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.

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…

10 Resume Buzzwords That Have Lost Their Sizzle

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Your resume should always address the IT manager’s needs, and showcase your mastery of the latest technical tools and techniques. But peppering your career history and cover letter with random buzzwords could make you seem phony and dated. Buzzwords are empty adjectives or terms that are trite, overused, or no longer relevant. Instead of making your resume stand out, they make your documents look boilerplate and unimaginative. “If you really want to use a cliché like ‘innovative’ or ‘outside-the-box thinker,’… continue…

Daily Tip: Judging Multiple Job Offers

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Many tech pros have spent months (if not years) trying to land a single job offer. But sometimes all that hard work—sending resume after resume, posting to job board after job board, setting up interview after interview—can pay off in the form of multiple job offers at the same time. For your average tech pro, it’s an interesting conundrum: How to decide between different companies clamoring for your services? The answer? Make lots of lists, to better organize your thinking.… continue…

What HP Splitting in Two Could Mean for You

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Hewlett-Packard is splitting into two companies, one of which will focus on enterprise technology, while the other continues to sell PCs and printers. HP CEO Meg Whitman believes that two smaller companies will prove more innovative and flexible than a lumbering giant composed of many divisions. “We will be in an even better position to compete in the market, support our customers and partners, and deliver maximum value to our shareholders,” she wrote in one of those standard-issue statements that… continue…

Daily Tip: Prepping for Job Interviews

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When you’re looking for a new job, there’s nothing quite as exciting (or nerve-racking) as scoring that interview with a prospective employer. But in the heat of the moment, it’s sometimes easy to forget all the prep you need to do in order to actually ace that interview and land the position. Here’s a checklist of some of the things you should handle in advance of the big day: Analyze the Interview Style: If you have colleagues or acquaintances who’ve… continue…

Why Military Personnel Make Ideal IT Pros

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By Chris LaPoint Every year, approximately 250,000 military personnel leave the service to return to civilian life. When the home front beckons, many will be looking to become IT professionals, a role that, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, is among the fastest growing jobs in the country. How their field skills will translate to the back office is something to ponder. With the advent of virtualization, mobile, and the cloud, IT changes faster than the wind,… continue…