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Get Up To Speed Fast As A Junior Data Scientist
You are a new junior data scientist and you want to get started the right way. You want to make sure you don't make the same mistakes others have made early in their data scientist careers b ...
Self-Study Plan For Moving From A Junior Data Scientist To A Senior Data Scientist
You are familiar with the basics of data science and now you want to level up. You're familiar with applying off-the-shelf ML algorithms and have gotten your feet wet with data wrangling and ...
How much Math & Stats do I need on my Data Science resume?
Do I need a strong math background to pursue a career as a data scientist? We see a lot of questions like this. Its hard when you're trying to break into the field to know exactly ho ...
The 6 Best Ways for Student Resumes to get noticed by Data Science Employers
I am currently a Master's student in Statistics, and am interested in and trying to get into the Data Science job market. I am wondering what would be the best means of showcasing my skills. ...
5 Reasons Kaggle Projects Won't Help Your Data Science Resume
If you're starting out building your Data Science credentials you've probably often heard the advice "do a Kaggle project". And, those folks are right, its a great way to start to get your hands dirt ...
How should a Data Scientist's resume differ from an Academic CV?
"My academic cv is very much focused on papers published and not so much on skills and experience. From what I understand a business resume should focus more on experience and skills. Any thoughts/ ...
How can I find Data Science Internships to strengthen my resume?
"I'm looking for a summer internship ... I've been looking at some of the big companies (Google, Amazon, etc) but I suspect that there are a lot of interesting places I don't know about..." ...
Do I need it to say PhD on my resume to get a Data Science interview?
Many times I've been told by a recruiter that I wasn't qualified for the job because I don't have a phD (even though the job listing often says an MS is sufficient)… You’re about to gradua ...
What to include in the Projects section of your Data Science Resume
I’ve done a few projects off my own back to try to be taken seriously. Which of these should I be putting on my resume?” The Projects section will be more or less important for you ...
How to describe your Personal Projects on your Data Science resume
“I know project work is important to put on my resume, but I don’t know what (or how much) to write” You’ve been told the Projects section is important to include on on your resume, but th ...
How to find Data Scientists who work at Company X
You know you need to tailor your resume to each company you apply to, but you don’t know where to start. Some people have suggested finding out which Data Scientists are working there today, but a ...
What's the best way for a peer to review my Data Science resume?
Ok, you’re getting close to done. You finally have a fleshed out resume and cover letter but you’re still feeling a bit insecure about it… Have you presented a compelling *and* accurat ...
How to Write An Awesome Cover Letter - Tip #3
Ok, last one on cover letters for now! In the previous 2 posts (Tip #1, Tip #2) we shared How to tailor your Cover Letter for each application and How to Say Something New; Do ...
How to Write An Awesome Cover Letter - Tip #2
Aaagh! Yes, we're still talking cover letters. In the previous post (Tip #1) we shared how to tailor your Cover Letter for each application. Now, time for Tip #2… 2. Sa ...
How to Write An Awesome Cover Letter - Tip #1
"Surely I don't need a cover letter - my resume will speak for itself" - Data Science Job Applicant You've been putting this bit off for weeks. You thought you'd get the resume right a ...
What questions should I ask when trying to find out more about a Data Science job?
You're heading out to a Meetup and wondering what you should do to make the most of the networking opportunities. Or, perhaps you have an informational interview with a Data Scientist and/or Hiring M ...
What Sections to include (and not) on your Data Science Resume
Wondering exactly what should be on your Data Science Resume? Spending a lot of time scouring resume advice sites but not finding anything specific to Data Science? It can be hard (not to mention tim ...
Should I include a Summary Section on my Resume?
You've spent the morning reading blog posts - going back-and-forth on whether to include a Summary Section on your resume as you read one opinion after another that contradict each other. You've look ...
How can I improve the format of my resume?
"I've spent all afternoon trying to make this thing look good - and it's still an eyesore!" You've not had the best afternoon :( You've spent it moving, and re-moving text around your resume; you' ...
5 Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Crafting Your Data Science Resume
You're spending hours on your resume and still have no job interviews to show for it. You've been having trouble landing Data Science job interviews and think your resume may be hurting you. You'v ...
Do I need to be an open-source contributor to be taken seriously by a Data Science Hiring Manager?
"I would like to know if one has to be a committer in some Apache project to gain the acceptance as a Data Engineer in the eye of a Hiring Manager" A fellow reader recently asked us this ...
What is the Purpose of a Data Science Resume?
Your resume is a specific marketing communication Before we launch into advice on how to craft a stand-out resume, it is important to remind ourselves of the purpose of a resume. After all, kn ...
What To Do When You Have Data Experience But Lack Job Specific Technical Skills
You have experience working with data but when you read job postings they all seem to want things you've never used or barely even heard of. You've manipulated, organized, and mined various ...
How To Get A Data Science Hiring Manager To Take You Seriously
You're going to industry events to network with data science hiring managers and they don't seem very interested in someone with your background. You've been told networking is crucial to ge ...
How To Find Junior Data Scientist Jobs
You've started looking around on data science job websites, but they're all looking for senior level positions You've started looking for a Junior Data Science job on job websites. Almost al ...
How To Figure Out The Gaps In Your Data Science Skill Set
What gaps in my current background/skill set should I be working on so that I can get a data science job? Your background and desired career path are slightly different than other people's. ...
Why there's not one "best way" to land a data science job
"What Is The Best Way To Land A Data Science Job?" You've done a bit of statistics, mathematical modeling, and programming so data science seems like a field you would enjoy working in. Bein ...
The Simple Process To Get Real World Data Science Experience
Do you feel like you do not stack up well against other people looking for a data science job because you have no "real world experience"? You have a good combination of academic background ...
The First Step To Take When Looking For A Data Science Job
It's hard to know the right approach to use when looking for a data science job You have decided to look for a new job in the data science field and are finding it very hard. As someone new ...
How To Think About What Data Science Projects To Include In Portfolio
You are looking for personal data science project ideas to build into your porfolio. As someone lacking large amounts of professional experience, you don't have tons of work experience to point to, s ...
How To Start A Data Science Project When You Are A Beginner
You know you should have some data science projects on your resume/portfolio to show what you know. The only problem is that although you've taken some intro courses at your school, gone through some ...
Data Science Project Checklist To Use Before You Start A Project To Convey You Can Actually Get Work Done
You're relatively new to DS, you're about to start project, and you're looking to make sure that you're going to be on the right track so that you don't fall into bad habits and methods early on and ...
How to grow as a data scientist if you are the first data scientist at a company
Congratulations - you interviewed for a data science position at a company and got hired! Not only that, you are the first data scientist this company has hired. There are no other data scientists a ...
How To Show Awareness Of The Wider Commercial Impact Of Data Science
When interviewing for a data science job you will have to show your programming abilities. You will have to show your math and stats abilities. You will also have to show your business expertise. It ...
How To Prepare For A Data Science Training Course
You have decided to start a data science training program. Maybe it's a bootcamp, maybe it's a fellowship, maybe it's an apprenticeship, or maybe it's a professional degree like a masters program. In ...
How To Be Data Scientists That Works In Field X
You want to combine your experience in your current professions (called field X) for this article, with your rapidly increasing knowledge of data science. However, you're not sure if data science is ...
Quantity Versus Quality In Your Data Science Portfolio
A prospective employer will look at your online profiles. This will help them get a bigger picture of you than what was in your resume and profile you filled out for your data science job application ...
Building A Data Science Portfolio Project Top Down
Employers want you to be value-adding from day 1. They don't have time to wait 90, 180, or even 360 days for you to start adding value. To that end, having a data science portfolio which showcases yo ...
Building A Data Science Portfolio Project Bottom Up
You are going to build a data science portfolio in order to showcase your skills. You will use it in order to attract potential employers, as well as something to speak about during the actual interv ...
The Difference Between Junior, Mid-Level, And Senior Data Scientist Jobs
When looking for a data science job, you will have to chose what job seniority to apply to. There are junior data science jobs, there are mid-level data science jobs, and there are senior data scienc ...
Depth Versus Breadth In Data Science Jobs Skills
Where do you go after you've started learning basic data science? You are already doing some exploratory data analysis with Python or R. You've done some modeling and machine learning as well. You ma ...
You Can Be A Data Analyst Without Doing Heavy Math
When you read online descriptions of data analyst jobs do you feel like you’re not qualified? Do you feel like a cycle repair technician because you aren’t working with terabyte databases, running Ph ...
The Three Kinds Of Data Science Project Exams That Show Up In A Data Science Interview
You've got an interview and you've found out an exam will be given to you. All that you've been told is that, at some point of your choosing in the next few weeks, you'll be given 4 hours to ingest a ...
How To Choose A Data Science Project For Your Data Science Portfolio
You want to create a data science portfolio to showcase you can “do” data science. That you know how to take in a data set, clean it up, use various techniques to extract useful information from it, ...
How You Should Create A Data Science Portfolio That Will Get You Hired
You really want to avoid going back to school just to work on projects that will be your portfolio. You are busy. Interviewing is hard. Data Science is new and means different things to different peo ...
What tools do employers want data scientists to know?
You find yourself overwhelmed with all the various tools mentioned in data science forums. You were hoping MATLAB would be enough, but you are inundated with advice of how to get started. You get ad ...
What do data scientists get hired to do?
You have started to get interested in data science recently, and always find it interesting spending time thinking about the best way to analyze your data. Your background isn’t computer science, tho ...
Where Are Data Science Jobs Located?
You want to get a data science job, but do you have to move to the San Francisco area to get it? Obviously a great deal of tech companies (from the Facebooks and Netflixes of the world all the ...
Basic research you must do before a data science interview
You applied for and received an interview for a data science role. Congratulations! If you’re like most people though, this is when the thoughts of “how do I really stand out so that I can get the j ...
Is DataCamp.com okay to put on a resume?
You took a free online course to add to your credentials in hopes of getting a data science job. Perhaps, you’re like a friend who asked us a few weeks ago “Is DataCamp.com okay to put on a resume?” ...
How To Get A Data Scientist Job With A Masters In Marketing Degree - What Should I Learn
We continue answering questions for the nontraditional data science job candidate who recently asked us about how to become a data scientist when their educational background was in marketing and soc ...
How To Get A Data Scientist Job With A Masters In Marketing Degree - Education Versus Knowledge
We continue answering questions for the nontraditional data science job candidate who recently asked us about how to become a data scientist when their educational background was in marketing and soc ...
How To Get A Data Scientist Job With A Masters In Marketing Degree - Top Down Advice
A nontraditional data science job candidate recently asked about how to become a data scientist when their education background was in marketing and social media. They already knew that they wer ...
How to Find a Data Science Job in New Orleans for Entry Level Data Science Work
A recent graduate in New York City wanted to move to New Orleans (NoLa) with his girlfriend and approached me to help him find an entry level data science job in New Orleans. A big fear he had was t ...
How to Get a Data Analyst Job in 9 months
Congrats on taking the plunge! If in 9 months you need to be employed as a data analyst, then we can do some backwards planning: Month 10 - Start Job Month 9-10 - Receive offer(s), decide, mov ...
Behind the Scenes at Dataiku - Interview with Data Scientist Matthieu Scordia
We recently interviewed Matthieu Scordia, a Data Scientist at Dataiku about his background, work at Dataiku and the role they're currently hiring for. Matthieu himself graduated with a master's ...
Interview with Data Science Hiring Manager: Carlos Cabrera, Patreon
We recently interviewed Carlos Cabrera, who leads the Data Science team at Patreon about the role they're currently hiring for. Carlos himself joined Patreon in May 2015 after completing an MBA ...
Interview with Data Science Hiring Manager: Nick Larusso, Graphiq
We recently interviewed Nick Larusso, Data Scientist at Graphiq about the role they're currently hiring for . Nick himself is a senior engineering manager, heading up the data engineering effor ...
15 Most Read Data Science Articles in 2015. So far …
We've compiled the latest set of "most read" articles from the Data Science Weekly Newsletter. This is what is most popular thus far in 2015 - a mix of interesting applications of data science, advice ...
"Most Read" Data Science Articles in 2014
A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2014 Last year I made a list off the top of my head of awesome things other people did. I loved doing it so much that I'm doing it ...
Data Scientist Interviews - Volume 2, December 2014
Given the success of our first Interview Series, we kept going! Over the past few months we have been lucky enough to conduct in-depth interviews with another 15 different Data Scientists. The ...
"Most Read" Data Science Articles - Q3 2014
A Day in the Life of a Functional Data Scientist Richard Minerich explains how ideas and tools from functional programming can save time, prevent subtle mistakes in data science, and how he incorp ...
Six Steps To Take Before Pursuing Education To Get A Data Science Job
Do you find yourself thinking I'm a bit of an unlikely candidate to do Data Science because I don't have a PhD in Computer Science or Mathematics? Do you feel like almost all of the companies hiring ...
Aspiring Data Scientist? Here Are Some At Work Project Ideas
Do you find yourself wanting to move into Data Science but keep hearing "get some data, analyze it, and you'll be fine..."? Have you developed many of the base skills for data science, such as progra ...
Data Scientist Interviews - Vol 1, April 2014
Over the past few months we have been lucky enough to conduct in-depth interviews with 15 different Data Scientists for our blog. The 15 interviewees have varied roles and focus areas: from start-up ...
What Data Scientists are reading. And why.
We recently posted an analysis of the most-read articles on our newsletter for the past two quarters. We were curious to understand what was getting the most clicks and if there were any consistent ...
From Small Beginnings
Hello Friends! We are starting this blog to shed light on how people are using Data and Data Science to change the world. Please get in touch if you would like to share your story! To get us ...