Career Advice

College Students Must Pay Attention to More Than Just Tech

Posted In Looking in Tech
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22.8 percent increase in software development jobs through 2022, which is more than twice the projected rise in overall employment. So college students interested in technical careers are in a good place. But one thing: They should bear in mind their success will involve more than a technical education. Executives at tech companies like Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr tell the Washington Post that it’s important to learn soft skills, too, even though you… continue…

Do IT Contractors Really Need to Carry Insurance?

Protecting Your Money
If you’re working as an independent contractor, do you need to carry professional liability insurance? For full-time workers, employers are typically responsible for indemnification against claims of intellectual property infringement or issues related to failed projects or dissatisfied customers. But for contractors and consultants, it’s a different story: They usually need to protect themselves through something called errors and omissions, or “E&O” insurance, which protects them from losses related to claims of negligence and other issues. It’s a cost of… continue…

Why Women in Tech Should Interrupt Men

Woman Leader
Your parents probably told you: Don’t interrupt. But could interrupting be exactly what women should do if they want to rise in the world of technology? Slate recently published an informal study that suggests the answer may be “yes.” Linguist and technologist Kieran Snyder got curious about the matter. So, she sat through meetings where approximately 60 percent of the attendees were men. Over 15 hours of conversations, she noted that there were 314 interruptions, translating into an interruption once… continue…

How to Break the Interview’s ‘Q&A’ Format

Posted In Looking in Tech
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A lot of IT professionals think of job interviews as interrogations, tense encounters where managers or engineers fire off a series of questions and you respond with terse answers. But if you’ve been reading our Interview Qs series, you know the opposite is true. In fact, managers frequently ask open-ended questions to spark a discussion. Even technical evaluators hope you’ll ask for hints and walk them through your steps as you solve a problem on the whiteboard. They want to… continue…

Don’t Slow Down Your Job Search During the Summer

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Tip of the Day The perception that companies cut back their hiring during the summer is a myth, but job hunting during the hottest months can be tricky. It’s important to avoid two particular hazards: timing and schedules. Because of vacations, trying to schedule interviews can be complicated. An interview process that would typically take three weeks may take five or more. So patience is key. Don’t feel discouraged if the process takes extra time. On the flip side, hiring… continue…

Why Tech Professionals Need to Be Good Story Tellers

Posted In Looking in Tech
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As a tech professional, how important is it for you to tell a good story? Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based enterprise software provider Syncsort, says the ability can make a big difference in the course of your career. In fact, he told Business Insider he believes it’s especially important in technology, where things can be “very complex, and sometimes people find technical details to be somewhat boring.” We’ve said before that the ability to communicate is a critical… continue…

CIOs: Current Skills Key for First-Time Job Seekers

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What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue…

5 Simple Ways to De-Stress

Posted In Living in Tech
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Technology has never been a nine-to-five business, and that’s especially true today. Whether your office is in some corporate park or your basement, deadlines are aggressive, demands for updates are incessant and email follows you wherever you go. While there’s no magic way to make the craziness stop, you still need to step back and get your breath each day. But how? Here are five simple suggestions that can help build a barrier between your work and home life, and… continue…

Microsoft Layoffs Show Need to Keep Your Resume Polished

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Microsoft plans on eliminating 18,000 jobs over the next year, the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s almost 40-year history. The majority of those cuts will affect Nokia, which Microsoft finished acquiring in April. The layoffs are the first major move by new CEO Satya Nadella, who is trying to reinvent Microsoft as a cloud- and mobile-centric company focused on cross-platform services and applications. Analysts and pundits long predicted that Nadella would cut jobs as part of his broader… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Grammar Mistakes
Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…