Daily Tip: Fresh Eyes on Cover Letters, Resumes

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In the early 1960s, NASA scientists reportedly omitted a hyphen from a guidance program uploaded to the Mariner 1 spacecraft, causing the latter to veer off course immediately after launch. Rather than allow the spacecraft to crash-land and possibly kill someone, NASA opted to remotely detonate the craft, arguably making that missing hyphen the most expensive typo in history. Leaving a few typos in your resume and cover letter probably won’t set the U.S. space program back a few years,… continue…

What Allstate Wants in a Tech Pro

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The Allstate Corporation is the third-largest personal lines insurer in the United States, and the largest that is publicly held. Founded in 1931 as part of Sears, Roebuck & Co., it was spun off as a separate entity in 1993. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., the company has more than 70,000 employees in over 1,200 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,000 U.S.-based staffers work in the technology space. Click here to find mobile-development positions. According to the Allstate talent… continue…

Interview Qs for Python Newcomers

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Although Python’s popularity continues to soar, recent trainees and junior developers usually need more than a cursory understanding of the language to land their first job. “Managers are looking for people who have thought critically about their tools, instead of accepting them blindly just because they are in style,” said Mark Lutz, a Florida-based trainer and author of several books on Python. Click here to find Python-programming jobs. Answering the “how” questions is always important during an interview, Lutz explained,… continue…

Online Harassment All Too Common: Report

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Nearly three-quarters of Internet users have seen someone harassed online, while 40 percent have been the targets of such abuse, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Those statistics should come as no surprise to anyone who spends significant amounts of time online, especially in light of the recent “Gamergate” controversy. Some 27 percent of those targeted said the harassment took the form of being called offensive names; another 22 percent said that someone had tried to publicly… continue…

Daily Tip: Your Email Has a Delete Button

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Sometimes it’s good to let go. Thanks to the inexpensiveness of cloud-based storage, anybody can keep a decade’s worth of email without worrying about whether they’ll have to delete some of it to make room for more. And people do store everything—sometimes to their detriment. How many times have you keyword-searched your email for a particular message, only to surface a dozen or hundred emails that had little relevance? While going back and nuking thousands of ancient emails would probably… continue…

The Weirdness of Microsoft Garage

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Back in the day, Microsoft employees had to hide their iPhones, lest senior management see them toting a competitor’s device. Nor was that the only case of Microsoft showing a corporate aversion to rival products: Former CEO Steve Ballmer refused to launch Office for the iPad, for example, for nearly four years after Apple’s bestselling tablet made its debut. But under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made some pretty big changes in how it interacts with outside platforms and… continue…

Sample Resume: Senior Information Architect

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Keisha Reynolds 123 Any St. Milwaukee, Wisc. ♦ kreynolds@email.com ♦ 000.555.1212 ♦ LinkedIn ♦ Twitter ♦ IASAprofile Senior Information Architect Leader. Strategist. Designer. Master designer with an enterprise perspective offering more than five years’ of success developing and implementing architectural concepts, strategies, roadmaps, patterns, frameworks, principles and recommended practices. Expert data warehouse designer and configuration manager. Known for spearheading process improvements and architectural techniques involving ERP systems resulting in productivity and profit gains and increased customer satisfaction.  Led the redesign… continue…

Intel’s CEO Thinks 3 Things Limit Your Career

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who took the top post at the chip-maker in 2013, sat down recently with Oregon Live for a wide-ranging interview about his management philosophy and plans for the company. Click here to find IT management jobs. As part of that discussion, he offered some advice for those working their way up the ladder, including what he sees as the three big mistakes people make in their careers: First, they neglect to create a five-year plan. “You have… continue…

Check Out This Real-Life Hoverboard

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Remember the hoverboard from Back to the Future II? Of course you do—it’s the one thing from the movie’s future that everybody wanted in real life. Now a group of engineers claim to have built a working hoverboard, and they’re raising funds for it on Kickstarter. The first 10 people to pony up $10,000 or more will receive production units, which can support the weight of one human being up to 250 pounds and float roughly an inch above the… continue…

Are Database Administrators Doomed?

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Just about everyone agrees these days that there is more data to manage than ever. The topic on which nobody seems to agree is who needs to manage it, or to what degree it might actually need to be managed. Traditionally, database administrators (also known as DBAs) have been at the center of the data-management universe: There was always a need to have someone optimize the performance of applications by making sure data was well structured. But with the rise… continue…