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

    What are the best cities to start a tech career?

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    If you didn't (or don't) have anything tying you to a certain location after graduating college and were just starting out, where would you move to pursue a career in IT?
  • No, programmers don't code all day

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    A new survey finds out what software developers already know: writing code is only one part of the job
  • How to deal with software development schedule pressure

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 11:16 am

    The work is due next month, but you know it won't be done for three months. Now what? A group of programmers and consultants met at a recent software development conference to swap war stories and discuss management and firefighting challenges.
  • 8 steps on how to talk about software's benefits, not features

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    When I tell my business users about new features we have added to their software, their eyes glaze over and they don’t pay attention. This really makes me mad. What should I do so they will listen to me?
  • Career advice: Mainframe career prospects

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Cynthia Nustad, Senior vice president and CIO at HMS, also answers questions on forensics and network administration as a career path and the best programming languages to learn.
  • 13 tips for writing an effective cover letter

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Creating an effective IT cover letter can mean the difference between getting the job or your resume getting trashed. These tips from IT career coaches and insiders will make your cover letter stand out.
  • IT gets its groove back

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:33 am

    A year and a half ago, David Collins was trying to move from contracting work to a full-time position in IT. With rampant downsizing and a flood of new graduates, the job market was looking bleak in central Ohio, where he lives. "I knew of candidates with 20 years of experience and master's degrees who were taking entry-level positions just to get back into the industry," he says.
  • Tech careers: 3 ways to catch the wave

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:20 am

    For years, Nick Brattoli had what some would consider an enviable IT job: It was steady, wide-ranging and at times, downright cushy. Working for a nonprofit mental health care organization as a Web and SharePoint specialist, Brattoli helped build the corporate intranet, trained employees and tended to traditional hardware and network support. He was reasonably paid and had ample vacation time. And the work came in fits and starts, so there was plenty of downtime.
  • So you want to be a data scientist?

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Here's the scoop on one of the fastest growing and most talked-about roles in IT.
  • Hire slowly and hire well

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:10 am

    While the economy as a whole remains slow-moving, 2013 is actually shaping up to be a year of growth, innovation and opportunity in the tech sector. That means that IT workers have good reason to be optimistic about their job prospects, and the 2013 Computerworld Salary Survey supports that: The percentage of respondents who said that the job market is poor or offers few opportunities decreased from 36% last year to 27% this year.
  • Software engineers spend lots of time not building software

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Administrative tasks, brainstorming, and waiting for tests combine to overtake the hours spent designing and coding.
  • It's time to catch your own wave, people!

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

    If you truly want to understand the chaotic nature of America's economic recovery, especially in the tech sector, think hard about three words: Quitting. Confidence. Fear.
  • How the 2013 Computerworld Salary Survey was conducted

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 10:43 am

    The 27th annual Computerworld Salary Survey was administered via the Internet. Responses from both Computerworld print subscribers and visitors to were included in the survey results.
  • Hot IT titles: Hybrids in high demand

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 10:41 am

    The last time IT found itself awash in new job titles, evangelists, gladiators and gurus ruled the day.
  • IT pros: Take that first salary offer, and it could cost you $4,300

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

    A majority of tech pros accept the first salary offered, and don't negotiate, leaving money on the table.
  • Should universities offer Cobol classes?

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 9:37 am

    At universities today, Cobol is mostly taught as an elective, and even then it's likely offered at less than one in four schools. There are strong opinions about whether that is the right direction.
  • It's an ideal time to have Linux skills, SUSE exec says

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Demand is especially high for developers with kernel know-how, says SUSE's Michael Miller.
  • How to become a LinkedIn power user in five easy steps

    Posted April 6, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Use our guide to squeeze maximum value from the career networking service.
  • History of the O'Reilly cover animals

    Posted April 3, 2013 - 10:56 am

    O’Reilly’s cover designer tells the story of how they came to use animals on the covers of their popular books
  • How to avoid the job hopper label

    Posted April 2, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Some employers are suspicious of people who have too many stints of one year or less (a.k.a. job hoppers). Hiring managers and career coaches weigh in on how to best handle this delicate topic.
  • Slideshow

    12 LinkedIn mistakes IT pros make

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Don't wait until you decide to leave your current job to update your LinkedIn profile. Start today, and avoid these mistakes.
  • 10 Steps to becoming an Internal IT Consultant

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    I’m tired of feeling like an order taker for the business group I support. How do I get them to ask me what’s needed, not just tell me what to do and what reports to build?
  • How to bounce back from a job disaster

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

    An executive coach provides three tips for recovering from from an adverse, unexpected job change.
  • 8 secrets to super-productive telecommuting

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Telecommuting sounds like a dream come true, but it takes effort to stay productive and motivated.
  • Job well done? Better ways to assess tech employees

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 7:34 am

    No more counting lines of code: Managers look for new ways to assess IT employee performance.

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