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  • 4/17/2015

    If you run the world’s largest social network, how many hours can you expect to work a week? In a new Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested he puts in 50-60 hours a week… at most. “I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better,” he wrote, “but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work.” He added: “I… continue...

    The post How Many Hours Does Mark Zuckerberg Work Per Week? appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/17/2015

    Stack Overflow recently surveyed several thousand developers about pretty much everything work-related, and the results paint an interesting portrait of what the developer life is like in 2015. Of the 26,036 people surveyed in 157 countries, 32.4 percent self-identified as full-stack developers, 13.6 percent said they were students, and 10.1 percent indicated they were back-end Web developers. In descending order, other professions included mobile developer (9.1 percent), desktop developer (8.3 percent), front-end Web developer (6.0 percent), enterprise-level lead services developer (2.9… continue...

    The post Today’s Developers: Self-Taught and Over-Caffeinated appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/17/2015

    Healthcare privacy experts are in demand, and a tech pro with strong analytical and interpersonal skills has the potential to cross industries and enter the healthcare field. No transition is without its challenges, however. For starters, most positions related to healthcare privacy require you become HIPAA-certified in data privacy and security. But considering the growing need in a booming industry, the time and effort necessary to lock down such a certification could be worth it. Operations and Processes The role… continue...

    The post Entering the (Growing) Healthcare-Privacy Field appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/17/2015

    In many situations, it’s common to feel as if someone is continually taking advantage of something—whether it’s you, the situation itself, or something you can’t quite perceive. Do you feel as if you need to wage constant battles in order to win the resources you need to complete projects? If so, a bit of a refresher on win-win negotiation skills may be in order. Effective negotiation helps resolve conflicts in a way where everybody gets at least a little of… continue...

    The post The Trick to Win-Win Negotiations appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/16/2015

    This is a continuation of our short series ‘Why I Became Involved in Data Science’. Click here to read the Part 1 stories. Saba Teserra, Data Scientist I guess I always liked to find the structure in a mess, although early on I thought that meant matching strings and counting words. Somewhere along the way, I learned more about the distribution of words in text and their linguistic significance to syntax and semantics; that made unstructured natural-language data processing all… continue...

    The post Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 2 appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/16/2015

    If you’re Snapchat, maker of the world’s most popular disappearing-message app, how do you poach software engineers and other tech pros? By using your own app, of course. According to Forbes, Snapchat has produced a geolocation filter, accessible at Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco, that overlays images with the words, “This place driving you mad?” and a link to Snapchat’s jobs page. “They’re a unique and playful form of recruiting,” a Snapchat spokesperson told the magazine. While Uber and Snapchat… continue...

    The post Snapchat Using Its Own App to Poach Tech Pros appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/16/2015

    Even if you passed your pre-hire background check with flying colors, you may not be out of the proverbial woods. A growing number of employers are performing periodic background checks or so-called “infinity” screening on current employees. The ongoing scrutiny of your criminal activity, credit report and social media posts could have a major impact on your career. “There’s no limit on the type of background checks employers can run on current employees as long as they have a signed… continue...

    The post Prepared for Continuous Background Screening? appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/16/2015

    Which jobs offer an ideal combination of solid salary and career prospects, comfortable environment, and a moderate level of stress? According to a new list by CareerCast.com, data scientists, software engineers, and computer systems analysts all fulfill this picture-perfect mix of requirements. The website’s “Best Jobs of 2015” reads as follows: Actuary Audiologist Mathematician Statistician Biomedical engineer Data scientist Dental hygienist Software engineer Occupational therapist Computer systems analyst Contrast that with CareerCast’s list of the year’s worst jobs, which include:… continue...

    The post Engineers, Data Analysts Top 2015′s Best Jobs appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/15/2015

    Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is taking place June 8-12 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. As usual, it will include hundreds of sessions and hands-on labs for engineers and developers. Here’s what else you can probably expect: A Preview of the Next iOS and Mac OS X Apple traditionally uses WWDC to show off its latest software. If rumors are correct, the next iOS and Mac OS X versions won’t feature many radical new features or upgrades, but focus… continue...

    The post What You Need to Know About This Year’s WWDC appeared first on Dice News.

  • 4/15/2015

    Why do people decide to become data scientists? Read these personal stories from the members of the Dice Data Science team to see what draws people to one of the hottest professions in tech. Simon Hughes, Chief Data Scientist Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s with movies such as Terminator 2, Aliens and Blade Runner, I became fascinated with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) from a young age. As a teenager I decided that a true AI would need… continue...

    The post Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 1 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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  • 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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