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 // January 14, 2009, 8:32 PM PST

    Tackling the tricky dilemma of having no work references

    With the rate these days at which people switch jobs and companies go out of business, finding and keeping good work references can be a battle. Here are some ways of getting around it.


  • 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 // January 22, 2009, 2:04 AM PST

    How to work for someone younger than you

    If you've ever had to report to someone younger than yourself or manage an employee older than yourself, you have experienced a phenomenon that will become more commonplace. Here's why and some tips for dealing with it.


  • 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 // 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 // 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 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 // 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 22, 2008, 9:03 PM PST

    Are motivational tactics the same at any age?

    I once worked at a company whose employee recognition program system was not unlike a kindergarten teacher's gold star system. The weird thing is, it worked.


  • 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 // October 14, 2008, 9:32 PM PST

    Is your boss a narcissist?

    A new study arrives at the obvious conclusion that narcissists are likely to step in as leaders. Here's why they do, and why they're so hard to deal with.