Career Advice

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

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Engineer
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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Negotiation Meeting
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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Serious Man
  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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Business Woman
  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…

Play It Straight With Your Cover Letter

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Surprised Clown
  Tip of the Day Obviously, you want your cover letter to get the employer’s attention. But not all attention is good. For instance, you don’t want your letter to be passed around as an office joke. That’s the kind of attention you can live without. So, when writing your letter, play it straight. Don’t try to stand out with tacky headlines that shout but don’t say anything: Stop Looking!!! DBA Available Immediately! Instead, use a crisp opening line like… continue…

Avoid This Fatal Error on Your Resume

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Made a Mistake
  Tip of the Day Grammatical errors and typos are always high on the list of fatal resume flaws. But there’s actually a worse one, the most fatal of the fatal: Rambling and incoherent writing. In fact, while reviewers are often willing to overlook an occasional spelling error, outdated technology references or even a brief, unexplained employment gap, a resume that fails to succinctly convey who you are and what you do is going to be deleted, no matter how… continue…

How to Approach Impossible Job Postings

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Kitchen Sink
How many times have you seen a job posting that made you wonder what planet the employer was living on? You know, an ad that features an impossible mix of skills and experience like, say, a requirement for 10 years of iOS development work? Navigating such postings is frustrating, at best. And at a time when employers lament the lack of available tech talent, why are they writing such job descriptions to begin with? There can be a variety of… continue…

3 Ways to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

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Stand Out
Job hunters have a love-hate relationship with recruiters. On the one hand, a good recruiter can be the one who introduces you—and advocates for you–to the hiring manager, and coaches you on the best way to land a particular job. On the other, they can be distracted and non-responsive when they’re searching through a pile of resumes in search of the right candidates for their clients. So, how do you get their attention? We asked Matt Brosseau of Chicago staffing… continue…

Here’s the One Thing You MUST Say During an Interview

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Skeptical Man
By the time hiring managers ask you in for an interview, they’ve already decided you’ve got the technical skills to do the job. Their purpose in meeting you is to decide whether you’ll fit with the team, gauge your soft skills and in general measure your level of enthusiasm for the position. This last point is among the most critical. If there’s one thing you absolutely must get across during your meeting, it’s why you want the job. “Skills can… continue…

‘Where Else Are You Interviewing?’

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Quizzical Guy
  Tip of the Day One of these days, an interviewer is going to ask what other employers you’re talking to. There’s not really a graceful way around answering, so take the question head on and provide just enough information to satisfy their curiosity without hurting your chances. One way to do this is by describing the companies without using their names, or describing where you are in the hiring process. For example, say, “I’ve interviewed with a business intelligence… continue…