Contracting

Red Flags to Look For Before Taking a Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Recently I wrote about the what I look for when I’m considering a job or a contract, things like interesting problems and fun people. There is, however, a dark side. For some things I’ll stop even considering a job or contract. Just like a job’s qualities, these are different for everyone. My red flags might be something you don’t care about one way or another. Before I share my list, I want to include one caveat: Earning enough to pay… continue…

How To Train Others Without Endangering Your Job

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IT managers are increasingly asking veterans to share their technical knowledge with novice co-workers as a cost-effective way to develop staff. But the mandates pose a Catch-22 for professionals who fear losing their jobs to lower-paid colleagues if they comply — or losing their jobs if they don’t. After the problem received six pages of comments on Dice Discussions, I asked our Talent Community Guides R. Emmett O’Ryan and Rob Reilly to share their advice. Should contractors be required to… continue…

Seven Of Our Favorite Stories on Contracting

The way the economy’s going I, for one, believe that more of us are going to consider becoming a contractor at some point. Either we’ll decide the trade-offs in lifestyle, flexibility and pay will be worth the hassle of paperwork and insurance — or because businesses in general increasingly like the idea of having a flexible work force. If you’re thinking about contracting, or are just curious about some of the dynamics at play, here are seven stores to take… continue…

Project Management Consultants Can Build A Status Dashboard

Project management consultants need to communicate their status among a number of stakeholders. Building a status dashboard achieves that goal, and helps building your business at the same time. Typically, there are several audiences a project manager needs to update with their status. So, stakeholder meetings tend to require a lot of preparation. Typically, these meetings are held once a month and offer up a large amount of information in a very brief format. This is where the status dashboard… continue…

Eight of Our Favorite Stories About Recruiters

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Recruiters: Some people love them, some people hate them, most people are probably ambivalent about them, but one thing’s for sure: They’re a fact of life. So, over the years we’ve posted a number of articles and videos about recruiters, how they think, and how you can approach them. Here they are, and if you have any additional thoughts about recruiters, be sure to post them in the comments below. How To Be a Candidate Recruiters Will Notice The Top Secrets… continue…

Seven Reasons to Keep Searching Even Though It’s Summer

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GUEST COLUMN, by Patty Coffey, Winter, Wyman: Like it or not, the perception that companies cut back hiring during the summer is a myth. In fact, they fill positions at the same — if not an increased — pace during the hottest months of the year. Job hunting during the summer can be tricky though, and it’s important to avoid two particular hazards: timing and schedules. Because of vacations, trying to schedule interviews can be complicated. An interview process that… continue…

Job Skills You’ll Need to Work With Emerging Technologies

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Microsoft’s TechEd wrapped up this week, leaving attendees with a better career compass to guide them. Of particular interest was the ”Skills For Emerging Technology” seminar, which dished out good information for developers, both mobile and Web. Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, led off the talk with his thoughts on career choices. You may know him as the guy who put Microsoft Powershell on the map in 2006. He was joined by Russ Hearl of Elance, Greg Shields of Concentrated… continue…

Project Management Leadership is All About Partnering

Among the challenges project managers face is how to lead. I once heard someone say, “a good project manager is one that knows how to lead the team without getting in the way.”  But really, it’s more about enabling the team to do its job by being a partner. I say that because I’ve spent the last part of my career in the agile space, which lends itself to that type of management. It also pushes the conversation away from… continue…

Can IT Consultants Be Blacklisted by a Staffing Firm?

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Questions abound whether IT consultants can be blacklisted by a staffing firm. Is it true or just another vicious Internet rumor? There’s no doubt that staffing firms can terminate IT consultants for breaking the rules or put your name on a “do not hire” list, especially if you quit without notice or offend an important client. But do agencies really share the names of ousted contractors? Do they blackball professionals for petty offenses? It’s a popular topic on Dice Discussions,… continue…

7 Tips for Making the Most of LibreOffice Impress

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LibreOffice, a successor to the OpenOffice.org project, is a full-featured set of productivity applications, much like Microsoft Office. I use LibreOffice Impress, which is similar to PowerPoint, for all of my presentations and slide generation. Over the years, I’ve probably tried every feature available. And, let me tell you, it’s tough striking that sensible balance between using just the right amount of techno wizardry on screen and not distracting the audience away from the speaker who is, after all, the real… continue…