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Stories by Sharon Florentine

7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search

There's no good reason your age should hinder your job search. But that doesn't change the very real perception, especially in the IT industry, that age is an impediment to innovation, efficiency and, ultimately, success. While you can't do much to change the widespread unconscious biases against older workers, you can take steps to mitigate their impact on your own job search.

Written by Sharon Florentine28 May 15 23:41

How unconscious bias impacts IT recruiting and hiring

Making recruiting and hiring decisions based on a candidate's height sounds ludicrous, right? And yet, according to research from Timothy A. Judge and Daniel M. Cable, published in the June 2004 issue of Journal of Applied Psychology, there's a perception that height correlates with success. While only 15 percent of American men are taller than six feet, more than 60 percent of corporate CEOs are over six feet tall.

Written by Sharon Florentine21 May 15 05:28

IT Resume Makeover: Just the facts (and only the pertinent ones)

David Thorburn-Gundlach's resume might as well have been covered by a cloak of invisibility, at least as far as recruiters and hiring managers were concerned. Though the nine-page document included a wealth of technical skills, knowledge and facts, it wasn't doing him any favors. In fact, it was hiding his true value to potential employers.

Written by Sharon Florentine20 May 15 23:38

4 types of geeks you need and how to recruit them

While recruiting and hiring focuses on matching individuals' unique qualities and qualifications with the needs of an open job, when it comes to hard-core tech recruiting, these 'geek" candidates tend to fall into one of four specific types, according to insight from Wisegate, an IT advisory firm and consultancy.

Written by Sharon Florentine15 May 15 01:18

CIO-CSO tension makes businesses stronger

The relationship between the CIO and CSO (or CISO) can be fraught with tension - and that can be a good thing. Both executives play a critical role in your organization's C-suite, and better understanding these sometimes overlapping roles can only make your business stronger and more secure.

Written by Sharon Florentine23 April 15 05:26

Looking for a new job? Today is your lucky day

Timing is everything -- especially when you're on the hunt for a new job. And if you're applying for a job or waiting to hear from a potential employer, Tuesday might just be your lucky day.

Written by Sharon Florentine22 April 15 05:20

Recipe for success starts with diversity

A restaurant manager and a former cook don't fit the profile of the typical Silicon Valley IT startup employee. But they're just two of the most recent hires at Mindflash, a company that offers an online training platform for enterprises and is taking bold steps to exemplify how diversity can exist in the Valley.

Written by Sharon Florentine16 April 15 05:59

9 networking tips for introverts

Networking, whether during a job search or simply to maintain professional connections and grow your network, can be stressful, even for the most outgoing, extroverted job-hunter. For an introvert, however, the process can be downright paralyzing. Even though introverts are often creative, thoughtful and work well with others, it often seems that extroverts have the edge when it comes to networking and making beneficial professional connections. But if you're an introvert, you can make networking more enjoyable and more successful by translating it into an approach that works with and not against their personality.

Written by Sharon Florentine12 March 15 04:22

IT Leadership: Signs You're a Micromanager (And How to Stop)

Are you never quite satisfied with your team's results? Do you avoid delegating at all costs, often taking on work that's far below your experience and talent level just because you're certain no one else can do it as well as you can? Are you constantly demanding status updates, progress reports and check-ins? It's time to face the facts: You're a micromanager.

Written by Sharon Florentine04 March 15 05:46

On-Demand Economy: Creating Entrepreneurship or Exploitation?

Depending on who you ask, the proliferation of the on-demand economy will either create a Dickensian-era nightmare of unregulated capitalism that will eviscerate workers rights and the gains of labor unions or it will usher in an employee-centered utopia in which workers control all aspects of their working life and work-life balance issues vanish.

Written by Sharon Florentine24 Feb. 15 08:03

Busting Millennials-in-the-Workplace Myths

They've been called everything from lazy to prima donnas. They stand accused of being narcissistic, needing excessive handholding and having an unrealistic sense of entitlement.

Written by Sharon Florentine06 Feb. 15 06:38

6 Reasons Your Business Needs Female Leadership

Corporate culture doesn't change because it's the right thing to do. That includes fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity that actively seeks to hire and retain women. Corporate culture is driven by hard data and business results and, fortunately, there's plenty of data to back up the need for more female leadership in business.

Written by Sharon Florentine21 Jan. 15 08:34

Are Personality Assessments Effective Hiring Tools?

Cultural fit is critical to maintaining an engaged, productive and satisfied workforce. To ensure that match, businesses often use personality assessments to gauge a candidate's degree of cultural fit in the hopes it will translate into loyalty and lower turnover. But are these assessments accurate and how much do they really reveal?

Written by Sharon Florentine23 Dec. 14 06:56