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Best Practices: Change is all You Need

If you put ten engineers in a room and ask them about best practices, you’re probably going to get at least 20 opinions. If you ask them again six months or a year later, you’ll get a new set of 20 opinions, and there won’t be a whole lot of overlap. So herewith is the only best practice I’ve been able to stick with: It’s all going to change, so be ready. continue…

Trends

Software Engineering as a career is a juggernaut. In 2011, it was described as the best job in America by CNN, U.S. News and World Report and others. Why? High pay, good work environment and a whole lot of hiring. So where are all these software engineers going? What are they doing, and how do they get there? continue…

Job Hunting Tips for Engineers

You love being a software engineer and you’d like that to continue. There’s just one small problem: You need, or want, a new job. The good news is that the market for software engineers in the U.S. is pretty hot. Here some things to consider as you plan your strategy. continue…

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Sample Resume: Data Modeler

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Thomas Song tsong@email.com 000.555.1212 123 Any St. Omaha, Neb. 00000 Willing to Relocate Data Modeler Offering a proven track record of supporting and influencing positive outcomes in business units and companies throughout the financial services industry through the application of cutting-edge tools and creation of detailed, production-level technical specifications, as well as intuitive conceptual, logical, relational and physical data models. Enthusiastic learner and excellent problem-solver.  Willing to relocate and start work within two weeks anywhere in the U.S. without financial… continue…

Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

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Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…

Employers Worried About Critical-Thinking Skills

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How does an employer measure critical-thinking skills? That’s a pressing question, considering that every company on the planet needs employees who can analyze information in a way that’s ultimately good for the bottom line. But how do you tell which employees have the right aptitude? According to The Wall Street Journal, employers have wildly different methods of evaluating their employees for critical-thinking skills. Goldman Sachs, for example, asks job candidates to “assess company valuations and stock pitches and then to… continue…

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 Northfield Township, 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… continue…