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    Make the Most of InsideTech

    Make the Most of InsideTech
    Welcome to InsideTech, an online resource focused on helping both new and established IT professionals get the news they need, gain knowledge from peers, tap career resources for moving ahead and collaborate in forums where you can share valuable workday solutions and advice on issues to help you do your job better and make your day less stressful. Here’s a guide ...
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    Break into IT with Temporary Work

    Break into IT with Temporary Work
    If You're New to IT... The business world may be looking for technology pros, but you're not a pro (yet) if you have a new certification and no experience. How do you gain that experience? One way is to take temporary assignments. Working as a temp may not be your ultimate goal, but when you're launching a career, you want to ...
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    InsideTech's ULTIMATE Tech Cert FAQ

    InsideTech's ULTIMATE Tech Cert FAQ
    Passing an IT certification test isn't always easy, but it's one of the best ways to quantify skills you've learned and prove to prospective employers -- or even your own boss -- that you're ready to handle a certain job. While the certs don't guarantee you a job, they can put a candidate's resume over the top or gain you a ...
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    First Steps into IT: Recommended Certifications

    First Steps into IT: Recommended Certifications
    When asked for a recommendation on a current certification path for someone wanting to enter IT, Warren Wyrostek initially thought, "That is easy." But when he started to think about the most cost-effective certification, one that had merit, offered earning power, and provided career advancement, he had to pause and revisit the first steps one can take to begin a career ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Top 10 Problems with IT Certification

    Top 10 Problems with IT Certification
    Less than 10 years ago, certification was a surefire way to enter the growing IT sector. But certification no longer guarantees that you will be able to find a high quality job in IT. It still has its place, but the IT certification industry has faced some systemic problems that no one has addressed since its emergence. Warren Wyrostek calls on ...
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    Five Ways to Avoid a Tech Career Crisis

    Five Ways to Avoid a Tech Career Crisis
    If you are taking a break from actively managing your IT career, just remember one word: Cobol. While this '50s-era programming language is still used today, it symbolizes the way a seemingly omnipresent technology can be in demand one moment and out of fashion the next. Technology professionals understand that they work in an industry characterized by rapid-fire change, but techies ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Dangers to Avoid If Your Tech Job Is Also Your Hobby

    Dangers to Avoid If Your Tech Job Is Also Your Hobby
    Techies often make information technology their career, because they love working with computers, whether cobbling together networks or building Web sites. But if your work is also your hobby, when do you have time for anything else? Is this situation simply a win-win for techies and their employers? Or does focusing too much attention on one part of your life pose ...
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    8 Tips for Older IT Workers

    8 Tips for Older IT Workers
    There are good and bad ways to be on the cutting edge at work. Getting your tongue pierced or dressing like the latest pop idol are bad ways. Good ways, as some older techies know, include learning the latest programming techniques or staying current through listservs and blogs. Age discrimination and bias, burnout and the pressure to keep skills current are ...
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    Ten Titanic Tech Battles for 2010

    When it comes to deciding when to cooperate with each other and when to compete, the major IT vendors have always, to one degree or another, been involved in skullduggery and intrigue. On a field level, practicality that is usually forced on the vendors wins the day, resulting in agreements to work together and higher levels of interoperability. But back ...
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    Top 10 IT Consulting Pitfalls

    Top 10 IT Consulting Pitfalls
    IT Contracting is the life, isn't it? You put your bare feet up on your desk, make a few phone calls to clients who eat up your advice like caviar, and then just count your money. Not quite. There are lots of things that can go wrong when professionals go independent. So it's a good idea to survey the road for ...
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    22 Affordable Ways to De-stress

    Whether you’re a game designer, a web developer, or a help desk operator, any job in tech can be overwhelming and stressful. Learning how to manage stress and channel it through positive means is vital, not just for a successful career, but for your happiness and well-being too. If you don’t take time to unwind, constant stress can lead to ...
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    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence

    7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence
    We live in a time when we are constantly bombarded with images, ideas, and sound bytes that tell us who we should be, could be, and ought to be. Unless you live in a cave, you can’t escape their massive barrage, and let’s face it, even from a cave you could probably still get text messages. Think of all you see ...
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    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?

    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?
    Since the recession began in December 2007, more than half of all American workers have become unemployed, taken a pay cut, suffered a reduction in hours, or had to take a temporary job because they couldn't find a full-time position, according to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. You probably don't need a study to tell you the ...
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    10 Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss

    10 Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss
    We've all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a toxic boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves. Red flags to such behavior often appear as soon as the interview process. We've compiled 10 early warning signs of a toxic boss. Heed this advice, and you might be able to avoid a negative ...
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    Get the Salary You Deserve

    Get the Salary You Deserve
    Getting What You Want As stated elsewhere, employment is an agreement between two parties. Ideally, this agreement should involve trading two commodities of equal value—the employer's money and resources for the employee's time and effort. Many employees feel they are not in the position to negotiate, but as the saying goes, "Everything is negotiable." As your career progresses and your ability ...
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    Etiquette Tips 101

    Introductions The proper way to make an introduction is to introduce a lower-ranking person to a higher-ranking person. For example, if your CEO is Mrs. Jones and you are introducing administrative assistant Jane Smith to her, the correct introduction would be "Mrs. Jones, I'd like you to meet Jane Smith." If you forget a person's name while making an introduction, don't ...
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    Is Consulting The Gig For You?

    Is Consulting The Gig For You?
    Thinking of heading into IT consulting? Then you don’t want to miss the insight and advice from Doug Berg who started two companies, techies.com, an online job board and training center for tech professionals, and also HotGigs , a company that brings consultants together with the staffing firms that recruit them and the companies that hire them. He’s worked with job ...
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