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  • 1/30/2015

    In mid-2014, Elon University and the Pew Internet Project released a survey of tech experts, who suggested pretty much en masse that robots will eventually take over many of the jobs currently performed by human beings, including factory work and many driving tasks. You can add “journalism” to that list, with some caveats. The Associated Press now relies on automated software from Automated Insights to generate thousands of articles per quarter, all of them focused on companies’ quarterly earnings reports.… continue...

    The post The Rise of the Robot Journalists appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/30/2015

    Can you predict whether a startup will collapse or succeed? Wall Street and Silicon Valley would certainly like to think so. According to Wired, a handful of independent entrepreneurs and big companies are using data analytics to better forecast whether that hot startup will become the next Uber, or merely the next Pets.com. Click here for analytics jobs. Thomas Thurston, who runs a research firm called Growth Science, told the magazine that his algorithmic simulations accurately predict 88 percent of… continue...

    The post Can Big Data Pick a Winning Startup? appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/30/2015

    Earlier this week, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took to Reddit for his third Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the site’s readers. As befitting one of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, he offered a hopeful vision of humanity’s future, while hinting at some projects he’s currently developing for Microsoft, where he still serves as an advisor. For Microsoft Windows-related jobs, click here. “There will be more progress in the next 30 years than ever,” he told the audience. “Even in the… continue...

    The post Bill Gates Talks Regrets, Current Microsoft Project appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/30/2015

    The popularity of the MySQL open-source database platform is on the rise. But professionals who fail to convey a solid understanding of database structures and concepts during an interview may limit their appeal to employers, according to Alex Alexander, CEO of San Francisco-based SpringbokSQL, which builds specialty database appliances. “Someone can always learn another RDBMS as long as they understand the basic working structure of a relational model,” he said. “And myopic professionals tend to overlook a database that could… continue...

    The post Interview Qs for MySQL DBAs and Developers appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/29/2015

    A coding interview is one of the most stress-inducing tests a developer can face on the path to a new job. The hiring manager not only wants to know if you have the analytical and coding skills to handle the position; he or she also wants to get a sense of how well you’d fit within the company’s culture. To find developer jobs, click here. With that in mind, here are some tips for handling a coding test: Be Specific:… continue...

    The post Daily Tip: Prep for That Coding Test appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/29/2015

    As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game. Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if… continue...

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  • 1/29/2015

    Pop quiz: What’s the best way for employers to find suitable tech pros? A.) Post a job, sort through resumes, and interview candidates. B.) Host a hackathon, and interview those individuals who do well at it. Staffup Weekend is a startup (“it might evolve into a nonprofit, a shareholder corporation, or even a benefit corporation,” its website helpfully offers) devoted to a variation on Option B. It works like this: An employer presents a small project, which candidates tackle in… continue...

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  • 1/29/2015

    As if phone screenings, multiple job interviews, and coding tests weren’t enough, a growing number of tech employers now use behavioral assessments to weed out job candidates early in the screening process. The tests might even come before an in-person interview or an assessment of someone’s project management experience. It’s certainly disheartening to get kicked out of the running by a computerized personality test, even before you show off your tech skills. But what can a candidate do to ace… continue...

    The post Can You Trick Behavioral Assessments? appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/28/2015

    How often do you receive productivity tips from one of history’s legendary scientists? Over at LifeHacker, there’s an interesting rundown of the advice that Carl Sagan offered over the years for squeezing the most out of your efforts. As befitting an analytical thinker, one of the top points is diversifying your knowledge base: Maintaining a curiosity in subjects outside your field of mastery can pay off by enlarging your skill set and boosting your overall knowledge. Maintaining a scientist’s mindset… continue...

    The post Daily Tip: Think Like a Scientist appeared first on Dice News.

  • 1/28/2015

    Apple paid out $10 billion to third-party developers last year, industry analyst Horace Dediu wrote in a much-circulated blog posting this month. Combined with Apple’s cut of developer revenues, that’s more than Hollywood earned from the U.S. box office in 2014 (according to Dediu). Whatever the comparison, it’s clear that the app market is huge, and rapidly growing as the years pass. But as Charles Perry pointed out on the corporate blog of app-builder Metakite Software, those developer revenues aren’t… continue...

    The post In the Mobile App Market, Few Get Mega-Rich 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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