Climbing the IT Career Ladder:

June, 2011

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June 29, 2011  3:18 PM

Due Diligence: First, Do No Harm



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
bandwidth, due diligence, FCC, frequency, GPS, journalists, LightSquared, PR

So you come up with a wonderful idea, as the folks at Lightsquared did. And then, Whoops! You learn that your great idea might mess up something unrelated. In Lightsquared's case, GPS service. What do you do now?

June 27, 2011  11:30 AM

Tired of IT? Become a Private Investigator



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
attorney, career, change, cop, cybercrime, defense, freelance, investigation, IT, license, part-time, PI, police, privare investigator, prosecution, retired

My question was, "What are good alternate career paths for an IT person who wants to move into another field?" I got a number of answers from my ad hoc panel of experts. One of the most intriguing was from Rob Holmes, a private investigator who says, "Much of the work we do these days is online."...


June 22, 2011  9:47 AM

IT Job Openings in St. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
career, Google News, hiring, investment, IT, jobs, online, opportunities, Scottrade, St. Louis, work

This week I got an emailed press release titled, Career Opportunities Available at Scottrade, a Best Place to Work in IT, that went on to say,...


June 20, 2011  5:47 PM

Instead of Silicon Valley, What About… Rochester?



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Asterisk, Austin, Boston, Digium, entrepreneur, geography, Kodak, Lee Drake, New York, OS-Cubed, Rochester, Silicon Valley, start-up, VC, venture capital, Xerox

I know a guy, Lee Drake, who has an IT business in Rochester, New York, called OS-Cubed. He's also part of a chamber of commerce-type group that touts Rochester as a great place to start and run a...


June 15, 2011  5:13 PM

Biznik is a Cool Networking Alternative to LinkedIn



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
B2B, Biznik, business, consulting, entrepreneur, F2F, LinkedIn, local, together, work

I've gotten work through LinkedIn. So have many of my friends. But there's another site that's become at least as valuable as LinkedIn to small entrepreneurs: Biznik.


June 13, 2011  5:45 PM

On Becoming a Renaissance Programmer



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
creative, entrepreneur, five senses, interacting, Internet, liberal arts, programmer, renaissance, salon, Silicon Valley, software, Sramana Mitra

Sramana Mitra, an entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley, says one of the best ways you can improve yourself as a programmer is to spend less time programming and more time learning about the arts and interacting with other people. ...


June 8, 2011  3:37 PM

Work Clothes for Women in IT



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
advice, appearance, career, clothing, dress, fashion, grooming, interview, links, makeup, outfit, shawl, shoes, success, suit, unisex, women's

Earlier this week I wrote about clothing and grooming for men in IT. I didn't specify "men," but it was a male-oriented article in which I mentioned that there were thousand of Web pages with fashion advice for women, and that I saw no point in adding my uninformed opinion to that huge body of...


June 6, 2011  2:26 PM

Dress for (IT) Success



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
beard, boss, dress, interview, long hair, neat, necktie, outfit, promotion, success, tie, tux, tuxedo

IT is one of the few departments in most modern corporate headquarters where you can get away with jeans and t-shirts every day, and shorts and sandals on "casual" or dress-down days. But abusing this freedom can be a major career no-go, so don't do it. There's no need to wear a tux to work every...


June 3, 2011  10:27 AM

A Sales Tale from the Customer’s Viewpoint



Posted by: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
convenience, cost, customer, IT, marketing, presentation, programming, quotes, sales, savings, time

The events I'm describing here happened nearly three decades ago, when I was Manager of Technical Services for Rotronic Instrument Corporation USA. Part of my job was making sure units got shipped safely to our customers. Our humidity instruments did not fit well into standard box sizes, so I...


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