Purveyor of High-Quality Verbiage

Lisa Vaas is a journalist who analyzes technology and job-hunting strategies.

I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid: Why you can’t get the boss to pay for training.

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Ditch Your Resume’s Eyebrow-Raising Accomplishments

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Some career results are so over-the-top or irrelevant, they can skew your job chances. Read the story here.

Written by Lisa Vaas

March 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Safest Career Choices for Developers (If You Don’t Want Your Job To Go Away)

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Mobile development’s the way to move. Nor will you starve if you’re picking up Java or Objective C. Check out the full story on the new Software Quality Connection site—is lovely, ya? Ya!

How to Write a Thank-You Note When You Didn’t Get the Job

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Run your letter through the quiz I wrote for TheLadders to make sure it’s gracious enough to build bridges instead of torching your future job chances.

Thank-You Letter Quiz

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Test your thank-you letter to determine whether it would pass muster with our panel of hiring professionals. Check out the full story.

Boolean Ninjas

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Can killer keyword searches and adept Boolean combinations make up for a weak pipeline when it comes to delivering top-notch candidates? Here’s a hint: It’s so important, some recruiters I approached for this story refused to blab about their tricks. The thinking: Why tip off the competition? I still managed to glean a ton of handy techniques. Read the full story here.

Fool the ATS

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How’s this for too much of a good thing? In her former position as director of teacher recruitment for the New York City Department of Education’s 1,600 schools, Tracy Brisson and her staff on a yearly basis handled some 13,000 resumes generated from the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Even with sophisticated ATS technologies, recruiters still get swamped. We spoke with some who’ve mastered techniques to lessening the flood so they don’t drown. Read the full article here.