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.

9 Resume Buzzwords You Should Kill

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You can (and should) spend lots of time polishing your cover letter and resume. Even as you correct spelling and agonize over word-choice, however, there’s another aspect to writing that many people overlook: Killing as many overused buzzwords as possible. If you want your cover letter and resume to seem like true originals, you’ll eliminate all instances of the following: Self-Starter: What sort of employer wants people who aren’t capable of starting and completing tasks without a boss breathing over… continue…

VCs Helping Chicago’s Tech Sector Grow

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What’s New This Quarter Some 155 Chicago tech companies raked in $1.6 billion in tech investments in 2014, according to Built In Chicago. That’s in addition to 34 area companies exiting to the tune of $7 billion, and a number of tech startups enjoying increased funding. “Historically, the coasts have been popular hubs for tech and analytics jobs. However, with many top engineering programs in the Midwest, many tech companies based on the West and East Coasts are opening up… continue…

Interview Qs for Puppet Masters

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The demand for tech pros skilled in Puppet rose 15.5 percent year-over-year, according to Dice’s most recent annual survey. Meanwhile, postings for Puppet-related jobs have increased 91 percent. Although Puppet has been around since 2005, the open-source configuration tool’s growing popularity is linked to the rising interest in DevOps. Monica Culver, the London-based director of customer success for Puppet Labs, explained in a recent interview how, like many managers, she evaluates candidates for Puppet-heavy jobs on their proficiency with DevOps… continue…

Your Layoff Survival Guide

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By most metrics, the U.S. economy is on the upswing at the moment, with the tech industry in particular enjoying a low unemployment rate. Yet despite those upbeat numbers, layoffs can and do happen. While you can’t always prepare for the axe, the following step-by-step guide can ensure that you’re back on your feet—and in a new job—as soon as possible. Negotiate on the Way Out A layoff is traumatic, but it’s imperative that you keep your emotions in check… continue…

Patch Up Your Resume Weakness

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No career is perfect: No matter who you are, you’ll inevitably experience setbacks, layoffs, bad bosses, and other roughness. You’ll put those bad patches behind you, but they won’t disappear entirely. Recruiters and HR staff will notice if there’s a significant gap between jobs on your resume, for example. Depending on how knowledgeable they are about the broader tech world, they may also note if you’ve worked for startups that crashed-and-burned spectacularly, or prominent projects that failed before releasing an… continue…

IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

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Many IT jobs come with rigorous academic requirements, but not all of those jobs offer high starting salaries and explosive growth potential. Which ones offer the best (and worst) return on investment (ROI)? IT Jobs With the Best ROI DBA Entry-level salary: $59,000 Average salary: $102,446 Although 60 percent of DBAs have a bachelor’s degree, 16 percent have an associate’s degree and 20 percent have some college, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Demand exceeds supply, with… continue…

5 Interview Tips for Project Managers

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Project management is a burgeoning industry at the moment, with growth projected at 15 percent through 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (faster than average); those with five years (or more) of management experience can expect to earn an average of $120,000 a year in a full-time position, while freelance contractors can pull down between $50 and $60 per hour. What’s the best way to land a rewarding management position? As with so many industries, it’s all in… continue…

How to Land a Job at Level 3 Communications

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Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Its comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; and data center and cloud-based solutions. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, the company has grown since Dice first profiled it in 2012. In 2014, it acquired TW Telecom, which significantly expanded its reach in the U.S. market. Check out the latest… continue…

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

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Yes, “Big Data” has become one of those buzzwords, along with “cloud,” that’s way overused these days. But it’s clear that employers want tech pros who can analyze massive datasets and deliver actionable intelligence: According to the most recent Dice Report, firms in several states consider data-analytics skills a critical resource, one that they’re more than happy to shell out big bucks to obtain. Dice found that a full 24 percent of survey respondents in Seattle had Big Data skills—an… continue…

In Boston, Cloud and Apps Fuel a Hiring Binge

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What’s New This Quarter Well, here’s an interesting problem: Massachusetts has too many tech jobs and not enough tech pros to fill them. According to a March report from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, there are 17 open tech-related jobs for every qualified recent graduate. From 2010 to 2013, Massachusetts technology companies created about 17,650 new jobs, leading to a statewide total of 214,650 technology jobs (up from 197,000 five years ago). Employment in the state’s information sector has surged… continue…