Job Hunting

Daily Tip: No Rambling Cover Letters

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The best cover letters get right to the point. Recruiters and company HR staff have only so many hours in the day, and they appreciate when a letter outlines the applicant’s qualifications and background as succinctly as possible. In addition to brevity, winning cover letters contain a few additional elements. Recruiters and HR have a keen eye for when a cover letter is boilerplate, often because the skills it describes don’t fully align with the position on offer; the best… continue…

Daily Tip: Networking for Folks Who Hate Networking

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Everybody always says that the best way to build out your professional connections is to network as much as humanly possible. But many shy people would rather walk over a hundred yards of broken glass than strike up conversation after conversation with strangers. Fortunately, a few simple tips can make networking a little easier for introverts and others who hate to schmooze: Smile: When you smile, you attract people to you. A smile suggests confidence. There’s even some scientific research… continue…

Daily Tip: Building an Effective Social Network

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In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, a ghostly voice tells Kevin Costner’s character, “If you build it, he will come.” So Costner’s character builds a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield and, lo and behold, a bunch of deceased baseball players appear and begin running the bases. But with social media, if you build it, they won’t come… unless you take the time (lots of time) to solicit an audience. You can spend hours creating the… continue…

10 Resume Buzzwords That Have Lost Their Sizzle

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Your resume should always address the IT manager’s needs, and showcase your mastery of the latest technical tools and techniques. But peppering your career history and cover letter with random buzzwords could make you seem phony and dated. Buzzwords are empty adjectives or terms that are trite, overused, or no longer relevant. Instead of making your resume stand out, they make your documents look boilerplate and unimaginative. “If you really want to use a cliché like ‘innovative’ or ‘outside-the-box thinker,’… continue…

Daily Tip: Judging Multiple Job Offers

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Many tech pros have spent months (if not years) trying to land a single job offer. But sometimes all that hard work—sending resume after resume, posting to job board after job board, setting up interview after interview—can pay off in the form of multiple job offers at the same time. For your average tech pro, it’s an interesting conundrum: How to decide between different companies clamoring for your services? The answer? Make lots of lists, to better organize your thinking.… continue…

Daily Tip: Prepping for Job Interviews

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When you’re looking for a new job, there’s nothing quite as exciting (or nerve-racking) as scoring that interview with a prospective employer. But in the heat of the moment, it’s sometimes easy to forget all the prep you need to do in order to actually ace that interview and land the position. Here’s a checklist of some of the things you should handle in advance of the big day: Analyze the Interview Style: If you have colleagues or acquaintances who’ve… continue…

What DISH Wants in Its Tech Workers

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DISH is a direct-broadcast satellite service company that provides satellite television, satellite Internet, audio programming, and interactive television services to commercial and residential customers nationwide. Headquartered in Meridian, Colo., DISH employs more than 30,000 individuals and operates in 180 locations across the U.S. Over 1,000 employees make up its substantial tech team. Click here to find jobs related to satellite television. The company is currently recruiting for a variety of technology positions ranging from entry to senior level. Across the… continue…

Recruiter Tips for Making a Job Comeback

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Anyone who’s been out of work for several months, or even a couple years, knows they run the risk of a prospective employer dismissing them as “long-term unemployed” and placing their resume at the bottom of the pile. Despite that challenge, it’s possible to beat the odds. Matt Brosseau of Chicago staffing firm Instant Technology has been able to help a few candidates who’ve been out of work for what, at least in tech time, is eons. “It can be… continue…

How to Land a Tech Job at Fujitsu

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Fujitsu is a leading global information and communication technology (ICT) company; its U.S.-based operation, Fujitsu America, Inc. (FAI), is one of more than 10 of its North American-based subsidiaries. Considering its mandate and the more than 165K employees worldwide, it’s no surprise that approximately 85 percent of all Fujitsu employees work in some type of technology-related function. Click here to find IT jobs. Per James Meason, senior director of staffing for Fujitsu America, Inc., FAI is currently focused on filling… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…