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Dave Fecak
Dave Fecak has been recruiting software engineers for start-ups since 1998 and he has served as the founder and president of the Philadelphia Area Java Users’ Group since 2000. Dave is often cited and published on career topics for technology professionals, and he blogs at JobTipsForGeeks.com.

How to Brag: Describing Accomplishments on Resumes

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Almost all of a resume’s useful content can be categorized in one of three ways. Responsibilities – Something that was part of the job on an ongoing basis. Skills / Traits – These may be referenced as part of an introductory profile/summary at the top or in a skills section. I’ve learned that many people have difficulty differentiating between skills and traits, ...

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Interview Prep: Ready for Storytime?

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Interview preparation often means different things to technologists depending on their level of experience. It seems that more and more material written about interview prep seems focused on junior level developer interviews at the most visible employers (“the Big 4”), causing worried job seekers to spend hours memorizing algorithms and data structures or the code to the most commonly asked ...

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I’m Glad You Studied FizzBuzz, But What About the Guaranteed Questions?

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Every company takes a different approach to interviews, so without the benefit of inside information it is impossible to predict whether you might be subjected to a whiteboard session, a code pairing exercise, a written test, random Fermi questions (still a thing?), or a technical trivia game show focused on the minutiae of some framework or language. New graduates often ...

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“It Never Hurts to Apply”… except when it does

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Job seekers are sometimes reluctant to apply for positions that might be considered a stretch for their abilities or qualifications, and there are several possible explanations for the hesitation. Fear of rejection, underconfidence, or concerns about wasting time are all likely contributors when we hover the cursor over the APPLY NOW button. Of course if you were to ask your ...

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So You Say You’re An Expert?

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Whether through my recruiting endeavors or the private resume services I provide to job seekers, not a week goes by where I don’t see the word “expert” somewhere on a resume or cover letter. “Expert in $LANGUAGE” isn’t all that uncommon, and today the expression of expertise may also be depicted through a horizontal bar graph where several languages or concepts ...

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Negotiating Offers That Meet Your Asking Price

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Negotiating job offers is a skill, and many are reluctant to even attempt it. Like interviewing, negotiation is something that most professionals may only do a few times (or less) a decade, so it’s not the type of skill that gets honed through regular use. One question that I often hear relates to scenarios where a candidate provides a target salary/range ...

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Stressed? It’s Not the Industry, It’s Your Employer

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Blog posts and discussion threads about the overwhelming stress felt by those in the software industry seem increasingly popular of late, and authors usually infer that the pressures (or combination thereof) are highly unique to software. The commenters usually skew young, but there is no shortage of experienced pros echoing these sentiments. There are clearly characteristics of the software business ...

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How To Leave Your Job: Preparation, Resignation, and Transition

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Making the decision to leave an employer and submitting a resignation is typically an emotional experience, and can be stressful the first few times one goes through the process. Valuable business relationships, friendships, and even legal/financial standing can be in danger if things aren’t handled properly. If you anticipate an upcoming job change or are deep in the interview process ...

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