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You’ve been in your field a long, long time. You’re still on top of your game, but trends show a shift to a younger crowd. You’ve been applying to jobs, and you know you can keep up with, if not surpass your younger counterparts in both time worked and skill, but getting that first foot in the door seems to have become an issue, and you can’t figure out why.
If there was ever any doubt that developers are taking over the world, this year’s 100 Best Jobs from US News settles it. For the first time in the history of US News’ annual top 100, a technology job sits in the number one spot: software developer.
The life of middle and upper management isn’t always fist-bumps and booyahs. There are moments when the weight of the company rests squarely on the shoulders of those that run the company. One such moment is when it comes time to send an employee packing. Sure there are certain instances when that moment is a relief (bad seeds always somehow manage to get employed). But when a good employee must be released, that moment can crush the soul of the one handing out the dreaded “pink slip.”
According to recently released salary guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, companies are raising base salaries of in-demand roles in order to keep up with fast-changing trends in tech. The biggest increases were seen in roles where IT and digital professionals would help organizations boost their competence in data and business intelligence, information and network security, and mobile design and development.
At some point in your professional life, you’re going to begin to wonder if you’re in the right place or if you are doing yourself any favors by staying at your current job. It’s often a struggle to know, and I mean really know, if you should stay or move on. Unfortunately, there is no formula for this. There isn’t a series of questions that will lead you to anything resembling a conclusion. In the end, the decision is yours, but even arriving at the decision is a challenge in itself. So how do you know when it’s time to quit?
Interviews are one of the single most nerve-wracking tasks you will ever complete. They can be degrading, trying, testing, and numerous other sanity-challenging adjectives. Most schools (especially those of a business nature) try hard to prepare you for what’s to come. Unfortunately, schools cannot teach you everything. There are some skills that simply come from experience. One such skill is the art of the interview.
Keeping your technology employees motivated and happy isn’t always easy. Sometimes you’re faced with a staff who is losing productivity and even searching for new employment. Our 5 Proven Ways to Motivate and Retain your Technology Team guide will aid you in building an environment that fosters loyalty and growth.
Let’s set the scene: You have a massive undertaking that requires you to explain to your boss’ boss exactly why you need to employ encryption key authentication in order to secure the transmission of various data. That’s when you’re met with the famous ‘deer in the headlights’ glare and the “Can you speak in English? I don’t understand nerd!” response. We’ve all heard this before — or at least have heard stories about it being said to others. But it’s important to understand that it’s not an insurmountable hurdle.
Since the dawn of time, or at least the ’80s, conferences have been a mainstay of the computer industry. From week-long events that attract thousands of people, to single-day local conferences with a few dozen attendees, organizing and holding your own conference can be a daunting task.
Like most developers, you probably have a favorite programming language. But did you know that only focusing on one language could affect not only your career, but your income potential as well? If you want to increase your salary, you’ll need to learn, and become good at, using multiple tools and multiple programming languages instead of specializing in just one.
Another year end is upon us. Whether you and your company had a successful year, or one not so filled with success, you’re looking into the future to figure out how you can either re-create successes or avoid making the same mistakes. One way to do that is to set attainable goals for your team.
Ah, the end of the year — time for some traditions! Whether it’s a favorite food, getting together with friends or family, watching or participating in sporting events, or whatever your thing is this time of year, for many professionals the end of the year also means bonu$ time. Ca-Ching!
Robert Half Technology just released its IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for the first half of 2014. The survey results are mostly positive, with 16 percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) planning to grow their teams by hiring additional talent, and only two percent planning to reduce their staff.
When I first started programming, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) didn’t exist. Interaction with the user was achieved through simple text-based prompts (I have fond memories of playing text-based adventure games as a child). Today, our apps run on touch-enabled hardware where we can take advantage of additional inputs such as the shaking of a phone to roll virtual dice.
I do not know of a single developer who can say they are entirely self-made and standing entirely on their own merits. We have all been profoundly influenced by friends and mentors who have contributed to where we are today.
As part of my quest to really understand the Lean movement, I’m going back to its roots and reading Out of the Crisis, by W. Edwards Deming, originally published back in the 80′s. If you want to know where the idea of continuous improvement, or Kaizen came from, read this book.
Everyone from Ford to Coca-Cola is having hackathons these days; there are hackathons for food and politics, immigration reform and healthcare. In the tech world they’ve become a staple of developer relations. But how useful are they to developers, and are they all equally useful?
Do you work in a computer-related job field? If so, this data released by PhoenixTS might be of interest. A recent survey revealed computer-related job salaries in the top ten states average between $82,000 and $108,000 per year, with Colorado sitting at the top of the list.
Americans may be among the most productive workers in the world, but living up to such high expectations isn’t always easy. Here are seven simple ways to help you stay at the top of the heap.
It’s that time of year where we all give a bit of energy to finding things to be thankful for. Health, love, family, prosperity. But what about the workplace? Have you ever given much thought to what you have to be thankful for on the job?