New Service Aims to Be the Yelp of Boot Camps

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Switch is a website that helps you decide not only what kind of tech career might be right for you, but which boot camp will help you get the training you need to pursue it. It’s been described as a Yelp or TripAdvisor for careers, and offers lists of boot camp offerings along with reviews and access to financial aid. The site was founded by Jonathan Lau, a graduate of Stanford and MIT with degrees in civil and environmental engineering.… continue…

Has Your Company Mastered Apps?

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Smartphones and tablets are now ubiquitous among companies, along with customized apps that monitor everything from customer service to shipping logistics. Despite that ubiquity, a new report from the Apigee Institute (PDF) insists that enterprise IT is broken, and that the majority of your average C-suite is unable to keep up with the technological changes sweeping pretty much every industry. At the heart of that brokenness, the report adds, is the inability of current data-storage practices and systems to keep… continue…

Look for Hidden Needs in the Job Description

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Tip of the Day When applying for a job, you want to highlight your traits and skills that are the best match with what the employer is seeking. So to give yourself an edge, study the job description. Job descriptions aren’t written by machines. They’re written by people and often reveal a specific need for soft skills or people skills, in addition to technical knowledge. Study them closely and you’ll discover clues that can help make your resume stand out.… continue…

Introducing Slashdot’s New Build Section

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Slashdot has nearly two decades of spotting and showing off interesting projects, inventions, technologies, and hobbies. Some of them are strictly personal, some are frankly commercial, and some are the fruits of ambitious organizations (or tiny teams) motivated by curiosity and passion, politics, or just plain fun. The site’s new Build section (build.slashdot.org) offers, under one big virtual roof, everything from makerspace visits and interviews with technologists and innovators, to hands-on projects and inventions. Not everything you’ll find in the… continue…

How to Get a Technology Job at WebMD

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WebMD calls itself the leading provider of health information services, offering a consumer website, a network for physicians and healthcare professionals, and a private portal service for employers and health plans. Its WebMD.com has one of the highest usage rates in the sector. Headquartered in New York, the company has 11 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Of its more than 1,600 employees, about 350 work in technology. Click here to find a job in health IT. Director of Recruiting… continue…

Share Your Worst Interview Story

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Few things are more of a letdown than a job interview that goes south. There you are, ready to talk tech and show them how well you can fit in with their team, and you find yourself across the table from someone who’s forgotten that they’re the one who called you in the first place. What makes it worse is you’ve got to keep your cool no matter what—it never pays to lose control, even if you decide you’d rather… continue…

Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

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So-called “Big Data” has never been more popular among organizations, and those with the ability to analyze vast amounts of data find themselves much in demand. That demand, in turn, could drive more graduates to embrace analytics as a career. But for anyone contemplating such a move, be warned: Data scientists within even the most dynamic company face a whole lot of drudgery as part of their daily routine. A new study by The New York Times estimates that data… continue…

Why Don’t Software Engineers Get More Respect?

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Not many people would argue that technology isn’t central to business nowadays. It’s hard to imagine any kind of company of any size operating without some kind of technical system in place to support it—if not drive it. So why don’t software engineers get more respect? That’s what TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans was thinking about the other day. What got him going was a blog post by Michael O. Church, a software engineer who blogged about how differently he was… continue…

Address Gaps in Your Job History Head On

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Tip of the Day Modest gaps in employment usually aren’t deal-breakers. The trick is to address them honestly. Your goal should be to minimize the effects of your time away from work, not to hide that time or misrepresent its duration. Trying to hide an employment gap is a surefire way to come across as having, well, something to hide. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Your resume’s cover letter is the… continue…

Microsoft Pulls Latest Windows Update

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File this one under “Whoops”: Microsoft has rescinded its latest Windows update after it reportedly caused users’ PCs to either crash or spit back error messages about fonts. The issues with the August update affects Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2. (In other words, those who refuse to give up Windows XP, despite Microsoft pulling official support for that aging operating system, are safe from this latest snafu.) Click here… continue…