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.

Can Boot Camps Really Boost Tech Employment?

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Earlier this week, the White House unveiled an ambitious plan to train and employ millions of tech pros in 21 regions across the United States. Carrying out the plan—dubbed “TechHire”—will depend heavily on coding boot camps and accelerated training programs, which (at least in theory) will make candidates technically proficient in weeks or months rather than years. In addition, a number of big-name tech companies such as Facebook have pledged to take on certain candidates as interns, for on-the-job training.… continue…

The White House’s New Plan for Hiring Tech Pros

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If you’re a tech pro—or aspire to become one—President Obama wants to find you a job. The White House has announced the “TechHire initiative,” which will supposedly fill jobs in everything from software development and network administration to cybersecurity. In order to fill those jobs, the initiative will offer a combination of investment and job placement, with a focus on underserved communities. Here’s the proposal: $100 Million in ‘Federal Investments’ That money will go to training and recruiting workers for… continue…

Do Employers Want Too Much From Candidates?

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Reading a job description can send even the most talented technologist off the proverbial deep end. Many employers’ “required” skill sets seem to include everything but the ability to teleport and build a Shaker barn; the lengthy requisites of skills and experience seem achievable only by candidates who’ve spent the past four decades using a hundred different programming languages and platforms to excel at fifty different, complicated jobs. Even under the best circumstances, it’s difficult to find a job for… continue…

Linux Pros Prepared to Jump in 2015

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With more and more companies relying on Linux—some 11,800 developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the last decade, according to the Linux Foundation—it stands to reason that Linux pros would find themselves in ever-increasing demand, especially those who specialize in anything cloud- or security-related. And Linux pros are sensing that opportunity; in a recent Linux Foundation survey, some 55 percent of them said it would be “very easy” or “fairly easy” to find a new job… continue…

How to Get Feedback for Your Job Search

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A job search is all about demonstrating your potential for optimum performance. No matter what your qualifications, you have to show that your skills match the employer’s needs, and that you’ll be a good fit for the company’s culture. But how can you tell whether you’re actually putting your best foot forward? You need to collect feedback on your interviewing skills—something often easier said than done. Tricky Questions You can try to read hints about your performance in an interviewer’s… continue…

Dodging a Nightmare Recruiter

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Years ago, I worked in a branch office of one of the 10 biggest law firms in the world. I had moved there from a boutique firm, where I worked as a self-taught network admin; after five years I was ready to move on and learn other technologies. The interview at the big firm went perfectly, I landed the job—and in five months I was miserable. I hadn’t yet developed the political muscles to survive in a large corporate environment… continue…

Need for Linux Talent on the Rise: Report

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Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. Hiring managers are also looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report includes data from 1,010 hiring managers and 3,446 Linux professionals and provides an overview of the state of the market for Linux careers and what motivates professionals… continue…

Interview Qs for DevOps Pros

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As more companies tear down the silos that separate software development and IT operations, market demand for DevOps skills is on the rise. Experience with Puppet, the popular open source DevOps tool, tops many hiring managers’ wish lists. Check out the latest DevOps jobs.  Joe Sanchez, an IT operations manager for Grand Canyon University, is one of those hiring managers, and he wants more than technical skills when hiring for his DevOps team: “I look for creative, free-thinking people who… continue…

How to Identify the Skills You Need to Advance

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Whether you’re gunning for a promotion to project manager, or just want to expand the scope of your current role, you’ll likely need to master a collection of new skills in order to advance your career to the next level. The hard part is figuring out which skills will take you where you need to go. Yes, you might spot some of the required technical skills by studying job postings for your desired position—but even the most detailed job posting… continue…

Overcoming Recruiters’ Most Annoying Habits

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Recruiters are often the gateway to an awesome company and a high-paying tech job. But to get a recruiter’s help, IT professionals sometimes have to put up with some annoying habits. No. 1: They Bombard You With Unsuitable Positions “The first time a recruiter offers you an unsuitable position, firmly and clearly restate your criteria,” advised Scott Love, a recruiting industry trainer and speaker based in Washington D.C. Being clear about your goals from the outset and partnering with a… continue…