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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.

Does Microsoft CEO Memo Hint at Massive Layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a public memo outlining his company’s future course. Whether this new direction will mean layoffs or massive restructuring is an open question (and, for Microsoft employees, a pressing one); the memo itself is a lengthy mash of buzzwords. “At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” the July 10 memo states, in one of many sweeping statements about Microsoft’s coming evolution. “We will reinvent productivity to empower… continue…

Demand Grows for Network Engineers Who Know Virtualization

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Given the cost savings virtualization brings to the datacenter, it’s no surprise that demand for professionals with related skills is continuing to rise. And the proportion of time that network engineers and administrators spend on virtualization is sure to increase, as well. According to Gartner, virtualization has topped 50 percent of all server workloads, and the researcher predicts that will grow to 86 percent in 2016. One result of this demand is seen in salary: The pay can be hefty… continue…

Take the Initiative and Keep Your Manager Informed

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Tip of the Day If your boss is constantly lurking by your desk, trying to stay on top of what’s going on, it might be time to change the way you interact. Because they’re unsure of which employees require more oversight than others, managers new to their roles often supervise subordinates closely. In the absence of trust, they tend to manage everyone carefully, which can grate on the nerves of experienced workers. Since relationships are a two-way street, changing the… continue…

STEM Jobs Staying Open Longer: Report

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A recent report by the Brookings Institution suggests that STEM jobs requiring a Ph.D. or other professional degree can stay open for as long as 50 days, far longer than the 33 days often required to fill non-STEM positions. “Even sub-bachelor’s STEM job openings take longer to fill than non-STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree,” read the Institution’s report on the matter. “Healthcare and computer openings are advertised 23 and 15 days longer, on average, than openings for non-STEM occupations,… continue…

D.C. Is a Tech Candidate’s Market

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What’s New This Quarter The story remains the same: The federal government simply can’t find enough cybersecurity professionals to lock down everything that needs to be locked down, and security watchers say that we must make cybersecurity a national imperative much like aerospace technology, nuclear science and biotechnology have been in the past. Sam Visner, vice president and general manager of CSC Global Security, told NextGov that not enough is being done to make current cybersecurity efforts effective. “We have… continue…

Customize Your Resume’s Technical Skills Section

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Tip of the Day Never send the same resume for every job application. Instead, customize your technical skills for each position. Especially important: Include technology that the company uses in its environment. Click here to see QA-related jobs. If you’re applying to a public company, you can often find out what type of technology it’s using, then craft your resume to fit the platforms. When recruiters and hiring managers see that you’ve written your response specifically to their needs, you’re… continue…

Python Tops Popular Languages for College Intro Courses

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Python tops the list of most popular programming languages taught in college-level introductory computer science courses, according to new data from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which seeks to promote computing as a science and profession. Writing for Communications of the ACM, Philip Guo rounded up the top 39 university computer-science departments, as ranked this year by U.S. News (he didn’t make it 40 because the 40th slot was an eight-way tie). With that list in hand, he parsed… continue…

Apprenticeships Provide Healthcare IT Experience

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All employers prefer to hire people who have experience in their industry, but that tendency is particularly strong in healthcare. That creates a conundrum for IT pros trying to break into the sector: How do you get healthcare experience if you can’t get hired without healthcare experience? The answer may lie in the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program. The program, which the White House announced in April, makes $100 million available to help workers participate in apprenticeships. The graduates… continue…

Cyberattacks Focus Employers on Security Certifications

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Continuing cyberattacks like those mounted against Target, eBay and Apple are pressuring companies to emphasize security even more than they have been to date. When it comes to hiring, that’s adding to the importance of certifications in IT audit, security, governance and risk. In many cases, that importance is translating into pay premiums for professionals that hold the credentials. Click here to see security jobs. Among the certifications in greatest demand are those from ISACA, an international association that focuses… continue…

5 Sure Ways to Annoy a Tech Recruiter

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Getting the most out of recruiters is about more than crafting a targeted resume or having the perfect pitch. It’s about avoiding the gaffes they see every day, too. So, to help make sure your phone calls get returned and your name stays high on their list, here are five of recruiters’ top pet peeves—some subtle and some obvious—you should take pains to avoid. 1. The Fudged Resume Don’t send a resume that’s rife with misspellings or you may never… continue…