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Interview Questions for Contract Scrum Masters

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One moment scrum masters are leading and mentoring team members, the next they’re reviewing code and calling for a two-week sprint. A Scrum master has to wear many hats to help a project team perform at its highest level. And while they don’t always have the bandwidth to code, design or test, those with hands-on development experience relate better to the technical members of the team, says Faizan Syed, director of service delivery for eTeam, a staffing firm based in… continue…

5 Tech Job-Hunting Tips for Returning Veterans

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If you’re a returning veteran who wants to transition into a technology career, you may already have experience that can translate into a civilian job. Often, the operative word there is “translate,” since much of the work you did while serving doesn’t obviously match the skills employers are looking for. This means you’ll need to take special care in compiling your resume and in planning your approach during interviews. Fortunately, this can be done with some thought. On top of… continue…

Our New E-Book Is Full of Job-Hunting Tips

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Unless you understand the process, looking for a job can be stressful, demoralizing and frustrating. But when you know what to do, you can save yourself at least some heartache by focusing your efforts on the tactics that work best. To help you, we’ve created our e-book Careers in Technology. It details everything from how companies find candidates to which jobs are appropriate for your skill set. Whether you’re looking for your first job, choosing a specialty or wondering what… continue…

How to Face Down an Interviewer Who’s a Jerk

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When you go in for an interview, you expect the manager to be professional, if not pleasant. But sometimes you run into one who’s just, to put it plainly, a shmuck. Needless to say, it’s no fun to face someone who’s irritated or angry, rude or belittling. Don’t take the bait. Believe it or not, some companies purposely conduct stress interviews to see how a candidate deals with pressure. Though that says a lot about a company’s culture, you still… continue…

Infographic Resumes Aren’t There Yet

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An effective resume grabs the reviewer’s attention by painting a clear picture of the value you offer. And it has to do that with words, because so many companies use keyword matching technology to pick out resumes of interest on the first pass. That’s why most resumes are simple written documents, without a lot of images or graphics. That’s changing, though. Some – not many, but some – candidates are creating infographic resumes, documents that use data visualization to help… continue…

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure It’s the Right Job for You

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The job hunting process doesn’t end when you get an offer: It ends when you decide to take it. That’s as important as the decision you made to look for a job in the first place. It can be as complicated, too, because there’s more to it than simply agreeing on pay, perks and vacation time. Just because everything looks great on paper doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up loving the situation you put yourself into. You want… continue…

How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

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Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate. Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants… continue…

5 Job Hunting Tips for Computer Science Grads

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As strong as the tech job market is, computer science graduates still face challenges during their transition into the real world. While employers prize their smarts, they can be leery of a perceived lack of practical experience and business skills on the part of people looking for their first real job. That doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. It just means you should be ready to approach your search with careful planning, effort and focus. Just ask Veronica Ray. The… continue…

What You Need to Know About Video Interviews

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What was once a rarity is becoming common: Video interviewing has gone mainstream. A survey by Boston-based researcher Aberdeen Group found that 68 percent of organizations participated in live video interviewing in 2013 compared to 61 percent in 2012. While only 19 percent conducted prerecorded or asynchronous interviews last year, that’s still up from 13 percent in 2012. What’s behind the trend? An increasing comfort with webcams and video communications platforms such as Skype. And then there’s the financial benefits.… continue…

Watch Tuesday: Convincing Recruiters You’re the One

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How do you convince recruiters you’re right for a job even when your skill set isn’t a perfect match for the job description? For the answer, join us for our Google Hangout, “Helping Recruiters Connect the Dots: Translating What You Do Into What They Need.” Our panel of career experts will look at how to address skills gaps in an interview, assess your qualifications, and decide whether the job is right for you in the first place. The panel includes:… continue…