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  • 7/25/2014

    Some might say that nothing demonstrates the power of social media more than Weird Al Yankovic’s album “Mandatory Fun” hitting the top of Billboard’s chart. But that would be cynical. After all, a lot of work goes into making goofy things great. The folks at the Verge put together this video featuring excerpts from eight of Weird Al’s older parodies, synced up with the work that inspired him. It’s cool to see how well they fit together. If nothing else,… continue...

    The post What Weird Al Sees May Surprise You appeared first on Dice News.

  • 7/25/2014

    Over the next five years, most of the growth in technology jobs will be seen in companies whose focus lies in another area, like manufacturing, automotive, healthcare or retail. And the increased use of technology in those sectors portends another change in the IT job market: Jobs will spread into geographic regions not currently known as tech centers. All of that comes from an analysis conducted by CEB, a business advisory company based in Arlington, Va. To arrive at its… continue...

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  • 7/25/2014

    Twitter and Pinterest have become the latest brand-name tech companies to unveil gender and ethnic portraits of their workforce. The story they tell is pretty much the same as what we’ve seen in the previously released numbers of Facebook, Google and Yahoo. Overall, 30 percent of Twitter’s employees are women. However, the number shrinks to 10 percent when you look at the company’s tech team and 21 percent when you look at its leadership. In terms of ethnicity, 59 percent… continue...

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  • 7/25/2014

    Tip of the Day New job seekers usually score several interviews fairly quickly, or at least hear from several recruiters soon after they post their resume. But if you’ve been searching for several months and interest seems to be waning, it’s time to ratchet things up. First thing, ask an objective expert like a local recruiter or former boss for an honest evaluation of your resume and marketability. Assess everything from the number of hits your resume has received to… continue...

    The post Know When It’s Time to Refine Your Job Search appeared first on Dice News.

  • 7/25/2014

    What happens when a company puts all of its salary information out in the open—yours, mine, the CEO’s, everyone’s? Apparently, at least in the experience of the New York City analytics startup SumAll, better communication between staff and management, and not very much drama. SumAll, which has 40 employees, has shared pay information since its early days, according to Business Insider. Founder and CEO Dane Atkinson worked with his first employees to set the salary of each job. As the… continue...

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  • 7/24/2014

    Businesses like Microsoft .NET’s efficiency, simplicity and ease of deployment, so application developers’ enthusiasm for the framework is spreading. With demand for skilled professionals rising, Mark Kendall likes to give candidates the benefit of the doubt. The senior software engineer for Dallas-based EXCO Resources evaluates .NET developers for staffing firms. “Some interviewers want to take you down, but I prefer a different style,” he says. “I ask questions to assess a developer’s proficiency level, listen to their responses and give… continue...

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  • 7/24/2014

    Tip of the Day Contacting the hiring manager increases your visibility and success rate, but it’s hard to connect when you don’t know his or her name. How do you find it? Start by calling the company and asking to speak with the appropriate manager, for instance, the manager of tech support or engineering. Your goal is to make a positive impression and to verify whether they’re the right contact. So when they answer, politely explain that you’re a veteran… continue...

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  • 7/24/2014

    What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue...

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  • 7/24/2014

    The interview with the hiring manager is usually the last hurdle standing between you and a job offer. Even if you prepare and rehearse, it’s easy to make a mistake that could hurt your chances. And a mistake doesn’t have to be big to trip you up. Since the devil is in the details, here are 10 potential goofs to be aware of. 1. Asking About Salary, Benefits or Vacation Right Off the Bat You’ll relinquish your negotiating power if… continue...

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  • 7/23/2014

    Consultants involved in implementing healthcare IT solutions are generally happier with their work than their full-time counterparts, according to a survey by Atlanta-based staffing firm Healthcare IT Leaders. More than three quarters—77 percent—of the consultants said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs, the survey found. That compares to 64 percent of full-time healthcare IT employees. To put the numbers in context, other surveys have found that 72 percent of workers across all industries report similar… continue...

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  • Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com writer Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com by Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com published by Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com

    Going by titles like ultrasound technician, cardiac sonographer and vascular technologist, diagnostic medical sonographers perform different functions with one common purpose: They provide a window to the inside workings of the body and play a critical role in helping physicians evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.

    At a time in which Americans are living longer and chronic health conditions are on the rise, demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to climb an impressive 46 per....

  • Kevin Knapp, CFO of CareerBuilder writer Kevin Knapp, CFO of CareerBuilder by Kevin Knapp, CFO of CareerBuilder published by Kevin Knapp, CFO of CareerBuilder

    Nearly half of financial services companies are struggling to fill certain positions, despite plenty of potential candidates that could have a positive impact in these roles. According to a new survey by MoneyJobs.com, CareerBuilder's job site for finance and accounting professionals, 47 percent of financial services firms have open positions for which they can't find qualified candidates and 49 percent cite a skills deficit as a reason for vacancies.

    Financial services organizations require a high caliber of employees due to the technical expertise required and the high impact information they deal with, but the fact that almost half of financial services companies grappling with a hiring issue requires a deeper look. For job seekers, becoming aware of and overcoming the concerns of these hiring managers is the most ef....

  • Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer writer Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer by Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer published by Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer

    Watch out, hard skills and technical know-how: You've got competition. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, the vast majority (77 percent) of employers consider soft skills just as important as hard skills when it comes to evaluating candidates for a job, and 16 percent even say they're more important.

    What are soft skills? As my colleague pointed out recently, soft skills typically describe "communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, team skills, relationship management and a long list of other so-called intangible traits." Though they are hard to measure quantitatively, soft skills remain a sought after trait and recognized business differentiator among employers.

    Perhaps the heavy focus on soft skills has to do with the fact that employers have been strug....

  • Adrienne Erin writer Adrienne Erin by Adrienne Erin published by Adrienne Erin

    If you already have a Twitter account, no doubt you already know the great value of this social media platform. But did you know that you can turn your twitter into a valuable resource for your industry? It's true; you can, and there are plenty of reasons why you should want to do this. Creating an industry resource with your Twitter builds your reputation and helps you gain influence. Here are the steps to follow to make this happen.

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  • Robert Half International writer Robert Half International by Robert Half International published by Robert Half International

    Modern accounting encompasses a wide array of specialized tasks, from standard bookkeeping and tax filing to fraud examination and regulatory compliance. You learn something about almost every aspect of the field when you earn a bachelor's degree in accounting. But without much experience, it's hard to know whether the corporate or public accounting career path is right for you. And if you want to become a certified public accountant (CPA), work history is important, as the vast majority of states require at least one year of accounting experience before taking the final exam.

    So, how do you know which accounting career path to start down? Here are a couple of things to consider:

  • Kim Monaghan writer Kim Monaghan by Kim Monaghan published by Kim Monaghan

    In our new economy, many employees are rethinking retirement due to limited raises, drops in healthcare coverage, and wavering pensions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force participation rate of workers 55 and up will continue to grow reaching 43 percent by 2018 and 22 percent for those 65 and over.

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    Additionally, The Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College follows continued trends of older workers staying employed or re-entering the workforce even after retirement. Is it all financially driven? Not nece....

  • Lisa Brown Morton, CEO of Nonprofit HR writer Lisa Brown Morton, CEO of Nonprofit HR by Lisa Brown Morton, CEO of Nonprofit HR published by Lisa Brown Morton, CEO of Nonprofit HR

    As of April 2014, 3.5 million people have been jobless for 27 weeks or more, a truly staggering number. While many recent articles have addressed the problem of long-term unemployment, few have offered solutions. And of those that have, one potential solution has been notably overlooked -- the nonprofit sector.

    If you're unemployed yourself, you'd be wise to consider the potential that nonprofits hold for your next job, and if you're a nonprofit employer, seeking your next hire from the talent pool that exists among the unemployed might be one of the smartest moves you can make.

    An April 18 article from The Washington Post explains that the long-term unemployed have difficulty not only finding a job but also keeping one. The latest resear....

  • David Zheng, co-founder and CEO of Klout Fire writer David Zheng, co-founder and CEO of Klout Fire by David Zheng, co-founder and CEO of Klout Fire published by David Zheng, co-founder and CEO of Klout Fire

    Richard Branson has built an empire around the phrase "Screw it, let's do it."

    The multimillionaire says that, when presented with an opportunity, many people say "no" or "let me think about it" because they are "overcautious" or "suspicious" of new ideas -- or they simply need time to think. Branson, on the other hand, is eager to dive in headfirst and figure out logistics later.  

    "What is worse," Branson asks, "Making the occasional mistake or having a closed mind and missing opportunities?"

    As most born entrepreneurs would agree, the benefits of trying new things far outweigh the risk of making a mistake.

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  • Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com writer Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com by Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com published by Maryalene LaPonsie, OnlineDegrees.com
    "Instead of putting people on our couches, we put organizations on our couches," says Dr. Lori Wieters, an industrial-organizational psychologist -- or I/O psychologist as they are called -- from Arizona. But make no mistake, these professionals aren't therapists. Their work has more in common with business intelligence than with health care. For those seeking a dynamic work environment that lets them flex their problem-solving muscles, industrial-organizational psychology deserves a closer look. Hottest job of the next decade "I/O psychology is growing as a field because more and more organizations are becoming aware of the fact we can help them become more productive and efficient," says Mario Casa de Calvo, an assistant professor of psychology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. In a global marketplace, where competitive edges may be few and far between, industrial-organizational psychologists can be the key to ensuring a business is working at maxi....
  • Jon Fortenbury, Schools.com writer Jon Fortenbury, Schools.com by Jon Fortenbury, Schools.com published by Jon Fortenbury, Schools.com

    So there you are, interning at a company in your desired field, and all they've assigned to you so far are monotonous tasks like fetching coffee or sorting papers. Probably not what you were expecting. Many of us have been there, and there are a variety of ways of going about handling it, some undoubtedly better than others.

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    Here are three ways to handle an internship where you're not doing relevant work or learning relevant lessons.

    1. Find a way to brag about it on your résumé
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