Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Tip of the Day Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author. It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into… continue…

Silicon Valley’s Teen Interns Earn Big Bucks

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For most people, the words “summer job” conjure images of teenagers flipping burgers or lifeguarding for little more than minimum wage. At Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, though, things are a little different: Tucked within the confines of Facebook or Airbnb, even a high school student can earn thousands of dollars per month as an intern. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, tech companies in the Valley are pulling in teenagers who’ve demonstrated an aptitude for programming. It highlights the case of 17-year-old… continue…

New York City Employers See Tech Hiring Through Year’s End

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What’s New This Quarter During the spring, the New York Times surveyed the city’s tech scene and came to mixed conclusions. While excitement abounds, “The hype has definitely died down,” said David Tisch, a co-founder of Techstars, a local startup. “It’s harder to point to one thing and say, ‘that’s New York tech.’ ” Even so, the Times noted, the amount of venture, angel and private equity money invested in New York rose dramatically between 2009 and 2013, to $3… continue…

Is the Time Right to Learn Python 3?

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Python is an excellent and very popular programming language, considered one of the best-designed. It has a simple, clear syntax and runs very fast (faster if you compile it with CPython), but there is one slight problem facing anyone new to it: Which version should you learn? There are two versions of Python—Python 2 and Python 3. Python 2.7 is the last of the 2.* series (currently up to 2.7.7) and has been the recommended version to learn for ages.… continue…

Does Microsoft CEO Memo Hint at Massive Layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a public memo outlining his company’s future course. Whether this new direction will mean layoffs or massive restructuring is an open question (and, for Microsoft employees, a pressing one); the memo itself is a lengthy mash of buzzwords. “At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” the July 10 memo states, in one of many sweeping statements about Microsoft’s coming evolution. “We will reinvent productivity to empower… continue…

Demand Grows for Network Engineers Who Know Virtualization

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Given the cost savings virtualization brings to the datacenter, it’s no surprise that demand for professionals with related skills is continuing to rise. And the proportion of time that network engineers and administrators spend on virtualization is sure to increase, as well. According to Gartner, virtualization has topped 50 percent of all server workloads, and the researcher predicts that will grow to 86 percent in 2016. One result of this demand is seen in salary: The pay can be hefty… continue…

Take the Initiative and Keep Your Manager Informed

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Tip of the Day If your boss is constantly lurking by your desk, trying to stay on top of what’s going on, it might be time to change the way you interact. Because they’re unsure of which employees require more oversight than others, managers new to their roles often supervise subordinates closely. In the absence of trust, they tend to manage everyone carefully, which can grate on the nerves of experienced workers. Since relationships are a two-way street, changing the… continue…

STEM Jobs Staying Open Longer: Report

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A recent report by the Brookings Institution suggests that STEM jobs requiring a Ph.D. or other professional degree can stay open for as long as 50 days, far longer than the 33 days often required to fill non-STEM positions. “Even sub-bachelor’s STEM job openings take longer to fill than non-STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree,” read the Institution’s report on the matter. “Healthcare and computer openings are advertised 23 and 15 days longer, on average, than openings for non-STEM occupations,… continue…

D.C. Is a Tech Candidate’s Market

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What’s New This Quarter The story remains the same: The federal government simply can’t find enough cybersecurity professionals to lock down everything that needs to be locked down, and security watchers say that we must make cybersecurity a national imperative much like aerospace technology, nuclear science and biotechnology have been in the past. Sam Visner, vice president and general manager of CSC Global Security, told NextGov that not enough is being done to make current cybersecurity efforts effective. “We have… continue…

BlackBerry Betting That Square Will Be Hip

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To say that BlackBerry has cruised a rough road in recent years is a major understatement: Not only did the company witness its market-share decimated at the combined hands of Google and Apple, but its highest-profile attempt to reverse that decline—BlackBerry 10 OS—underperformed with businesses and consumers. In a bid to stave off total collapse, BlackBerry retrenched as a niche IT firm focused primarily on the enterprise. But the company hasn’t wholly abandoned its once-ubiquitous mobile devices: Not only has… continue…