Climbing the IT Career Ladder


May 16, 2011  1:18 PM

Flash is Still a Useful Development Tool, Says Software Training Expert

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Sterling Ledet, of training company Sterling Ledet & Associates, Inc., says that even if Steve Jobs doesn’t like Flash, it’s still a useful content delivery and Web development tool and you should keep up on the latest Flash developments. He also has some other interesting ideas about job possibilities for smart software developers.
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May 11, 2011  6:31 AM

Before You Start Your Own Business, Watch This Video

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You may be a great programmer and administrator, and you might even know how to fix just about any hardware problem, but operating your own business is at least as much about sales, collections, and negotiations as it is about what you actually do to earn your living. This video is funny, but it’s also true. Watch it. And then, before you start your own IT Iconsulting (or, really, any) business, ask yourself if you want to deal with the situations it shows. Because, if you go into business for yourself, you will. I gair-un-tee it.

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May 9, 2011  8:08 AM

“I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help You Find a Job in Health Care IT”

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This may sound like a joke, but in this case it’s not. California now has a state agency that helps people like you find jobs in the fast-growing HIT (Health Information Technology) field. If you need additional education or training, they can help with that, too. And if you don’t live in California, don’t despair. Your state probably has a similar program or will start one before long.
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May 4, 2011  9:28 AM

Six Web Pages That Will Help You Write an Effective Resume

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In my most recent post, titled Why You Need ‘Social Media Versions’ of Your Resume, I promised to give you a list of links to online resume-writing guides. Here it is:
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May 2, 2011  3:12 PM

Why You Need ‘Social Media Versions’ of Your Resume

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Resumes are important job-finding tools, even if you look for a job by calling friends instead of listing your talents at Dice, Monster, and other big-time employment mills. But today, you will probably use social media more than a telephone in your job search, and the “resumes” you need for LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are completely different animals than the ones you need for more traditional search methods.
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April 25, 2011  4:01 PM

Five IT Career Ideas From IBM Executive Bruce Douglass

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Bruce’s imposing title is Chief Evangelist, Rational Software, IBM. He’s given us a list of five IT career fields you may not have thought about checking out — and that others, too, may have overlooked — but are likely to display massive growth in the near future:
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April 20, 2011  5:44 PM

SugarCRM is Looking for 46 New Employees

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I don’t know if you’re familiar with SugarCRM. It is a company based in Cupertino, Calif. that develops open source Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.
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April 19, 2011  4:39 PM

Promotion or Job Change: Which is the Best Way to Advance in IT?

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I’ve had a couple of management consultants tell me that if you want to move into management, it’s better to change jobs or change where you work within your current company than to stay where you are. What if you have to fire one of your old friends? Not cool. Or are you better off starting your management career surrounded by peope who know and (hopefully) like you?
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April 12, 2011  12:57 PM

Improve Your People Skills for Fun and Profit

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We all love reading Bastard Operator From Hell, but real-life work is more fulfilling if users love you instead of wishing you’d fall down the stairs as karmic payment for the way you treat them. So, since we already know how to be a BOFH, today’s post could be subtitled, “How to Become a Legitimate Operator From Heaven.”
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April 5, 2011  2:14 PM

How GNU Telephony Can Make Your Job More Secure

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GNU Telephony is not a single program, but a whole group of GNU programs that can be used to create a free (as in freedom) and very low (financial) cost VoIP telephone system for a business, government agency or non-profit group. Installing and maintaining a GNU Telephony system may increase your value to your employers by a substantial amount. And if your current employers don’t recognize that value, others surely will. So whatever knowledge you gain about VoIP will not be wasted in the long run.
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