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.

Valve Is the Favorite Employer Among Game Developers

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Game developers would rather work for Valve than run their own studio, according to a survey by the International Game Developers Association. There’s good reason the company behind Half-Life and the game platform Steam is so popular, says GameSpot. Among other things, it has an informal hierarchy (people “don’t have bosses”), an open vacation policy and strongly encourages collaboration. Valve’s also a private company, meaning it doesn’t face the same kind of investor pressure that companies like Electronic Arts do.… continue…

How to Look for Work Without Alerting Your Boss

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Job hunting takes time. A lot of time. So trying to plan your next move while working full time is, to put it mildly, a challenge. It’s complicated by the need for discretion: When you’re looking for a new job you don’t want to jeopardize your current one by having your boss find out about your search. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but one many people will have to face at some point in their career, especially today,… continue…

One Way to Keep Your Boss From Looking Over Your Shoulder

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Tip of the Day It’s never easy to get work done when your boss is hovering around your desk. In fact, it’s nerve-wracking. But what are you supposed to do? This is your boss, after all, so you can’t just ask him to leave you alone. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. It might be that your boss is hanging around because he feels like he doesn’t have enough information about what… continue…

Post-Healthcare.gov, U.S. Government Wants to Fix Its Websites

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Several months after the Healthcare.gov debacle, it seems the federal government wants to make sure its websites and mobile applications operate as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. To that end, the government has launched the U.S. Digital Service, headed by developer Mikey Dickerson, formerly of Google and the Obama for America campaign. Dickerson will manage a small team tasked with guiding government agencies in finding more effective ways to operate online. Click here to find government IT jobs. The first… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Technical Trainers

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The demand for technical trainers is soaring as companies channel more money into educational programs designed to close the skills gaps of employees. As job postings increase, technology professionals who’ve taught small groups or coached a few colleagues sometimes think about moonlighting as trainers. However, they’re often unaware of the challenges they’ll encounter in the classroom or virtual environment. “It’s not enough to know the subject matter,” notes Sarah Garwood, manager of education services for LearnQuest, a global training company… continue…

Tips for Becoming a Better Networker

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In his new column in Baseline magazine, Dice President Shravan Goli talks about professional networking: “I think of networking as part basic socializing and part insurance: a bench of peers to reach out to when I’m interested in finding a new position, solving a complex problem or just learning about what’s emerging technically.” Networking, in other words, needs to be a continuous process, one that goes beyond face-to-face meetings over drinks or coffee. Office visits, volunteer opportunities, group lunches, and… continue…

Some Companies REQUIRE Employees to Take Vacation

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You’d expect it to be good for morale, but apparently it’s also good for business: Some companies are insisting—even forcing—their employees to take time off. One is Quirky, a New York startup that closes down one week during each of the year’s first three quarters. CEO Ben Kaufman told Business Insider that his employees tend to work in 90-day sprints, during which pressure slowly builds, “culminating in an extremely stressful and magically productive final 2-3 weeks of a calendar quarter.”… continue…

How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

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When you ask random strangers on the Internet to give you money, there are no guarantees. That’s true in almost any scenario, including when video game developers use Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of a game. While 3,900 or so games have been funded on Kickstarter, more than 7,200 game projects failed to hit their goal. Within those two numbers are some people who fall into both categories: developers who failed to get funding on their first try, but re-launched… continue…

The Key Skills Needed by Big Data Engineers

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A mix between data scientist and engineer, Big Data engineers are a new breed in the technology community. Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? The skills required for Big Data engineering roles aren’t necessarily new things, but they do require a certain level of understanding in a few particular areas for candidates to be successful. Those particular areas? Math and scientific analysis. If you’ve been successful in engineering roles with those skills in the past, even… continue…

‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

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Tip of the Day How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you’re talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say “nowhere,” might the interviewer think you’re desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…