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…

Tech Driving Raleigh’s Pro-Business Reputation

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What’s New This Quarter Wouldn’t it be nice to live in the country’s “Best Place for Business and Careers”? If you live in Raleigh, you already do—at least if you believe the annual rankings from Forbes. Raleigh jumped from third to first in the magazine’s estimation, and was the only east coast city in the top 10. The survey noted lower business costs (18 percent below the national average), a high concentration of people with advanced education, and the presence… continue…

Can Microsoft Survive on a Freemium Model?

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When Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer ran Microsoft, profit was king. As far back as 1976, with Gates’ “Open Letter to Hobbyists” memo, the company focused on getting as many dollars as possible in exchange for its software and hardware. Under new-ish Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the focus is still on making money; the company’s shareholders and board wouldn’t tolerate anything different. Nonetheless, Microsoft’s recent decision to allow iPad and Android tablet users to create and edit Office content without… continue…