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Friday Fun for the IT crowd

June 26, 2014

Hiring managers, show a little spunk

When you’re trying to attract in-demand skill sets, job descriptions matter. Does yours include a laundry list of your job’s dullest duties and leave out the fun stuff? Then it will be hard to stand out from the crowd. This article gives some great examples of attention-getting job descriptions that won’t put job seekers to sleep. And this post tells you how to write a better job description of your very own.

Digital Detox

Maybe it’s time to step away from the electronic leash.

A design challenge or nightmare?

Google is inviting developers to start designing apps for watches that will run Android Wear software. Google’s own (totally unbiased) developers geeked out over designing for the tiny watch UI, which measures 140x140 dp. Even more exciting for the design duo? Fitting the app for round watches. Interested in sinking your teeth into such a challenge? Google has published free Building Apps for Wearables classes.

A subscription to job security

In the IT world, your skills have an expiration date. With fast-evolving technologies and business needs, many IT pros feel a constant nagging pressure to learn new skills—but are unsure which ones to invest their time and energy in. Udacity, a major online education provider, might have your answer: nanodegrees. With some funding and support from AT&T, Udacity has launched nanodegrees, which they describe as “compact, flexible, and job-focused credentials that are stackable throughout your career.” The verified credentials will cost about $200 per month and can be completed online in less than a year, and they’re tailored to meet specific job requirements. Right now the nanodegrees available are for different developer tracks and business analysts, but Udacity expects to broaden the offerings.

Several online massive open enrollment courses (MOOCs) already offer verified single classes, many of which teach IT skills ranging from the basics to advanced development and design. The classes are typically free, but the verification option must be added, usually for a very reasonable fee (Cloudera’s verification fee is $39). Even better? Several companies have teamed up with LinkedIn to provide badges proving successful course completion. Read our post about how MOOCs can help your IT career to learn more.

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