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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.

5 Ways to Finesse Illegal Interview Questions

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There’s one key way an interviewer can trip you up, even if you’ve sailed through a whiteboard test and get along famously with everyone in the room: You may be asked a very personal, unexpected and inappropriate question, one that can knock you completely off course. While inquiring about your marital status, children, or religious background may seem illegal, most of the time it’s not: The legal line gets crossed if an employer refuses to hire you because of the… continue…

Daily Tip: Emphasize Your Expertise

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It’s tempting to cram your resume with as many skills as humanly possible, even if your grasp of those skills is tenuous at best. Recruiters and HR staff will tell you stories about all the candidates who included knowledge of particular platforms under the “Skills” portion of their respective resumes, even though the aforementioned candidates hadn’t interacted with that platform in any way, shape, or form for years. Those stories rarely end well: If a job interviewer drills down into… continue…

CIOs Need to Make Room for Chief Data Officers

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The building of a digital business that leverages IT to make processes more efficient is all the rage these days. That construction, however, requires organizations to actually manage data as an asset, rather than a burden. At least on paper, the chief information officer (CIO) is responsible for all things within the organization that relate to information. In practice, however, many CIOs tend to focus on infrastructure rather than information, and often choose to treat all data more or less… continue…

Silicon Alley Powering New York City Job Market

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What’s New This Quarter How many tech jobs have been created in New York in the past decade? According to a report from HR&A Advisors, roughly 300,000 employees either work at tech firms, or else perform a tech-related role at a non-tech firm—eclipsing the tech presence in San Francisco. New York’s tech sector is almost as large as the city’s other traditional sectors of healthcare, legal, finance, and retail. That hasn’t stopped the finance sector from chipping away at its… continue…

Green Energy Grows Tech Jobs

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The renewable energy industry has grown at a rapid and steady pace over the past decade, and will probably continue on that course in coming years. This is good news for any engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, programmers, and software developers who want to find employment in the field. Green energy has proven it has legs: a recent Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects showed wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower providing… continue…

Daily Tip: Dump the Ninja

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It’s one thing to refer to people colloquially as “coding ninjas” or “programming wizards,” but it’s quite another when such terms begin appearing on business cards—which they do, periodically, at startups. And that’s great for startups: Nothing conveys a sense of fun and creativity like switching out stodgy ol’ “Chief Technology Officer” for “Grand Czar of Macbooks” (even if you end up on a Buzzfeed list of “Worst Startup Job Titles Ever” as a result). But such titles won’t fly… continue…

How to Ace Your Technical Interview

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Success at any job interview is based on putting your best foot forward. But that gets that much more difficult when you have to prove your skill set on top of charming everyone in the room. So what’s the secret to success in a technical interview? Get the Game Plan “The most critical thing a candidate can do to prepare for a technical interview is to ask the person organizing the interview what the game plan is,” said Janine Davis,… continue…

D.C.’s Aging Tech Workforce Needs Millennials

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In September, Google executive Megan Smith became the third Federal Chief Technology Officer—an appointment that qualified as D.C.’s biggest hiring news of late. “It’s not exclusively focused on IT,” Smith wrote in a statement about her new role. “It’s focused on all the technology opportunity ahead for our country and for ourselves. So, it could be energy-related or basic science-related or innovations in biology—all those areas.” Click here to find a tech job in Washington D.C. Smith also noted that there… continue…

Daily Tip: No Rambling Cover Letters

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The best cover letters get right to the point. Recruiters and company HR staff have only so many hours in the day, and they appreciate when a letter outlines the applicant’s qualifications and background as succinctly as possible. In addition to brevity, winning cover letters contain a few additional elements. Recruiters and HR have a keen eye for when a cover letter is boilerplate, often because the skills it describes don’t fully align with the position on offer; the best… continue…

Are Women Tracked to Certain IT Roles?

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Think of the stereotypical software architect or developer, and you might picture a guy in a hoodie, jittering from too many energy drinks. Like most clichés, it isn’t really true: Women have taken more roles in IT, from running startups to managing enterprise databases. Despite that progress, people still associate certain jobs in IT with men, suggests Kira Makagon, vice president of innovation at RingCentral, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of cloud business phone systems. Women made up only 19.7… continue…