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Can IT Consultants Be Blacklisted by a Staffing Firm?

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Questions abound whether IT consultants can be blacklisted by a staffing firm. Is it true or just another vicious Internet rumor? There’s no doubt that staffing firms can terminate IT consultants for breaking the rules or put your name on a “do not hire” list, especially if you quit without notice or offend an important client. But do agencies really share the names of ousted contractors? Do they blackball professionals for petty offenses? It’s a popular topic on Dice Discussions,… continue…

Coding Challenges Can Get You a Job

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Some companies run programming challenges to sift out the wheat from the chaff, and the prizes often include job interviews. Facebook has been running one such online test, allowing two hours to solve the problem it presents. Complete the challenge — which is considered fiendishly difficult — and you get a telephone interview. It’s not a guaranteed job offer, but it’s a step in the right direction. For those whose resumes always get filed in the trash at recruitment agencies,… continue…

The Tools I’m Using as I Look for a Job

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One of the more frequent comments on Dice articles offering job search advice — including mine — Is this: You have no idea what you are talking about because you already have a job and don’t understand what it’s like to search for a job when you don’t have one. Well, I don’t have a job. I’m out there looking. Now, I’m a consultant. I expect jobs to end. But that doesn’t mean I like not having that paycheck come… continue…

Why You Should Think More About the ‘Other Side’

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Cool Hand Luke Prisoners
After watching a man get beaten half to death, the warden in the old prison movie Cool Hand Luke tells the assembled convicts, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” I remembered that line as I read (yet another) story about tech employers bemoaning the lack of talent, and (yet another) string of comments about how companies will find plenty of talent if they’ll just stop looking for their dream date. If my friends the regular blog commentators… continue…

Fewer Women Occupy CIO’s Office

Here’s a few interesting data points: The percentage of CIOs who are women dropped from 11 percent in 2011 to 9 percent this year. Thirty percent of 450 companies polled said their IT departments have no women in management positions at all. Only half of the survey’s respondents think women are under-represented in IT. Kind of a disconnect. Women still have to overcome preconceived notions, such as their desire to start a family gets in the way of their work.… continue…

Another Back-Room Deal to Prevent Poaching

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Apple, Google, Intel, Pixar, Adobe, Intuit — large and prestigious firms — are all named as defendants in an anti-trust lawsuit over their supposed gentleman’s agreement not to poach software engineers from each other. If true, it would mean that if you’re a software engineer at Apple, but you really want to work at Google, well, no Google recruiter was going to call. This isn’t the first whiff of anti-poaching collusion among these companies, either. In 2010, the Department of Justice came… continue…

Ten of Our Favorite Resume Stories

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Resumes have one purpose, and one purpose only: To get you an interview. No one’s going to take one look at it and hire you. In fact, it’s challenging enough to get that one look, and even if you do chances are you’re going to get about 10 seconds of attention before a manager decides whether she wants to learn more about you — or not. Writing effective resumes can be a grueling process. Note I said “effective.” Anyone can… continue…

Don’t Get Creative With Job Titles in Your Resume

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The job title you have at your company is not the same as the one you need on your resume. Companies have their own way of providing titles for their employees. The titles relate to the culture or how someone did titles 20 years ago, or just to have people feel more important about the job they do. Sanitation Engineer, anyone? Resumes Are Different But when it comes to resumes, your company job title may, in fact, be hurting your… continue…

What Recruiters Think When They Think About You

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Recruiters — love them or hate them, they’re part of the process and it’s always good to know what they’re thinking. Right now, they’re worrying about a war for talent in IT, which is good news for you. As they try to figure out the best strategies for attracting the people they want, hiring managers, HR staff and recruiters are kicking around a lot of ideas. Our Marketing folks gathered a bunch of them at South by Southwest and asked… continue…