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  • 9/22/2014

    Contrary to some published reports, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn’t really retiring. Although he’s turned over the chief-executive reins to co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, he retains the CTO and executive chairman positions, which means he maintains an iron grip over the IT giant’s technology portfolio. Catz and Hurd will keep on doing what they’ve been doing—in Catz’s case, handling Oracle’s finance, legal and manufacturing concerns, while Hurd deals with sales—only they’ll report to Oracle’s board instead of… continue...

    The post Larry Ellison’s Best Quotes: A Retrospective appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/22/2014

    Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Click here for iOS jobs. Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch… continue...

    The post Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/22/2014

    Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue...

    The post Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed! appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/22/2014

    When you’ve been out of a job for a while, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever work again. Kerin Walsh, a Massachusetts-based tech professional with B.S. and M.A. degrees in electrical engineering, was in her late 40’s and at the top of her game when the bottom fell out of her career. Walsh always had a good job in her field and wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic turnaround. Out of the office for the first time in years,… continue...

    The post Unemployed? Networking May Be the Charm appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/19/2014

    Late last year, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson had bad news for the thousands of people who’d supported his CLANG project on Kickstarter: Despite making its funding goal, the project itself would be placed on indefinite hold. CLANG (9,023 backers on Kickstarter, contributing $526,125) was a video-game platform that—had it seen the proverbial light of day—would have allowed players to duel like medieval knights, using a hardware controller to swing a virtual sword. Click here to find developer jobs. In a… continue...

    The post This Is How You Shut Down a Kickstarter Project appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/19/2014

    Remember Clippy? The animated character tortured many a Microsoft Office user during its late-90s heyday, popping up uninvited to “help” write letters and other documents. Microsoft finally administered Clippy a well-earned coup de grâce in the mid-2000s, but not before it had evolved into a cultural laughingstock. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. Like the nigh-invincible creature in a horror movie, though, Clippy is back from the dead… sorta. The next version of Office won’t feature an animated paperclip bounding… continue...

    The post Microsoft’s Clippy Making a Comeback? appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/19/2014

    It’s exciting to work on something that might become the Next Big Thing—but tech skills and a novel idea aren’t enough to make a startup a success. Roughly 90 percent of startups fail, according to some estimates. That places an enormous amount of pressure on startup founders. Not only do they need to be creative, optimistic, self-confident, and unafraid of failure—they also need considerable business smarts to carve out a financial plan and woo investors. But even that’s not quite… continue...

    The post Five Traits of Successful Startup Leaders appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/19/2014

    Roughly 34 percent of Americans earn money though freelancing rather than a full-time position, according to new data from the nonprofit Freelancers Union. That’s a slight uptick from the 31 percent reported in 2006 by the U.S. General Accountability Office, suggests The Wall Street Journal. Given the trends of the past few years, any sort of increase seems, in retrospect, inevitable: The Great Recession forced many unemployed workers to seek freelance work, while the rise of “sharing economy” firms such… continue...

    The post One-Third of Americans Now Freelancing appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/18/2014

    As a QA engineer, you know you’re doing well when your work goes unnoticed. It’s your job to make sure everything is correct and operating as expected, so that users don’t encounter issues with your site or products. You’re responsible for testing and finding problems before they become problems. The most important qualities you’ll need are attention to detail, the ability to communicate quickly and clearly with your team, and the knack to learn new things on the fly. You… continue...

    The post 3 Key Skills of QA Engineers appeared first on Dice News.

  • 9/18/2014

    The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data. One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.) Click here to find Python jobs. That growth is no surprise. Python,… continue...

    The post Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills appeared first on Dice News.

  • 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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    Make a list of influencers<....

  • 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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