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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.

Will That Certification Actually Get You a Job?

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Those willing to spend the time and money to earn a certification must feel that it will boost their careers. But experience often trumps certification, according to IT career experts. With the IT unemployment rate at just 3 percent, many companies aren’t putting many limitations on the candidate pool, according to John Reed, senior executive director for staffing firm Robert Half Technology: “A lot of things that might have been ‘must haves’ are becoming ‘nice-to-haves’ now.” While hiring managers usually… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

Daily Tip: The Startup ‘Gut Check’

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For those who work in tech, the prospect of joining a startup holds definite appeal. If the startup goes public, or ends up acquired by a tech giant, its first employees stand to earn a lot of money. Startups also dangle the tantalizing prospect of helping create or refine a product used by millions of people. To find a tech job at a startup, click here. But not everybody is suited for the startup life. Before you take the plunge… continue…

Getting Started With Linux Certifications

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Earlier this year, 77 percent of hiring managers told a Linux Foundation/Dice poll that they ranked hiring Linux talent among their priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent the previous year. But is a Linux certification the best path to getting one of those jobs? That depends on a number of factors. Research the Market Do you have an idea of what sort of technology job you want to pursue? If so, research to see if Linux is a necessary… continue…

In Search of the Next-Generation Mainframer

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Not too long ago, IT organizations that had invested in mainframes were afraid that IT people with the expertise required to run those systems were about to “age out” and retire. As a result, many firms decided to examine their platform options, which contributed in no small part to a wave of defections to distributed computing-systems platforms. A recent survey of 350 CIOs, conducted by Compuware, had 66 percent reporting that they feared the impending retirement of the mainframe workforce… continue…

Seattle Offers Options to Microsoft’s Laid-Off Legions

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When Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 18,000 worldwide employees on July 17—with 1,300 cuts coming to its Seattle headquarters—you could almost see the shock waves, given most analysts had predicted a number closer to 6,000. The cuts will be completed by next July. With new-ish CEO Satya Nadella preaching a philosophy of “agility,” the company is pinning its hopes not only on the next version of Windows (which may erase the generally negative view of Windows 8) but also… continue…

Daily Tip: Check Out These Creative Resumes

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When most people sit down to write a resume, they stick to the standard format. Then there are those special people—call them creative, desperate, or just over-caffeinated—who want their resume to really stand out. They sit down at their laptop and think: Why restrain myself to words and bullet-points? Why not make my resume look like an e-commerce page, or an Instagram account? Business Insider recently featured some of those unique resumes. Here are some of the best, starting with… continue…

5 Technologies That Could Alter Your Career

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Predicting the future with any accuracy is a nigh-impossible feat. But when you want to start learning a new technology that will help you in your career, you have to do your best to determine if it’s just hype, or if it will endure. Analysts at companies such as Gartner and Forrester put out lists of new technologies that they expect to grow; at Dice, it’s also possible to see spikes in demand for professionals skilled in emerging hardware, software,… continue…

Is TOGAF Certification Worth It?

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Employers want IT professionals with architecture skills, and having a certification in an architecture framework can give you a leg up in the hiring process. Software engineers have been using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) to make the jump into an architecture role, suggested Bill Reynolds, research director at Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla.-based IT benchmark research and advisory firm: “Companies simply consider TOGAF as the gold standard architecture framework.” Click here to find TOGAF-related jobs. Although there’s… continue…

Daily Tip: Avoid Vagueness in Your Cover Letter

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Recruiters and HR staffers must glance at hundreds of resumes and cover letters every month. One of their biggest complaints? The vagueness in cover letters. It’s not wholly the applicants’ fault: Most cover-letter formats demand the writer make some pretty sweeping statements about his or her career, which can lead to broadness and fuzziness. “I’ve spent my career analyzing problems and finding solutions” doesn’t really tell the reader much about your skills or aptitude for solving challenges. Instead of relying… continue…