Top Conferences for .NET Developers in 2015

developers-at-a-conferenceWith the New Year just a couple of months away, do you know which .NET Conferences you’ll be attending in 2015? We’ve gathered info on the top 14 must-sees for 2015 which will offer you the opportunity to hone your craft while making great connections with influencers in the industry.  Insider tip: book your tickets early to take advantage of early bird pricing or group discounts!

Must-See Conferences for .NET Developers

CodeMash (@codemash)
January 6 – 9, 2015
Sandusky, OH 

CodeMash is a unique event offering tracks in a variety of platforms such as .NET, Java, Ruby, Python and PHP that will educate you on best practices and tech trends. While pricing hasn’t yet been released, tickets in previous years cost up to $260 for the two day conference. The best part? This conference is held at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio each January, so prepare for some indoor water park fun!
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The 5 Most-Wanted IT Skills for 2015

finger-touching-tablet-screenWhile IT professionals are consistently in high demand, staying at the top of their field sometimes feels like aiming at a moving target. The “best of the best” are perpetual learners who constantly hone their craft, while maintaining a deep understanding of the constants. So, what are the most in-demand IT skills for 2015? We’re glad you asked!

1. Mobile

The use of smartphones, tablets and even wearables continues to rise and companies need to deliver their services to the devices their consumers are using. From a technical standpoint, the mobile classification is an umbrella for a rather broad set of skills. Native iOS and Android development continue to grow, though some companies are having success with cross-platform tools such as Titanium, Phonegap and Xamarin. For many, the answer is having a website optimized for mobile platforms through concepts such as responsive design. Responsive websites and cross-platform tools allow companies to leverage their existing workforce as they embrace mobility.

In each of these platforms for mobile development, one item remains of utmost importance: user experience. Designing an application for mobile is all about meeting your user where they live, and making an application that is both easy to use and engaging.
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10 Resume Tips: Creating a Machine-Readable Resume

search-field-in-web-browserTimes have changed. Job applicants face an interesting challenge: creating a digital resume that is readable not only by humans, but by the machines that process it.

When you submit an online job application, a tool called a resume parser extracts information from your resume, transferring it to the correct section of your profile. When a recruiter is looking for candidates who match a job description, they may rely on searching and matching software. If your resume wasn’t parsed correctly, you may be overlooked even though you’re a match for the open position.

What can you do to make sure your resume is understood correctly? Sovren, a global provider of resume parsing and searching and matching software, shared their secrets. We’ve summarized some of their resume tips for electronic resumes below.
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Adecco Publishes Global Study on the Use of Social Media in Recruitment and Job Searching

SocialRecruitingSocial media has become the universal domain for both recruiters and job seekers alike.  Social media websites are essentially storefronts in the new marketplace for jobs.

As the global leader in HR solutions, Adecco wants to better understand how people interact in this new marketplace: how they search for jobs, which platforms they use and how they present themselves online. This is why we’ve completed our first global study on the use of social media in recruiting and job search.

About the study

Developed by Adecco Group in partnership with the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, the study is the most comprehensive research of its kind to date. Responses from 17,272 job seekers and 1,501 recruiters from 24 countries were collected. The topics of research include:

  • The use of social media for professional purposes
  • The effectiveness of social media in the matching of job seekers with open positions in the job market
  • The relevance of web reputation and its impact on recruiting
  • The social capital of individual candidates
  • How recruiters explore the web when looking for a candidate

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Lessons from a Mock Interview: Job seeker Advice for Passing a Technical Screen

iStock_000017125510LargeA few weeks ago, I met an old friend for breakfast – he’s had his own company for a few years, building a web application, but has been considering going back to work full-time. Excited by the prospect of it, he still felt concerned about being able to pass a technical screen, so I gave him the advice you’ll see below. If you’re looking to return to the tech world – or are changing career paths – these tips will help to get you on the track to success. 

The more you know, the more you understand what you don’t know

At first I thought this was typical imposter’s syndrome. My friend has nearly ten years of experience with programming and has been an entrepreneur of one sort or another for more than thirty. For the last five years, he’s been working on his own product, which is a fairly complex J2EE site. But, like a lot of good developers, he thinks that what he does isn’t as impressive as what others are doing. When you work on something for a long time, you become intimately familiar all of its flaws, and then when you see something new that someone else is doing, you only see the positives and begin to compare yourself.

I told him he was definitely qualified for a programming job if he wanted one, but asked what was up with his project. It turns out that in the last year or so, he had been mainly working on the business side of his project, not the programming, which was largely finished. And, even the business side didn’t need his full-time attention. He wanted to find an agency that would allow him to take on some short-term contract work because he missed programming and had the available time. 
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Taking on the job hunt like a fantasy football draft

football-players-feet-and-helmetsWith fantasy football drafts in full gear, it’s easy to see a few parallels between the research-based, tactical processes of drafting a great team and landing a dream job. Below are a few tips to maximize your job search that also translate into tactics for fantasy football.

Organize your leads and look to eliminate risk

For those putting together fantasy football teams, it is wise to avoid big risks and unpredictable behaviors and players. Similarly, when researching and setting a plan for your job hunt, be sure to organize your job prospects into categories – making sure that a certain amount of your options are considered “low-risk.” Include prospects for an impressive, big-name company, but don’t commit to this end when it comes to the job search. Ultimately, knowing your strengths and the ideal job for you should eliminate most risk. If you are truly seeking the job you want most and would be the best fit, you shouldn’t find yourself risking too much in the process – or it might be time to re-evaluate.
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