What is your greatest weakness? It’s the question that can send chills down any job seeker’s spine. Your interview can be going perfectly, you can feel 100% comfortable with your prepared responses, and then the ugliness of that question emerges from the shadows and you’re done. Game over. You may fear that any answer you give will be the rationale for the company to not hire you but if you put a consistent level of preparation into exploring your weaknesses, it can be the final piece that sets you apart. (more…)
Google Glass still doesn’t have a release date set for the public, and although it has commanded the attention of media outlets, bloggers, and programmers, it may already be on its way to becoming old news. Before Google has even finished developing its marketing strategy for Glass, researchers have already begun working on the next era of technology: a computer display built into a contact lens. (more…)
If you’re a part of the graduating class of 2013, the good news is that unemployment for college graduates is down to 3.9 percent. The bad news is that nearly half of recent graduates are working low wage jobs outside of their fields. That means, with a whopping anchor of debt, many members of Generation Y are employed in positions that didn’t require them to ever set foot on a college campus. So, if you end up in this situation, how can you quickly get from just treading water to speeding over it with Jet Ski throttle? (more…)
You can end up tying your brain into a knot trying to memorize all the dos and don’ts of the job interview process. Thankfully, we can always rely on the movies to help us unwind.
Use the following job interview scenes from movies to learn a few painfully obvious interview mistakes to avoid (and enjoy a good laugh in the process). (more…)
Can a mobile app outdo a telescope? Are web apps and 3D graphics engines ready to surpass microscopic imaging? The answers, in some cases, may surprise you.
These days, scientific breakthroughs aren’t exclusively made through the use of conventional tools. Web & mobile apps are becoming more prominent in the research process as IT professionals whip up solutions to augment the work of classically trained biologists, chemists, physicists, and astronomers. Welcome to the age of open source science. (more…)
The only thing more consequential than switching jobs is making the decision whether or not to relocate yourself and your family to a new town or city. While a new career opportunity may sound great at first, the costs of moving, both financially and personal, may be too much to burden at this point in your life. Relocating your family is a big step, and should not be taken without much consideration, so before you set out to make the big move consider these questions first. (more…)
In a fast-paced job market, one second you may be master of competitive techniques and the next, you may be clinging to a set of quaint antiques. According to Google cofounder Larry Page, the problem for many modern businesses and professionals is that they feel satisfied enough when they improve their business, product, or skills by only 10%. This type of approach at best keeps you aligned with the rest of the pack and at worst, in his words, leads them to “decay slowly over time.” (more…)
There is good news on the horizon for recent and prospective computer science majors. According to a 2013 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be two jobs available per every graduate with a computer science degree over the next ten years. While these statistics may be pleasing to the ears of young job seekers in the Information Technology fields, employers fear that there will be a shortage of workers with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science to fill their demand of skilled workers. (more…)
With the mountain of choices a job seeker must make before and during the job interview, the choice of what to eat probably seems arbitrary by comparison. As long as you eat something that keeps you from keeling over with hunger pangs, that should be good enough, right? Not if you want to give your best performance.
Unlike a cartoon locomotive, you can’t just shovel just any foods into your mouth and expect wonders from your internal engine. To properly regulate your thought process, problem solving skills, energy, and anxiety levels, you need to provide your body with proper nutrients that can sustain you through the course of the interview. (more…)
August 3rd, 2012 wasn’t a particularly stellar day for Matt Honan, senior writer with Wired Magazine. It was the day that all of his personal accounts (Google, Twitter, Apple, etc.) were hacked by a group hell bent on wreaking havoc with his digital life. Just for fun. Like many other tech-savvy users, his password was complex enough to withstand any brute force attack (it wasn’t 1234, his wife’s name, or his favorite member of House Lannister). His account fell due to two major problems: the daisy-chaining of his digital accounts and major gaps in account authentication.
The first problem is in the hands of the user but the second may lead businesses to put the old password (single-factor) authentication system out to pasture and replace it with a more secure two-factor authentication system. (more…)