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 // December 10, 2008, 6:05 PM PST

    Five best TR career discussions of 2008

    TechRepublic members got into some spirited discussions this year on the topic of workplace issues. Take a look at five of the best.


  • Toni Bowers // December 14, 2008, 8:32 PM PST

    How you know you've stumped a co-worker

    Ever had a co-worker perform a disappearing act in the middle of an e-mail exchange? It could be classic avoidance behavior.


  • Toni Bowers // December 16, 2008, 8:58 PM PST

    The six types of difficult co-workers

    Tim McClintock, PMP and Global Knowledge Instructor, has compiled a list of the most difficult types of people. It's hard enough to deal with these kinds of people in the wild, but when they're your co-workers, it can be dreadful.


  • Toni Bowers // December 25, 2008, 8:32 PM PST

    The three pillars of professionalism

    For doctors, accountants, and lawyers there are memberships in mandatory professional associations with strict rules of conduct and ethics prescribing who is and who isn't a professional. But what does it mean to be an IT professional?


  • Toni Bowers // December 18, 2008, 8:58 PM PST

    The problem with IT contracting

    A TechRepublic member is deeply dissatisfied with life as an IT contractor. Read about his experience, and see if you can offer any advice.


  • Toni Bowers // December 28, 2008, 8:27 PM PST

    The six-figure Linux job

    If you're looking for a lucrative IT field, Linux expertise may be your key. Here's why jobs having to do with the free software can bring in the big bucks.


  • Toni Bowers // December 21, 2008, 10:12 PM PST

    What you need to know about certifications in 2009

    According to an experienced IT consultant, IT pros should be aware of the importance of IT certifications in 2009. He also explains some of the changes you can expect to see in Microsoft's certification program.


  • Toni Bowers // January 4, 2009, 9:19 PM PST

    Meetings -- the good and the bad

    Meetings are only a problem if they're not managed properly. Here are some of the good and bad aspects of meetings.


  • Toni Bowers // January 6, 2009, 1:30 AM PST

    Anatomy of a layoff

    When you've been laid off, there is a tendency to hold it against the person who had to deliver the news. Here's the layoff experience from the perspective of the line manager.


  • Toni Bowers // January 7, 2009, 12:13 AM PST

    Bad economy stirs interest in incentive compensation, but does it work?

    When the economy starts to tank, interest in variable pay (incentive compensation) tends to surge, according to one expert. But the question remains: Do such compensation plans work?


  • Toni Bowers // January 8, 2009, 9:46 PM PST

    Job site releases lists of best and worst jobs

    In a list released by a career site, two IT jobs made the best list. Take a look at what the others were, as well as the 10 worst.


  • Toni Bowers // January 11, 2009, 9:35 PM PST

    The problem with employee assessment tests

    According to recent statistics, the use of employment assessment tests has increased 300 percent. Here are some problems with those kinds of tests if not properly implemented.


  • Toni Bowers // January 13, 2009, 3:20 AM PST

    Tips for hiring a techie

    We all know the repercussions of a bad hire. Here are some tips for making that next tech hire a good one.


  • 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 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.