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actuary or data scientist

Reditt had an interesting conversation going eight months ago about this very topic, how to choose between being an actuary or data scientist? Unsurprisingly, the actuaries thought their career path was a better choice and the data scientists argued just as strongly for their choice. The interesting responses were the ones who had done both… Read more »

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offshoring of U.S. jobs

Is offshoring of U.S. jobs alive and well?  Between 1990 and 2011 the U.S. manufacturing sector lost one out of every three jobs, or a reduction from 16 million workers in 1993 to just over 10 million in 2011.  In a 2007 paper Princeton Professor Alan Blinder said somewhere between 22% and 39% of all… Read more »

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religious holidays

Passover Today, April 9, is the first day of Passover in the Jewish faith.  Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.  Yom Kippur, or the day of atonement, is the most important holy day for Judiasm coming in late September in 2020. Good Friday Tomorrow, April 10, is Good Friday which… Read more »

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best data scientist resume

The definition of a data scientist is still evolving and means different things to different employers and job seekers.  Presenting a one-size-fits-all resume in your job search does not work. Tailoring your resume to the position you are pursuing is ideal.  Here’s how to present an honest best data science resume possible, but also one… Read more »

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MSL Interview

There are many MSL interview tips bandied about: start with a firm handshake and good eye contact, bring copies of your resume or even “Don’t forget to wear matching socks.” (This last tip is my favorite from the movie “A Few Good Men.”) These types of tips can be valuable but they are one-offs, scattered… Read more »

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data science and artificial intelligence

Sixty-six percent of data scientists describe themselves as self-taught.  A little more than half said they used online courses to learn new disciplines.  This relatively new discipline of data science is a terrific model of how people can adapt and take advantage of changes in employment opportunity and the importance of lifelong learning. Stack Overflow,… Read more »

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your virtual interview

Business is continuing for Smith Hanley Recruiters but it certainly isn’t business as usual.  The white collar job market still feels like there is a 3.5% unemployment rate and our clients are anxious to get the help they need. To find candidates for their hard-to-fill openings hiring managers and talent acquisition specialists are willing to… Read more »

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hidden biases

Hidden biases can mean discrimination but they can also mean limiting your ability to find candidates with skills beyond your “normal” processes.  Promoting diversity and hiring the best possible person for the job can both be impacted by double-checking your processes. Do you always use the same sourcing channels? Of course, you favor channels that… Read more »

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Commercial Analytics Career

In your day-to-day job of utilizing data and analytics to provide your company with information they can use, understand and act on, you touch on many functional areas. You not only support sales and marketing, but you work with non-prescriber groups and the whole commercial model of your organization.  As Peter Harbin, Senior Principal at… Read more »

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Happy 40th Birthday

It’s appropriate that Smith Hanley’s Birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day.  Our founder, Tom Hanley, recently had his geneology done and found out he is 96% Irish. Longevity and consistency are adjectives to describe Smith Hanley. Our average employee tenure is 13 1/2 years with our four partners averaging 33 years! What does all that… Read more »