DPP Blog - Job Seekers

Does Your Resume Reflect Your Reality Today?

The IT talent market has recovered from its pre-pandemic slump and is accelerating, reaching all-time highs. There are more jobs open than there are qualified people to fill them, and the opportunities for qualified people to switch jobs abound. Employers are navigating the challenges of hiring, and re-evaluating how they attract and retain high-value IT […]

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A Second Bite of the Apple: An alternative career for teachers

We get it. Teaching is tough. You thought it was your life’s calling, and you put everything into it. You loved the kids. You even loved the parents. You still do! But. Burnout: what is it and how to recognize it “Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress,” say the staff at the […]

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Exploring a Career in Software Quality Assurance

Are you anxious to work on real cutting-edge technology? Or wondering how to break that compensation ceiling?  Maybe it’s just a change in routine you’re looking for.  Consider stepping up your game, and entering the world of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Testing. A coder, developer or programmer already has many of the skills needed to […]

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5 Things to Do While You’re Unemployed

Unemployment is something most people rarely plan for. Besides building a healthy bank account, and maintaining an active network of peers, there is often little you can do to prepare for unexpected unemployment and its aftermath. Getting that pink slip and being shown to the door is like getting a punch in the gut. It […]

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How to Land a Job as a Donkey in a Circus

Congratulations, new graduates! No more classes, no more tests! Time to head to the beach, soak up some rays, ride some waves. You deserve it, right? Interlude I’m sure you remember the story of Pinocchio¹ and his excursion to Toyland (Pleasure Island, for those who’ve only seen the movie). If not, here’s a brief recap: […]

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Your Resume Tells Your Story. Make it a blockbuster!

The competition is stiff. Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds of resumes for a handful of positions. A human scanning through a stack of resumes looks for college degrees, certifications, job titles, typos – trying to winnow out good applicants in a minimal amount of time. Seven seconds. Or, your resume may go through […]

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3 Job Search Pests You Don’t Want to Be

3 Job Search Pests You Don’t Want To Be (via A Hire Calling) Persistence is key in a job search, but can you take it too far? A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals that more than 65 percent of job seekers contact employers directly as a method of job […]

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How to Reverse Engineer Your Career Path

During the recession, workers hung on to the jobs they had, even though the work was no longer fulfilling. Job descriptions changed to include my job, your job and his job, because your job and his job no longer existed. Company loyalty became a confused commodity, and the word “pension” was relegated to the dictionary. […]

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How to Ring in a New Job in the New Year

The holidays are here and everyone is taking off to go skiing in Vail, or scuba diving in Cozumel. At the very least, they’re taking the kids over the river and through the woods. Or so it seems. But take a look at the job boards. The ads are still going strong, and new jobs […]

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Why Should I Re-Write My Resume, Ms. Recruiter?

Language is a funny thing. Ever noticed how many different ways there are to read a sentence? Take that title, for example. It’s a simple interrogative sentence. But what does it mean? Let’s take a look. Why should I re-write my resume, Ms. Recruiter? On the face of it, this is a good question. Ms. […]

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Quantify Your Qualities: Collaboration & Communication

Does this list look familiar? Programming / Application Development Help Desk / Tech Support Networking Mobile Apps and Device Management Project Management Database Administration Security Compliance / Governance Business Intelligence / Analytics These are the top 8 in-demand IT skills for 2014, according to the most recent survey by Computerworld Forecast. Included in the survey […]

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