IT Employment

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  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    Stay safe when you pull an all-nighter: 10 self-defense tips for techies

    IT pros may be experts at protecting their systems from attack. But working late, short on sleep, preoccupied with a tricky project, they may not be ready to protect themselves. Deb Shinder calls on her law enforcement background to provide techs with some self-defense basics.This download is also available as...

    Provided By Deb Shinder

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 ways to improve your client relationships

    One thing is true for all consultants: If we have any work, we have clients. And one of our most important roles is to maintain and enhance our relationship with them. Here are some suggestions to help you foster those important business relationships.This download is also available as an...

    Provided By Kevin Eikenberry Group

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10+ ways to help your help desk (and therefore yourself)

    If you're a go-to resource for your organization's help desk, you can make your job easier by making their job easier. Calvin Sun looks at some things you can do to make help desk operations go more smoothly -- which will pay off for you in return.This download is also...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    Talent shortage? How to win with what you've got

    If you're not finding the talent you need in this super-competitive market, Vince Thompson suggests you look in another direction: toward the staff you already have. As he explains in this FT Press article, you may be able to turn your "losers" into "winners" with a little bit of effort....

    Provided By FT Press

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    Trialware: Improving Customer Support and Help Desk Efficiencies with On-Demand Remote Support

    Now you can sit at your desk and solve the toughest support problems, remotely. Sure, you can visit all your employees or customers and solve their support issues at their desks. But why not save a lot of time and solve them all from your desk? You see, NTRsupport...

    Provided By NTRglobal

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 IT health risks -- and how to combat them

    IT might not appear to be a high-risk field, but a surprising number of ailments can plague IT pros in all job roles. Suzanne Thornberry takes a look at some of the most prevalent health concerns and what you can do to protect yourself from them.This download is also available...

    Provided By Suzanne Thornberry

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 personality traits of a highly effective independent consultant

    Many IT consultants daydream about branching out on their own without giving much thought to what skills are necessary to succeed as a freelancer. Before you commit to being an independent consultant, read Chip Camden's list of 10 personality traits that he says you need to possess in order to...

    Provided By Chip Camden

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 tips for becoming a gentlemanly exec

    In a recent article in the London Times, William Drew contends that it's important to remain a gentleman even in today's go get-em business world. BNET blogger Michael Mattis shares Drew's list of 10 tips for anyone who aspires to be a gentleman/gentlewoman "in business, in relationships and in public."This...

    Provided By Michael Mattis

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 things a developer should never ignore

    Whether you're a head-down developer in a large organization, a systems designer, or a single jack-of-all-trades for your own company, certain practices can help you produce a better end product and take your career to the next level. Veteran developer and project manager Bill Stronge explains some of most important...

    Provided By Bill Stronge

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    The 10 best ways to handle a job interview

    Given the current economy, maintaining contacts with other companies can be critical. Knowing the right people can help you land a better job, one with more pay or perhaps the chance of advancement. But getting that next job often involves an interview. Calvin Sun put together this list of practical...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 ways to increase productivity using a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) mindset

    In a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), people get to do whatever they want, whenever they want -- as long as the work gets done. Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, co-creators of ROWE and authors of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It, share 10 tips for moving toward...

    Provided By Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 developer want ads that will attract topnotch talent

    Most programmer want ads are written in a way that makes the best candidates unlikely to respond to them. Why? Because the people writing these ads often don't understand developers, and they produce a generic ad that reads like a boilerplate job description. Justin James offers 10 examples of ads...

    Provided By Justin James

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10+ things you can do to motivate your team

    To get things done these days, working in teams is almost imperative. But how can you motivate a team to accomplish your objectives? How can you avoid common mistakes that can kill performance and morale? Calvin Sun offers some suggestions for keeping your staff focused and on track.This download is...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 ways you might be breaking the law with your computer

    Legislation that affects the use of Internet-connected computers continues to grow in its reach and its complexity. To help you avoid any infractions, we've revised this list to include new and pending laws and recent rulings.

    Provided By Deb Shinder

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 ways to develop customer self-sufficiency

    Helping your customers become more technically capable frees you up to spend more time giving them higher-value services -- which could ultimately benefit your career. Calvin Sun offers some advice for helping your customers become a bit more self-reliant.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 early signs that someone will make a great leader

    It's important to identify individuals who have leadership potential so that you can help them step into that role when they're ready. Here are some behaviors and qualities that may indicate you have some promising future leaders on your team.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Bill Stronge

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 ways to make your VoIP rollout easier

    You know VoIP can potentially save your company money and provide your users with convenience features. But making the switch can be a little scary. You depend on your telephone service and may not be able to do business without it, so it's important to get it right. Deb Shinder...

    Provided By Deb Shinder

  • Downloads // May 2008

    10 reasons your star programmer may be looking to leave

    Top programmers are not easy to find. It takes time to cull through dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes to find the magic combination you want, and it takes hours to perform interviews. After all of that, you still need to jump through hoops to make sure that your best...

    Provided By Justin James

  • Downloads // Apr 2008

    10 ways to handle disagreements effectively

    Disagreements at work come with the territory -- but they aren't necessarily a bad thing. Handled properly, disagreements often can lead to productive gains and unexpected solutions. Calvin Sun offers some tips to help you make sure disagreements stay under control.This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Apr 2008

    10 ways to explain things more effectively

    In the course of your work, you may sometimes need to explain technical concepts to your customers. Having them understand you is important not only for technical reasons, but also to ensure customer satisfaction. Communications coach Calvin Sun offers some tips to help make your explanations more understandable and useful....

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    10+ things you should do when you resign

    Although it might be tempting to deliver a few choice remarks or leave things in a mess when you quit a job, that bridge-burning is likely to come back to haunt you. It's far better to depart in a professional manner. Calvin Sun offers some suggestions for handling the resignation...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    Which of these IT job roles is right (or wrong) for you?

    Unless you're very lucky, you probably won't find your ideal position in the IT world the first time out. In fact, you may not even know what your ideal position looks like until you've been laboring in the tech trenches long enough to get a sense of the industry and...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    TechRepublic's 2008 IT skills and salary report

    TechRepublic presents this IT skills and salary report, created in conjunction with Global Knowledge. Find out about IT employment trends, the job market outlook, areas of growth and decline, skills that are in demand, highest-paying certs, and salary ranges broken down by region, job title, industry, and experience.

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    10 traits to look for when you're hiring a programmer

    Programmers come with a wide range of skill sets, hail from many countries and cultures, and can have differing backgrounds and experiences. Nevertheless, certain qualities can mean the difference between a stellar programmer and someone who's not so great. Here are 10 things to look for when you're hiring a...

    Provided By Justin James

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    The 10 best technology podcasts

    The breakneck pace of change in the technology world means keeping up with a lot of new information on a daily basis. And for those of us with little time to spare, podcasts are one of the most valuable tools for staying current in tech. TechRepublic executive editor Jason Hiner...

    Provided By Jason Hiner

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    The 10 most dangerous species of IT team leader

    After yet more research into the various species that inhabit the world of IT, Jeff Dray returns with a new set of taxonomic classifications. This time, he turns his attention to the team leader. Since competent and sociable team leaders don't make for great storytelling, he's selected some of the...

    Provided By Jeff Dray

  • Downloads // Nov 2007

    10 tips for writing a job-winning developer resume

    As seasoned job hunters know, the first step on the road to finding work is to write a resume that gets you the interview. Unfortunately, some of the traditional resume writing rules just do not work well in the software development industry. Justin James has sifted through enough developer resumes...

    Provided By Justin James

  • Downloads // Nov 2007

    10 ways to make meetings more effective

    We've all had to sit through meetings that were unnecessary, poorly conducted, unproductive, and/or excessively long -- but it doesn't have to be that way. Calvin Sun offers a list of pointers to help ensure that meetings are more efficient and worthwhile.This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Calvin Sun

  • Downloads // Oct 2007

    10 signs that you aren't cut out to be a developer

    People cite all sorts of reasons for deciding to pursue a developer career path -- but even someone who is knowledgeable and bright might not be a good fit for the profession. Justin James looks at 10 indications that you might not be well suited for a developer career.This download...

    Provided By Justin James

  • Downloads // Apr 2007

    10 simple tips for working more efficiently in Microsoft Excel

    Excel is a highly sophisticated application, and users don't always discover the easiest or smartest way to accomplish various tasks. This list of tips will help them shave significant time off some of the most common spreadsheet chores. Susan Harkins shares a number of efficiency-boosters, such as taking advantage of...

    Provided By Susan Harkins

  • Downloads // Mar 2007

    10 Windows XP tips and tools to simplify your work

    Whether you're trying to iron out problems with users' systems or you just want to optimize your own PC, these tips will help you work more efficiently with Windows XP. Learn how to launch System Restore from a command prompt when XP goes belly up, customize the Start menu's pinned...

    Provided By Greg Shultz

  • Downloads // Dec 2006

    Build a knowledge base that streamlines your support operations

    It's senseless to invest a lot of time working out the solution to a problem without recording your findings for others to use when similar problems occur. Even a homemade knowledge base will make life easier for the support team. When IT pro Jeff Dray first joined a help desk,...

    Provided By Jeff Dray

  • Downloads // Nov 2006

    10+ e-mail best practices to share with your users

    These days, e-mail is used by just about everyone. Unfortunately, a lot of users out there don't use it right, flirting with security risks, consuming excessive bandwidth, and practicing lousy etiquette. These basic usage guidelines, encompassing things like virus protection, e-mail scams, attachments, and forwarding practices, will help safeguard your...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Nov 2006

    10 handy Windows XP efficiency tricks

    From speeding up Defrag to instantly creating a Restore Point to customizing the most frequently used programs on the Start menu, this collection of tips will help you gain more control over how WinXP operates and get more out of its features and tools. Join the discussion and share...

    Provided By Greg Shultz

  • Downloads // Jun 2006

    10 customization tricks to save you time in Windows XP

    From adding Safe Mode to the Boot menu to including UNC information in the command prompt to displaying My Computer as a menu of drive options, this collection of tips will give you some great ideas about how to tweak WinXP to help you work more efficiently. Join the

    Provided By Greg Shultz

  • Downloads // Feb 2006

    Quickly assess new employees' computer skills with this evaluation form

    Develop the best plan for training and supporting new employees by using this form to gauge their level of computer expertise. When a new employee walks in the door, the IT staff has gained a user to support--possibly someone who has little or no real computer experience. To avoid...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Dec 2005

    10 things you should do before letting users take their laptops out the door

    Laptops allow users to stay connected and productive when traveling, but they aren't much good if users can't connect to resources they need or if someone walks off with it at the airport. Here are some measures you can take to make the laptop experience as seamless as possible. ...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Dec 2005

    Presentation: 10 things you should know about Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

    This PowerPoint presentation outlines 10 things about Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) every network administrator and help desk technician should know. In June 2005, Microsoft released Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the much-anticipated update to its Software Update Services (SUS). As the successor to SUS, WSUS features...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Nov 2005

    10 things you should know about being a great IT manager

    The 10 suggestions outlined in this download can help both new and seasoned managers become great IT managers. IT Managers can easily get caught up in day-to-day operations and activities and lose sight of important management behaviors. Whether you're a new or seasoned manager, the following suggestions can help...

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • Downloads // Sep 2005

    50+ keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in Windows XP

    These 50+ keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate Windows XP faster than ever. The point and click interface has made computers accessible to the masses, but IT pros know it's much faster to use keyboard shortcuts than to point and click. These 50-plus shortcuts will help you navigate Windows...

    Provided By TechRepublic