Big Data on the Job


by Rachel Vilsack

“Big data” refers to data sets so large and complex that traditional database management tools cannot adequately capture, store, or analyze them. While often quantified in exabytes – or one quintillion (a 1 followed by 18 zeros) – big data can also include other media, like videos, pictures, or words.  According to experts, big data will mean big business and require workers who can think big.

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Hiring Difficulties for Information Technology Occupations


by Alessia Leibert

The newest survey from Minnesota’s Labor Market Information Office explores hiring difficulties through in-depth interviews with employers about their experience filling (or not filling) recently open positions. The most recent findings track Information Technology (IT) occupations, including software developers and computer support specialists.

 

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A New Resource for IT Professionals


by Rachel Vilsack

Some professions, like information technology, are employed in every industry sector to one degree or another. With nearly 80,700 people working in computer-related professions, Minnesota ranked fourth in the Midwest and 17th among states nationwide that employed such workers in 2010. These professionals fuel Minnesota’s high-tech industries, from hardware and software manufacturing, IT services, network communications, and all the IT-intensive sectors. Recent survey results suggest that employers are continuing to hire computer professionals, a welcome sign after this lengthy economic downturn.

 

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Networking – What, Why, How, Who, When, Where


by Sharon Boerbon Hanson

What: Networking is a basic necessity. It simply means increasing the number of people you know. Connections are two-way: they help you, you help them, and you both keep in touch. It’s more than passing a card to someone and hoping they will help you. It’s about building relationships. It requires you do some giving. That giving may be as easy as saying “nice to meet you – here’s a link to an article you may enjoy” as a first follow-up interaction. (Note that “first” implies other follow up. Keep connecting even if it’s only once every few months.)

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6 Non-technical Skills Hiring Managers Want


by Sharon Boerbon Hanson

You get the interview because the company recognizes you have tech skills. You get the job because the hiring manager is impressed with your business understanding and personal effectiveness skills. You keep the job because you have six of the most highly sought-after non-technical skills that demonstrate your fit into the organizational culture:

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