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.

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…

Do Your Research Before Beginning Salary Negotiations

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Tip of the Day Once you’re offered a new job, it’s time to negotiate your salary, time off and other benefits. You can’t do this in a vacuum. As in every other part of the job-hunting process, the more you know about the employer and its business, the better chance you have of getting what you want. Before you begin discussing salary, determine a preliminary compensation range that’s appropriate for someone with your skills and experience. You can find the… continue…

Nuclear Power Industry in Crunch for IT Experts

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Bracing for an industry-wide talent shortage as Baby Boomers plan their retirements, the nuclear industry is looking for technology professionals. “Retirements are creating a multitude of nuclear industry jobs, including IT jobs,” says H. L. Dodds, a professor emeritus and former head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. “Just about everyone in the nuclear industry uses IT on a daily basis to communicate: person-to-person, person-to-machine, machine-to-person and even machine-to-machine,” he explains. “Thus, it’s of the utmost… continue…

Automakers’ Need for Engineers, Developers Greater Than Ever

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As automobiles’ on-board systems become more advanced, the need for software developers and engineers with a variety of skills continues to rise. A scan of car-related job postings on Dice reveals a need for tech pros adept in data warehousing, analytics, Java/J2EE, testing, scripting and building apps, among other skills. Nor is that need restricted to one or two manufacturers: Honda, GM, Ford, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen and Mercedes are just a handful of the brands on the lookout for those… continue…

Bloomberg Stresses Advanced Tech to New Hires

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Bloomberg is a news and data company that provides business, financial-market and other information in real time to hundreds of thousands of global subscribers. Headquartered in New York, the firm has over 15,000 employees working in 192 locations around the world. Of those, more than 3,000 comprise its technology group. Mike Marinello, who works for Bloomberg R&D and its CTO’s Office, says the company has a number of open tech positions including jobs in application development, software architecture and user… continue…