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Boston Employers Scramble for Web Developers

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An increasing demand for Ruby on Rails skills is making it more difficult for Boston-area technology employers to hire Web developers and engineers. Exacerbating the situation is a concerted effort by many companies to keep current employees onboard. “I think what’s happened is there are a lot of people who are turning to (Ruby on Rails) as new developers trying to learn it, but as far as the folks who are more seasoned, they’re not even getting to the point… continue…

More Tech Companies Use Behavioral Tests in Hiring

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A growing number of tech companies are using behavioral tests as part of their hiring process, hoping they’ll help them identify the “right” workers for each position. And while candidates aren’t going to be thrilled by having to navigate an additional layer along their way to a new job, it looks like these tests are here to stay. That’s because tech companies are particularly attuned to taking a data-driven approach, says Matt Poepsel, vice president of product management for PI Worldwide,… continue…

Post-Healthcare.gov, U.S. Government Wants to Fix Its Websites

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Several months after the Healthcare.gov debacle, it seems the federal government wants to make sure its websites and mobile applications operate as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. To that end, the government has launched the U.S. Digital Service, headed by developer Mikey Dickerson, formerly of Google and the Obama for America campaign. Dickerson will manage a small team tasked with guiding government agencies in finding more effective ways to operate online. Click here to find government IT jobs. The first… continue…

How to Get a Technology Job at WebMD

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WebMD calls itself the leading provider of health information services, offering a consumer website, a network for physicians and healthcare professionals, and a private portal service for employers and health plans. Its WebMD.com has one of the highest usage rates in the sector. Headquartered in New York, the company has 11 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Of its more than 1,600 employees, about 350 work in technology. Click here to find a job in health IT. Director of Recruiting… continue…

College Students Must Pay Attention to More Than Just Tech

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22.8 percent increase in software development jobs through 2022, which is more than twice the projected rise in overall employment. So college students interested in technical careers are in a good place. But one thing: They should bear in mind their success will involve more than a technical education. Executives at tech companies like Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr tell the Washington Post that it’s important to learn soft skills, too, even though you… continue…

Overstock.com Plans to Hire 330 IT Pros in Utah

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E-commerce site Overstock.com will hire 333 people into Utah-based IT positions over the next 10 years, the state announced. The jobs had been contracted out of state. The company said the jobs will be well-paid, with total compensation hitting 200 percent of Salt Lake County’s average wage. The state estimates the move will generate a total of $300.8 million in wages over the course the decade. It’s awarding Overstock an incentive package worth roughly $2.2 million, assuming it completes the… continue…

GE Capital to Add Jobs at New Orleans Tech Center

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GE Capital—General Electric’s financial services unit—is hiring at technical centers in Detroit, New Orleans and Bangalore as it works to reduce its reliance on outsourcing providers. “We’ve gone too far from an outsourcing perspective,” said CIO Jim Fowler in an interview with InformationWeek. Currently, GE Capital has reduced the amount of IT work it outsources from 80 percent to 70 percent, and Fowler says he wants to reduce the ratio to 50-50 in the next two years. However, that may… continue…

Millennials: Ready to Lead Your Company?

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A new survey suggests that Millennials are on track to become tomorrow’s leaders, provided organizations can retain them long enough. The survey (PDF) is a joint production of HR consulting firm DDI and The Conference Board, the latter a business-research association, and incorporates responses from 13,124 “leaders” and 1,528 “global human resource executives” at 2,031 organizations. Many of those surveyed felt that their organizations needed to retain and develop effective leaders, and only a minority—40 percent—rated the overall quality of… continue…

Staffing Issues Delay Healthcare IT Projects

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Although the pace of hiring in healthcare IT remains consistent, employers still find their need for technology professionals is outpacing the availability of candidates, reports FierceHealthIT. In the second annual workforce survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), nearly 70 percent of respondents said a lack of qualified talent represented their greatest challenge in filling open positions. Those staffing challenges are having a real impact on their work. More than a third of the survey’s respondents—35 percent—said… continue…

Can Defense Companies Hire Hackers on Their Terms?

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Big-name aerospace and defense contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are beginning to think that one answer to their cybersecurity recruiting needs  lies in the hacker community. After all, if you want to combat attacks from people who think out of the box, why not hire people who think out of the box? It’s ironic because all of these companies are known for being somewhat conservative—they work for the Defense Department, after all, and security to them is a… continue…