How to Prepare for a Big Data Interview

Interviews are stressful no matter which industry you're in. Being quizzed on your knowledge definitely takes a toll on you, and preparing for it can often be just as taxing. We've collected a few tips for your big data interview to help ease some of that stress. 

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Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Hegener, Director of Recruiting

Jennifer Hegener is V-Soft Consulting’s Director of Recruiting, based in Chicago, Illinois. She works closely with our Recruiters and Resource Managers to make sure we have a smooth, efficient process. In addition to being an accomplished recruiter, she is an athlete and music fan. Read more about her here!

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Want to Learn How to Code? Here's Where to Start

It's no secret that the developments in Silicon Valley has definitely caused a shift in the technology industry. Hundreds of thousands of people are now seeking out any programming courses they can find so that they may better educate themselves on the art of code. We've compiled a list of some of the best coding options that we've found, in no particular order.

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Here's Why Eating at Your Desk is Terrible For You (And Your Work)

If you're like the >60% Americans who eat at your desk (myself included), you probably think that you're getting more work done by staying at your computer's side throughout the entire day. Unfortunately, that isn't the case.

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How Long Should an Interview Last?

You’ve done your research, grabbed your finest suit, and even flossed twice to make sure there wasn’t a stray piece of spinach wedged between your teeth. But there’s one very important question that you’ve not yet been able to answer: how long should it take for an interview?

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The Deception of Company Culture and Employee Engagement

Company culture and employee engagement seem to be on the minds of every company. There are cottage industries and full time consultants who make their living telling companies how to engage employees and craft a company culture that fosters growth and long-term commitment. There are employed experts from the likes of Google, Apple and Southwest Airlines that write articles ad naseum about how they do it and what you can learn from them. But building a good company culture and raising employee engagment isn't easy.

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How is a Workplace Like Basketball?

 

Teamwork is just as important in the business world as it is in basketball. The obvious team skills aside, basketball offers several other lessons to businesspeople. There are many physical and mental mindsets that can be translated from basketball to the workplace, and here are the big ones.

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How to Maximize IT Funding in Today’s Higher Education Environment

One of the most common complaints I hear from CIOs is about the difficulty in obtaining the proper level of funding. It hasn’t helped that there has been continuing pressure to reduce the cost of higher education, making IT’s cut of the pie (at times a shrinking pie) more difficult. In this post, I outline a model for objective and transparent presentation of IT service costs and project proposals to promote a positive funding decision with the institutional governance.

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5 Signs Your Work Environment is Toxic


At first glance you may think to yourself, "I really don’t need 5 signs to know if I work in a toxic environment." The truth is, a lot of environments don’t start out that way. When you came on board everything was great - culture was king and everyone was rowing in the same direction eating the same free snacks. But that was last month.

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IT Staffing in Higher Education: Why Outsourcing is Becoming a Necessity

Institutions today are facing budget pressures, technology changes, expectations to keep tuition low, and pressure to improve processes and student services. Because of these issues and other factors, higher education institutions can often struggle to find and maintain capable IT staff. Outsourcing may be the answer. In this post, I will discuss the challenges of staffing in higher education and how outsourcing can help.

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