Career advice for IT professionals, including job search tips, interview techniques, project management, IT-business alignment, outsourcing, and vendor management.
  • The road to CCIE

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:45 am

    Certification candidate finds he needs some extra preparation to pass the routing exam.
  • Ready, set, go solo

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:40 am

    Do some prep work before declaring yourself a free agent.
  • Dot-com shakeout spells opportunity

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:35 am

    Surviving dot-coms and traditional companies adding B2B processes are hiring software engineers and techies with supply-chain management experience. The demand for salespeople is equally strong.
  • Ask Bob: What counts more -- Certification or experience?

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:13 am

    Can you get a job as an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administrator by passing the certification exams with no experience?
  • Exit strategy: Breaking up is hard to do

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 9:58 am

    The surge in popularity of outsourcing -- with start-up application service providers and young co-location houses joining an expanding list of options -- makes it likely that there will be an equal rise in messy breakups between partners. But that turmoil can be mitigated.
  • Spy case demos insider threat

    Posted February 27, 2001 - 9:41 am

    The career FBI agent charged with spying last week had significant IT experience and access, underscoring the growing threat to corporate data by insiders.
  • H-1B hiring steady despite cap increase

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 6:11 pm

    Last year, companies convinced Congress to raise the quota for foreign workers with technology skills who can enter the U.S. But this year, some employers are approaching the H-1B issue with less urgency.
  • Make Your Own Luck

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 6:02 pm

    Steve Schuckenbrock says you have to create your own career opportunities. But he says you shouldn't constantly be hunting for the next opportunity. Instead, he says, if you immerse yourself in the job you're in, it will create opportunities for you.
  • Storage Managers Get Certification Program

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:40 pm

    EMC Corp. recently launched a certification program for IT workers involved in managing storage devices, and analysts said the rollout could go a long way toward creating training standards in a part of the technology market that's sorely lacking in highly qualified support personnel.
  • Flextime, challenges are key to retention

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 5:27 pm

    While many companies are cutting back on employee perks, the demand for IT workers is still so high that many employers are seeking creative ways to retain their top talent, according to the results of a survey recently released by New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's Unifi Network subsidiary. The top three IT retention strategies, according to the study, are flexible work schedules, challenging assignments and comprehensive training.
  • Working to retain your employees is the insider's version of recruiting

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 1:45 pm

    A RECRUITER DIES and goes to heaven. She and she alone holds the key to her eternal future. The recruiter is to spend one day in heaven, one day in hell, and then tell the keeper of the pearly gates where she wants to spend eternity.
  • Theory vs. theory aside, reskilling your work force is a smart conversion

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 12:56 pm

    MANAGEMENTSPEAK: Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comments and suggestions.
  • America's 10 most wanted IT jobs

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 12:25 pm

    They are the technologists that every recruiter is gunning for. From Web developers to security analysts to e-commerce developers, here's a look at the top jobs for 2001
  • 'I Hired a Hacker': A Security Manager's Confession

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 12:14 pm

    He's 23, has no college education, and his hobby is security. I type in the Web address he's discovered and a list of customer names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card numbers appears. Question: Is this man my savior or my worst nightmare?
  • Use videoconferencing for job interviews

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 11:54 am

    Save travel costs and expand your worldwide talent pool by interviewing job candidates remotely.
  • Focus on IT job markets: Louisiana

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 10:22 am

    With Mardi Gras festivities upon us, the job outlook for tech professionals in New Orleans and Louisiana looks bright.

  • Becoming a Security Professional

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Certifications for the seasoned and budding security professionals. COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS * RFP Exchange: Finding qualified service providers!

  • Respond to an employee's crisis

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 3:55 pm

    IT'S THE CONVERSATION that no manager wants to hold: An employee needs to talk about his or her long-term personal crisis, a pending divorce or his or her illness. But this is something that all managers face at one time or another, says Denise Markley, vice president at Work|Life Benefits, in Valencia, Calif., and a former HR professional. Managers need to be prepared for such discussions because of the legal implications surrounding employee leave and reasonable work accommodations, says Tom Wilson, an attorney specializing in labor and employment law with the firm of Vinson & Elkins, in Houston.
  • Silicon Silliness revisited

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 3:53 pm

    With over 100 regions around the country competing for the titles of Silicon this, or Digital that, Computerworld takes a look at which of these so-called technology hotbeds are really deserving of their names
  • CREDENTIALS: SQL certification

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 3:36 pm

    IT professionals seeking structural query language certification should be familiar with rational database constructs, namely tables, rows, columns, and referential integrity.

  • New Security Manager Starting at Ground Zero

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 2:34 pm

    Where do you start when there was no security manager before you? Just hired into a newly created position, our security manager plans his staff, sets his budgets and ponders what to attack first.
  • Making Magic On the Web

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 2:05 pm

    Part business strategist, part marketing strategist and always customer focused, Web-application developers such as David Holland are the invisible forces behind successful corporate Web sites.
  • Employers offer relief from drowning options

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 1:33 pm

    Newest perk: Some companies are rescuing employees from huge tax losses as their stock options plummet in value.
  • Deloitte: We're in the eye of the storm

    Posted February 23, 2001 - 11:10 am

    NEW ORLEANS -- The Greek tragedy of the Internet consulting business downfall is "a tale of woe and betrayals" to Douglas McCracken, chief executive officer of Deloitte Consulting LLC.
  • Rules of success for new managers

    Posted February 22, 2001 - 3:07 pm

    MANAGEMENTSPEAK: Because you're our expert in this field, we would like you to mentor Joe.
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