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.

Some Companies REQUIRE Employees to Take Vacation

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You’d expect it to be good for morale, but apparently it’s also good for business: Some companies are insisting—even forcing—their employees to take time off. One is Quirky, a New York startup that closes down one week during each of the year’s first three quarters. CEO Ben Kaufman told Business Insider that his employees tend to work in 90-day sprints, during which pressure slowly builds, “culminating in an extremely stressful and magically productive final 2-3 weeks of a calendar quarter.”… continue…

How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

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When you ask random strangers on the Internet to give you money, there are no guarantees. That’s true in almost any scenario, including when video game developers use Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of a game. While 3,900 or so games have been funded on Kickstarter, more than 7,200 game projects failed to hit their goal. Within those two numbers are some people who fall into both categories: developers who failed to get funding on their first try, but re-launched… continue…

The Key Skills Needed by Big Data Engineers

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A mix between data scientist and engineer, Big Data engineers are a new breed in the technology community. Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? The skills required for Big Data engineering roles aren’t necessarily new things, but they do require a certain level of understanding in a few particular areas for candidates to be successful. Those particular areas? Math and scientific analysis. If you’ve been successful in engineering roles with those skills in the past, even… continue…

‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

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Tip of the Day How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you’re talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say “nowhere,” might the interviewer think you’re desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

More Workers Willing to Share Personal Data With Employers

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Another sign that the type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace: A significant number of employees aren’t really worried about it, according to a report by accounting and consulting firm PwC. The report—The future of work: A journey to 2022—says that nearly a third of people would be “happy” for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles. The assumption seems to be that the information… continue…

Tech Giants’ Diversity Reports Show an Industry Not Diverse at All

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Last week, Apple became the latest tech company to issue a diversity report, following in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others. In a statement accompanying the data, Apple CEO Tim Cook voiced his displeasure about his firm’s makeup, which is overwhelmingly white and male: “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume.… continue…

New Service Aims to Be the Yelp of Boot Camps

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Switch is a website that helps you decide not only what kind of tech career might be right for you, but which boot camp will help you get the training you need to pursue it. It’s been described as a Yelp or TripAdvisor for careers, and offers lists of boot camp offerings along with reviews and access to financial aid. The site was founded by Jonathan Lau, a graduate of Stanford and MIT with degrees in civil and environmental engineering.… continue…

Look for Hidden Needs in the Job Description

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Tip of the Day When applying for a job, you want to highlight your traits and skills that are the best match with what the employer is seeking. So to give yourself an edge, study the job description. Job descriptions aren’t written by machines. They’re written by people and often reveal a specific need for soft skills or people skills, in addition to technical knowledge. Study them closely and you’ll discover clues that can help make your resume stand out.… continue…

How to Get a Technology Job at WebMD

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WebMD calls itself the leading provider of health information services, offering a consumer website, a network for physicians and healthcare professionals, and a private portal service for employers and health plans. Its WebMD.com has one of the highest usage rates in the sector. Headquartered in New York, the company has 11 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Of its more than 1,600 employees, about 350 work in technology. Click here to find a job in health IT. Director of Recruiting… continue…

Share Your Worst Interview Story

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Few things are more of a letdown than a job interview that goes south. There you are, ready to talk tech and show them how well you can fit in with their team, and you find yourself across the table from someone who’s forgotten that they’re the one who called you in the first place. What makes it worse is you’ve got to keep your cool no matter what—it never pays to lose control, even if you decide you’d rather… continue…