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Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a ‘Remix.’ Don’t Do That.

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Things aren’t fantastic at Yahoo at the moment. Despite a renewed focus on mobile and an influx of skilled developers and engineers, the company still struggles to define its place on the modern tech scene. That struggle is no more evident than in the company’s most recent quarterly results, which included rising costs, reduced net income, and layoffs. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in a conference call with reporters and analysts, referred to the net layoffs of 1,100 employees in the… continue…

Silicon Valley Quest for Innovative Talent Continues

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What’s New This Quarter How do we know that things are going pretty well these days in Silicon Valley? Because 23 newly minted billionaires told us so: The most recent Forbes list of the richest of the rich found some of the moguls in Silicon Valley are among the world’s youngest, including the co-founders of both Uber and Snapchat. The final numbers from 2014 showed that Silicon Valley’s tech economy continues to boom, with 58,000 new jobs and 42,000 new… continue…

This City Drove the Most Tech-Job Growth: Report

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Which U.S. city leads the nation in creating the most tech-related jobs? Mark Schill, a research director at strategy firm Praxis Strategy Group, crunched a decade’s worth of employment data from 52 metropolitan areas, and came up with an interesting answer: Austin, which enjoyed a 73.9 percent growth in tech-related employment between 2004 and 2014, along with a 36.4 percent growth in STEM jobs. Check out the latest tech jobs in Austin. Raleigh came in second on that list, followed… continue…

Engineers, Data Analysts Top 2015′s Best Jobs

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Which jobs offer an ideal combination of solid salary and career prospects, comfortable environment, and a moderate level of stress? According to a new list by CareerCast.com, data scientists, software engineers, and computer systems analysts all fulfill this picture-perfect mix of requirements. The website’s “Best Jobs of 2015” reads as follows: Actuary Audiologist Mathematician Statistician Biomedical engineer Data scientist Dental hygienist Software engineer Occupational therapist Computer systems analyst Contrast that with CareerCast’s list of the year’s worst jobs, which include:… continue…

SpaceX, Tech Giants Perk Up Seattle Employment

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What’s New This Quarter Among the more interesting visitors to Seattle in recent months was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who showed up in January to outline a space-related business that he wants to build in the area. “SpaceX Seattle” plans to launch 4,000 geosynchronous satellites, a network in space that could deliver high-speed Internet access anywhere on Earth. The satellites will be designed by software and aerospace engineers in SpaceX’s new engineering office in Redmond. Bloomberg reports that SpaceX could… continue…

Microsoft Recruiting Workers With Autism

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Microsoft has launched a pilot program to hire people with autism for full-time positions. Microsoft’s partner in the program, Specialisterne, already has relationships with tech companies such as SAP, where people with autism are hired as software testers, QA specialists, and programmers. It’s safe to assume that those selected for Microsoft’s program will take on similar jobs. Candidates interested in the program can email resumes to msautism@microsoft.com; all jobs will reportedly be based in Redmond, Washington, where Microsoft has its headquarters. “Microsoft… continue…

The Key to Interviewing at Google

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Wired has an excerpt from a new book of Google-centric workplace advice, written by Laszlo Bock, the search-engine giant’s head of “People Operations” (re: Human Resources). In an interesting twist, Bock kicks off the excerpt by describing the brainteaser questions that Google is famous for tossing at job candidates as “useless,” before suggesting that some hiring managers at the company might still use them. (“Sorry about that,” he offered.) Rather than ask candidates to calculate the number of golf balls… continue…

DC Is Desperate for STEM, Cybersecurity Pros

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What’s New This Quarter Tech employment in the Washington, D.C. metro area continues to flourish, according to most sources. “We tend to see the market pick up during the first quarter of the year,” said Jennifer Selden, a recruiting director for Randstad Technologies. “This is the time when many companies’ annual budgets are approved and implemented, and any hiring freezes from the prior year are lifted.” That buoyancy extends to the public sector. Take the FBI, for example: Desperate for… continue…

VCs Helping Chicago’s Tech Sector Grow

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What’s New This Quarter Some 155 Chicago tech companies raked in $1.6 billion in tech investments in 2014, according to Built In Chicago. That’s in addition to 34 area companies exiting to the tune of $7 billion, and a number of tech startups enjoying increased funding. “Historically, the coasts have been popular hubs for tech and analytics jobs. However, with many top engineering programs in the Midwest, many tech companies based on the West and East Coasts are opening up… continue…

In Boston, Cloud and Apps Fuel a Hiring Binge

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What’s New This Quarter Well, here’s an interesting problem: Massachusetts has too many tech jobs and not enough tech pros to fill them. According to a March report from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, there are 17 open tech-related jobs for every qualified recent graduate. From 2010 to 2013, Massachusetts technology companies created about 17,650 new jobs, leading to a statewide total of 214,650 technology jobs (up from 197,000 five years ago). Employment in the state’s information sector has surged… continue…