Professions That Offer a Good Work-Life Balance

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Many jobs dangle the prospect of a good “work-life balance” as a way of attracting top-level prospects. But which jobs actually provide that balance? According to a new study by Glassdoor—and contrary to what you might think, at least based on the stereotype of the harried, exhausted software developer or data analyst—a handful of tech professions offer rewarding work without the burnout. The website ranked a variety of professions on a one to five scale, with one meaning the respondents… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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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…

Cloud Efforts Drive Hiring in Seattle

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In June, the New York Times affirmed what the Puget Sound tech community already knew: Cloud technology is turning out to be Seattle’s hottest commodity. “It’s like Detroit used to be for car companies,” Bill Hilf, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of cloud product management, told the newspaper. “The galactic players are here, and they are creating lots of little companies.” Hilf, a Microsoft alum, is helping to launch HP’s new HP Helion cloud computing initiative in Seattle, with $1 billion of… continue…

The Tech Skills Every Business Analyst Needs to Know

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Even in a period of high demand, it’s important to have a diverse skill set. That means business analysts with a solid knowledge of technology have an advantage over their competition when they’re looking for a job. Creating a sense of confidence among, and gaining the respect of, IT and business end users requires you to speak their languages and demonstrate a strong technical aptitude. So, a BA needs to know what IT applications are being utilized, what options can… continue…

How IBM’s Apple Deal Could Affect You

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Apple and IBM have joined in a global partnership that will see Big Blue pushing iOS devices to its enterprise customers, while Apple focuses on the creation of industry-specific native apps. In addition, IBM will tweak its cloud services, including analytics and IT security, for iOS. Apple, which already has a significant presence in the enterprise, will build a business-centric AppleCare service-and-support hub. Both tech firms will, presumably, profit. Click here to find mobile development jobs. “For the first time… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…

How Many iWatches Will Apple Actually Sell?

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If you believe the ever-churning rumor mill, Apple will unveil its long-awaited “iWatch” in late 2014. But how many units will the “smartwatch” actually sell? According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple could rack up sales of 30 million to 60 million units within the iWatch’s first 12 months of release. How does she arrive at that astronomical figure, especially considering that no “smartwatch” currently on the market has proven a breakaway hit? “Brand loyalty” to Apple, Huberty wrote,… continue…

Do Your Research Before Beginning Salary Negotiations

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Tip of the Day Once you’re offered a new job, it’s time to negotiate your salary, time off and other benefits. You can’t do this in a vacuum. As in every other part of the job-hunting process, the more you know about the employer and its business, the better chance you have of getting what you want. Before you begin discussing salary, determine a preliminary compensation range that’s appropriate for someone with your skills and experience. You can find the… continue…

Chromebooks and Cheap Windows PCs: It’s War

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In a bid to counter the rising number of Google Chromebooks on the market, Microsoft plans on releasing a series of ultra-cheap Windows laptops near the end of the year. Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Acer will issue laptops priced between $199 and $249 for the holiday shopping season, all with wildly different specs—the Acer Aspire ES1, for example, will feature a 15.6-inch screen paired with a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron processor, while Toshiba’s unit will boast an 11.6-inch screen. “We are… continue…