Career Advice

How to Make Yourself Poachable

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There are few things more flattering than getting an unsolicited call from a recruiter. Not only does it affirm your reputation—not to mention your skills—it’s likely to put you in a strong negotiating position when the time comes to respond to a job offer. But if you’re not getting those calls, there’s a chance you’re doing too good a job of keeping yourself to yourself. People get poached for a number of reasons, and pure skill is only one of… continue…

Take a Breath When the Interviewer Makes a Mistake

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Tip of the Day Interviews have crazy dynamics because everything is, quite literally, a test. Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine, used to seat his interviewees in a chair that had the two front legs slightly shortened, just to see how they’d react. Granted, Rickover was known as a high-pressure guy, but whoever you’re meeting with, few things equal a job interview for making you feel like you’re under a microscope. Click here to see project manager jobs.… continue…

Pay Attention to Termination Clauses

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Tip of the Day Though it may seem odd, before you start a new job you should think about what happens if you decide to leave. Most employment agreements contain some kind of language governing terminations and an employee’s rights and obligations in the event they depart on their own. Click here to see networking jobs. Some attorneys say that understanding what constitutes grounds for termination may be the most important thing you do. For example, if the agreement says… continue…

Resumes and Cover Letters are a Package Deal

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  Tip of the Day Cover letters and resumes work best as a package, with the cover letter acting as an introduction to the skills and experience described in your resume. Every hiring manager is different, but for what it’s worth let me share how I use the two in combination: I scan the cover letter quickly, then go on to the resume and give that a quick read. Then I go back to the cover letter and read it… continue…

This is How Blinds.com Hires in IT

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Blinds.com, the largest online window covering store in the world, is based on Houston and home to 250 employees, 30 of them working exclusively in IT. CIO Larry Hack says that in addition to its dedicated tech team, the company prides itself “on being fairly tech-savvy in all departments.” Growing rapidly, Blinds.com now has several open positions including UX designer, senior developer, network engineer and mobile developer. “As we’re an Agile shop, we also look for future teammates that are… continue…

How to Avoid Making the Worst Possible Interview Mistake

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It would seem basic: Before you go in for an interview, you research the employer, its business, its culture—pretty much everything you can think of. It would seem basic, but apparently it’s not. When they sit down, a surprising number of candidates aren’t prepared, and stumble into holes that prove fatal to their hopes of landing the job. By the time the hiring manager’s decided to talk to you, they’ve already decided you have the technical skills to do the… continue…

Before Jumping, Be Sure You’ve Got a Startup’s Personality

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Tip of the Day If you’re toying with the idea of joining a startup, a little self-analysis is in order. Otherwise, the leap could be your downfall. Click here to see engineering jobs. Typically, there are two types of engineers who thrive during a startup’s early stages: those who are driven to develop a product people will use, and those who itch to build the next big company. There’s also a third type: Engineers who get a rush from being… continue…

Candidates Find More Leverage in Job Negotiations

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As tech employers scramble to find the professionals they need, candidates are discovering they have more clout when it comes to negotiating salaries and sign-on bonuses. Developers and architects skilled in Python, Java, Java Swing, C++ and C# are often in the best position to press for better deals, some recruiters say. When companies get to the point of making an offer, they’re often making very good ones. They’re also holding out for close-to-perfect fits, says Richelle Konian, CEO of… continue…

Turn a Bad Interview Into Something Good

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  Tip of the Day Sometimes it happens: You know in the first minutes of the interview that you’re not a good fit. That doesn’t mean your visit has to be a complete waste of time, trhough. Make the most of it and treat the meeting like an informational interview. Click here to see Agile-related jobs. Ask about other job openings or future needs at the company that might be a better fit for your skills and experience. After all,… continue…

Your Network’s About Your Career, Not Your Job

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  Tip of the Day Too many people think networks are only about finding jobs. While that’s one part of it, the better way to think about your network is that it will help you grow your job and career. Click here to see software engineering jobs. The first thing you need to do to build your network: actively acquire people. This is not adding whoever pops up on Google+ or having 5,000 friends on Facebook. Instead, decide who you… continue…