Watch This Robot Kick Like the ‘Karate Kid’

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Robots: They roll, crawl, walk, and even gallop. But now a Google-built machine has taken the evolution of mechanical movement to the next glorious stage. In the above video, the humanoid Atlas robot (created by Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics) not only balances one-legged on a short pillar of cinder blocks, it also imitates Ralph Macchio’s iconic “crane” pose from the 1984 hit The Karate Kid. Humanity, rejoice! Our robots can now perform selected bits from 80’s movies, for our amusement,… continue…

Confronting a Co-Worker Who Undermines You

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What do you do when a colleague has an agenda, and doesn’t mind steamrolling you on his or her way to fulfilling it? There can be any number of signs that it’s happening: Perhaps they’re leaving you off email threads, or not inviting you to project meetings. They may be positioning themselves as the person behind your work, or telling others you report to them on a project when in fact you’re equal colleagues. You may even be getting signals… continue…

Employers Want You to Have These Cloud Skills

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“Cloud” is in the running for the most-hyped term of the decade, and with good reason. Despite some early skepticism over the willingness of consumers and businesses to upload their work and lives to remote data centers, a rapidly growing number of people trust the cloud to store and manage their data. To find cloud-related jobs, click here. That desire for the cloud creates a corresponding need for IT professionals who can manage the complex systems underlying it. A recent… continue…

Daily Tip: Question the Interviewer

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Employers not only want employees who are skilled, efficient, and work well with others—they also want people to actually stick around. During a job interview, the interviewer might ask a lot of questions about your technical proficiency, but they’re also interested in seeing whether you’d be the sort of employee who’d stay with the company longer than a year. But here comes the tricky part: If you’re really interested in the job, how do you convey to the interviewer that… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Vermont’s Mini Tech Boom

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Vermont is in the midst of a mini tech boom, one that’s producing its own share of jobs. While the tech giants of Silicon Valley might not have large outposts in the state, recent activity by area startups and midsize companies has translated into a growing number of IT positions. To find tech jobs in Vermont, click here. Jeff Couture, executive director at the Vermont Technology Alliance in Burlington, describes the state’s technology sector as diverse. The Alliance’s member companies… continue…

Daily Tip: Link Your Resume and Cover Letter

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Job candidates tend to treat their cover letters and resumes as entities with zero overlap. Linking the two, however, can bolster your job application in ways that make it truly stand out. That linkage starts with formatting. People often spend lots of time giving their resume a distinctive look, one that (hopefully) reflects their professionalism and personality. They tend to devote less effort to cover letters, which they may view as more of a formality, forgetting that hiring managers scan… continue…

Daily Tip: Mention Your Transferable Skills

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The majority of standard resume formats include a “Skills” section, where the candidate describes what they can do. While it’s important that this section list relevant abilities, you can also use the space to draw attention to your “transferable skills” that could ultimately prove just as vital to the job at hand. Lots of people list their proficiency with productivity software or ability to analyze a dataset with a variety of tools; far fewer remember to mention that they’re really… continue…

Black IT Pros on Diversity in Tech

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While pundits and analysts debate about diversity in Silicon Valley, one thing is very clear: Black Americans make up a very small percentage of tech workers. At Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, that number is a bit less than 2 percent of their respective U.S. workforces; at Apple, it’s closer to 7 percent. According to the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, blacks hold less than 8 percent of all information technology jobs… continue…

Obama Speaks Up for Net Neutrality

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President Obama wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve net neutrality. Click here to find telecommunications jobs. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama hopes he can sway the commission to reclassify Internet service providers as “telecommunications services,” which would give the government greater powers of regulation. At the moment, Internet service providers fall under the umbrella of “information services,” allowing them considerable leeway to determine how they provide the Internet to end-users. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates… continue…