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5 Hot Fields for Computer Science Grads

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Right now is a great time to be graduating with a computer science degree; but with myriad opportunities available, what kind of jobs should you be applying for? You can start by asking yourself these two questions: What do you like doing? Where do you see yourself in the future? Here are five computer science-friendly fields that you may want to consider. Startups The computer science grad with a solid general skill set would do well to begin a career… continue…

Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed!

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Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue…

How to Succeed in a Changing Workplace

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There’s one surefire technique for succeeding in the workplace: keep learning. Technology changes at a rapid pace; the skills now required in today’s workplaces were little more than ideas a few short years ago. Working in technology means constantly learning and building up your skills; the best employees know how to be resourceful and quick on their (proverbial) feet. Keeping up with such rapid change involves lots of complicated decisions, information, and emotions—it isn’t easy, which is why not everyone handles… continue…

10 Steps to the Perfect Job

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We’ve all had those days when the job feels like a paycheck-to-paycheck shuffle in line for whatever the company has to dish out. For me, many were the times when I just felt like escaping for a day, month, or year. One of the best things about software and IT is that there are so many things to explore and do that there never is a lack of possible directions. With the emergence of cloud, Big Data, machine learning, and… continue…

College Students Must Pay Attention to More Than Just 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?

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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

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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

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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

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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…