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Earning a certificate is an effective approach to move your IT career forward. Whether you work for a large corporation, small company or a government agency, learning new skills or validating those you already have through certifications will make you more valuable. Certifications can boost your pay, set you apart from other IT professionals and… Read more »

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Most companies say people are their most valuable assets, and with national unemployment at a 17-year low, businesses are working overtime to recruit, engage and retain this valuable commodity. Employee perks are a major opportunity for most companies to attract and keep talent. A recent industry study reported that 48 percent of employees consider benefits… Read more »

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When you are dealing with a lack of motivation, it seems like everyone is giving you advice on how to solve it. However, new research shows that people are more inclined to deal with feeling unmotivated, or other problems based on mentality, when they give someone else advice on how to solve the same problem…. Read more »

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Automation has already decimated labor markets in manufacturing and other industries, and artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to do the same, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. However, that probably won’t mean massive unemployment and the complete disruption of society as we know it. The report also found that workers will… Read more »

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Cultural fit is the idea that a potential employee will buy into the company’s mission and way of doing business, as well as get along with existing staff members. Many hiring managers are now gearing parts of their interview to assess candidates for cultural fit, and although job seekers will want to give good answers… Read more »

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Workplace drama isn’t exclusive to the IT industry and it’s a reality that company leaders have to acknowledge with if they want their organization to be successful. Drama happens in the workplace because humans are emotional beings. We have pride and envy and many other emotions that cause us to butt heads, often over the… Read more »

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If you’re in a difficult work environment, you need to do more than simply put your head down and push through the toxicity. A stressful work environment has been linked to all kinds of health problems. Also, poor relationships with co-workers is one of the top reasons why people quit their job. Clearly, it’s important… Read more »

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If you’re finding it more difficult than ever to handle both your IT job and your life outside of work, you’re not the only one. Whether it’s a boom economy driving higher demands or a recession stoking fears of cutbacks, there is almost constant pressure for people to put in extra hours or stay connected… Read more »

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At its most basic, a job posting should plainly describe the requirements of the position, the company culture and the overall mission. If it doesn’t, the company is more likely going to get low-quality applicants. Job descriptions also need to be effective marketing tools. They should attract the eyes of high-quality hires and then sell… Read more »