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    Get Certified

    Get Certified
    If you’ve spent most of your tech career as a generalist but have a passion for a certain technology, or a flare for some specialty and want to move ahead you should investigate potential certification programs. Getting certified in a specific technology, whether it’s Cisco networking or Microsoft administration, can boost your career both in your current job and future opportunities ...
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    How to Evaluate Technology Training Programs

    How to Evaluate Technology Training Programs
    The array of options for technology training can be daunting, especially for people looking to break into the world of information technology jobs. Training centers often hype the opportunities in IT, even as they underestimate (or ignore) the challenges of finding a position as a PC technician or programmer. The hype sometimes leads to hasty, ill-considered career decisions. The technology sphere ...
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    The phone is definitely NOT ringing. HELP!

    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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    My Job Is Killing Me!

    My Job Is Killing Me!
    It's not your imagination, and it's not a joke: Your job may in fact be making you sick, robbing you of sleep and running down your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Things really are more stressful these days. In fact, workplace stress has more than tripled in the past several years according to researchers. Expectations are higher and ...
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    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs
    Ever wonder how much money you can save by cutting your commuting costs? How about enough to pay for two trips to Ireland plus several major home improvements? As chief of marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration, Buddy Alves set out to see how much money he and his wife could save on their commute from the Baltimore suburbs to their ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Whew. You survived the cuts. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to figure out a COBRA plan or get rid of your cable — yet. But instead ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    For IT Entepreneurs: A Simple Guide to Goal Setting

    For IT Entepreneurs: A Simple Guide to Goal Setting
    Do you make resolutions at the beginning of every year? Resolutions can be powerful tools. In fact, they can help you take your companies to the next level. The catch is, once you make a resolution, you have to work to make it come true. If you want action, you need an action plan. Goal setting is the best way I ...
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    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job

    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job
    You're at your weekly staff meeting, and you've just presented your brilliant idea on how to boost productivity and save money. But then your boss shoots down your idea with a vague reason or two. You know you're right and your boss is wrong. So should you remain quiet or stand up for your idea? Joseph Grenny, a coauthor of "Crucial ...
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    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
    The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is one of the most targeted four-year degrees available to IT professionals. Students learn the skills necessary to setup and maintain information technology systems, including computers, networks, and business-support software. Such a degree provides a good overview of the processes, skills, and technology graduates will use in any technology career. Students learn the basics ...
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    How Much Should IT Contractors Charge?

    How Much Should IT Contractors Charge?
    It's the would-be IT contractor's $64,000 question: How much do I have to charge per hour to make a go of it as an independent professional? The pundits are ready with a pat answer: Divide your employment salary by 1,000, and that's your hourly rate. So if you make $50,000 as a wage slave, you need to bill at $50 an ...
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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...
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    Get the Salary You Deserve — Even in a Recession!

    Get the Salary You Deserve — Even in a Recession!
    It may be summer, but it’s cold out there: Thousands of companies of all sizes have frozen hiring and salaries, putting many workers’ earnings expectations on ice for the time being. But many employers continue to make job offers even as they reduce overall headcount. More than 4 million hires were made in April 2009, according to the Job Openings and ...
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    Welcome to InsideTech

    Welcome to InsideTech
    Welcome, Tech Community members, to InsideTech. As you may have read in this week's newsletter, we've been working hard to relaunch Tech Community with a new look; a new name; and lots of new tips, reviews, and career advice. And as you can see, our community looks quite a bit different. But while our look is different, our focus remains ...
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    Moving to Management

    Management of projects and people requires specialized skill and a certain degree of risk... Moving into management typically means spending less time working directly with technology and honing those purely technical skills. For some technology professionals, this is a scary and difficult proposition. However, for many, assuming a management position is the natural progression in their career. Developing the skills and ...
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    Boost Your Productivity

    Boost Your Productivity
    Getting the most out of your day can be difficult with a busy schedule, but you can use these tips to help you maximize your time in order to be better available to employees. 1. Do your personal email first. Productivity experts will tell you this is wrong, but if you read family mail only after you have read all your ...
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    Which Oracle Certifications Are Right for You?

    Which Oracle Certifications Are Right for You?
    Oracle's certification program might entertain a new motto: "Not just for database pros anymore." The company offers certifications for a variety of job roles, matching the wide-ranging offerings of the company itself, from application software to development tools. Founded on the concept of relational database technology, Oracle now bills itself as "the world's largest enterprise software company." It now offers data ...
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    Grab A Mentor

    Grab A Mentor
    No matter where you are in terms of your career, having a mentor to learn from, get advice from and lean on for professional development support, can be a powerful career mechanism. Not only do you typically establish a good strong relationship with an internal leader, you clearly send the signal that you’re eager to learn and move ahead. No one ...
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    Evaluating The Job Offer

    Evaluating The Job Offer
    You've just been offered your first professional job in the real world. You breathe a sigh of relief: The search is over. Unfortunately, it's not. In many ways, the real work, deciding whether this job is really the one for you, is just about to begin. Looking for a job after college is difficult enough. Deciding on a job offer when ...
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    5 Etiquette Tips Every IT Worker Needs

    5 Etiquette Tips Every IT Worker Needs
    What's the difference between the rising star whose career is picking up speed and his counterpart who can't seem to get the engine to turn over? Often, the star has mastered the nuances of business etiquette - the subtle but critical behaviors that can make or break an important meeting, influence a first impression or impress a potential client. According to ...
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