Job Hunting

Should You Take That Counteroffer?

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Dice President Shravan Goli’s latest column in Baseline magazine focuses on one of the thornier scenarios confronting tech pros: the counteroffer. “In my 20 years in technology,” he writes, “I’ve seen colleagues handle counteroffer situations well, and I’ve seen them botch them so badly that they destroyed valuable relationships and harmed their career in the process.” The key to navigating through those rocky shoals, he adds, is a judicious analysis of the situation, along with a hefty dose of tact.… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Epic Analysts

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Besides dealing with the expected challenges that accompany any implementation, Epic systems analysts often have to manage a team of healthcare clinicians who just might be resistant to change. “The job’s a combination of technical and people skills,” says Jarrod Germano, Director of HCIsustain, a healthcare IT support services company. Working in a large hospital setting—where Epic is often found–means working with a diverse team of doctors, nurses and administrators to enable proper implementation, follow-up support and optimization. Click here… continue…

Your Network’s About Your Career, Not Your Job

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  Tip of the Day Too many people think networks are only about finding jobs. While that’s one part of it, the better way to think about your network is that it will help you grow your job and career. Click here to see software engineering jobs. The first thing you need to do to build your network: actively acquire people. This is not adding whoever pops up on Google+ or having 5,000 friends on Facebook. Instead, decide who you… continue…

6 Coding Competitions Worth Checking Out

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More companies—both inside the tech industry and outside—are using coding competitions as a way to test out the skills of potential employees. It’s an approach that offers advantages for both parties, according to some people who mount such contests: Employers get a chance to check out a programmer’s abilities, while programmers get an opportunity to show off. “If you’re a great programmer, but you don’t happen to be from one of the top schools, it’s a way to distinguish yourself,”… continue…

Play It Straight With Your Cover Letter

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  Tip of the Day Obviously, you want your cover letter to get the employer’s attention. But not all attention is good. For instance, you don’t want your letter to be passed around as an office joke. That’s the kind of attention you can live without. So, when writing your letter, play it straight. Don’t try to stand out with tacky headlines that shout but don’t say anything: Stop Looking!!! DBA Available Immediately! Instead, use a crisp opening line like… continue…

Avoid This Fatal Error on Your Resume

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  Tip of the Day Grammatical errors and typos are always high on the list of fatal resume flaws. But there’s actually a worse one, the most fatal of the fatal: Rambling and incoherent writing. In fact, while reviewers are often willing to overlook an occasional spelling error, outdated technology references or even a brief, unexplained employment gap, a resume that fails to succinctly convey who you are and what you do is going to be deleted, no matter how… continue…

How to Approach Impossible Job Postings

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Kitchen Sink
How many times have you seen a job posting that made you wonder what planet the employer was living on? You know, an ad that features an impossible mix of skills and experience like, say, a requirement for 10 years of iOS development work? Navigating such postings is frustrating, at best. And at a time when employers lament the lack of available tech talent, why are they writing such job descriptions to begin with? There can be a variety of… continue…

3 Ways to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

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Job hunters have a love-hate relationship with recruiters. On the one hand, a good recruiter can be the one who introduces you—and advocates for you–to the hiring manager, and coaches you on the best way to land a particular job. On the other, they can be distracted and non-responsive when they’re searching through a pile of resumes in search of the right candidates for their clients. So, how do you get their attention? We asked Matt Brosseau of Chicago staffing… continue…

Create a Strong Open to Your Cover Letter

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  Tip of the Day We’ve talked before about how cover letters need to be concise and focused. Every paragraph needs to count. Your first paragraph is your introduction. It’s where you create a strong impression by introducing yourself, your qualifications and your interest in the position. Include your years of experience and last relevant job title, and be sure to mention the job and company you’re applying to by name. Also, bear in mind that numbers stand out, so… continue…

Here’s the One Thing You MUST Say During an Interview

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By the time hiring managers ask you in for an interview, they’ve already decided you’ve got the technical skills to do the job. Their purpose in meeting you is to decide whether you’ll fit with the team, gauge your soft skills and in general measure your level of enthusiasm for the position. This last point is among the most critical. If there’s one thing you absolutely must get across during your meeting, it’s why you want the job. “Skills can… continue…