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Career advice for IT professionals, including job search tips, interview techniques, project management, IT-business alignment, outsourcing, and vendor management.
  • Economic downturn eases demand for IT talent

    Posted March 21, 2001 - 5:32 pm

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve indicates that employers in certain cities cite an easing of the persistent labor shortage affecting IT workers.
  • Do your job candidates know what they claim to know?

    Posted March 21, 2001 - 3:50 pm

    The hiring of qualified technical personnel is critical to your corporate IT mission. But as a hiring manager, you can't possibly know enough about every skill area to determine whether your candidates know what they're doing -- especially in all the arcane areas of engineering currently in high demand. How do you know whether the Java programmer you're considering bringing on board is qualified? You can check the degree, and talk to former employers and ask them what they know; but the responses you get may be just technobabble, designed to make you believe that the candidate is competent.
  • Training exchanges expand buyers' options

    Posted March 21, 2001 - 3:23 pm

    A TRAINING TALE IS brewing -- one with billions of dollars riding on the bottom line. This is a story not about e-learning, but about training exchanges, the online marriage of corporate training buyers and vendors.
  • An IT job seeker with zip

    Posted March 21, 2001 - 2:24 pm

    Due to attrition, this mainframe shop finds itself one quality assurance tester short. And because the nearest large city is more than two hours away, finding another mainframe QA tester isn't easy, says a pilot fish in the shop.
  • Linux and the fight for technological literacy

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 6:01 pm

    The thing about suits is that they are suffocating. Whether you are wearing one or in close proximity to a number of them, they tend to "cut off the air supply." The smell of money was so strong at the most recent LinuxWorld Conference & Expo that the stench of suits was still with me nearly a week later. It seemed like all the attendees at the show, from Michael Dell to the booth barkers, were inviting me to look at, try, or buy their wares -- or simply to sign up to be spammed with the same offers later. Were they dressed in suits? Well, strictly speaking, no. For the most part, they were in stealth suits: expensive polos, pressed slacks, and polished shoes.

  • Inbox

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 5:03 pm

    Letters from the Field

  • How to build a better CIO

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 2:09 pm

    IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T have a sense of my own future, it's just that I have a tough time picturing the reality of an individual day if it's more than, say, three months away. If you want to get me to agree to do something I really don't want to do or go someplace I really don't want to go, just ask me six months ahead of time. Six months off seems like a hundred years when your workdays are systematically dissected by highly skilled executive assistants, then carefully reassembled to squeeze the daylights out of every single available minute.

  • The fiduciary model of IT management

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 1:56 pm

    Companies need to stop viewing IT as a custodial function. Learn transition from the custodial model of IT -- that is, doing IT on behalf of the company -- to the fiduciary model, in which you ensure that the company does IT right.
  • Corporate cultural manifesto

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 10:37 am

    Corporate culture is the context framing any conversation about recruitment and retention, productivity and profitability. As an executive, you have the management prerogative to establish practices and set goals, but how can you lead employees to share attitudes and values?
  • Step Right Up!

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 10:26 am

    YOU LIKE BEING A CIO, think you might like to travel even further up the corporate ladder someday. How do you get to the top rung? We asked Mel Connet, a cofounder of Connet & Co., a Menlo Park, Calif.-based executive search company that recruits CEOs.

  • Stressed-out IT women tempted to quit, survey finds

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 6:05 pm

    'You cannot live your life on burst mode. It's not sustainable.'
  • Foreign service

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 5:42 pm

    Keith Kratville, a technology instructor at Chicago-based consulting and training firm Terasys Inc., describes himself as a "born and bred Midwesterner" who, prior to seven months ago, had never ventured outside North America.
  • Peer pressure can work

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 4:17 pm

    Everybody's experienced a dead-weight co-worker or two. These slackers may get by with charm, or they may simply stonewall. If their managers fail to improve their performance, experts say you need to address the problem head-on.
  • STATE SNAPSHOT: South Carolina

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 2:54 pm

    Vital statistics

  • Check prospects' eligibility for TN visa

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 2:36 pm

    DESPITE THE ECONOMIC slowdown and resulting layoffs, finding experienced IT professionals is still a challenge. Although many hiring managers and recruiters are familiar with how H1B visas work when hiring foreign national IT professionals, fewer are familiar with the TN visa. The TN visa is a fast and inexpensive nonimmigrant visa available for some Canadian IT professionals, according to Jason Boulette, a lawyer at Vinson & Elkins, in Austin, Texas, and Trudy Norman, a recruiter at Knightsbridge Solutions in Chicago.
  • E-commerce architects

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 2:31 pm

    When he was in college, Tim McCauley wanted to fly. So he majored in aeronautical engineering.
  • Make sure consultants will keep your secrets

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 12:10 pm

    The nature of consultants' work means that they will probably have access to confidential information such as business and marketing plans, costs, profits and proprietary processes. So managing consultant confidentiality is a process that mustn't be overlooked.
  • Energizing The troops

    Posted March 19, 2001 - 12:01 pm

    Keeping your IT staff motivated is not an easy task. Here's some tips.
  • Independents' Day

    Posted March 16, 2001 - 2:44 pm

    THE DEAL IS INKED. You knew your wireless technology was killer, and you were right. Then the panic sets in. How are you and your staff going to hit those deadlines? Most employees already sleep under their desks at night (if they sleep). You need bodies, fast. Coders, testers, tech writers -- the works. The problem is, you aren't going to need them for that long -- a year or two, tops -- and you don't want to add that many new regular employees. After all, big payrolls make investors nervous, and let's face it, you were generous with those stock options and benefits because you wanted to reward the people already with you for taking a big risk when you started the company.

  • Are you the manager people love to hate?

    Posted March 16, 2001 - 11:07 am

    Your career may have advanced nicely to this point due to your talent and expertise. But career advisers say that unless you modify your behavior, it's unlikely that top management will continue to reward you.
  • Now They're Cooking!

    Posted March 15, 2001 - 3:22 pm

    When IT and corporate see eye-to-eye, it's a recipe for alignment success.
  • A little planning can drive away the "Road Worrier"

    Posted March 14, 2001 - 3:57 pm

    Are you a 'Road Warrior?' Do you regularly fly to various sites to do battle with computer gremlins and daemons? If so, you may have learned that a clear mind, comfortable clothes, a laptop loaded with your favorite diagnosis tools and a No. 2 Phillips head screwdriver are about all you need. These trips and trade shows may be the extent of your travel experience.
  • Breaking into IT

    Posted March 14, 2001 - 3:16 pm

    I'm considering entering the IT field as a career move. I currently work in public relations in a technology field. I have basic experience with Windows 98/95 and I work with the Mac OS. I don't have any hands-on networking experience, but I love troubleshooting and problem solving. Do you think IT employers will consider someone with great enthusiasm and learning potential but less experience? Should I get a degree, a CCNA or an MCSE? What is my best course of action?
  • Basketball great's advice relates to IT management

    Posted March 14, 2001 - 3:07 pm

    Forget about the Oscars, the Emmys or the Webbys. The only award that really matters is the Best of the Tests Award, which Network World gave out last month at a gala, black tie event at ComNet 2001 in Washington, D.C. Of the 239 products we tested last year, only 16 made the grade.
  • The Aquaman Cometh

    Posted March 14, 2001 - 3:02 pm

    Work, Play, and Other Stuff While you were busy outsourcing e-commerce, this CIO was conquering the English Channel
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