J2 Interactive is an award-winning software development and IT consulting firm specializing in customized solutions for hospitals, labs, research institutions and health-information exchanges. Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., and with an office in Windsor, U.K., most of the company’s employees telecommute. As a result, the company recruits nationwide (it currently boasts 75 staffers, 72 of whom work in the IT space). Click here to find healthcare IT jobs. Lou LaRocca, president and chief executive officer, said the company is always looking… continue…

Sample Resume: C++ Developer

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Professional Resume of Raj Kapur, MCSD Website: [Insert URL]Email: [Insert Email Address]Location: New York, N.Y.Mobile: [Insert number]GitHub: [Insert link]LinkedIn: [Insert link]Brainbench: [Insert link] C/C++ software developer offering more than four years of full life cycle experience including planning and assessment, requirements definition, features and functionality design and development, coding, testing, QA, implementation, product and infrastructure enhancements and maintenance. An expert in object-oriented design and analysis with a history of building unique and original products and solutions through intuitive problem-solving and creativity. Summary Knowledge… continue…

Everything You Need to Know About 2015 in Tech

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Tech pros know how important it is to keep their existing skills fresh, and to keep learning new ones. In 2014, the rise of new technologies (such as Apple’s Swift) as well as the growth in popularity of existing technologies (Bootstrap, Angular) made that job a little tough at moments. So what do you need to know in 2015? Here are some exciting things on the horizon over the next twelve months: More Opportunities in iOS It’s not like Apple… continue…

5 Things on Your Resume to Trash

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Nothing can tank your prospects for a job interview quicker than a resume that inadvertently shows your tech skills as grievously out-of-date. Recruiters and employers are always on the lookout for mentions of dead programming languages, useless tools, and outmoded lingo. While deleting moldy skills and dated programming languages from a resume might seem like an obvious step, many IT professionals have a knee-jerk tendency to list the entirety of their experience, even if they’d be better served leaving much… continue…

Jump-Start Your Tech Job Search in 2015

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It’s a brand new year, and by all indications the economy’s doing pretty well, which means that a lot of people will begin looking for a new, possibly better job. If you’re one of those job seekers, here are some tips for jump-starting your search: Polish That Resume Whether you last updated your resume last month or five years ago, it’s worth taking another scan through before you send it to potential employers. Make sure to include strong verbs in… continue…

Interview Qs for Perl Developers

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Although not as popular as it once was, Perl still enjoys a loyal following. The open-source programming language was not only named the ninth most popular coding language of 2014 by CodeEval, it continues to garner support from users through grassroots organizations such as PerlMonks and Perl Mongers. To find Perl-related jobs, click here. “Perl has many advantages as a general-purpose scripting language,” said Bruce Gray, a consultant with Gray & Associates and member of the Atlanta Perl Mongers. “Experienced… continue…