Job Hunting

Want to Work as a Video-Game Developer?

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Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to work on video games? Who wouldn’t want to become the next Markus “Notch” Persson, who just sold his game Minecraft to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars? (He wanted to spend more time creating games, not managing a global phenomenon.) But gaming’s popularity also makes it difficult to get a proverbial foot in the door of a major company; to enter this highly competitive industry, you need a great resume and cover… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Little Secrets

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One of the biggest controversies to rock the tech world over the past few years was the revelation that executives at Apple, Google, and other firms “fixed” the market for highly skilled tech workers by agreeing not to steal each other’s employees. If the unveiling of that secret practice made you wonder about the true modus operandi of corporate and third-party recruiters, you’re not alone. Across the country, tech workers are wondering: Did that last recruiter deliberately steer me toward… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Scala Developers

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As Scala slowly goes mainstream, demand for programmers familiar with the language is rising. Though it ranked 39th in August’s TIOBE Programming Community Index, enthusiasts predict it will become a leading technology in the enterprise by 2018. Click here to find Scala jobs. If you’re interviewing for a Scala developer’s job, how should you prepare? Jamie Allen, director of global services for San Francisco-based Typesafe, initially probes candidates for their general understanding of the language, then explores their specific expertise in… continue…

Does Your Recruiter Have the Skills to Get You the Right Job?

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A recruiter who uncovers the right opportunities can quickly become a job hunter’s best friend. But not all recruiters boast an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry, much less the deep technical understanding necessary to properly vet opportunities as they arise. In light of that, when you meet with a recruiter, it’s worth asking some questions that go beyond job requirements and salary. Here’s a few you might consider. How long have you been a recruiter? Can you tell me… continue…

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

3 Interview Qs About the Waterfall Development Model

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Sometimes an old-fashioned approach is the most effective. Take the Waterfall model, for instance. Although the process of sequential software development has been around since 1970, it’s more effective than newcomer Agile… under the right circumstances. “Waterfall is still a sound methodology,” said Dennis Kayser, CEO of Forecast.it, a project solutions firm based in Copenhagen. “PMs really need to know several methodologies and when to use them, because Waterfall might produce better results depending on the nature of the project.”… continue…

A Big Reason Managers Ask Coding Questions

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Tip of the Day When you’re asked a coding question, it’s important to remember that you’re not being judged by the code you write on the spot, but by the way you approach the problem. For example, depending on the job you’re applying for, using some known algorithm might be the right approach—or it might not be. What the manager really wants to see is whether you get to that algorithm. After all, algorithms and patterns are relatively easy to… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Scrum Masters

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The Scrum master’s job is to put a framework on the software development process. If you’re implementing Scrum, you’ll need organizational and management skills, since you’ll work with the product owner on the product’s requirements and development. You’ll also work with the development team to make sure it’s adhering to Scrum practices. Being a Scrum master takes serious people skills, says Jonathan Silva, customer success manager at Axosoft, a Scottsdale, Ariz., software company. “The entire time, you have to foster… continue…

Always Review Your Resume Before Submitting It

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Tip of the Day A quality resume should provide a succinct summary of your achievements and describe the story behind them. Reviewers will reach conclusions about your competency and fit based on the information you provide. By placing yourself in their shoes, you can evaluate your resume’s content and what it conveys about your capabilities and experience. When you think you’re done creating your resume, print it out and read it out loud. Is the information presented in the right order… continue…

6 Resources for Salary Research

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By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…