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By now most of us have heard the story of how one man’s puzzle game called Flappy Bird netted him bazillions of dollars or how a geek named Mark Zuckerberg catapulted his way to hoodied nerd history. But not every developer is out there going at it alone. While we might idealize the rugged individualist programmer, many of us work as a part of a team inside giant beasts known as corporations. So what happens if you have a great idea for a product but want to build it while still taking advantage of your employer’s 401(k) matching program?
As most people who work in technology fields know, things change, and often they change quickly. It’s easy to become comfortable in a specific role or position and forget about the world outside your zone. This is why it’s important to keep tabs on trends in your field and the ones around them, even they don’t directly involve you. Let’s take a look at some of the methods that can be used to maintain proficiency in both your current position and those in the future.
It’s believed that keeping up with changes in technology is one of the most effective ways to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Spiceworks, a popular destination for IT professionals, recently released a report focused on the value of training. The results are not surprising: IT pros overwhelmingly agree that ongoing training is valuable to their careers, and is one of the best ways to stay current.
The social contract between company and employee has certainly has changed. Employees used to stay with one company for the entirety of their career in exchange for guaranteed job security, pensions and the opportunity to grow. But today, the relationship between employer and employee looks more like a short-term business deal. Has workplace loyalty eroded?
Personal branding is a popular topic when it comes to careers and promoting yourself, especially online. But what happens when you have more than one personal brand? A Pluralsight user asks how to self-brand while working in at least two very contrasting roles and industries. It’s a commonly asked question, and the first step is to decide if one outweighs the other. But where do you go from there?
For many businesses, nothing is more important than the bottom line. It determines if the lights stay on or not. But there’s a hidden danger there: treating your employees as if they’re nothing more than cogs in a machine. Once you’re in that mindset, you’ll find yourself on the losing end of a long and hard battle. Why does it matter?
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.