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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.

Consultants: Talk Specifics When Describing Past Projects

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Tip of the Day When consultants are asked by an interviewer to describe the types of projects they typically work on, they should make their answer as specific as possible. Don’t just talk about the technologies that were used; instead, go into whether you were brought in to kick off new projects, or if you usually work on improving existing ones. Click here to find consulting positions. Also, explain the purpose or goal of several recent projects, their current use,… continue…

Silicon Valley Recruiters See Wide Demand for Tech Skills

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What’s New This Quarter What does the Silicon Valley workforce really look like? If Google, Yahoo and Facebook are indication, it’s very white and male. In May, Google revealed that only 2 percent of its workforce is black, 3 percent Hispanic, and 30 percent Asian; 30 percent is female. “Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock said in a blog post. The census, which covered 26,600 Google… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Systems Administrators

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The role of the systems administrator is strong and the job’s outlook is healthy, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting growth of about 11.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. That should create approximately 42,900 new positions. What makes one sys admin stand out from others? Curiousity, according to “Ski” Kacoroski, who services more than 3,000 users as assistant systems administrator for the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash. He also serves as vice president for LOPSA, the League of… continue…

Microsoft Layoffs Show Need to Keep Your Resume Polished

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Microsoft plans on eliminating 18,000 jobs over the next year, the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s almost 40-year history. The majority of those cuts will affect Nokia, which Microsoft finished acquiring in April. The layoffs are the first major move by new CEO Satya Nadella, who is trying to reinvent Microsoft as a cloud- and mobile-centric company focused on cross-platform services and applications. Analysts and pundits long predicted that Nadella would cut jobs as part of his broader… continue…

Professions That Offer a Good Work-Life Balance

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Many jobs dangle the prospect of a good “work-life balance” as a way of attracting top-level prospects. But which jobs actually provide that balance? According to a new study by Glassdoor—and contrary to what you might think, at least based on the stereotype of the harried, exhausted software developer or data analyst—a handful of tech professions offer rewarding work without the burnout. The website ranked a variety of professions on a one to five scale, with one meaning the respondents… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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Tip of the Day It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while a prospective employer will ask to see a copy of your performance review. You should politely decline. The information in your review is proprietary and giving a prospective boss access to the document allows him to scrutinize every task you performed and read you manager’s subjective comments. That’s more information than they need. In addition, performance plans are controlled documents because they often detail a… continue…

Cloud Efforts Drive Hiring in Seattle

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In June, the New York Times affirmed what the Puget Sound tech community already knew: Cloud technology is turning out to be Seattle’s hottest commodity. “It’s like Detroit used to be for car companies,” Bill Hilf, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of cloud product management, told the newspaper. “The galactic players are here, and they are creating lots of little companies.” Hilf, a Microsoft alum, is helping to launch HP’s new HP Helion cloud computing initiative in Seattle, with $1 billion of… continue…

How IBM’s Apple Deal Could Affect You

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Apple and IBM have joined in a global partnership that will see Big Blue pushing iOS devices to its enterprise customers, while Apple focuses on the creation of industry-specific native apps. In addition, IBM will tweak its cloud services, including analytics and IT security, for iOS. Apple, which already has a significant presence in the enterprise, will build a business-centric AppleCare service-and-support hub. Both tech firms will, presumably, profit. Click here to find mobile development jobs. “For the first time… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…