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5 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career

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Maybe you were passed over for a promotion or received a skimpy annual raise. Why? If your performance and technical skills are up to snuff, the reason might be your on-the-job behavior. Research suggests that emotional maturity and the way you treat your co-workers and boss may play a greater role in determining your success than having a high IQ. At their most extreme, undesirable behaviors can lead to disciplinary action and even termination. Here are some of the common… continue…

Intel’s CEO Thinks 3 Things Limit Your Career

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who took the top post at the chip-maker in 2013, sat down recently with Oregon Live for a wide-ranging interview about his management philosophy and plans for the company. Click here to find IT management jobs. As part of that discussion, he offered some advice for those working their way up the ladder, including what he sees as the three big mistakes people make in their careers: First, they neglect to create a five-year plan. “You have… continue…

Want to Become a Team Leader? Here’s How.

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Tech professionals who want to take on the responsibilities of a team leader need more than great technical skills in order to do the work successfully: They have to understand the importance that communication skills play not only in working as a leader, but in obtaining a leadership role in the first place. Click here to find IT management jobs. Many tech pros assume that if they do their work well, leadership opportunities will come to them organically. While that’s… continue…

How to Sit Tight at a Job You Don’t Like

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You’ve been at a job for some time and, for any number of reasons, it’s no longer working out. Quitting now will put you in a bind either professionally or financially, but coming to work every day is excruciating. What can you do to make your situation more tolerable until you’re able to move on? Deadline Your Exit Whether you decide to leave in six months or a year, start the grin-and-bear-it process by setting a deadline to leave. Amy… continue…

5 Hot Fields for Computer Science Grads

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Right now is a great time to be graduating with a computer science degree; but with myriad opportunities available, what kind of jobs should you be applying for? You can start by asking yourself these two questions: What do you like doing? Where do you see yourself in the future? Here are five computer science-friendly fields that you may want to consider. Startups The computer science grad with a solid general skill set would do well to begin a career… continue…

Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed!

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Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue…

How to Succeed in a Changing Workplace

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There’s one surefire technique for succeeding in the workplace: keep learning. Technology changes at a rapid pace; the skills now required in today’s workplaces were little more than ideas a few short years ago. Working in technology means constantly learning and building up your skills; the best employees know how to be resourceful and quick on their (proverbial) feet. Keeping up with such rapid change involves lots of complicated decisions, information, and emotions—it isn’t easy, which is why not everyone handles… continue…

10 Steps to the Perfect Job

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We’ve all had those days when the job feels like a paycheck-to-paycheck shuffle in line for whatever the company has to dish out. For me, many were the times when I just felt like escaping for a day, month, or year. One of the best things about software and IT is that there are so many things to explore and do that there never is a lack of possible directions. With the emergence of cloud, Big Data, machine learning, and… continue…

College Students Must Pay Attention to More Than Just Tech

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22.8 percent increase in software development jobs through 2022, which is more than twice the projected rise in overall employment. So college students interested in technical careers are in a good place. But one thing: They should bear in mind their success will involve more than a technical education. Executives at tech companies like Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr tell the Washington Post that it’s important to learn soft skills, too, even though you… continue…

Do IT Contractors Really Need to Carry Insurance?

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If you’re working as an independent contractor, do you need to carry professional liability insurance? For full-time workers, employers are typically responsible for indemnification against claims of intellectual property infringement or issues related to failed projects or dissatisfied customers. But for contractors and consultants, it’s a different story: They usually need to protect themselves through something called errors and omissions, or “E&O” insurance, which protects them from losses related to claims of negligence and other issues. It’s a cost of… continue…