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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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    Time Management: Balancing Work and Life

    Time Management: Balancing Work and Life
    Whether you know it or not, you already have a strategy for handling your life. But is it a conscious strategy? Do you feel in control of your life? Begin to take control to be the CEO of your life by learning to manage your flexstyle. I don’t really have big walls around either of them (work and family). If something ...
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    10 Signs the Recession is Over

    We saw the market crash, the economy go down, and unemployment rates hit record highs during the past two years. The good news is that the recession is coming to an end. How do we know this? Because we've looked at some of the major economic success indicators that preceded previous recession periods and found they have finally surfaced in the ...
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    Develop Leadership Skills in Any Job

    Develop Leadership Skills in Any Job
    No matter what position you hold, leadership skills are valuable for moving you through your career and into a leadership role. Smart companies and employees know it's critical to business survival to cultivate leadership skills at all levels. Get Ready for Your Future During your career, you will learn myriad leadership skills, but the following tips should give your career a ...
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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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    10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off

    Someone you know just lost their job. Yikes. You want to be supportive. You want to help them see the positive side of their misfortune. You want to buy them a drink. And you should! But please, tread carefully. The time directly following a layoff is a delicate one. Your friend will want your help, but they may not be ...
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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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    What You Need to Know Before You Quit

    What You Need to Know Before You Quit
    Have you ever said the words "I quit" and wished you could take them back? Before blurting them out again, carefully think through your job situation and how these words might affect your future. Consider these factors and suggestions. Financial Risks and Timing Quitting at the wrong time can directly affect your wallet. For instance, if you resign from your position ...
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    6 Bad Habits to Blame on Technology

    6 Bad Habits to Blame on Technology
    Technology pretty much runs our lives these days. From our work life to our home life, we have computers, phones, and gadgets helping us with our daily routine. But is technology taking over and shifting our societal norms? Is too much technology a bad thing? Sometimes we are so used to relying on technology to help us out, we forget how ...
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    Boost Your Communication Skills

    Boost Your Communication Skills
    Communication Breakdown Technology professionals have a long history of deficiency in communication skills, which has fostered jokes and parodies. Tragically, however, this might be the single most important aspect of effective career development. Poor communication skills result in misunderstandings, project failures, and ultimately, career stagnation. The development of good communication skills is rarely given appropriate time and effort. The technology professional ...
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    Should You Quit Your Job (Even Now)?

    Should You Quit Your Job (Even Now)?
    Your job is making you miserable. You dread getting up in the morning, you have nightmares about your boss and the thought of looking at that spreadsheet one more time literally makes you sick to your stomach. But no matter who you turn to, you get the same tired advice: now is not the time to quit. Six hundred thousand people ...
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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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    How IT Can Do More for Your Company

    How IT Can Do More for Your Company
    What's the best way to make sure your department doesn't get hit hard by tough times--recession-based or otherwise? How about making it obvious how indispensable you all are? Sure, you could try the whole "take down the network, then stage a sick-out" routine, but that's probably not the most constructive way to get your point across. Here, then, are a few ...
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    The 10 Worst Fashion Mistakes: Women

    We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn't matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the caliber of their work. Unfortunately, that's not how the world works. How you choose to dress each morning *reflects how you feel about your job* – that you take your position seriously, ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    How to Get an On-the-Job Promotion

    How to Get an On-the-Job Promotion
    Where Career Building Really Begins After you are hired, the true work of career building begins. Unfortunately, many people cease putting their toolkit to use after they have landed the job. The danger, of course, is that at some point they will either be out of work again, or they will have stagnated in their position and want to move on. ...
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    The Best Email Greetings and Sign-offs

    The Best Email Greetings and Sign-offs
    On an infamous episode of Sex and the City, Samantha receives a present from her boyfriend, accompanied by a card signed, “Best, Richard.” Despite the kind gesture of the gift, she’s incensed at what she perceives to be a flippant and impersonal salutation. “Ugh,” says Miranda. “‘Best’ is the worst.” Gulp. That’s how I’ve signed my emails for years. I thought ...
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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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    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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