When it comes to software development, one of the most popular computers languages is Java, first created in 1995 by Sun Microsystems.
According to many technology experts, those who are able to develop programs using this code are regularly in demand thanks to its prevalence on the internet. However, in an interview with TheServerSide.com, Philadelphia recruiter Dave Fecak stated that some of the biggest names in the insurance industry had not changed their hiring practices in years.
He suggests having a presence in the area to help attract the best talent available.

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The mobile marking industry is one of the most promising sectors today, seeking to add thousands of jobs over the next few months.
Researchers at WANTED Analytics report there have been more than 6,000 jobs posted on the internet for those looking for employment in the mobile marketing sector. The report found that over the past year, there has been a 26 percent increase year-over-year from the same 90 period in 2011, a 134 percent increase from 2010 and a 400 percent climb from 2009.
Marketers with mobile skills are most frequently advertised for jobs located in the New York metropolitan area. Over the past 90 days, more than 1,000 marketing job ads in New York included mobile skill requirements and grew more than average, up 31% versus the same time period in 2011.
One mobile marketing firm that recently opened a new office and is looking to hire is Fiksu. In a release, the company said that it was opening a new office in North Hampton, Massachusetts and was looking to hire many new positions to handle operations.

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People with the right technology skills are often in high demand, as many firms seek to increase staff to meet demand. In one recent case, Seattle-based Microsoft stepped up hiring in preparation for the release of its new tablet.
Tech Radar reports that the technology company is looking to bring on new staff for the latest version of the Microsoft Tablet. The roles that need to be filled include mechanical engineers, packaging designers and manufacturing professionals.
The company says that one of the perks of getting hired is the collaboration that takes place between different departments.
“Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing,” the job posting states, according to TechRadar. “We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!”
There are other signs that the technology sector could help improve the job market. A report from employment firm Dice found that 73 percent of hiring managers in the IT sector surveyed said they will increase hiring in the second half of 2012.
Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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The recession left many once-vibrant industries on the brink of collapse, thanks to a considerable decline in consumer spending. While downturn affected men and women differently, both genders have seen an increase in the number of jobs added in recent months.
A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) examined how females have recovered in the years since the recession. The group, which compiled its findings using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found during the three year period ending in June 2012, women have regained 38.7 percent of jobs lost during the recession.
“The recovery is finally reaching women,” said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, president of IWPR and a labor economist. “Women got more than one-third of the job gains in the third year of the recovery, much better than their share the previous year, despite the fact that women are bearing the brunt of state and local government cuts,” she said.
One sector that has been employing both sexes for quite some time is information technology (IT). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,400 positions were added in IT departments.
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By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find a sample resume that
matches your background, copy it to your word-processing program,
make minor changes and be done with the arduous task of creating a
dazzling resume? While that would be ideal, you can shortchange
yourself and sabotage your job search if you base your resume on a
sample document.
The good news is that if done correctly, taking ideas from
resumes in books or free resume examples online can greatly improve
your own. Here’s how to use resume samples without copying them
The Pitfalls of Using Sample Resumes
“The problem with using a template or copying someone else’s
resume — whether from a book or from a friend — is that it
doesn’t allow for the uniqueness of each person’s skills,
experience and career history,” explains Louise Kursmark, a career
consultant and principal of Best Impression Career Services.
Kursmark is also the author of 18 career-management books,
including Expert Resumes for Managers and
and Executive’s Pocket Guide to ROI
Resumes and Job Search
Resume writing veteran and author Teena Rose concurs. “Job seekers
need to understand that resumes are like fingerprints; no two are
(or should be) alike,” she says. “Resumes should differ because of
the varying education levels, career experience and scope of skills
that job seekers possess.”
Additionally, copying a sample the author hasn’t given permission
to copy is plagiarism, so check the copyright notice.
How to Effectively Harness Sample
Kursmark says there is nothing wrong with taking a little bit from
various samples to make it easier to construct your own resume.
“That’s what sample books are for: To inspire you and guide you,”
she says.
For example, “You might really like one person’s introduction –
the way they’ve clearly presented their unique value — and use
that introduction as a guide for writing your own distinct
content,” Kursmark says. “Or you might grab a
bold accomplishment statement from someone else’s resume
and update the numbers or results to make it applicable
to you.”
Here are more of Kursmark’s tips to help you make the best use of
resume samples:
  • Look for resumes in your field and mine them for
    industry-specific activities, terms and accomplishments. Have you
    done similar things? Is your skill set comparable?
  • After you’ve reviewed resumes in your field, peruse resumes
    across fields to understand how to vary the use of action verbs and
    get a feel for what makes a powerful accomplishment statement. Then
    write your own statements, as appropriate, modeled on the ones you
    like best.
  • Look for innovative formats and striking presentation,
    such as charts and tables. Can you include a strong visual that
    will immediately grab the reader’s attention?
  • Dip into numerous resumes to get a feel for good writing,
    concise yet compelling language and high-impact accomplishments.
    Work on your own resume with those examples in mind.
  • Read your revamped resume with a critical eye to make sure
    it reflects you. Will the image you present in person be congruent
    with your resume? “If you’ve included material just because it
    sounded good but you don’t have the details to back it up, you’ll
    destroy your credibility in the interview,” warns Kursmark.
Finally, when reviewing resume samples, think customize,
not plagiarize. “Use samples as a guide for ideas, but take pride
in writing a resume that has your own unique content and visual
appeal,” advises Rose.
This article is courtesy of Monster.com

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By Caroline Levchuck

After you’ve landed a new job, the excitement of starting
something new may be accompanied by anxiety and guilt over leaving
the familiar and perhaps some good friends, too. Even if you’re
leaving mostly enemies behind, it’s still a good idea to leave your
job in good standing.

Corporate alumni associations are sprouting up all over the
Fortune 500, at companies including GE, Procter & Gamble and
Yum! Brands, and it’s in your best interest to be a part of these
burgeoning professional networks. In fact, if you handle your
transition properly, your former employers may even view your
ascension elsewhere as a PR asset.

“Whatever the circumstances are around your departure, keep your
mind on the big picture and don’t do anything that could come back
to haunt you,” says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman.

She recommends three steps for wrapping things up at your old
job and departing with a pat on the back from your boss.

Write Down Everything You Do and How It Gets

Forget job descriptions. They rarely tell us precisely what an
individual does day-to-day or reveal the “It’s not really my job,
but I kind of do it anyway” responsibilities that grace any
worker’s plate each week. Also, in an age of zero redundancy at
many companies, you cannot rely on even your supervisor to
understand what you do and how you do it.

“Often a boss feels like, ‘I don’t know what this person does –
I only know she can’t leave!’” Brown-Volkman says.

So, do your boss and colleagues right by creating an exhaustive
list of everything you handle, along with detailed instructions on
how to handle it. Your coworkers will appreciate you for having
this thorough document — and for having done so much during your

Remain Until You Train the New You

Two weeks’ notice may be the minimum an employer requests, but
most companies will appreciate a more lengthy lead-time so you can
help train your replacement. If you do so, your boss will be
indebted to you. You’re also sending a message that you want your
former coworkers and employer to succeed.

“It’s hard to give a lot of notice because your next employer
may be waiting anxiously for you to start, and many people want to
take a week off between jobs,” Brown-Volkman says. However, she
urges departing workers to spend “as much time as you can with your
replacement or colleagues who will be temporarily handling your
workload. Train them so they’ve got it down cold.”

Also, tap your own network for a potential replacement. You may
even be eligible for a finder’s fee if you refer the right person
for the job.

Wish Everyone Well When You Leave

Brown-Volkman advises giving all your coworkers a heartfelt
farewell and offering them a few words of encouragement and
appreciation. “Even if you don’t like someone, bury the hatchet,”
she says. “It takes a big person to do that, but you never know
when you’ll meet this individual again.”

Also, she points out that former coworkers are the best
candidates to join your professional network. “You will always have
common ground with these folks,” she says. “They’re easy to stay in
touch with. There will always be some bit of news or gossip you can
bond over, and that makes it less awkward to pick up the phone and

All of this is for the future — the big picture, she adds. “You
could end up working for some of these people,” she says. “You may
need a favor. You just don’t know, so make sure you leave on the
best possible terms.”

See the original post here: The Right Way to Resign

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by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry

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When it comes to finding a new job, the most successful seekers
know that the best jobs are not always just about salary. The truth
is, there are a lot of factors that go into every great
opportunity, and these are not always the same for everyone. If you
are looking for a new job or career, the important thing is that
you know what your priorities are before you start your job search.
Doing so might just save you from regretting your decision in the
future. Consider the following workplace values.
While salary isn’t everything, it is important. After all, you
can’t use your health care to buy groceries. But you need to
determine just how important it is to you. Start by figuring out
just how much you need or want to make to be happy. How much do you
need to pay your bills, have some fun and still save for the
future? Then ask yourself how much extra you need above and beyond
the basics in order for you to be truly satisfied. Once you have a
range in mind, you can use it to help guide your search.
While salary is the top dog for some, the quality of benefits
ranks higher for others. Think about your life and figure out what
kind of benefits are really important to you. If you have a history
of health problems, you should make sure your company’s health care
plan is one that offers low co-pays and provides affordable access
to specialists. Check to see if the company offers flexible
spending accounts for uncovered out-of-pocket expenses. Are you a
woman who is planning on starting a family? If so, you should learn
about and understand the company’s maternity benefits. If you are
not sure exactly which benefits you need or what kinds of benefits
are available, you can look at leading companies? Web sites.
Family-Related Factors
For some, a company’s family friendliness is not a factor.
However, it is a major issue for others. Do you need a company that
can give you a flexible schedule? Do you want a company that puts
an emphasis on work/life balance? Some companies offer
family-related services such as on-site childcare, flexible
scheduling, dependent care reimbursement accounts and more. Other
companies do not put as much of an emphasis on families. Make sure
you know what you are looking for in this area.
Retirement is something many younger workers neglect to think
about, but it’s an important area to consider. Perhaps having a
higher-than-average salary is not as important to you as ensuring
that you’re taken care of down the line. If so, you need to look
closely at the company’s retirement plan. Does it offer a matching
401(k) program? What about profit sharing, pension or stock
options? Most companies have some method of helping employees plan
for the future – make sure you pay attention to this factor.
While location sounds like a secondary factor, it can be a major
deal maker or breaker for some. Do you live in a city with a great
deal of traffic? Is there access to public transportation? Would
you mind spending two hours in the car each day getting to and from
work? Some people don’t mind a long commute, but others shudder at
the thought. If you are someone who can’t stand being in the car
for long periods of time, make sure you don’t settle for a job that
is 40 miles away.
While some individuals do not need much time off during the year,
others desperately need vacation time to re-energize. If vacation
time is important to you, make sure you know how much you are
getting and whether or not you can actually use it. Vacation is one
area in which prospects can often negotiate when getting a higher
salary is out of the question.
Other Factors
Do you have other personal priorities you need to consider? What
about training and educational opportunities? Or how about actual
work hours? At some companies, working 50 to 55 hours a week is the
norm, while others have employees punching the clock at exactly 40.
Is it a big deal to you to work overtime? What about the overall
work environment? Do you want a big corporate campus complete with
a cafeteria, company convenience store, and maybe even a health
club, or will you be happy in a small office with 10 employees?
The bottom line is that knowing what your priorities are at the
beginning of your job search will help you make sure you are moving
in the right direction and focusing your energy on jobs that will
truly meet your needs.
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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Posting slower-than-expected revenue growth, flash software maker Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced it would be laying off hundreds of workers in the U.S. and Europe. The news isn't quite so bleak for New York software developer Altair, who has nearly 600 open positions advertised on its website.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the California-based Adobe said it would be cutting as many as 750 jobs in order to better concentrate on its digital media and digital marketing departments.

Adobe said the restructuring also included a bigger investment in its web formatting called HTML5, rather than its popular Adobe Flash player.

Meanwhile, the Troy, New York-based simulation software maker Altair is looking to fill hundreds of jobs at its headquarters and other offices around the world, according to MLive.com.

The company said it was having trouble finding qualified workers with technical degrees. Altair said it recently held 10 job fairs with a focus on hiring talented students, mostly from master's degree programs. The company also announced a new internship program, which is set to get underway next summer.

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With technology seemingly progressing everyday, it is no wonder that companies on the cutting edge are hiring.
A recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) about economic conditions in Silicon Valley revealed that many are optimistic about increases in hiring, according the San Francisco Chronicle.
The survey asked 175 executives a number of questions and revealed that 66 percent of them had increased payroll in 2010. The news source reports that that figure represents the highest percentage since the annual Business Climate survey’s inception eight years ago.
“So 2010 was a comeback year for Silicon Valley,” said Carl Guardino, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of San Jose’s SVLG, a nonpartisan public-policy group. “What’s exciting is we’re seeing job growth not only globally but here in Silicon Valley.”
Looking forward, 55 percent of expect job growth in the region to be even higher this coming year.
Silicon Valley isn’t the only place adding technology jobs as the Chicago Tribune reports that Chrysler is adding 60 positions at its Kokomo, Indiana plant. Some of these roles will reportedly concern information technology.

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