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December 7, 2016  8:04 PM

Motivating Tech Workers

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
incentives, IT compensation, motivation

I did something stupid a couple of days ago, I got into an argument on twitter. Someone made a post claiming monetary incentives always harm performance. The word always being used there made my head spin, and I just couldn't resist. I have been reading a book called

August 29, 2016  10:56 AM

Vetting New Employees

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Interview, Interviews

I was eavesdropping on a conversation about vetting technical skill during an interview in a local Slack channel last week. One person suggested live programming or logic exercises on a white board. Others responded that this is inhumane and rigged against people that need a quiet space without...


December 21, 2015  9:22 AM

How To Ace A Performance Review (if you must)

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Career Development, performance

It's performance review season. The temperature outside has been steadily dropping for a month now. Unless you're in California or Florida,  you probably have to let the car run for a minute to melt off ice on the windshield. Instead of having a few more hours of sunlight each day at the end of...


November 30, 2015  12:52 PM

Strike Up the Band

Michael Larsen Michael Larsen Profile: Michael Larsen
Career Development

Back in 1993, I performed my last show as a professional musician. This had been an endeavor that I had pursued, quite doggedly, for the better part of a decade. I had a number of successes and failures along the way, and I learned a lot of skills that would serve me well in my future career as a...


November 2, 2015  7:10 PM

Career Development Made Easy

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Career Development, Training

Every time I have started a new job of the fully employed at a company type, one of the first things we do is go over the organizational chart. An HR person and maybe my new boss sit down with me point to the bottom of the page and say "See, you are right there. No, not there, further down. Yeah...


September 30, 2015  12:36 PM

Owning Our Brand

Michael Larsen Michael Larsen Profile: Michael Larsen
Career Development, Certification and specializations, Marketing

Many years ago, I had an opportunity to get certified in a number of areas at a company I was working at. This was actively encouraged for a simple reason. The software company that was licensing products for our use and deployment gave us a price break if we had x number of people on our staff...


July 16, 2015  4:28 PM

Don’t Interview, Explore!

Michael Larsen Michael Larsen Profile: Michael Larsen
Interviews

I'm in "interview mode" at the moment. We are looking at a number of candidates, and we are playing "Resume Buzzword Bingo". I am trying to see if the list of accomplishments and achievements match with "can this person do the job?" For years, I used to go through a set list of questions, areas...


July 3, 2014  2:18 PM

Kaitlyn Weatherbrain’s New Economy

Matt Heusser Matt Heusser Profile: Matt Heusser
Amazon, Books, economy, jobs

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May 21, 2014  12:02 PM

Continuing tech education: A review of RTI Online

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman
Career Development

A couple months ago I wrote about a few options for people interested in tech education outside of a university environment. I recently took a 3 day course online...


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