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Interviewing is hard, especially in IT

Not only do you have to know your stuff when it comes to technology; you're expected to quickly and concisely communicate and prove your decision making ability to a stranger across the table from you. Needless to say, #interviewing is hard, but I've been paying attention to what a lot of the pros are saying. After compiling hundreds of tips, I narrowed down my top 42 for this article on #ITBrander.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have your own favorites!
Being good in a job interview means being a master of both the technical and non-technical sides of communication. Even if talking with people makes you nervous or job interviews seem scary to you, it's much easier if you know what to expect, prepare adequately, and politely follow up afterward. We've compiled a comprehensive list of interview tips specifically crafted for
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Karl, IT sucks, it never unionized, it never built a system for retirement for it's individual workers, it's a greed based system
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#Daimler has released the first street legal autonomous truck

This is big news in the sphere of AI and automation. It's not driverless yet, but it's just a step or two away.
The first street legal autonomous truck was revealed at the Hoover dam last week by German auto-maker Daimler. The early model is meant to hold a driver (for now), but it's not hard to imagine this as the first step towards driverless cars becoming commonplace. It's easy to see why shipping companies would want driverless truck technology to take off: Autonomous
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Programmer to CEO

Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Marissa Mayer and James Dyson have all made the leap having started out as programmers, and you’d have to admit that they have done alright.
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Microsoft is making big cuts after buying Nokia

Last year they let go of 18,000 people and this year it looks like another 7800 will be gone. Microsoft says they're working to consolidate their efforts on software and their cloud computing solutions.
After acquiring Nokia in 2013, Microsoft has been focused on consolidating their mobile offerings and it appears that software will become their focus. The job cuts announced this week mostly affect people working in their mobile hardware area. Mobile remains a core part of Microsoft's strategy, but Ives notes the company will focus more on "the software piece around mobile rather
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This was just a bad idea all around, but I have to applaud his ingenuity.
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Yeah, termination was a foregone conclusion. Very clever, though. Maybe a McDonalds competitor should hire him for marketing ideas.
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Why does hiring a new engineer takes over a month?

Even as demand for technical talent has grown, the time required to interview and hire a new candidate has increased with time spans of over a month being average for software engineers.

Any ideas as to why it's taking longer to hire in-demand talent even when it's at your door?
There is a lot of room for things to go wrong during the hiring process, and one of the reasons is how long it takes companies to hire someone. In fact, it seems that the average time to hire an IT professional is getting longer: In the U.S., here was the average time-to-hire for tech positions with at least
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There are so many resume advice articles out there already, so I pieced together some of the best from each of them to build this: a master list of resume tips for IT Professionals.

Let me know if I missed anything!
Every information technology professional should have a resume that is up to date, well organized, and exciting to potential employers, but the process of building the perfect resume starts long before you need a job. Savvy employees know that they have to be ready to pursue their next gig at any time, so if you're a little behind on your resume (or you haven't created
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We created a #Slackbot  to help our salespeople access data faster. Here's how it works: http://www.karllhughes.com/2015/writing-a-slackbot-to-help-our-business-access-data-at-packback/

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Slack is a messaging tool that's quickly become ubiquitous in large and small companies alike. It's basically like a walled off version of AOL Instant Messenger (you guys remember that from the early 00's right?) for your company's internal communication. They have apps for iOS and Android, ...
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Resume writing tips from Ben Russel at SolidEssay.com
In today's highly competitive world you must prepare yourself well before going for a job hunt. There are many skills you must learn to ensure the job of your dreams. One of them is writing an effective resume. An employer goes through hundreds of resumes every year.
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Magikarp used splash...it's not very effective.
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“We can't be the only one's that feel this way? Running is way more than just a sport. It is way bigger than winning or losing. Running has brought and…”
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Technology Entrepreneur & Engineer
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  • Packback Books
    Head of Engineering, 2013 - present
  • JobBrander
    Founder, 2013 - 2015
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • Shakeup Media
    Founder, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur & Engineer. Currently building software at Packback and running JobBrander.
Introduction
I'm currently the Head of Engineering at Packback Books, a venture funded startup in Chicago, where I lead a team of software engineers building our consumer and internal web applications. I also run JobBrander, a suite of websites that offer advice to job seekers and hiring reports for recruiters.

Most of my technical experience is in PHP (Laravel, Wordpress, CakePHP, Magento, Composer), Javascript (Angular, jQuery), MySQL databases, and Linux/Unix Operating Systems. I help manage our automated testing and deployments at Packback (using Envoyer, Forge, Codeship, and Digital Ocean) and am a big fan of service oriented web architecture. In my free time I enjoy distance running, cooking, and writing.

To contact me, email khughes.me@gmail.com.
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