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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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    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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    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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    10 Black Men and Women Who Are Leading the Way in IT and Business

    In honor of Black History Month we present ten African American men and women who are leading the way in IT and business. From CEOs and VPs to innovators and mentors, these executives have made it to the top of their fields, challenging stereotypes and forging the path for generations to come. They're an inspiration, not just to the black ...
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    Get Computer Skills as an Older Worker

     Gigabyte and Google have made their way into the popular lexicon, but not everyone uses these terms with the ease of Bill Gates or the guys who founded Google. Older workers, in particular, may find their careers stymied by a lack of computer know-how. Across a broad spectrum of industries, computer literacy is now viewed as a must-have for office ...
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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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    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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    Dining Etiquette: Don't Meet With Your Mouth Full

    Dining Etiquette: Don't Meet With Your Mouth Full
    No matter where a meeting takes place, it is still a meeting. If a potential client decides to interview you over a meal at a restaurant, your table manners must be up to par. The following etiquette guidelines will help get you through your next dinner interview. Long before you enter the restaurant, make sure you turn off your cell phone ...
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    You've Got the Job - What's Next?

    You've just hung up the phone after accepting a job offer, putting an end to a nerve-racking search. Since your start date is six weeks away, you can just kick back and enjoy yourself until then, right? Wrong. OK, you can take a few days off to decompress and put your head back on straight. But there are still several things ...
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    Tech Resource: Computing Research Association

    Computing research may not top your list of concerns when searching for a junior programmer or multimedia specialist post. But the Computing Research Association (CRA), a group devoted to research in computing, has a mission - and the resources - to help just about anyone working in technology. Best known among IT professionals for its Taulbee Survey of PhD-granting computer science ...
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    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery

    How a CIO Positions IT for Growth in the Economic Recovery
    While survival is the paramount concern these days, how you survive will determine your true legacy. Today, IT groups must prepare for the inevitable rebound by investing in change. It’s not just about “keeping the lights on;” it’s about tuning the engine that makes innovation possible. If it doesn’t positively affect the bottom line, the top line and/or increase efficiencies, then ...
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    Tame The Never-Ending Workweek

    Tame The Never-Ending Workweek
    Somehow, between the time when Apple II computers first appeared on metal office desks and the time you started booting up your Windows PC from the comfort of your cubicle, the notion of a 40-hour workweek became as unfashionable as your parents' prom picture. Today, after seven decades of decline, more than 31 percent of college-educated male workers are regularly logging ...
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    Top 19 Essential Career Research Tools

    Top 19 Essential Career Research Tools
    Many of us fall into a rut when it comes to our careers, settling for the status quo instead of researching career paths that could be both personally and professionally fulfilling. Given the amount of time we spend in the work world, it makes sense to focus more time on career planning so we can be happier at work. Fortunately, there ...
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    6 Steps to Deal with Criticism

    6 Steps to Deal with Criticism
    Ever feel deflated after going through a critique with your boss? Do you feel personally assaulted when someone criticizes your work? Dealing with criticism can be difficult, but learning how to deal with it may be one of the most important skills you ever need. Being open to feedback improves communication in relationships and in the workplace. In her book How ...
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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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    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters
    Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds--or even thousands--of applications for each open job. Typically, they can spend only a few seconds scanning a candidate's cover letter before moving on to somebody else's. So if you're looking for a job, your cover letter has to capture a reader's attention right away. Career coach Evelyn Salvador, the author of the recently released ...
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    Why Macintosh Skills Matter in Tech (One Page)

    Once viewed as a plaything, the Macintosh is now the PC of choice for many hard-core technology professionals, and Macintosh skills are now an in-demand specialty among IT pros, rather than an afterthought. "The Mac will be coming soon to a company near you, if it hasn't already," says Brian Vaughn, executive vice president of Dataprise, a network support and ...
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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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    Social Networking and Your Job: Lessons from the "Cisco Fatty"

    Social Networking and Your Job: Lessons from the "Cisco Fatty"
    The internet is buzzing with tales of the latest web 2.0 casualty –the Cisco Fatty. The man who managed to jeopardize a new, high paying job, in 140 characters or less.    After receiving an offer from communications giant Cisco Systems, the jobseeker Twittered about it, telling his followers that although he had been offered a “fatty” paycheck, he wasn’t sure he ...
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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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