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8 June 2016
Your bi-weekly report on jobs, education, management, and the engineering workplace, from the editors of IEEE Spectrum.
1. Should There Be Rules Governing How Employers Treat Job Candidates?

If you call me in for an interview—and especially if you ask me to do some unpaid work in order to demonstrate my skills and abilities—it’s not too much to ask that you update me on my status at the point when I’m no longer in the running for the position. No need to send a personal, handwritten note; a form letter or an email will do. But “ghosting” job candidates—suddenly suspending all communication as though they’ve disappeared—is a growing trend among employers. A Good.is article states the problem in a nutshell: “However anecdotal, the evidence suggests that more and more companies—particularly those skewing younger, hipper, and richer—are developing a culture where professional ghosting is acceptable, perhaps even the norm. The more publicly desirable the employer, the more disposable candidates seem to become.” Breaching any one of myriad job search etiquette rules could instantly doom your candidacy, but companies—with the exception of discrimination and other labor laws—play by their own rules.  Read more.

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2. Want to Become a Data Scientist? Here's How
The demand for data scientists is such that the median annual salary of a junior level data scientist is $91,000. Sounds good, but how do you break into that field? Eric Haller, executive vice president at Experian DataLabs, which employs a small horde of number crunchers, described what would he would like to see in a job candidate. In addition to taking courses with a focus on data hygiene, data management, data infrastructure, analytics, statistics and machine learning, Haller suggests taking the initiative to find out just how skilled you are by downloading public datasets from sites such as Kaggle. To gain his or other employers’ attention, he offers an oft-repeated bit of advice: network. “Talk with some actual data scientists,” he says. “Because demand is so high, just even networking with data scientists might open doors for employment opportunities as they are asked all the time about who they know that can possibly fill a role. Read more.
3. How Do You Say "Off the Clock" in French?

Whatever the phrase is, it had better not be sent via email. France has just passed a law making it illegal to send job-related email to workers after the end of the company’s typical workday. (The rule applies only to companies with 50 or more people on the payroll.) France took the step because electronic communication has made it increasingly difficult to maintain the proper work-life balance and enjoy one’s time off.  Read more.

4. Five Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Writing

An English professor at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has a number of ways for engineers to improve their writing and become better communicators.  Read more.

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