Career Advice

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Daily Tip: Avoiding Burnout

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Ask your average worker whether they’re at risk of burning out in the near future, and the answer you’re likely to hear back is, “Probably.” Americans are working longer hours than ever, and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets means that many workers never really shut off—how often have you heard people bragging and/or complaining about answering work-related emails at 2 a.m.? For hardcore programmers and developers, the pressures are often more intense, especially if it’s “crunch time” or “hell… continue…

Preparing for a Challenging Performance Review

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Sometimes a performance review can prove an occasion for out-and-out dread. Maybe your team’s struggled to meet its goals and everyone’s feeling the heat; perhaps problems at home have taken a toll on your work; or maybe you’re just not clicking with your new boss. Whatever the reason, you know the meeting’s going to be difficult and your scores are going to lag. What can you do to prepare? To find IT management jobs, click here. First, remember that performance… continue…

Confronting a Co-Worker Who Undermines You

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What do you do when a colleague has an agenda, and doesn’t mind steamrolling you on his or her way to fulfilling it? There can be any number of signs that it’s happening: Perhaps they’re leaving you off email threads, or not inviting you to project meetings. They may be positioning themselves as the person behind your work, or telling others you report to them on a project when in fact you’re equal colleagues. You may even be getting signals… continue…

Should You Take an IT Job in a Small City?

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If you’re tired of living in a hectic metropolis, you’re in luck. Small cities such as Helena, Mont. (pop. 25,596) and Cheyenne, Wyo. (pop. 62,448) have managed to attract a handful of high-tech firms. Now their recruiters are actively seeking IT professionals who would rather live and work in a modest-sized town. For more IT jobs, click here. While the idea of a 10-minute commute may be tempting, accepting a job in a small city could have long-term consequences on… continue…

Daily Tip: Meg Whitman on a Successful Career

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Fortune recently compiled a list of job advice from some of the world’s top CEOs and business leaders, including Marc Andreessen and Warren Buffett, many of whom offer some pretty standard-issue counsel (“Follow your passion,” and so on). On that list, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stands out for offering some lengthy—and useful—advice for those just starting out their careers: “Tips for leading a happy and successful career: Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There… continue…

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…