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    Career Spotlight: Computer Programmer

    Career Spotlight: Computer Programmer
    If you're considering becoming a computer programmer, or just want an idea of how programmers interface with IT, the first step is to understand the job definition: Computer programmers convert project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language. They develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Career Spotlight: Computer Support Specialist

    In the last decade, computers have become an integral part of everyday life, used for a variety of reasons at home, in the workplace, and at schools. Of course, almost every computer user encounters a problem occasionally, whether it is the disaster of a crashing hard drive or the annoyance of a forgotten password. The explosive use of computers has created ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rate This
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    Job Snapshot: Help Desk

    Help Desk What they do: Help-desk workers answer support questions, from the silly to the serious. They may handle questions from a company's own computer users, or they may respond to queries, via phone or email, from individuals using a product produced by the company. Skills: Help-desk staff must have a comprehensive understanding of specific systems and applications, with the ability ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Job Snapshot: Tech Support

    PC Tech Support Specialist What they do: You need the latest version of Internet Explorer on your PC? Call tech support. Tech support specialists are responsible for the maintenance and support of a company's PCs. Tasks include troubleshooting, responding to technical problems, and performing maintenance, upgrades and configurations. Skills: Tech support specialists should have knowledge of assorted operating systems, such as ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Job Snapshot: LAN Manager

    LAN Manager What they do: The LAN manager provides assorted services, from design to administration, of an organization's local area network, which connects staff within an organization. Skills: A LAN manager needs to know the intricacies of the specific systems being used by a company: Windows NT, Novell, Unix and so forth. Knowledge of networked applications, virus-protection schemes, system diagnostic utilities, ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Job Snapshot: Project Manager

    Project Manager: What they do: The project manager develops requirements, budgets and schedules for IT projects. Project managers may coordinate multiple projects, from development through implementation, working with both clients and project leaders. Project managers report on the project's status to clients, manage project resources and timelines, and write proposals and other project documentation. Skills: Project managers must know the technology, ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Job Snapshot: Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    Chief Information Officer (CIO): What they do: The CIO serves as a company's technology guru, overseeing everything from the purchase of computer systems to overarching plans to use technology to gain a competitive edge. With technology often viewed as central to a company's mission -- and not simply as serving "back office" functions, like accounting -- the role of the CIO ...
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    Job Snapshot: Quality Assurance Engineer

    Quality Assurance Engineer: What they do: Complex technology projects require testing -- lots of it -- in order to avoid gaffes (and outright disaster). QA engineers work to execute testing plans and goals to ensure systems work properly. Tasks include the design and implementation of testing procedures, interaction with support staff, categorizing bug fixes and enhancement requests, and reviewing bug reports. ...
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    Career Spotlight: Project Manager

    Technology professionals often think about pursuing project-management opportunities, but whether they end up filling that job role depends on factors far beyond their technical expertise. Would-be project managers may like the idea of being in charge of a project, but the skills developed as a network engineer or programmer do not always make for an easy transition to project management. Project ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Career Spotlight: Web Developer

    Career Spotlight: Web Developer
    Working as a Web developer is something like playing a sport with a continuously changing set of rules. One minute you’re charging down the field at full throttle, and then suddenly the rules change and you need to readjust your strategy - fast - or find yourself benched. Successful Web developers - at least, those who enjoy their work - thrive ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Industry Spotlight: Robotics

    Industry Spotlight: Robotics
    "Robotics is growing, and the opportunities for new applications are everywhere - in every chore, every difficult and dangerous task," says James English, president of Energid Technologies, a provider of engineering services for robotics. "I can't imagine a field that excites the imagination more today than robotics." According to Judy Reed, vice president of human resources at iRobot, maker of the ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Career Spotlight: System Administrator

    In the days before personal computers, when room-sized computer systems were walled off from nontechnical users, system administrators (often called sysadmins) would rarely emerge from their secure, climate-controlled lairs. But with PCs and wireless devices operating in every nook of today's complex organizations -- and even on the road -- sysadmins are no longer isolated. On the contrary, they are now ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Resume Dilemma: No Degree

    Resume Dilemma: No Degree
    Are your fellow job seekers leaving you in the dust, nabbing the great jobs because they have educational credentials that you lack? Follow these tips to put your best foot forward on your resume and compete with others who have more impressive educational backgrounds. Emphasize Your Strongest Credential Think about why an employer should hire you out of all the applicants ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience

    Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience
    It's a catch-22: You want a job to gain experience, but you can't find a job because previous experience is required. Don't be discouraged. You can still put your best foot forward and have a shot at the job. Follow these steps to create a winning resume: Select the Right Format The two most effective resume formats for entry-level workers are ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rate This
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    How to Ask for a Resume Critique

    Is your resume as good as it could be? Are you happy with the number of calls you're receiving for job interviews? Is your resume email-ready, optimized for keywords and strategically written to market your best credentials? If you answered no to any of these questions, you would benefit from a third-party resume critique. Kathy Sweeney, a certified resume writer and ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Job Interview Pointers

    Like many career advice experts, Steve Fogarty, staffing partner at Waggener Edstrom, says candidates should research a company thoroughly before an interview. And if the company is a private firm, that's not an excuse to skip doing your homework. Where there's a will, there's a way, and finding a way to gather information on a company "distinguishes the great candidates from ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Careers in Computer Forensics

    Careers in Computer Forensics
    From corporate theft to murder, computers often play a role in nefarious activity, requiring specialists with a mix of legal and technical expertise to gather evidence stored digitally. "If it's a crime, a computer can be a component of it," says Mike Finnie, a computer forensics specialist with Computer Forensics Inc. Even if the computer is not the instrument of the ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Career Spotlight: Web Designer

    The position of Web designer may be the glamour job of the Web-development field. Others involved in Web projects, such as information architects and programmers, hold jobs that many people just don't understand. By comparison, Web designers are involved in creating the icons, images, navigational tools and other features that give Web projects their public face. But don't be fooled: Web ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Career Spotlight: Software Programmer

    The stereotypical lonely programmer coding away for hours in a cubicle is mostly just that -- a worn-out image that bears little resemblance to the current working lives of US programmers, often called software developers or software engineers. Working on teams, handling presentations and accompanying sales staff to client meetings are all part of their work. "The idea that it's a ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Career Spotlight: Information Architects

    Among dotcom-era job titles, information architect is notable for its staying power. But the relatively new status of this job role presents both challenges and opportunities for information-architect wannabes. After all, the work an information architect does is not as easily described as that of a coder or network engineer. The Information Architecture Institute, a professional organization formerly known as The ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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