Career Advice

4 Basic Steps of Resume Writing

Posted In Looking in Tech
Foundation Blocks
  Tip of the Day For new graduates: Whatever job you’re looking for, you’ll construct your resume on a few simple foundation blocks. The first: resume samples—we’ve got free ones here. Select a simple design that lists your education and coursework before your experience, and includes a section for computer languages, operating systems and other technical expertise. It’s best to create a Microsoft Word document that converts easily to plain text. When you need a printed version, always use quality… continue…

When & When Not to Get Poached

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With IT talent at such a premium, it’s no surprise that recruiters often make an effort to poach workers from competing companies. Often, they approach people who aren’t even actively looking for a job, offering better pay, maybe a signing bonus and sometimes stock options. If you’re the one taking the call, it can be heady stuff. But getting a great offer doesn’t always mean jumping ship is the smartest option. Even in the best of circumstances changing jobs is,… continue…

This Could Be the Most Important Factor in Your Success

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Communication Skills
You may think your success will be driven primarily by your technical skills, but in today’s world that’s not always the case. That’s been the experience of Brandon Gaylor, an IT systems analyst for a large manufacturing company and 10-year veteran of the industry. For the past three years, Brandon’s spent much of his time building Web applications using C# and ASP.NET MVC. He dabbles in JavaScript, HTML and jQuery, as well. He’s been at his current employer for eight… continue…

Taking ‘Any’ 1st Job Could Hurt You for Years

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If you take a job for which you’re overqualified right out of college, you could be setting yourself up to earn less money over time, according to economists from Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The economists used government data that followed Americans who were between 14 and 22 in 1979. Not surprisingly, they found that people were most likely to be “overeducated” when they took their first job. Women were slightly more likely to be in that… continue…

How to Compare Boot Camps and Online Training

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Decision Blackboard
Coding boot camps position themselves as an effective way to learn new technology. But are they the most effective way to do this? Aaron Skonnard doesn’t think so, though he’s not without bias. He runs Pluralsight, an online training destination that offers courses for developers and other tech professionals. Writing in Venturebeat, he contends that boot camps can be valuable, but are limited in their approach. He thinks online learning is a better alternative because: Boot camps require students to… continue…

What UPS Looks for in New Tech Hires

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Landing@ UPS
United Parcel Service is investing heavily in technology as e-commerce boosts demand for package-delivery services, a $32 billion market that the company has long dominated. Last fall, UPS implemented the ORION platform (for “On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation”) to help trucks find their most efficient routes. Its Auto Arrive and Depart system, which automates the check-in and check-out process for its tractor-trailer fleet, was ranked No. 22 on InformationWeek’s Elite 100 list of innovative business technologies. Around 100,000 drivers… continue…

How to Answer Open-Ended Interview Questions

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Interview Panel
Tip of the Day When you’re asked an open-ended question during an interview, success is about delivering a good answer and delivering it well. The first part is about preparation, while the second is about communication skills. Can you deliver a clear, concise, well-structured answer? Here are two structures that will help you: Nugget First: In this approach, you lead with your thesis, or “nugget.” For example, if you’re asked about a challenging interaction with a co-worker, you say something… continue…

How to Apply BA Skills to Business Process Management

Business Process Management
If you’re a business analyst with experience in variations of process improvements, you might want to consider a changeover to business process management. Working in BPM provides you with a deeper understanding of business domains and can be viewed as a solid background for development into a department or operations leader, or an executive or consultant. Let’s look at the roles of BA and BPM, compare and contrast them, and highlight how a BA can enter the field of process… continue…

How to Turn Around a ‘Bad’ Recruiter Call

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Confused Telephone
Tip of the Day We’ve all heard stories about the recruiter who calls with an opportunity that doesn’t line up with your skill set at all. The more you talk to them, the more you’re convinced they’ve barely glanced at your resume. How do you handle the situation? Be professional and turn it to your advantage. Remember that most recruiters–whether they’re prepared right now or not–can be good contacts for you down the road. Keep the conversation business-like and try… continue…

3 Steps to Break Into Mobile Development

Mobile Devices
Michael Turner is a 23-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., who wants to get into mobile app development, though right now his skills are limited to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Not long ago, he wrote to Dice asking for some tips on how to get started. To give him some guidance, we reached out to two mobile dev veterans: David Yang, Placement Coordinator and lead instructor at the Fullstack Academy of Code in New York, and Eric Schweitzer, a California-based Mac and… continue…