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Google These Weird Coding Terms and You Could Get a Job Offer

August 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has many ways of sourcing talent. It has a highly developed in-house recruiting organization, and gets a staggering number of external applications. But if you’re in the habit of looking up obscure coding terms, you might see one of the company’s more obscure recruiting methods, a message from Google...

Are Tech Companies Destroying Workers' Personal Lives?

August 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of news about Amazon’s appalling work culture, and some arrogant responses to it by tech bosses, Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz has come to the defense of workers. In a post on Medium, the CEO of productivity software company Asana argues that the tech industry is “destroying the...

Facebook Dumped a Harvard Intern After he Exposed a Privacy Flaw

August 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Arun Khanna found out the hard way that Facebook doesn’t particularly appreciate it when potential employees reveal embarrassing privacy gaps. The Harvard student was all set to be a summer intern at the tech firm until his exposure of a flaw in the company’s Messenger app went viral in a...

GE Had to Kill Its Annual Performance Reviews After More Than Three Decades

August 13, 2015 The annual performance review has been a ubiquitous and generally loathed fixture of the corporate world for decades. But haters can rejoice: It’s finally starting to topple. The best part? Even the company that popularized the toughest form of formal annual review is moving away from them. For decades, General...

Five Airlines Are Being Investigated For Price Gouging By The Transportation Department After a Train Derailment

July 26, 2015 Five airlines are being investigated by the US Department of Transportation for price gouging desperate rail commuters after the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in the Northeast Corridor on May 12. The DOT sent a letter informing American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United of the investigation. The letter asks...

Setting Your Own Schedule Actually Makes You Work More

July 20, 2015 Ah, the freedom of flexible work. Pick your own start and end times, and whether and how much you work at the office. It sounds pretty great in comparison to a regimented shift, or clocking in and out every day. It also indicates a level of trust by an employer....

Why Getting a Referral Is So Powerful In a Job Search

July 15, 2015 Applying for a job can feel like shouting into an abyss. And for good reason: Unless you know someone in the organization, you’re at a major statistical disadvantage. While this can feel unfair, new research shows employers are justified in this bias. With referrals, there’s a ready-made reference and employers...

Recruiters Read a Tiny Part of Your Résumé, If They Read It At All

June 25, 2015 If you’ve applied for a job and never heard back—and who hasn’t been there?—you’ve probably had the nagging suspicion nobody even read your résumé. You probably weren’t too far wrong. Many job applications don’t get read with any kind of care or attention, because recruiters spend, on average, an estimated...

Where in the World You’re Most Likely to Be Working Too Much — Or Napping

June 18, 2015 There’s huge variation in work and leisure culture around the world, often as the result of legally prescribed or enabled policies. Depending on where you are, working 50-plus hours a week might make you a huge outlier, or comparatively normal, according to the OECD’s updatedBetter Life Index, published last week....

It’s a Fantastic Time to Graduate in the US as an Engineer or Computer Scientist

June 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As billionaires and education advocates go back and forth on the value of a college degree, an in-depth survey (pdf) that the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) just released offers an early glimpse of how most (65%) of the 266,119 people who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in...