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.

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…

Want to Become a Team Leader? Here’s How.

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Tech professionals who want to take on the responsibilities of a team leader need more than great technical skills in order to do the work successfully: They have to understand the importance that communication skills play not only in working as a leader, but in obtaining a leadership role in the first place. Click here to find IT management jobs. Many tech pros assume that if they do their work well, leadership opportunities will come to them organically. While that’s… continue…

Daily Tip: Networking for Folks Who Hate Networking

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Everybody always says that the best way to build out your professional connections is to network as much as humanly possible. But many shy people would rather walk over a hundred yards of broken glass than strike up conversation after conversation with strangers. Fortunately, a few simple tips can make networking a little easier for introverts and others who hate to schmooze: Smile: When you smile, you attract people to you. A smile suggests confidence. There’s even some scientific research… continue…

5 Programming Languages Marked for Death

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As developers embrace new programming languages, older languages can go one of two ways: stay in use, despite fading popularity, or die out completely. We predict the following languages will likely die: Perl There was a time when everyone seemingly programmed in Perl. But for those of us who used the language regularly, there was something about it that didn’t seem right. One programmer I knew called it a “piecemeal” language, because it seemed as if the creators had just… continue…

U.S. Is Top Country for Global Tech Workers

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Would you be willing to drop everything and move to another country for a job? The Boston Consulting Group and The Network surveyed 200,000 people in 189 countries to figure out the global willingness to work abroad. The conclusion? People will indeed set down professional roots in another country—although younger workers seem far more willing to expatriate than their older peers. Click here to browse tech jobs by location. An internationally mobile labor market increases the pressure on cities such… continue…

Daily Tip: Building an Effective Social Network

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In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, a ghostly voice tells Kevin Costner’s character, “If you build it, he will come.” So Costner’s character builds a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield and, lo and behold, a bunch of deceased baseball players appear and begin running the bases. But with social media, if you build it, they won’t come… unless you take the time (lots of time) to solicit an audience. You can spend hours creating the… continue…

How to Sit Tight at a Job You Don’t Like

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You’ve been at a job for some time and, for any number of reasons, it’s no longer working out. Quitting now will put you in a bind either professionally or financially, but coming to work every day is excruciating. What can you do to make your situation more tolerable until you’re able to move on? Deadline Your Exit Whether you decide to leave in six months or a year, start the grin-and-bear-it process by setting a deadline to leave. Amy… continue…