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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.

Can Defense Companies Hire Hackers on Their Terms?

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Big-name aerospace and defense contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are beginning to think that one answer to their cybersecurity recruiting needs  lies in the hacker community. After all, if you want to combat attacks from people who think out of the box, why not hire people who think out of the box? It’s ironic because all of these companies are known for being somewhat conservative—they work for the Defense Department, after all, and security to them is a… continue…

Apple’s Diversity Report Sparks Tim Cook Angst

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Apple has become the latest tech company to release a diversity report—as well as the latest tech company to publicly wring its hands over the lack of diversity among its employees in the United States. “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a statement accompanying the report. “They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re… continue…

Data Science, Internet of Things Top Gartner Hype Cycle

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Gartner Hype Cycle
Every year, research firm Gartner updates its “Hype Cycle,” which traces how technologies progress from their early, heady days of innovation to a “Peak of Inflated Expectations,” before settling into a “Trough of Disillusionment” and, eventually, acceptance as productive tools. Nearly every technology that’s defined our lives over the past several years—whether cloud computing, 3D printing, or augmented-reality devices—has gone for a spin on Gartner’s Cycle. Now it’s time for 2014’s edition, in which several emerging technologies are climbing the… continue…

One Question You Should Ask During Your Interview

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When you’re preparing for an interview, of course you want to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. But be sure to take the time to plan the questions you want to pose, as well. The best interviews are really conversations, as well they should be. You want to know if the position is the right fit for you—just as much as the company does. After all, your job takes up a good portion of your waking hours, so the company… continue…

Opportunities Expand for Program Managers

Gantt Charts
As more companies look to better manage costs and align strategy across multiple tech projects, the role of program manager is gaining notice and becoming better-defined. And for some project managers, the job seems to be a logical next step. Program managers are responsible for overseeing a number of project teams at the same time with the mandate of meeting client and company needs. Making the leap isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re a long-time project manager more interested in… continue…

Tips for Landing a Technology Job at Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo is a global financial services company that provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and other products through brick and mortar locations, ATMs, online and mobile devices. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has 270,000 employees in 36 countries. More than 14,000 of them support technology, most of them as part of the Technology and Operations Group. Wendy McKoy, the group’s senior vice president and recruiting manager, says the company is currently seeking to fill positions for application developers, SOA… continue…

Inside Apple University, Its Secretive Employees-Only School

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Several years ago, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs realized that he would have to imbue his company with an institutional memory, so that future generations of employees could follow an “Apple way” long after he was gone. With that in mind, he founded Apple University, a secretive institution on Apple’s campus where students attend courses taught by full-time instructors, some of whom once instructed at Yale, Berkeley, and other prominent schools. According to a new piece in The New York Times,… continue…

Take Care With Your Cover Letter’s Opening Sentence

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Tip of the Day The first paragraph of your cover letter is worth spending time on. Because it sets the mood and provides a preview of what’s to come, a generic or flimsy opening just won’t cut it. Right off the bat, capture the reviewer’s attention by briefly mentioning the employer’s needs. The hook could come from something you read in the job description or heard on the news. If someone referred you, mention their name. The idea is to… continue…

‘Large Project Experience’ Key to Many Mobile Jobs

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Chris Luu is the chief technology officer at Fuzz, a design and development shop with offices in Brooklyn and Northampton, Mass. The company’s created mobile apps for the likes of AT&T, Hearst and GNC. We asked him for his insights into jobs in mobile development. Who’s most interested in mobile skills? Pretty much every industry is thinking about how they can leverage mobile. However, it does seem that many of these companies will simply outsource the development of their mobile… continue…

How Robots Will Take Your Job

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Robots are coming for (some) of your jobs, according to a recent survey of tech experts by Elon University and the Pew Internet Project. The survey, which went out to 1,896 respondents, centered on one question: “Self-driving cars, intelligent digital agents that can act for you, and robots are advancing rapidly. Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025? Describe your expectation about the degree to which robots,… continue…