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6 sites to bookmark when looking for a tech job

(BUSINESS NEWS) Unemployment rates are improving, and as more and more people find work, many of them have job search sites to thank for landing their new opportunities. Here’s a look at our favorite ways to kickstart your job search and networking process.

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With outdated posts, missing information, and already-filled listings, finding tech jobs can sometimes be the hardest part of the job application process. Still, unemployment rates are improving, and as more and more people find work, many of them have job search sites to thank for landing their new opportunities. Here’s a look at our favorite ways to kickstart your job search and networking process.

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6 sites to bookmark

1. LinkedIn
It’s no surprise that LinkedIn is one of the best places to find job listings, and one of the most popular for recruiters. It can sometimes be a bit overwhelming though, so make sure you’re approaching the networking site the right ways.

Actively seek out companies or recruiters at companies you’re interested in to see if they have posted about openings on their own feeds. You can also take advantage of groups, which often have open-position discussions and job listings that can only be posted by a member of the group.

We have a lot of great resources on perfecting your LinkedIn profile to score a job. Try these articles for some extended reading:
Secretly tell recruiters you’re available on LinkedIn (without your boss seeing)
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2. Indeed
An oldie but a goodie, Indeed is one of a classic job search sites that has managed to stay relevant amidst a sea of new arrivals. The fact that the site is well-established means it is a go-to for job posters, and often one of the most comprehensive job search sites. There are of course some outdated or irrelevant posts, but an effective Advanced Search feature makes finding the good stuff relatively easy.

3. Indeed Prime
One level up from Indeed is Indeed Prime, created specifically for those seeking tech jobs. Top companies like Facebook, Uber, and Dropbox rely on Indeed Prime to find qualified candidates in Austin, London, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City, where the service is currently available. To top it all off, although it is definitely a premium service, Indeed Prime is 100 percent free for job seekers.

4. Hired
Hired is aimed at matching people actively seeking jobs with companies actively seeking new hires. This means only active listings will be on the site, and you won’t compete against applicants who are not actually looking for new work.

Another selling point of Hired is the machine-learning algorithm used to help match candidates with jobs that fit their needs. In a way, it can take the “search” out of “job search,” as relevant posts that appear on the site will be pushed directly to you.

5. Google
Sometimes, if you know what you want, all you have to do is ask. Googling “Austin IT Recruiters” or “San Francisco Sales Recruiters” might help you find some great leads. Simply google “[Your City] [Your Job Type] Recruiters.” The results you’ll get will be third party recruiting firms paid for by employers, not the other way around. This can be especially useful for finding opportunities at smaller companies that may go to a third party firm because they do not have a large HR or Recruiting department of their own.

6. Dice
Dice is specifically for technology careers, so while it may not as well-known as some other job search sites for those outside the industry, it’s a go-to for insiders. With long lists of positions for both entry-level and experienced candidates, it is used by companies big and small to find tech hires. While it may not be as fancy as some newer job search platforms, it’s reliable, comprehensive, and easy to search through.

Bonus: Facebook Groups
If you’re in Austin, the very popular Austin Digital Jobs group is a great option. In other cities, spend a little time searching through Facebook (or asking friends or colleagues) and you’ll likely find a great job posting group that provides you with direct access to people who work at the companies that are hiring and can answer questions.

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Brian is a staff writer at The American Genius who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and majored in American Culture Studies and Writing. Originally from California, Brian has a podcast, "Revolves Around Me," and enjoys public transportation, bicycles, the beach.

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Big retailers are opting for refunds instead of returns

(BUSINESS NEWS) Due to increased shipping costs, big companies like Amazon and Walmart are opting to give out a refund rather than accepting small items returned.

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Package delivery people holding deliveries. Refund instead of returns are common now.

The holidays are over, and now some people are ready to return an item that didn’t quite work out or wasn’t on their Christmas list. Whatever the reason, some retailers are giving customers a refund and letting them keep the product, too.

When Vancouver, Washington resident, Lorie Anderson, tried returning makeup from Target and batteries from Walmart she had purchased online, the retailers told her she could keep or donate the products. “They were inexpensive, and it wouldn’t make much financial sense to return them by mail,” said Ms. Anderson, 38. “It’s a hassle to pack up the box and drop it at the post office or UPS. This was one less thing I had to worry about.”

Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., and other companies are changing the way they handle returns this year, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to weigh the costs of processing physical returns versus just issuing a refund and having customers keep the item.

For instance, if it costs more to ship an inexpensive or larger item than it is to refund the purchase price, companies are giving customers a refund and telling them to keep the products also. Due to an increase in online shopping, it makes sense for companies to change how they manage returns.

Locus Robotics chief executive Rick Faulk told the Journal that the biggest expense when it comes to processing returns is shipping costs. “Returning to a store is significantly cheaper because the retailer can save the freight, which can run 15% to 20% of the cost,” Faulk said.

But, returning products to physical stores isn’t something a lot of people are wanting to do. According to the return processing firm Narvar, online returns increased by 70% in 2020. With people still hunkered down because of the pandemic, changing how to handle returns is a good thing for companies to consider to reduce shipping expenses.

While it might be nice to keep the makeup or batteries for free, don’t expect to return that new PS5 and get to keep it for free, too. According to WSJ, a Walmart spokesperson said the company lets someone keep a refunded item only if the company doesn’t plan on reselling it. And, besides taking the economic costs into consideration, the companies look at the customer’s purchase history as well.

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Google workers have formed company’s first labor union

(BUSINESS NEWS) A number of Google employees have agreed to commit 1% of their salary to labor union dues to support employee activism and fight workplace discrimination.

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Google complex with human sized chessboard, where a labor union has been formed.

On Monday morning, Google workers announced that they have formed a union with the support of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest communications and media labor union in the U.S.

The new union, Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) was organized in secret for about a year and formed to support employee activism, and fight discrimination and unfairness in the workplace.

“From fighting the ‘real names’ policy, to opposing Project Maven, to protesting the egregious, multi-million dollar payouts that have been given to executives who’ve committed sexual harassment, we’ve seen first-hand that Alphabet responds when we act collectively. Our new union provides a sustainable structure to ensure that our shared values as Alphabet employees are respected even after the headlines fade,” stated Program Manager Nicki Anselmo in a press release.

AWU is the first union in the company’s history, and it is open to all employees and contractors at any Alphabet company in the United States and Canada. The cost of membership is 1% of an employee’s total compensation, and the money collected will be used to fund the union organization.

In a response to the announcement, Google’s Director of People Operations, Kara Silverstein, said, “We’ve always worked hard to create a supportive and rewarding workplace for our workforce. Of course, our employees have protected labor rights that we support. But as we’ve always done, we’ll continue engaging directly with all our employees.”

Unlike other labor unions, the AWU is considered a “Minority Union”. This means it doesn’t need formal recognition from the National Labor Relations Board. However, it also means Alphabet can’t be forced to meet the union’s demands until a majority of employees support it.

So far, the number of members in the union represents a very small portion of Google’s workforce, but it’s growing every day. When the news of the union was first announced on Monday, roughly 230 employees made up the union. Less than 24 hours later, there were 400 employees in the union, and now that number jumped to over 500 employees.

Unions among Silicon Valley’s tech giants are rare, but labor activism is slowly picking up speed, especially with more workers speaking out and organizing.

“The Alphabet Workers Union will be the structure that ensures Google workers can actively push for real changes at the company, from the kinds of contracts Google accepts to employee classification to wage and compensation issues. All issues relevant to Google as a workplace will be the purview of the union and its members,” stated the AWU in a press release.

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Ticketmaster caught red-handed hacking, hit with major fines

(BUSINESS NEWS) Ticketmaster has agreed to pay $10 million to resolve criminal charges after hacking into a competitor’s network specifically to sabotage.

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Live Nation’s Ticketmaster agreed to pay $10 million to resolve criminal charges after admitting to hacking into a competitor’s network and scheming to “choke off” the ticket seller company and “cut [victim company] off at the knees”.

Ticketmaster admitted hiring former employee, Stephen Mead, from startup rival CrowdSurge (which merged with Songkick) in 2013. In 2012, Mead signed a separation agreement to keep his previous company’s information confidential. When he joined Live Nation, Mead provided that confidential information to the former head of the Artist Services division, Zeeshan Zaidi, and other Ticketmaster employees. The hacking information shared with the company included usernames, passwords, data analytics, and other insider secrets.

“When employees walk out of one company and into another, it’s illegal for them to take proprietary information with them. Ticketmaster used stolen information to gain an advantage over its competition, and then promoted the employees who broke the law. This investigation is a perfect example of why these laws exist – to protect consumers from being cheated in what should be a fair market place,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.

In January 2014, Mead gave a Ticketmaster executive multiple sets of login information to Toolboxes, the competitor’s password-protected app that provides real-time data about tickets sold through the company. Later, at an Artists Services Summit, Mead logged into a Toolbox and demonstrated the product to Live Nation and Ticketmaster employees. Information collected from the Toolboxes were used to “benchmark” Ticketmaster’s offerings against the competitor.

“Ticketmaster employees repeatedly – and illegally – accessed a competitor’s computers without authorization using stolen passwords to unlawfully collect business intelligence,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DuCharme in a statement. “Further, Ticketmaster’s employees brazenly held a division-wide ‘summit’ at which the stolen passwords were used to access the victim company’s computers, as if that were an appropriate business tactic.”

The hacking violations were first reported in 2017 when CrowdSurge sued Live Nation for antitrust violations. A spokesperson told The Verge, “Ticketmaster terminated both Zaidi and Mead in 2017, after their conduct came to light. Their actions violated our corporate policies and were inconsistent with our values. We are pleased that this matter is now resolved.”

To resolve the case, Ticketmaster will pay a $10 million criminal penalty, create a compliance and ethics program, and report to the United States Attorney’s Office annually during a three-year term. If the agreement is breached, Ticketmaster will be charged with: “One count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, one count of computer intrusion for commercial advantage, one count of computer intrusion in furtherance of fraud, one count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of wire fraud.”

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