Job Hunting

‘Soft’ Skills Count as Job Skills on Your Resume

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Resume Skills
Tip of the Day If you want to know which job skills are needed for a specific role, print 10 job descriptions from Dice that most closely represent the type of work you want. Then, look at their requirements. Almost all of the things you’ll find listed there are job skills. That includes certifications and soft skills used in team building and communication. “Able to work under tight deadlines” may not seem like a job skill, but it is. Business… continue…

Consultants: Talk Specifics When Describing Past Projects

Explaining Details
Tip of the Day When consultants are asked by an interviewer to describe the types of projects they typically work on, they should make their answer as specific as possible. Don’t just talk about the technologies that were used; instead, go into whether you were brought in to kick off new projects, or if you usually work on improving existing ones. Click here to find consulting positions. Also, explain the purpose or goal of several recent projects, their current use,… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Systems Administrators

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The role of the systems administrator is strong and the job’s outlook is healthy, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting growth of about 11.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. That should create approximately 42,900 new positions. What makes one sys admin stand out from others? Curiousity, according to “Ski” Kacoroski, who services more than 3,000 users as assistant systems administrator for the Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash. He also serves as vice president for LOPSA, the League of… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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Performance Review
Tip of the Day It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while a prospective employer will ask to see a copy of your performance review. You should politely decline. The information in your review is proprietary and giving a prospective boss access to the document allows him to scrutinize every task you performed and read you manager’s subjective comments. That’s more information than they need. In addition, performance plans are controlled documents because they often detail a… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Grammar Mistakes
Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…

Do Your Research Before Beginning Salary Negotiations

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Roll of Dollars
Tip of the Day Once you’re offered a new job, it’s time to negotiate your salary, time off and other benefits. You can’t do this in a vacuum. As in every other part of the job-hunting process, the more you know about the employer and its business, the better chance you have of getting what you want. Before you begin discussing salary, determine a preliminary compensation range that’s appropriate for someone with your skills and experience. You can find the… continue…

Author: Employers Care About Impact, Not Age

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Mixed Ages Team
IT has taken on the aura of a young person’s game, but is age really so important to employers when they’re weighing a candidate’s value? Not necessarily, says Rick Gillis, an author and career expert. “It’s about being able to demonstrate your accomplishments,” he told CIO’s Sharon Florentine. “Most IT firms want to know one of two things: Can you make them money or can you save them money? Then they’ll want to hire you, regardless of your age.” Click… continue…

Always Have Questions for the Interviewer

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Raised Hand
Tip of the Day When an interviewer asks whether you have any questions for them, there’s only one wrong answer: “No.” “Do you have any questions for me?” is a trick question. The interviewer is hoping to learn about you from what you ask, just as you want to learn something by posing a question in the first place. That’s not a bad thing: Every piece of information in an interview—questions, answers, the office/conference room, what kind of drinks they… continue…

How Twitter Can Earn You That Next Great Job

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Tweet
Using Twitter to Get a Tech Job from Dice There’s a lot of demand these days for qualified tech pros, but there are also a lot of tech pros out there hunting for jobs. Twitter can prove an effective tool for standing out from the crowd. This handy guide offers tips on everything from using the social network to better attract the attention of tech employers, to creating the right mix of personal/professional Tweets, to crafting a profile that shows… continue…

Beware of These Traps in Employment Agreements

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When you’re jumping from one company to another—especially if you’ve been poached by a competitor of your current employer—you need to negotiate carefully. If you don’t navigate the process well, you might just find yourself on the losing end of a lawsuit. The idea shouldn’t be surprising. Technology’s a strategic asset and those that spend their days immersed in a company’s IT have access to some of the business plan’s core components. Organizations are likely to have software and hardware… continue…