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6 Pieces of IT Career Advice

The IT career is hardly an easy journey. There will be stumbling blocks, and it’s great if you have people who can help you foresee and get through them. Brian Holak, in an article for TechTarget, shares the best pieces of IT career advice that a selection of IT executives have ever been given. Their responses are supplemental pills that can spare you some headaches along the way: Take the outsider perspective. Be a good ...

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8 Best Practices for Outsourcing App Development Projects

Many start-up companies struggle with the cost and the need for a unique software application. With only limited employees, it is sometimes impractical and costly to develop the app in-house. This is when small companies should look elsewhere. Mary Shacklett, in an article for TechRepublic, suggests small companies go with the outsourcing route, and follow these practices to avoid problems: Do your research. Look for a firm with a local contact. Execute a non-disclosure agreement. ...

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The Death of the Job Interview, and How Top Companies Are Replacing It

Interviewing is a pain for anyone who has to pass this all-in-or-nothing round. However, as the person on the other side of that table, you cannot tell if people are honest and telling the truth in an interview, unless you can read nonverbal signs or their minds. According to Ron Friedman, an award-winning social psychologist, we are creating a condition where people are being dishonest because it is the only way for them to get ...

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The Psychological Power of Simple Websites

Simplicity is the key to brilliance. We know if something is simple when we see it, but having to craft simplicity ourselves is another subject. When it comes to websites, simplicity is often underrated, but it is an essential factor in appealing to the audience’s senses. Lucas Miller, in an article for Business 2 Community, says that a good website often has these three simple things built into it: Predictable: They’re easy on the brain ...

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5 Things Enterprise Software Developers Can Learn from Consumer Apps

Much of enterprise software has an unshakeable clunkiness to it. What can software developers do to cast off this impression? In an article for Network World, Mike Nadeau delineates a few practices that businesses can adopt to empower employees through simplified and easy-to-use applications: A mobile-first approach An eye toward development culture Self-service that employees actually see Personalized user experience Easier collaboration between business and IT View Your Employees as Your Loyal Customers Don’t assume ...

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7 Tips to Create Work-Life Balance in Tech

When was the last time you actually sat down for a long, good conversation with your friends or family? If you cannot even remember the most recent date, you are probably working too hard. However, your workaholism is neither a phenomenon nor a disease. In a recent survey from Comparably, only 65 percent of tech workers said that they were satisfied with their work-life balance. Alison DeNisco, in writing for TechRepublic, sees this problem and ...

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What Is the Point of Learning C?

Many programming languages have come and gone since C language was devised in 1972, and yet C has continued to survive up to this day. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s thriving though–far from it, perhaps. So the question is–should people ignore this language completely and focus on something more useful and timely, or is it still something worth learning? Paul Rubens examines this question in an article for CIO.com. Old Habits Die Hard Azriel Fasten, ...

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Why Note-Taking Practices Can Change Your Work Outcomes

Unless you have a photographic memory, you just cannot remember every single piece of information that other people say or show you, and that’s why you need to write things down to “store” your data. To Sam Grier, writing at the IT Managers Inbox, note-taking is a daily skill and can be improved. Notes can get messy and useless if a person doesn’t know how to organize them. As a result, Grier introduces an information ...

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Why a Writing Center Can Save Your Organization

Writing is no longer the exclusive job of writers. If you think writing means creating a poem or drafting a novel, you’re a bit short-sighted—writing is a part of every job nowadays. Businessmen write emails to different departments, bankers write detailed reports to bank executives and boards of directors, etc. However, not everyone can effectively and correctly transfer what’s in their mind into writing, and it can be costly for organizations when miscommunication or incidents ...

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7 Reasons to Love Your Job in IT

Loving your job is not something “rare-to-find” or “nice-to-have,” but it is the key to your life fulfillment and social stability. If you find yourself looking back at your career and sighing with the little voice in your head that says, “Work is all about money,” don’t suck it up, buttercup! The workplace is where you spend most of your waking time. Like it or not, a recent study of the effects of happiness on ...

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