Career Advice

How Software Developers Can Switch Industries

Posted In Looking in Tech
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If you’re a frustrated developer who loves building software (and technology in general) but hates the job, you may be happier working in another sub-industry. Making a leap into a new pond can be challenging, but it’s more than possible. “While there’s typically a preference for industry-specific experience,” said Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston, “in an ultra-competitive market, employers overall have become more and more lenient and strong candidates are able leverage their skills to… continue…

Why Haven’t You Started Your Job Search?

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The economy is improving and the unemployment rate in IT remains dramatically low—2.6 percent during 2014′s third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developers, engineers and security specialists are in high demand. For tech professionals, it would seem like an ideal time to look for a new job. So why do some hesitate? The reasons vary, recruiters suggest. Of course, some people are happy where they are; but others who’ve kept their skills current, worked on cutting-edge… continue…

Daily Tip: Set Some New Year’s Resolutions

Posted In Living in Tech
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Lots of people make personal resolutions on New Year’s Eve: exercise more, lose weight, spend more time with family, and so on. But how about making some work-related resolutions? You could vow to expand your professional network, or polish that resume, or finally get a new job. Making a resolution, however, is a very different thing than sticking with it. Here are some quick tips for not abandoning your newfound goals by January 5. Do Something Challenging: Easy is boring.… continue…

4 Tips for Surviving a Rapid Firing

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You’re called in for what you think will be a typical meeting, only to be told, “We’re downsizing” or “You’re fired.” How should you react? The first step is to hold it together and not react. While it might be tempting to pull the office equivalent of that Jet Blue flight attendant who decided to quit his job by grabbing a beer and sliding down his plane’s emergency inflatable slide, remaining reserved is the preferable alternative: You don’t need more… continue…

3 Signs Your Perfectionist Streak Is Hurting You

Posted In Working in Tech
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You pride yourself on delivering work that’s as close to perfect as can be. After all, that’s your job, right? Well, yes and no. Organizations want quality, but they want it created within predictable time frames. That often puts you in the position of having to deliver something that’s merely “good enough.” “Building software is a fusion of quality and speed,” observed Ben Hicks, a partner at recruiter WinterWyman in Waltham, Mass. “Engineers who work too hard to be perfect… continue…

Navigating the ‘Brogrammer’ Culture

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How you embrace and fit in with the culture of your company can have a huge impact on your happiness and success. Unfortunately, melding with a bunch of “brogrammers” can be tricky, especially if you feel like the odd person out. Brogrammer is a slang term that refers to a new breed of macho, male tech professional. They love to play hard, code hard, party down… Well, you get the picture. Should you try to be one of the bros, or… continue…

What Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Teaches About Management

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A new profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the New York Times isn’t very kind to her two-year tenure at the flailing tech giant. While Yahoo invented the online-advertising business, and enjoyed initial success in everything from search to discussion boards, its rivals have managed to seize the lead in a number of different segments; meanwhile, Mayer has tried to revitalize Yahoo by cutting away some core products, acquiring some smaller firms (Tumblr, for starters), and focusing more on… continue…

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Daily Tip: Avoiding Burnout

Posted In Working in Tech
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Ask your average worker whether they’re at risk of burning out in the near future, and the answer you’re likely to hear back is, “Probably.” Americans are working longer hours than ever, and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets means that many workers never really shut off—how often have you heard people bragging and/or complaining about answering work-related emails at 2 a.m.? For hardcore programmers and developers, the pressures are often more intense, especially if it’s “crunch time” or “hell… continue…

Preparing for a Challenging Performance Review

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Sometimes a performance review can prove an occasion for out-and-out dread. Maybe your team’s struggled to meet its goals and everyone’s feeling the heat; perhaps problems at home have taken a toll on your work; or maybe you’re just not clicking with your new boss. Whatever the reason, you know the meeting’s going to be difficult and your scores are going to lag. What can you do to prepare? To find IT management jobs, click here. First, remember that performance… continue…