Category Archives: Technology

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3 Ways Social Media Can Help You Land a Job (And Keep It)

What a great article.  And great to see a CEO wanting the technology he is involved in to actually help graduates.

Love this quote.

“My point is that as social media becomes incorporated more fully into business (and it will!) being savvy about Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn will become a critical skill set. In today’s business landscape, jobs are becoming less specialized and more general; the more you know, the more hireable you become.”

Suggests to me that new graduates when they apply for jobs, will more and more be judged on their own credentials. And they’ll have to show a genuine interest (and better still would be passion) in the job they are applying for.

http://blog.hootsuite.com/3-ways-get-a-job/

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In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

Shame about the title of the article, because it actually has a very revealing quote from Google.

Q. Other insights from the data you’ve gathered about Google employees?

A. One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation. Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/in-head-hunting-big-data-may-not-be-such-a-big-deal.html?_r=0

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Joining a software startup right out of school

This is a fantastic article. It should be mandatory reading for all IT Graduates globally. Infact even for High School (in the UK Secondary School) leavers.

I’d also like to add don’t let the fear of failure in startups deter you from considering them. The younger you are, the less likely you are to have family (ie kids) and financial (ie a mortgage & school fees) commitments which WILL more likely influence your decision making against startups.

You only live once so make it count and list all the options on the table, go through the pros and cons. And make a call, ideally talk it through with a friend or co-graduate.

http://chase-seibert.github.io/blog/2013/10/04/what-to-know-before-starting-at-a-startup.html

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In America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA looks for high tech advantage

Great article on Asim Khan, the New Zealander in charge of IT for Oracle Team USA.

Especially these quotes.

So how did Khan end up in such an interesting job? By accident, it turns out. He said he had “no interest in sailing whatsoever”

“The fact that they’re world famous sailors is really by-the-by to me,” he said.

I love us IT guys.  Always one of the more honest departments in a firm. Most of us just want to get the stuff working and move onto the next problem. We aren’t that interested in the actual users at all (and clearly the feeling can be rather mutual) !

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230436/In_America_39_s_Cup_Oracle_Team_USA_looks_for_high_tech_advantage