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IT Hiring Increases Across Sectors

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Crystal Ball
IT hiring is on the rise across sectors, according to research firm Computer Economics. Of the 200 midsize to large U.S. and Canadian employers it polled, 52 percent said they plan to increase IT staff, the first time since 2007 that more than half of IT organizations said they’ll increase headcount. Hiring is taking place primarily in large organizations, according to the report, with financial services leading the way with 5 percent growth in headcount, followed by healthcare providers at… continue…

Feds Try Startup Approach to Luring ‘World Class Coders’

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U.S. Capitol
The federal government’s latest effort to recruit tech talent aims to mimic a scrappy startup–though it’s not clear how nimble it can be considering all the regulations involved. Called 18F, the operation takes its name from its Washington, D.C., street address. One of its first projects was to create a repository of information for college-age victims of sexual assault, NotAlone.gov. Click here to see jobs in Washington, D.C. The effort is building on the success of the Presidential Innovation Fellows… continue…

Riot Games Will Pay You $25,000 to Quit

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Admitting mistakes is never easy. Nor is quitting. But Riot Games wants to make it easier for new employees to leave if they decide their new job just wasn’t meant to be. Last week, the company announced Queue Dodge, a program that allows any North American employee to leave the company within their first 60 days, taking with them 10 percent of their salary up to $25,000. The idea behind the approach is two-fold: Riot sees it as a way… continue…

‘NanoDegrees’ Offer Entry-Level, Job-Specific Credentials

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AT&T and the online education company Udacity have unveiled a “NanoDegree” program designed to teach the basic programming skills necessary to qualify for entry-level technology jobs. The program costs $200 a month and can be completed by a working student in six months to a year, without their having to take time off. Starting this fall, courses will be offered in front- and back-end Web development, iOS development and data analysis. More subjects—including Android development—are on the horizon. AT&T says… continue…

The 10 Most In-Demand Contracting Skills

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Multiple Screen Programmer
The news is good for IT contractors: Demand remains consistent across a number of business sectors and all experience levels. Besides a general dearth of technology talent, recruiters point to a growing need for professionals who can handle social, mobile, analytics and cloud technology work. Hemin Shah, Executive Vice President of Morristown, N.J., staffing and services firm Collabera, sees the need for contractors in a number of industries: communications and media; healthcare; pharma and life sciences; energy and utilities; financial… continue…

More MBAs Pursue Opportunities in Technology

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College Graduation
Wall Street isn’t any longer the default destination for newly graduated MBAs: More of them are opting for jobs in technology. Indeed, tech companies are snapping up MBAs at a growing rate in both the U.S. and the UK, according to the Financial Times. At Stanford, for example, the number of MBAs joining technology firms jumped for the second year in a row last year, with 32 percent of 2013’s class taking jobs in the sector. That’s up from 24… continue…

Tech Pros Impatient With Drawn-Out Hiring Processes

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Wristwatch
Employers who spend too much time looking for the perfect candidate are losing the opportunity to hire strong talent, since many tech professionals are fielding multiple offers or taking advantage of sweetened retention efforts. “Managers that are hiring IT talent, they’re pickier than ever and they’re hurting themselves,” Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, told Network World. The best people, he said, will go to hiring managers who assert themselves—both with candidates and HR—and sell the opportunities their… continue…

Los Angeles Tech Scene Grows on Mass Market Apps

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“Silicon Beach,” the Los Angeles area’s tech scene, is growing in activity and carving out its niche. Re/code’s been taking a look at Silicon Valley’s prettier sister, surveying 30 of its most promising companies. Standouts include Oculus VR, just purchased by Facebook for $2 billion; Maker Studios, for which Disney shelled out $500 million; Beats, Apple’s latest acquisition at $3.2 billion; and Gravity, purchased for $83 million by AOL. Nasty Gal, an early e-commerce innovator, is now worth $100 million. Click here… continue…

Taking ‘Any’ 1st Job Could Hurt You for Years

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Paths
If you take a job for which you’re overqualified right out of college, you could be setting yourself up to earn less money over time, according to economists from Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The economists used government data that followed Americans who were between 14 and 22 in 1979. Not surprisingly, they found that people were most likely to be “overeducated” when they took their first job. Women were slightly more likely to be in that… continue…

These Are the Top 10 Cloud Skills Employers Want

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The term “cloud skills” is something of a misnomer. Truth is, there’s no single set of skills you need to get a job working with cloud technology. Instead, employers are looking for a mix of skills that will vary depending on the job in question and the candidate themselves. In other words, they’re looking for breadth rather than depth in any one area. As the cloud continues to grow, so does the need for tech professionals who can develop the… continue…