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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…

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Make This Resume Mistake

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What’s the worst resume mistake you could make? There’s a long list of contenders: misspellings, neglecting to include vital information (or packing in too much that’s unimportant), not tailoring the resume to the position, and so on. But there’s one resume mistake that, in many ways, lords above all the rest: People often forget that all those job descriptions and bullet-points need to come together into a cohesive whole. Your resume is selling a story—the story of you. As such,… continue…

Daily Tip: Talking About Your Weaknesses

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Job interviewers often like to ask, “What do you consider your biggest weakness?” Many candidates like to respond, “I work too hard,” or, “I get too passionate about projects.” They think such responses show their devotion to whatever task’s at hand. In reality, those answers are total clichés, to the point where they’ve been parodied on The Simpsons. Job-hunting tip: Don’t give answers during interviews that have been parodied on The Simpsons. So what’s the best answer when asked about… continue…

Will That Certification Actually Get You a Job?

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Those willing to spend the time and money to earn a certification must feel that it will boost their careers. But experience often trumps certification, according to IT career experts. With the IT unemployment rate at just 3 percent, many companies aren’t putting many limitations on the candidate pool, according to John Reed, senior executive director for staffing firm Robert Half Technology: “A lot of things that might have been ‘must haves’ are becoming ‘nice-to-haves’ now.” While hiring managers usually… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

Daily Tip: Check Out These Creative Resumes

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When most people sit down to write a resume, they stick to the standard format. Then there are those special people—call them creative, desperate, or just over-caffeinated—who want their resume to really stand out. They sit down at their laptop and think: Why restrain myself to words and bullet-points? Why not make my resume look like an e-commerce page, or an Instagram account? Business Insider recently featured some of those unique resumes. Here are some of the best, starting with… continue…

Is TOGAF Certification Worth It?

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Employers want IT professionals with architecture skills, and having a certification in an architecture framework can give you a leg up in the hiring process. Software engineers have been using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) to make the jump into an architecture role, suggested Bill Reynolds, research director at Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla.-based IT benchmark research and advisory firm: “Companies simply consider TOGAF as the gold standard architecture framework.” Click here to find TOGAF-related jobs. Although there’s… continue…

Daily Tip: Avoid Vagueness in Your Cover Letter

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Recruiters and HR staffers must glance at hundreds of resumes and cover letters every month. One of their biggest complaints? The vagueness in cover letters. It’s not wholly the applicants’ fault: Most cover-letter formats demand the writer make some pretty sweeping statements about his or her career, which can lead to broadness and fuzziness. “I’ve spent my career analyzing problems and finding solutions” doesn’t really tell the reader much about your skills or aptitude for solving challenges. Instead of relying… continue…

Daily Tip: Question the Interviewer

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Employers not only want employees who are skilled, efficient, and work well with others—they also want people to actually stick around. During a job interview, the interviewer might ask a lot of questions about your technical proficiency, but they’re also interested in seeing whether you’d be the sort of employee who’d stay with the company longer than a year. But here comes the tricky part: If you’re really interested in the job, how do you convey to the interviewer that… continue…