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How to Land a Technology Job at Esurance

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Esurance is an online auto, homeowner, renter and motorcycle insurer that offers direct-to-consumer insurance in 42 states, as well as service through partner providers in the remaining eight. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has 3,200 employees in 17 offices across the country. More than 300 work exclusively in technology. Gregg Sears, senior manager of talent acquisition at Esurance, says the company is currently looking for a variety of technology professionals including senior software developers, software developers, data analysts, storage… continue…

Why Tech Professionals Need to Be Good Story Tellers

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Campfire
As a tech professional, how important is it for you to tell a good story? Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based enterprise software provider Syncsort, says the ability can make a big difference in the course of your career. In fact, he told Business Insider he believes it’s especially important in technology, where things can be “very complex, and sometimes people find technical details to be somewhat boring.” We’ve said before that the ability to communicate is a critical… continue…

Know When It’s Time to Refine Your Job Search

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Examine Resume Details
Tip of the Day New job seekers usually score several interviews fairly quickly, or at least hear from several recruiters soon after they post their resume. But if you’ve been searching for several months and interest seems to be waning, it’s time to ratchet things up. First thing, ask an objective expert like a local recruiter or former boss for an honest evaluation of your resume and marketability. Assess everything from the number of hits your resume has received to… continue…

One Way to Track Down a Hiring Manager’s Name

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Investigator
Tip of the Day Contacting the hiring manager increases your visibility and success rate, but it’s hard to connect when you don’t know his or her name. How do you find it? Start by calling the company and asking to speak with the appropriate manager, for instance, the manager of tech support or engineering. Your goal is to make a positive impression and to verify whether they’re the right contact. So when they answer, politely explain that you’re a veteran… continue…

10 Questions to Ask a Recruiter Before You Sign On

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Recruiters can be a big help when you’re looking for a job. They’re an excellent source of market intelligence and the experts who know how to get your resume in front of elusive hiring managers. But with dozens of them to choose from, how can you tell which recruiter is right for you? The short answer is by learning as much about them as you can. To start, ask these questions early on. What’s your niche or specialty? IT recruiters… continue…

How to Land a Job at Ernst & Young

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Ernst & Young, also known as “EY,” is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company has about 175,000 employees in over 150 countries, some 54,000 of whom are in the Americas. Currently, more than 4,000 professionals work in EY’s IT operations. “At EY, we have many opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in technology in all of our service lines,” says Larry Nash, EY Americas director of experienced & executive recruiting. Primarily a Microsoft shop, the… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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Performance Review
Tip of the Day It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while a prospective employer will ask to see a copy of your performance review. You should politely decline. The information in your review is proprietary and giving a prospective boss access to the document allows him to scrutinize every task you performed and read you manager’s subjective comments. That’s more information than they need. In addition, performance plans are controlled documents because they often detail a… continue…

Always Have Questions for the Interviewer

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Raised Hand
Tip of the Day When an interviewer asks whether you have any questions for them, there’s only one wrong answer: “No.” “Do you have any questions for me?” is a trick question. The interviewer is hoping to learn about you from what you ask, just as you want to learn something by posing a question in the first place. That’s not a bad thing: Every piece of information in an interview—questions, answers, the office/conference room, what kind of drinks they… continue…

How to Deal With Age Issues in an Interview

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Interviewing an Older Worker
It’s illegal for companies to reject a job applicant because of their age, but we all know it happens. So, if you’re an older worker interviewing at a startup with a young management team, your age may be the elephant in the room. During interviews, your goal is to minimize any doubts a hiring manager may have. You do that by addressing them head-on, writes Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews for Dummies. “The interview won’t move forward until… continue…

This is How Blinds.com Hires in IT

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Blinds.com, the largest online window covering store in the world, is based on Houston and home to 250 employees, 30 of them working exclusively in IT. CIO Larry Hack says that in addition to its dedicated tech team, the company prides itself “on being fairly tech-savvy in all departments.” Growing rapidly, Blinds.com now has several open positions including UX designer, senior developer, network engineer and mobile developer. “As we’re an Agile shop, we also look for future teammates that are… continue…