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.

This Is What Studios Look for in Game Developers

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Is there a golden ticket for software developers searching for jobs in games — aside from mad math skills and passion? From where recruiters stand, the only real unifying factor is experience. “The common denominator for most software development ads we see isn’t that surprising. It’s experience,” says Paul Teall, a New Orleans-based game industry veteran. “Studios are looking for people who can jump right in and get the job done. Candidates need real-world examples of work that they’ve done… continue…

More Business Units Want Their Own Analytics Talent

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More and more, we hear that technology tasks are moving outside of the traditional IT department, with business units relying on embedded expertise to handle their unique technology needs. Here’s another example of the trend: More non-technical departments are developing their own analytics strategies and kicking off projects with their own resources rather than relying on a central IT function. In part, that’s because business leaders often see the technology group as a stumbling block as opposed to a resource.… continue…

Here’s How to Get a Job at Hulu

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Hulu is a Los Angeles, Calif. based online video company, whose website and over-the-top subscription and Web syndication services offer on-demand streaming of TV shows, movies, webisodes, games and other media. The company has nearly 800 employees across eight offices in the U.S. and China, with about 120 “Hulugans” working across a variety of technical roles, including software developers, program managers, systems engineers and database developers. Shannon Sullivan, Hulu’s director of talent management says the company looks for “rock star… continue…

An Employee’s Guide to Open Source Contributions

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Creating your own project or otherwise contributing to open source is the kind of thing that can help you show off your skills to potential employers. Beyond that, many programmers contribute because they enjoy the work involved or use it to develop new skills. But it’s worth bearing in mind that, depending on your company’s attitude, there can be job-related pitfalls. Here are some things to look out for. Some businesses feel that anything created by their employees — even… continue…

Infographic Resumes Aren’t There Yet

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An effective resume grabs the reviewer’s attention by painting a clear picture of the value you offer. And it has to do that with words, because so many companies use keyword matching technology to pick out resumes of interest on the first pass. That’s why most resumes are simple written documents, without a lot of images or graphics. That’s changing, though. Some – not many, but some – candidates are creating infographic resumes, documents that use data visualization to help… continue…

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure It’s the Right Job for You

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The job hunting process doesn’t end when you get an offer: It ends when you decide to take it. That’s as important as the decision you made to look for a job in the first place. It can be as complicated, too, because there’s more to it than simply agreeing on pay, perks and vacation time. Just because everything looks great on paper doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up loving the situation you put yourself into. You want… continue…

The Opposing View: How Tizen Could Win

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Samsung expanded the horizons of wearable computers this month with a trio of fitness-oriented smartwatches running two different operating systems—neither of which is Android. Two of the three, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2, run the open(ish)-source, Linux-based Tizen operating system. The other, a fitness tracker named the Samsung Gear Fit, uses a customized version of the Real Time Operating System (RTOS), a lightweight OS designed to run so quickly and use so little computing power it can… continue…

How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

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Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate. Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants… continue…

5 Job Hunting Tips for Computer Science Grads

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As strong as the tech job market is, computer science graduates still face challenges during their transition into the real world. While employers prize their smarts, they can be leery of a perceived lack of practical experience and business skills on the part of people looking for their first real job. That doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. It just means you should be ready to approach your search with careful planning, effort and focus. Just ask Veronica Ray. The… continue…

Can Hacker Schools Provide the Training You Need?

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An alternative is rising for people who want to develop new technical skills: Hacker schools, which are billed as quick, cheap alternatives to traditional educational approaches. The schools are cropping up across the country, especially in tech-heavy areas like San Francisco, New York and Boston. They’re not cheap, though. A program at the Iron Yard, based in South Carolina, takes three months and costs $9,000. A two-month program at Atlanta’s Tech Talent South runs $6,250 for full-time students and $4,250… continue…