Climbing the IT Career Ladder


June 20, 2011  5:47 PM

Instead of Silicon Valley, What About… Rochester?

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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 high-tech business. Why Rochester? Why not? And why not look at a lot of places besides Silicon Valley if you want to be involved with exciting, cutting edge technology?
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June 15, 2011  5:13 PM

Biznik is a Cool Networking Alternative to LinkedIn

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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.
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June 13, 2011  5:45 PM

On Becoming a Renaissance Programmer

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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.
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June 8, 2011  3:37 PM

Work Clothes for Women in IT

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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 advice. Since then, I’ve gotten a couple of emails that said I should at least provide a few links to sites that give sensible clothing and grooming advice to women who are climbing the IT ladder.
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June 6, 2011  2:26 PM

Dress for (IT) Success

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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 day, but you should at least be neat and businesslike.
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June 3, 2011  10:27 AM

A Sales Tale from the Customer’s Viewpoint

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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 shopped for a custom box provider that could give us what we needed at prices low enough that, even if they were higher than the prices for stock box sizes, would save us enough on shipping and labor to give us an overall net saving.
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May 30, 2011  2:13 PM

Get Your Basic Electronics or IT Training in the Military

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Memorial Day is in some ways a strange time to talk about the military as a place to learn, because it’s the day we celebrate people who died in service to our country. But this is important, because enlisting in any of our armed forces means you aren’t signing up just to gain skills that can help you find a job, but to lay down your life for America, if necessary.
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May 25, 2011  2:48 PM

Meet HR People on Their Home Turf This October

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Linux developers and Perl coders both have conferences. So do HR people. They even have one every year specifically for HR technology. You might want to go to it, for two main reasons:
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May 23, 2011  5:00 PM

Lots of IT Job Growth Despite Fewer IT Jobs

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How can this be? Simple, according to David Foote, CEO of respected IT research firm Foote Partners, LLC: most of the new “IT jobs” don’t carry IT titles. They’re jobs with titles like “accounting analyst” or “research journalist.” In April, 2011, Foote says 19,200 new “IT hybrid jobs” were created, while 1400 jobs were lost in Telecommunications, Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services. Obviously, it’s no longer enough just to be “an IT worker.”
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May 18, 2011  4:54 PM

Chrome Browser, I Love Thee. Let Me Count the Ways…

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Before I start getting numerical on you, let me say that Google is not paying me to write this little article. I use their Chrome Web browser and like it. In fact, it is now the default browser on all three of my “main” computers — for the five reasons I enumerate below:
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