Career Management

Head Blogs Editor Toni Bowers discusses various aspects of working in the corporate world, including the best techniques for finding a great job and how to cope once you get there.

  • Toni Bowers // February 9, 2009, 9:43 PM PST

    Layoff: A personal perspective

    The poor American economy brings with it the specter of widespread job loss. Even IT pros who think they're immune to a layoff are being unpleasantly surprised. Here is one IT pro's experience.


  • Toni Bowers // February 8, 2009, 10:56 PM PST

    Ensure productivity by setting SMART goals

    There's a lot that can go wrong in any project, but not stating clear instructions and expectations at the beginning always spells trouble. See how to use SMART goals to avoid this problem.


  • Toni Bowers // February 10, 2009, 10:01 PM PST

    Dealing with cliques at work

    An employee at an IT call center finds that his co-workers are in a clique and are not forthcoming with information that could help him do his job. What is the best way to deal with childish co-workers?


  • Toni Bowers // March 16, 2009, 3:38 AM PST

    Can an autocratic leadership style work?

    The prevailing wisdom among those who speak of leadership techniques is that one should coach employees rather than manage them. The autocratic approach to leadership seems outdated. But is there a still a place for the one-way leadership model?


  • Toni Bowers // February 24, 2009, 9:32 PM PST

    What do surveys reveal about ex-employees and corporate data?

    If you believe the results of some surveys done in the last couple of years, corporate data is at great risk when it comes to ex-employees. Here are the results of some of those surveys, as well as the results of a TechRepublic poll.


  • Toni Bowers // March 3, 2009, 10:57 PM PST

    Laid off: Fight the urge to vent

    If you've been let go from a company, it's hard not to let your feelings take over. But if you find yourself venting publicly, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.


  • Toni Bowers // March 12, 2009, 11:19 PM PST

    How to manage the people who manage you

    For most employees, you have more than just one manager setting expectations for you. Your "role set" includes co-workers, customers, and maybe managers further up in the organization. Learn how to manage the people who manage you.


  • Toni Bowers // March 10, 2009, 11:35 PM PST

    Exiting employees and their goodbye e-mails

    We've all seen the parting e-mails from employees who leave the company for one reason or another. Some are short and sweet, some are longer. But are these notes a risk?


  • Toni Bowers // March 9, 2009, 5:46 AM PST

    Three questions you should ask an interviewer

    Job interviews are not just a means by which prospective employers judge your suitability. It's also a mechanism by which you can see if a company would be a place you'd want to work. Here are some questions you can ask an interviewer that will give you information about what the company culture is like and what the manager's expectations will be.


  • Toni Bowers // March 5, 2009, 3:30 AM PST

    Rid your resume of these useless words

    Resist the temptation to embellish your resume with elaborate terminology. You'll only insert a vagueness into a document that needs to be streamlined.


  • Toni Bowers // February 26, 2009, 8:09 PM PST

    Does money make you happy, or does being happy make you money?

    It's highly unlikely that any employee would object to making a good salary. But is it too simplistic to think that money buys happiness?


  • Toni Bowers // March 1, 2009, 10:17 PM PST

    Company employees viewing porn: Have the rules changed?

    Most Internet usage policies contain vague wording about the repercussions employees will face if caught surfing porn sites. But after a precedent-setting case in 2006, is this enough to cover your company's bases in the event of a lawsuit?


  • Toni Bowers // September 7, 2008, 10:56 PM PST

    Six grammar and punctuation mistakes you might not know you're making

    How you speak and write matters a lot, especially in your career. Here are some grammatical and punctuation mistakes that you might not even know you're committing.


  • Toni Bowers // September 25, 2008, 10:19 PM PST

    What should I do: Uninvolved boss

    In this week's What should I do? we try to get answers for a TechRepublic member who doesn't understand why his boss treated him so badly.


  • Toni Bowers // December 7, 2008, 10:55 PM PST

    Climbing the corporate lattice

    Perhaps the days of the linear corporate ladder are coming to an end. Today, career success is measured and achieved differently.