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Voice of experience: What IT newbies should know

Voice of experience: What IT newbies should know

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Around the world this month, young people are leaving the womb of college and entering the tech job market — and perhaps you are among them. No doubt you’ve gotten a lot of advice from your professors and mentors, but as far we’re concerned, more words of wisdom can’t hurt. We asked real working tech professionals what they wished they knew back when they were newly minted graduates — and while there’s no substitute for experience, we hope you find their stories and perspective helpful as you make your way through the big bad world.

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How to hire for personality and train for skills

How to hire for personality and train for skills

Finding talent with the right skillset for your company is not nearly as difficult as finding the right personality fit. As important as skills and technical know-how are, team chemistry is just as important — if not more so. One mismatch can cause a negative ripple throughout the organization. Or worse, it could negatively impact relationships with customers and, eventually, the bottom line.

Hiring for attitude, personality and potential, and training for skills is admittedly easier said than done, and there’s always a chance of making a bad hire, says Sacha Labourey, founder and CEO of Jenkins Enterprise company CloudBees, a provider of continuous delivery software platform. Because CloudBees’ developers are distributed across 14 countries and numerous U.S. states, focusing on personality is a must, Labourey says.

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6 hottest IT jobs for new tech grads

6 hottest IT jobs for new tech grads

6 hottest IT jobs for new tech grads

6 hottest IT jobs for new tech grads

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There are close to 2 million new college grads flooding the marketplace in 2015. And after a few years of less-than-stellar economic growth, 2015 offers new opportunities for these young workers to start their careers. Where will these newly minted degree holders find work? According to Indeed.com’s May 2015 report, The Talent-Driven Economy: Emerging Interests of Today’s Job Seeker, there’s a good chance they’ll end up in a STEM career.

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SaaS migrations put the squeeze on in-house software developers

SaaS migrations put the squeeze on in-house software developers

On the face of it, software development jobs should be easy to find. The software developer workforce increased by 132,000 jobs last year, to 1.235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search

7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search

There’s no good reason your age should hinder your job search. But that doesn’t change the very real perception, especially in the IT industry, that age is an impediment to innovation, efficiency and, ultimately, success. While you can’t do much to change the widespread unconscious biases against older workers, you can take steps to mitigate their impact on your own job search.

1. Look for a cultural fit

Whether you’re 24 or 64, finding a good cultural fit is imperative for success and for your own happiness in the workplace. To that end, research companies that are known to be friendly to mature, seasoned workers – you’ll have a much better chance landing a job, says Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.”

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