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With so many resources available online, self-taught developers are becoming more common. While some may have formal education or training in development, augmenting their skills on their own time, others have never set foot inside a classroom.

When you’re a self-taught developer, you may face obstacles that hinder your ability to find a new job. Many employers rely on resumes to make hiring decisions, and not having a degree to back up your capabilities could lead them to eliminate you from contention even if you have the right skills.

Luckily, there are things you can do to increase your odds of landing a great employment opportunity. If you are a self-taught developer, here’s what you need to know.

Published in Recruiting

Why More Emphasis is Being Placed on Tech Candidates Soft Skills

 

IT and company leaders have made soft skills a major priority when hiring tech professionals. While they used to be less relevant, the increased integration of technology across most business departments and functional areas has changed the paradigm. Today, IT employees don’t just interact with each other; they also work with stakeholders and customers from a variety of departments. This has effectively changed the game, leading to shifting priorities when hiring.

If you are wondering why more emphasis is being placed on tech candidates’ soft skills, here’s what you need to know.

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Widespread Cyber Hacks

 

In 2018, more than 2.5 billion user accounts were hacked. Many of the breaches exposed personal data, such as names, birth dates, addresses, email address, passwords, and Social Security numbers. Once your information has been taken, it can be hard to figure out what you can do to reduce your risk of damages. Luckily, there are things you can do. Here are four ways to protect yourself from widespread cyber hacks.

How to Get Your Company to Pay for Certificates and Training

 

Many tech professionals are seeing their salaries plateau. However, it is still possible to keep moving up as long as you can acquire new skills and capabilities.

Certificates and training are often one of the clearest methods for advancing your tech career. But options like college courses, boot camps, training seminars, and similar approaches can be incredibly expensive. Luckily, getting your company to cover the cost can be a possibility, as long as you handle the matter appropriately.

If you want to get your employer to pay for certificates and training, here’s what you need to know.

A Look Inside the Mind of a Technical Project Manager

 

Many companies employ technical project managers to oversee IT projects. While the precise nature of the work can vary from one organization to the next, many technical project managers have similar experiences and challenges while working in their roles.

As a result, by taking a look inside the mind of a technical project manager, you can learn more about what the job is like from people who actually work in these positions. Here’s what you need to know.

Published in IT Infrastructure

Tech Pros Prefer Higher Pay Over Perks

 

Offering a robust compensation package is necessary if you want to attract and retain top tech talent. While this is widely understood, not all companies know precisely how to break up the compensation package to ensure it is enticing.

The tech boom led many businesses to believe that perks were more important than higher salaries. Workplaces with ping-pong tables and on-site gyms made headlines some years ago, making it seem like these additions were more valued by employees.

However, a recent survey showed that perks aren’t necessarily the most important form of compensation. Instead, tech professionals still favor higher pay.

Published in Staffing News

What Recruiters Really Think When They Ready Your LinkedIn Profile

 

Some job seekers spend hours trying to perfect their LinkedIn profile. Others throw theirs together in minutes, hoping that just covering the basics is enough to catch the eye on a recruiter. However, few actually have a chance to find out what recruiters think of their LinkedIn profile, so most never really know if they have gotten theirs right.

What a recruiter may think of your profile depends on a few factors. With that in mind, here are some insights that can let you know if your LinkedIn profile is hitting its target.

Published in Recruiting

What You Can Do About Gender Discrimination in Tech

 

Many women who work in technology-oriented fields feel that they are battling against discrimination often, possibly on a daily basis. In some cases, they struggle to advance their careers or don’t have access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts, hindering their growth.

While there isn’t a quick solution to the gender discrimination problem, there are things female tech pros can do to help ensure that their career stays on target. If you are dealing with gender discrimination, here’s what you can do.

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Big Tech Shouldnt be Broken Up Heres What to Do Instead

 

In 2019, the push to break up Big Tech has gained traction. Many fear that giants like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have gotten too large, prevent smaller competitors from gaining traction, or have too much power, leading some to believe that splitting up these tech leaders is the smart move.

However, not all feel that breaking up Big Tech is the best move. While many support investigating the practices of these companies – some of which have come under scrutiny over privacy concerns and possible anti-trust law issues – at least one expert thinks that there is another option on the table for managing Big Tech: make them share data.

How to Get the Most out of your Tech Mentorship

 

If you want to advance your tech career, having a mentor in your corner can make a world of difference. However, the mentor/mentee relationship only provides you with value if you work to make the most of it.

Being a great mentee involves more than just focusing on your needs and who you believe can help you reach your goals. Even though that is part of the equation, you also want to make sure certain things align to ensure that the relationship is strong and beneficial to both parties. If you're going to get the most out of your tech mentorship, here’s what you need to know.

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