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Which Job Hunting Tips Are Right for You?

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
Do this, do that – Seems like career experts do nothing but spout the same advice to all people. But the truth is you have to take their pointers and boil them down to the formula that works for you. This week, Cat distills all of the advice you may have heard into a list of simple, essential ideas.

Our Favorite Tech Billionaires

Posted In Living in Tech
Cat Miller
They spend their money on hobbies just like the rest of us: sports — except they buy teams. Homes — except they have lots of them. Charities — except they donate whole campuses. If we had portfolios that rivaled the economies of some small countries, we’d want to be like these folks.  

4 Ways to Learn New Technical Skills

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Cat Miller
It’s a Catch 22. You need to have experience in the latest technologies to land your dream job. But you don’t have the latest skills. What to do? Cat’s got four strategies to follow.  

Check Out These 5 Schools for Computer Science

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon … The brand-name schools. What if those aren’t right for you? Don’t be discouraged. A number of colleges offer solid computer science programs. You just have to look for them. These five got Cat’s attention. See more stories about college technology and engineering programs here.

Technical Interviews: The Good and the Bad

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
Some developers see technical interviews as just part of the process that they have to put up with when they’re looking for work. Others think they’re great, and a great deal more think they’re the worst thing to happen to programming since <insert most hated programming language here>. Cat explains why managers like them. See more stories on coding interviews here.  

How Android Helps Avoid Awkward Social Questions

Cat Iceland Family Tree
Iceland’s population is part of a rather close family tree, which can make for some awkward social situations. While most people are likely to know whether they’re first cousins, there are always surprises, i.e., attending a family event and running into someone they’d hooked up with at some point in once-blissful ignorance. But now there’s a solution: An app. Specifically, the Islendiga-App. Cat explains.

Computer Science Grads: Here’s 5 Jobs to Look At

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
As another academic year nears a close and a fresh crop of computer science graduates plunges into the job market, Cat asks — and answers — a simple question: Where can they find the best opportunities? See our related story here, and more stories for graduates here.

3 Billing Strategies for Consultants

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Generally, there are three ways you can bill a customer: Hourly, a set retainer rate paid weekly (or bi-weekly, or monthly), or a set retainer rate paid in advance (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). Cat takes a look at each. See all of our stories about contracting and consulting here.

Tips on Finding Your Next Consulting Gig

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
Consulting can bring you better pay, fewer political issues and higher visibility as an industry expert. On the other hand, you’re always worrying about finding work. Today we’re discussing a few things that can help you in your search for that next contract. Related Links on Dice How to Plan for Your Next Consulting Gig Avoid These Mistakes in Consulting Career Doctor: When Consulting is a Good Fit for You

Tricks to Finding Out the Hiring Manager’s Name

Posted In Looking in Tech
Cat Miller
The best way to get the hiring manager’s attention is to… go around HR and talk to the hiring manager. And not only is it possible to find their name, it’s also not all that tricky.  Here are some ways to suss them out. Related Links Tricks to Finding the Hiring Manager’s Name 6 Steps to Better Cover Letters 6 Great Videos on Resumes and Cover Letters