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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.

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…

Smaller Tech Firms Paying More for Top Talent

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How much is a good software engineer worth? If you’re Weeby.co, here’s the answer: $250,000 a year plus equity. As company CEO and co-founder Michael Carter framed it to CNET in an interview, the competition for the best talent is so fierce, smaller tech companies have little option but to pay top dollar, especially in areas such as Silicon Valley where the cost of living is so high. Click here to find software engineering jobs. Whereas talented engineers at a… continue…

Are We Headed for Another Dot-Com Bubble?

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Many Silicon Valley veterans remember when the dot-com bubble popped in 2000, and dozens of startups and mid-size tech companies imploded. Even those firms built on a solid business model, such as Amazon, teetered on the verge of total collapse. In the years leading up to that epic “Pop,” investors and venture capitalists poured millions of dollars into the bank accounts of seemingly any startup with a “.com” after its name and a business plan that touched the Web in… continue…

Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed!

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Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue…

Unemployed? Networking May Be the Charm

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When you’ve been out of a job for a while, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever work again. Kerin Walsh, a Massachusetts-based tech professional with B.S. and M.A. degrees in electrical engineering, was in her late 40’s and at the top of her game when the bottom fell out of her career. Walsh always had a good job in her field and wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic turnaround. Out of the office for the first time in years,… continue…

This Is How You Shut Down a Kickstarter Project

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Late last year, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson had bad news for the thousands of people who’d supported his CLANG project on Kickstarter: Despite making its funding goal, the project itself would be placed on indefinite hold. CLANG (9,023 backers on Kickstarter, contributing $526,125) was a video-game platform that—had it seen the proverbial light of day—would have allowed players to duel like medieval knights, using a hardware controller to swing a virtual sword. Click here to find developer jobs. In a… continue…

Five Traits of Successful Startup Leaders

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It’s exciting to work on something that might become the Next Big Thing—but tech skills and a novel idea aren’t enough to make a startup a success. Roughly 90 percent of startups fail, according to some estimates. That places an enormous amount of pressure on startup founders. Not only do they need to be creative, optimistic, self-confident, and unafraid of failure—they also need considerable business smarts to carve out a financial plan and woo investors. But even that’s not quite… continue…

One-Third of Americans Now Freelancing

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Roughly 34 percent of Americans earn money though freelancing rather than a full-time position, according to new data from the nonprofit Freelancers Union. That’s a slight uptick from the 31 percent reported in 2006 by the U.S. General Accountability Office, suggests The Wall Street Journal. Given the trends of the past few years, any sort of increase seems, in retrospect, inevitable: The Great Recession forced many unemployed workers to seek freelance work, while the rise of “sharing economy” firms such… continue…

3 Key Skills of QA Engineers

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As a QA engineer, you know you’re doing well when your work goes unnoticed. It’s your job to make sure everything is correct and operating as expected, so that users don’t encounter issues with your site or products. You’re responsible for testing and finding problems before they become problems. The most important qualities you’ll need are attention to detail, the ability to communicate quickly and clearly with your team, and the knack to learn new things on the fly. You… continue…

Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills

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The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data. One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.) Click here to find Python jobs. That growth is no surprise. Python,… continue…