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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.

Tech Pros Getting on Cloud 9: Dice Report

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What’s consistently one of the fastest-growing skills for job postings on Dice, boasts above average salaries, and is changing the way companies—small and large—are thinking about data storage? It’s cloud, and the future for tech professionals with this experience is anything but gloomy. An analysis of searches by hiring managers in the Dice resume database highlighted the key skills companies are looking for from cloud professionals. Not surprisingly, Java is all too important to firms hiring cloud candidates. The programming language and platform… continue…

Daily Tip: List Only Relevant Skills

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A minefield lurks right at the top of your resume, and it’s one that many job candidates ignore or misuse at their peril: the skills section. Many candidates cram this section with every process or piece of software they’ve touched over the past twenty years. They write, “Proficiency with Microsoft Word” with a straight face. They list a dozen programming languages, even if their ability to actually code in eight of them is weak at best. They cite certifications for… continue…

Sample Resume: Big Data Engineer

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Raj Patel 000.555.1212 Providence, Rhode Island www.portfoliolink rpatel@email.com Big Data Engineer Designer, builder and manager of Big Data infrastructures A collaborative engineering professional with substantial experience designing and executing solutions for complex business problems involving large scale data warehousing, real-time analytics and reporting solutions. Known for using the right tools when and where they make sense and creating an intuitive architecture that helps organizations effectively analyze and process terabytes of structured and unstructured data. Competency Synopsis  Data Warehousing Proven history of… continue…

Google’s New Employee Perk: DNA Tests

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Google’s known for offering great perks to employees, from dry cleaning and free food to gym facilities. The perks are so great, in fact, that some employees do their best to never leave. But now the company’s offering something a little more unconventional: DNA tests from Foundation Medicine for any employees (and employees’ relatives) suffering from cancer. To find healthcare IT jobs, click here. According to Reuters, Google will begin offering the benefit at the beginning of next year. Foundation… continue…

Tips for Surviving a Hostile Job Interview

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Is there a way to win over an interviewer who’s in a foul mood? Yes, there are strategies that can help you win a battle with an aggressive interview jerk, which you can use to potentially transform a difficult endeavor into something worthwhile for everyone. Prepare for All Contingencies “The key to being effective in an interview is being prepared for anything, whether it’s a question, or someone’s personality,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “I… continue…

Silicon Alley Helps NYC Dig Out of Recession Hole

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New York City’s employment has mostly recovered from its Great Recession lows, and “Silicon Alley” might deserve a major portion of the credit. The Wall Street Journal crunched the numbers from the New York State Department of Labor and found that jobs in everything from computer-systems design to technical consulting had increased by double-digit percentages since the Recession officially ended in 2009. Some of the city’s biggest tech employers, such as Google, have radically increased their staffs in the past… continue…

Should You Take an IT Job in a Small City?

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If you’re tired of living in a hectic metropolis, you’re in luck. Small cities such as Helena, Mont. (pop. 25,596) and Cheyenne, Wyo. (pop. 62,448) have managed to attract a handful of high-tech firms. Now their recruiters are actively seeking IT professionals who would rather live and work in a modest-sized town. For more IT jobs, click here. While the idea of a 10-minute commute may be tempting, accepting a job in a small city could have long-term consequences on… continue…

Daily Tip: Stay Positive in Job Interviews

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Most people find job interviews an intense experience. You’re anxious to impress the interviewer, and worried that you won’t say the right things. In such a highly charged environment, it’s easy to slip into dourness and negativity. Here are some tips for keeping everything upbeat: Flip Everything Positive: Your last job wasn’t bad, it was a “learning experience” filled with “interesting challenges” that helped you grow professionally. You don’t think a programming language is “stupid,” you prefer using others that… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Secrets: Recruiters Respond

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There are always two sides to every story. So recruiters were given a chance to clarify and defend their little-known policies and procedures, which are often called dirty little secrets. Here’s their perspective on our list that exposed the inner workings of third-party and corporate recruiters. Yes, ‘No Poaching’ Tactics Are Common It’s true that the contracts between employers and recruiting firms typically contain a “no poaching clause,” explained Kevin Newell, a Boston-based technical recruiter with more than 11 years’… continue…

Amazon’s ‘Diverse’ Staff Largely White, Male

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Amazon just released an employee diversity report, and the results aren’t much different from those reported by other tech companies earlier this year. According to Amazon, its global workforce is 63 percent male and 37 percent female; among managers, the percentage of males rises even higher, to 75 percent. Within the U.S., Amazon’s ranks are 60 percent white, 15 percent black, 13 percent Asian, 9 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent other; among managers, the numbers shift to 71 percent white,… continue…