Job Hunting

3 Tips for Reopening a Salary Negotiation

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Your search succeeded: You found the right job, accepted the salary proposal and agreed on a start date. And then… another company makes you a better offer. While some people might tell you the better deal always wins, you’re actually in a delicate position. The manager who hired you has stopped interviewing candidates, and is certainly planning for the day you’ll start work. If you back out of your commitment, there’s every chance that others in the IT world (and… continue…

How Software Developers Can Switch Industries

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If you’re a frustrated developer who loves building software (and technology in general) but hates the job, you may be happier working in another sub-industry. Making a leap into a new pond can be challenging, but it’s more than possible. “While there’s typically a preference for industry-specific experience,” said Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston, “in an ultra-competitive market, employers overall have become more and more lenient and strong candidates are able leverage their skills to… continue…

The Highest-Paying States for Tech Pros

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This map requires Flash Player 8.0 or higher The average technology professional made $89,450 in 2014, according to the latest Dice salary survey. That’s an increase of 2 percent over 2013, and yet another sign of the technology industry’s robust health. When it comes to salaries, however, not all states and cities are created equal. Those tech pros living and working in Silicon Valley are the highest-paid in the country, with an average annual salary of $112,610—but that salary grew… continue…

Daily Tip: CS Grads, Post Your Projects

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It’s a good economy and a strong tech market, which means that recent graduates with a computer-science degree have a pretty solid shot at landing a job with either a startup or an established firm. But that’s not to say the hunt will be easy, thanks to the sheer number of people entering the workforce at the moment. Click here to find entry-level jobs. What’s the best way to stand out from all those fellow applicants? In addition to customizing… continue…

Daily Tip: For Concise Cover Letters, Try This

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What’s the secret to a great cover letter? Brevity. While nobody’s going to attempt the job-application equivalent of War and Peace and submit a cover letter that’s dozens of pages long, some do have a tendency to ramble a bit. If you think your cover letters jabber a bit too much, try this exercise: Edit down the document so it’s a half page of text, tops. Keep everything important; just try to figure out how to say it all as… continue…

Why Haven’t You Started Your Job Search?

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The economy is improving and the unemployment rate in IT remains dramatically low—2.6 percent during 2014′s third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developers, engineers and security specialists are in high demand. For tech professionals, it would seem like an ideal time to look for a new job. So why do some hesitate? The reasons vary, recruiters suggest. Of course, some people are happy where they are; but others who’ve kept their skills current, worked on cutting-edge… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Load Your Resume With Jargon

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If you’re applying for a programming or developer gig with a large company, chances are pretty good that your resume will need to find its way through at least one layer of HR staffers before ending up on the desk of a hiring manager or a division head. And while that manager or division head might understand the complicated technical jargon that defines the job for which you’re applying, it’s likely that the HR staffer who first looks at your… continue…

Job Search Tips for Baby Boomers

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For anyone over 50, the depressing reality is that a job search will likely prove significantly more challenging than for younger people. In the wake of each new rejection, the Baby Boomer candidate is left wondering whether he or she is too old, overqualified, or out of negotiable salary range. But rather than dwell on why you didn’t get the job, you should focus on what it’ll take to succeed next time: Full Effort First and foremost, it’s a highly… continue…

5 Things on Your Resume to Trash

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Nothing can tank your prospects for a job interview quicker than a resume that inadvertently shows your tech skills as grievously out-of-date. Recruiters and employers are always on the lookout for mentions of dead programming languages, useless tools, and outmoded lingo. While deleting moldy skills and dated programming languages from a resume might seem like an obvious step, many IT professionals have a knee-jerk tendency to list the entirety of their experience, even if they’d be better served leaving much… continue…

Jump-Start Your Tech Job Search in 2015

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It’s a brand new year, and by all indications the economy’s doing pretty well, which means that a lot of people will begin looking for a new, possibly better job. If you’re one of those job seekers, here are some tips for jump-starting your search: Polish That Resume Whether you last updated your resume last month or five years ago, it’s worth taking another scan through before you send it to potential employers. Make sure to include strong verbs in… continue…