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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.

Daily Tip: Erase These Terms From Your Resume

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Everybody knows you need to include strong verbs in your resume, in order to best convey your skills and knowledge. What fewer people realize is that some words should never appear on one’s resume, because they’re either redundant (there’s no need to say that you’re “capable” or “motivated,” for example, because those should go without saying) or simply don’t contribute to an accurate picture of your skills (“good communicator” tells the recruiter absolutely nothing). If any of the following words… continue…

Daily Tip: Tell a Good Story

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Over at Business Insider, there’s a solid piece of advice for anyone heading into a job interview: Prepare and rehearse your best stories beforehand. Stories are powerful tools for selling yourself to an employer, because they illustrate how you’ve used your skills to improve a company’s culture or bottom line. They’re the best way to show off your problem-solving skills, and how well you interact with managers and customers. But they’re also not something you can deploy in a job… continue…

Job-Search Tips for Introverts

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Most introverts are actually very good communicators who are uncomfortable interacting under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, those difficult situations often include business-related activities such as networking and interviewing. So what’s an ambitious introvert to do when in search of new employment? Prepare and Practice “When prepared, introverts do well in social situations,” said Karen Southall Watts, “professional encourager” and author of Networking for Introverts. “Plan for your networking events,” she continued. “This includes having an idea of how many people you’d… continue…

4 Tips for Surviving a Rapid Firing

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You’re called in for what you think will be a typical meeting, only to be told, “We’re downsizing” or “You’re fired.” How should you react? The first step is to hold it together and not react. While it might be tempting to pull the office equivalent of that Jet Blue flight attendant who decided to quit his job by grabbing a beer and sliding down his plane’s emergency inflatable slide, remaining reserved is the preferable alternative: You don’t need more… continue…

A Chief Analytics Officer This Way Comes (Maybe)

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With more organizations investing in analytics, it was only a matter of time before the industry started talking about the rise of a chief analytics officer. A survey of 317 business and IT executives from the International Institute of Analytics, created at the behest of Dell, found that organizations with a high degree of analytical maturity are more likely to have a chief analytics officer, or someone with a similar title charged with collecting and managing an organization’s analytics efforts.… continue…

Tech Jobs That Will Win (and Lose) in 2015

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If you’d like to change jobs or switch from freelance to full-time status, prepare to pounce: 2015 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for the IT labor market, according to David Foote, CEO of research firm Foote Partners LLC. “This year started out slow, just as we predicted,” Foote said. “But U.S. employers added an average of 17,633 IT jobs during September, October and November, and we see that momentum continuing into 2015.” Foote’s optimistic forecast is based… continue…

Using Your Open Source Work to Get a Job

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So you’ve worked on an open-source project, and you want to place that experience on your resume in order to move your career forward. Fantastic! In theory, there’s no reason an employer should shun your experience, just because you did the project from home on your own time. But how can you actually leverage that project work to obtain a full-time job? The Entire Project Is a Reflection on You First, make sure that any project you present on your… continue…

How to Build Your Skills in Big Data

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Big Data is a big growth area for tech pros. But how should people interested in the field build up their skills to become competitive in these hot new roles? Building Your Foundation Skills The first place to start, if you’re brand new to Big Data, is to learn as much as possible about the concepts underlying it, which will make the learning of actual tools and techniques that much easier. For example, that means tackling the “engineer” part of… continue…

Will Robots and Automation Doom Some IT Jobs?

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For decades, at least some economists made the assumption that, for every job lost to a robot or automated process, the evolving economy would add at least a few more. If a robot took your job building widgets, the idea went, you could still get a job (with sufficient retraining) fixing the widget-building robot. But according to The New York Times, there’s an emerging view that automation is weighing down on employment. “This is the biggest challenge of our society… continue…

Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey

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Demand for tech professionals isn’t slowing down anytime soon, according to nearly 800 tech-focused hiring managers. In fact, tech-hiring intentions for the first half of 2015 are record breaking. Heading into the new year, 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last six months of 2014, an all-time high for Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s five points greater than mid-year and two points greater than December 2013. Nearly three… continue…