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Intro to Computer Science Is Now the Most Popular Course at Harvard

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Harvard students know which way the wind is blowing. According to a report from the Harvard Crimson, the school’s introductory computer science class (CS50) has a record 818 undergraduates this fall. Twelve percent of undergraduates are taking the course, making it the most popular Harvard course in at least a ...

Americans Work Longer Hours—and Stranger Hours

September 9, 2014 Much has been made lately of how American work culture can make overwork into a badge of honor, instead of a pathology that ends up diminishing productivity and quality. Although Americans put in more hours than most other wealthy nations, a few countries work even more, including Korea and Mexico. ...

How to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidates

September 4, 2014 As any job-seeker who has stared with dismay at a long list of job specs might suspect, there’s a major disconnect between most job postings and reality. Hiring managers who describe a dream candidate instead of what they actually need, or obsess about screening out all under-qualified applications, often write ...

In Performance Reviews, Women are Criticized for Personality Rather Than Performance

August 28, 2014 There are countless explanations for the extreme paucity of women in the top ranks of companies, in technology and beyond. A study of performance reviews by linguist and Amazon executive Kieran Snyder for Fortune reveals that even in strongly positive reviews, women are much more likely to receive critical feedback. ...

Job Requirements Are Mostly Fiction and You Should Ignore Them

August 27, 2014 In job searches, people frequently look at the listed requirements, see a gap, and move on, fearing rejection and not wanting to waste the employer’s time and their own. They’re making a big mistake, and potentially holding their careers back. A job posting doesn’t describe a real person. It describes ...

For Coders, Tests Will Replace Resumes and Interviews

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies mostly guess at the quality of potential hires. They rely on exaggerated resumes, and often unreliable references. Most people aren’t especially good at interviewing, and are prone to bias. Even with exhaustive pre-screening, many interviews end up being a waste of time on both ends. HackerRank, a Bangalore and ...

The Seven Signs That You Work Too Hard

August 18, 2014 Many people proudly describe themselves as workaholics, part of a modern culture where long hours and no free time are a sign of being successful and needed. But the term describes a real—and sometimes dangerous—addiction. Workaholism is defined by a recent paper as ‘‘being overly concerned about work, to be ...

Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Business Meetings

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants. According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo ...

Watson, the IBM Supercomputer, Might Replace the Loudmouth in Your Meetings

August 4, 2014 While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants. According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo ...

How to Run a Team of People Who Never See Each Other

July 25, 2014 Millions of people make a living without ever setting foot in an office. Particularly in technology, companies are moving away from just outsourcing rote tasks to remote workers and toward building entirely distributed teams. One leader is Elance-oDesk, the largest online marketplace for freelance talent. In addition to providing a ...