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 // 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 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 // 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 // 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 // February 23, 2009, 3:19 AM PST

    Learn how to effectively communicate with these tools

    Communication skills are necessary not only for interpersonal relationships, but they can also aid your career in incredible ways. If you can effectively communicate the need for a new tech initiative, for example, the better the chances you'll get the go-ahead. Here are some tools that can help you improve your communication skills.


  • Toni Bowers // February 19, 2009, 8:55 PM PST

    Terry Childs -- Will the true story ever be told?

    Terry Childs, the net admin arrested on July 12, 2008 for disrupting San Francisco's wide-area network, still sits in the City of San Francisco's county jail. But is he guilty of what he is accused of, or was he just doing his job?


  • Toni Bowers // February 17, 2009, 10:57 PM PST

    The four things every leader should know about good communication

    We all know that communication is the key to all good things. What isn't so clear is just exactly how to communicate well. Here is some actionable advice for leaders who want to succeed by communicating well.


  • Toni Bowers // February 17, 2009, 12:58 AM PST

    Help prospective employers find you

    How do recruiters find you? Primarily through your online presence. Here are some tips from a recruiter for making yourself more visible on the Web.


  • Toni Bowers // February 12, 2009, 11:18 PM PST

    Corporate Ethics Officer: A new job title makes an appearance

    Because of all the recent corporate scandals, some companies are trying to ensure their trustworthiness by hiring Corporate Ethics Officers. Here's what the job entails.


  • 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 // 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 3, 2009, 9:31 PM PST

    Battling recruiters and the salary issue

    It's an age-old issue: You're talking to a recruiter who wants to know what your salary requirements are, and you want to know what salary the job offers. How does one get around this stand-off?


  • Toni Bowers // February 2, 2009, 10:11 PM PST

    Negotiating tips for the newly laid off

    After you've been given a pink slip, the only thing you feel like doing is numbly gathering your things and getting the heck out of there. But the author of a new book says it may be a good time to negotiate.


  • Toni Bowers // January 31, 2009, 2:51 AM PST

    Staff management: Beware the simmering pot

    Personnel issues are always a bit tough, but it's best to deal with them upfront instead of letting them fester. As a manager, you need to keep an eye on troubling employee behavior, especially if it starts to have a pattern.