Job Hunting

Preparation Is Key to Successful Second Interviews

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Tip of the Day If you’re invited in for a second interview, always ask for an agenda or schedule ahead of time, including the names and titles of the people you’ll be meeting with. This will give you the chance to research them a bit, so you can understand their roles and anticipate their questions. Also, while you’re preparing, review your notes from earlier interviews, paying special attention to areas that seemed to concern the hiring manager and any team… continue…

Always Include Cover Letters When Responding Online

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Tip of the Day If you’re using a job board like, say, Dice, always include a cover note or introductory paragraph when using your saved information. If the “apply now” button takes you to the company’s website or an application form without a designated space to introduce yourself, merge a short cover letter into the top of your resume before pasting it into the resume builder. If a strict format’s being imposed, customize your profile and summary toward the company… continue…

One Way to Prepare for Behavioral Interview Questions

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Tip of the Day Most of what happens in an interview is unpredictable, but you can be sure you’ll be asked some behavioral questions. These are the queries like, “What would you do if a team member kept avoiding you when you had issues to discuss?” or, “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your manager.” How do you prepare for that kind of question? One way is to create what I call a “preparation grid.” In it,… continue…

Know When It’s Time to Refine Your Job Search

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Tip of the Day New job seekers usually score several interviews fairly quickly, or at least hear from several recruiters soon after they post their resume. But if you’ve been searching for several months and interest seems to be waning, it’s time to ratchet things up. First thing, ask an objective expert like a local recruiter or former boss for an honest evaluation of your resume and marketability. Assess everything from the number of hits your resume has received to… continue…

6 Technical Interview Questions for .NET Developers

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Businesses like Microsoft .NET’s efficiency, simplicity and ease of deployment, so application developers’ enthusiasm for the framework is spreading. With demand for skilled professionals rising, Mark Kendall likes to give candidates the benefit of the doubt. The senior software engineer for Dallas-based EXCO Resources evaluates .NET developers for staffing firms. “Some interviewers want to take you down, but I prefer a different style,” he says. “I ask questions to assess a developer’s proficiency level, listen to their responses and give… continue…

One Way to Track Down a Hiring Manager’s Name

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Tip of the Day Contacting the hiring manager increases your visibility and success rate, but it’s hard to connect when you don’t know his or her name. How do you find it? Start by calling the company and asking to speak with the appropriate manager, for instance, the manager of tech support or engineering. Your goal is to make a positive impression and to verify whether they’re the right contact. So when they answer, politely explain that you’re a veteran… continue…

CIOs: Current Skills Key for First-Time Job Seekers

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What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Mess Up a Job Interview

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The interview with the hiring manager is usually the last hurdle standing between you and a job offer. Even if you prepare and rehearse, it’s easy to make a mistake that could hurt your chances. And a mistake doesn’t have to be big to trip you up. Since the devil is in the details, here are 10 potential goofs to be aware of. 1. Asking About Salary, Benefits or Vacation Right Off the Bat You’ll relinquish your negotiating power if… continue…

10 Questions to Ask a Recruiter Before You Sign On

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Recruiters can be a big help when you’re looking for a job. They’re an excellent source of market intelligence and the experts who know how to get your resume in front of elusive hiring managers. But with dozens of them to choose from, how can you tell which recruiter is right for you? The short answer is by learning as much about them as you can. To start, ask these questions early on. What’s your niche or specialty? IT recruiters… continue…

Have Code to Go Along With Your Resume

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Tip of the Day When you’re a software engineer, the resume is a tricky beast. It can describe the technologies you’ve worked with, but can’t say what you were able to do with them or show a hiring manager how well-structured your code is or how scalable your designs are. Hiring managers want to know how you produce software, preferably in an environment like the one they’re going to put you in. Additionally, they need to know that you can… continue…