Job Hunting

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…

Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Tip of the Day Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author. It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into… continue…

Customize Your Resume’s Technical Skills Section

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Tip of the Day Never send the same resume for every job application. Instead, customize your technical skills for each position. Especially important: Include technology that the company uses in its environment. Click here to see QA-related jobs. If you’re applying to a public company, you can often find out what type of technology it’s using, then craft your resume to fit the platforms. When recruiters and hiring managers see that you’ve written your response specifically to their needs, you’re… continue…

Apprenticeships Provide Healthcare IT Experience

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All employers prefer to hire people who have experience in their industry, but that tendency is particularly strong in healthcare. That creates a conundrum for IT pros trying to break into the sector: How do you get healthcare experience if you can’t get hired without healthcare experience? The answer may lie in the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program. The program, which the White House announced in April, makes $100 million available to help workers participate in apprenticeships. The graduates… continue…

Cyberattacks Focus Employers on Security Certifications

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Continuing cyberattacks like those mounted against Target, eBay and Apple are pressuring companies to emphasize security even more than they have been to date. When it comes to hiring, that’s adding to the importance of certifications in IT audit, security, governance and risk. In many cases, that importance is translating into pay premiums for professionals that hold the credentials. Click here to see security jobs. Among the certifications in greatest demand are those from ISACA, an international association that focuses… continue…

5 Sure Ways to Annoy a Tech Recruiter

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Getting the most out of recruiters is about more than crafting a targeted resume or having the perfect pitch. It’s about avoiding the gaffes they see every day, too. So, to help make sure your phone calls get returned and your name stays high on their list, here are five of recruiters’ top pet peeves—some subtle and some obvious—you should take pains to avoid. 1. The Fudged Resume Don’t send a resume that’s rife with misspellings or you may never… continue…

Plan Your Body Language Before the Interview

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Tip of the Day Body language plays a big part in whether or not an interview is successful. So before you go in, it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about how you’ll stand, sit and move around. If you’re offered a choice of seats choose a hardback chair rather than a sofa where you’ll sink down and find it harder to project authority and leadership. Sit comfortably erect, leaning slightly forward with your feet planted on the floor.… continue…

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Approach to IT Hiring

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Headquartered in Detroit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the state’s largest health insurer. It designs, sells and manages health plans for 4.4 million individuals, families and state-based employers. Currently, it has 7,500 employees, about 850 of whom comprise the technology team. Click here to see business intelligence jobs. IT recruiting is overseen by Talent Acquisitions Team Lead Mike Busovicki, who says the company’s in need of experienced, senior-level professionals. Specifically, he’s looking for people who can take on:… continue…

One Way to Lessen the Stress of Networking

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Tip of the Day If you hate the idea of networking, think about lunch. Meeting someone for a meal–or coffee, or a drink after work–is a low-stress way to create and maintain a relationship that could pay off for you down the road. When you ask someone out to lunch, you rarely have to provide them with much of a reason beyond “exchanging ideas” or “learning more about your company.” Those are pretty low-pressure statements, and you’re really not asking… continue…

How to Make Yourself Poachable

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There are few things more flattering than getting an unsolicited call from a recruiter. Not only does it affirm your reputation—not to mention your skills—it’s likely to put you in a strong negotiating position when the time comes to respond to a job offer. But if you’re not getting those calls, there’s a chance you’re doing too good a job of keeping yourself to yourself. People get poached for a number of reasons, and pure skill is only one of… continue…