Job Hunting

Writing a Great Post-Interview Thank-You Note

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It’s common knowledge that job seekers should send thank-you notes to recruiters and hiring managers after an interview. The tough part is figuring out what to say and how to say it. Will an email suffice? And should you really use a formal salutation (“Dear [person’s name]”) to address the founder of a laid-back tech startup? Sending a customized, well-written thank-you note after an interview will certainly help you stand out, and could even allow you to seal the deal.… continue…

How to Break Out of a Job-Search Rut

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If you feel as if you’ve applied for too many positions without getting past the first interview (or even getting an interview at all), and you’ve become bored and frustrated with the process, you’re officially in a job-search rut. Forget about moving forward: The key at such moments is to rethink the way you look for work. Accept Your Unhappiness Susan Wise Miller, career counselor and vocational expert at California Career Services, imparted three conditions for change—the first and most… continue…

How to Survive Job Rejection

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Rejection stings, especially when you’re sure you’d sailed through the interview process. When you read that polite note informing you that you’re not the one, the path of least resistance may involve bitter invective, and a gallon of Cherry Garcia (or a six-pack). But there are better ways to channel that disappointment and move forward. Click here to find IT management jobs. Vent Hard, Be Brief You have permission to feel lousy. Let your frustrations out privately to a few… continue…

Daily Tip: Dare You Apply for the Same Job Twice?

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It’s a conundrum that confronts every job seeker at some point in his or her career. You applied for what sounded like a pretty cool job and never heard back; weeks or months later, as you scan through the listings, you see that the position is still open. Do you risk applying again? The answer is yes—with a pretty big catch. Larger companies use automated software in order to screen cover letters and resumes, and there’s a good chance that… continue…

How to Explain Your Technical Skills to HR

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It’s tempting to minimize the importance of conversations with recruiters or HR staffers as you work your way through the hiring process. After all, they’re not involved in the nuts and bolts of software development or hardware engineering, so how much influence can they have over deciding who gets picked for a technical job? The short answer is, “a lot.” Click here to find developer jobs. While they may not be well-versed in a company’s technology, HR staff will provide… continue…

How to Land a Job at KVH Industries

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KVH Industries is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. It’s also a major manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense, as well as commercial guidance and stabilization applications. Based in Middletown, R.I., with research, development, and manufacturing operations in both Middletown and Tinley Park, Ill., KVH has approximately 550 employees worldwide; about 70 percent of them work in the… continue…

Interview Qs for Systems Analysts

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Systems analysts assess and optimize existing IT systems, including networking processes and infrastructure. Their primary goal is to understand the needs of business units across the enterprise and deliver improvements in efficiency and productivity. Since systems analysts impact the bottom line, validating your accomplishments with facts and figures is a great way to set yourself apart during an interview, said Matt Kalush, an IT recruiter who works in Austin, Texas for Frontline Source Group, Inc. “Companies want systems analysts who… continue…

Daily Tip: Strong Verbs for Your Resume

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When it comes to writing a resume, people tend to focus on the nouns—administrator, developer, programmer, language, etc.—and give only cursory thought to the verbs. By strengthening your verbs, however, you can create a resume that truly stands out from the rest of the pile. What’s a “strong” or “power” verb? Many of the ones commonly used in resumes certainly don’t qualify: “Assisted,” “managed,” “administered,” and “helped” (for example) don’t convey the energy and thought you poured into the activities… continue…

5 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

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A bad boss can stymie your professional growth, destroy your self-esteem and send you running for the exit. According to one study, three out of every four employees reported that their boss was the most stressful part of their job, and 65 percent would take a new boss over a pay raise. Can you spot a bad boss during a job interview? While it’s not an exact science, here are five warning signs that your future boss could be a… continue…

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…