Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering career development, IT management, training, and diversity.

Sponsorship vs. mentorship: Which is best for your career?

Sponsorship vs. mentorship: Which is best for your career?

While seemingly similar, mentorship and sponsorship offer distinct differences as workplace support and provide unique benefits for your career.

LinkedIn Talent Solutions: 10 tips for hiring your perfect match

LinkedIn Talent Solutions: 10 tips for hiring your perfect match

Looking for the perfect candidate? LinkedIn Talent Solutions offers powerful tools and services for leveraging real-time data and machine learning to find your match.

What women want in the IT workplace: 6 key factors for hiring and retention

What women want in the IT workplace: 6 key factors for hiring and retention

Women are exiting IT in droves, as companies struggle to hire and engage these valuable employees. The first step to change? Listening to what women want.

Emphasis on diversity and inclusion helps Avalara scale globally

Emphasis on diversity and inclusion helps Avalara scale globally

Automated sales tax software firm Avalara relies on diversity to ensure growth and engagement.

Salesforce certification guide: Your path to a lucrative career

Salesforce certification guide: Your path to a lucrative career

Salesforce certification is a great way to get ahead by proving your skills on one of the hottest CRM platforms today. Our guide to the most valuable Salesforce certifications will help you kick-start your Salesforce career.

Looking to improve IT operations? Try IBM’s ‘Pyramid of Pain’

Looking to improve IT operations? Try IBM’s ‘Pyramid of Pain’

IBM CIO Fletcher Previn has focused IT on fulfilling a hierarchy of core user needs to drive efficiency and promote IBM as a great place to work.

Hiring STEM OPT employees: What businesses need to know

Hiring STEM OPT employees: What businesses need to know

Everything you need to know about the DHS’s STEM Optional Practical Training program — and what is required to hire and employ STEM OPT student workers.

How to predict who will quit — and whom to poach

How to predict who will quit — and whom to poach

Predictive analytics can help pinpoint why your talent is leaving, how to prevent it, and whom to go after when recruiting from competitors.

5 key changes to the H-1B visa program

5 key changes to the H-1B visa program

Changes to the H-1B visa program went into effect April 1, aiming to improve and streamline the application and selection process of foreign national talent.

How to make open-plan offices more productive

How to make open-plan offices more productive

Open offices aim to spur collaboration and innovation but often have exactly the opposite effect. Here’s how to harness their lost promise of productivity.

10 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

10 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Looking for a new job while you’re employed has advantages but it also comes with risks. Here’s how to approach your job search — without getting cut.

How to prepare for (and ace) the technical interview

How to prepare for (and ace) the technical interview

Technical interviews can make or break your chances for landing a new job. Here’s how to prepare yourself for success, even if you’re a self-taught programmer.

What is employee experience? Your key to talent retention and recruitment

What is employee experience? Your key to talent retention and recruitment

A strong employee experience can be a key differentiator in tight talent markets and essential to success as digital transformation increasingly takes hold.

5 strategies for improving employee experience

5 strategies for improving employee experience

A positive employee experience can greatly impact engagement, retention, and productivity. Here’s how to make sure yours is second-to-none.

Insourcing, automation spark GE’s IT transformation

Insourcing, automation spark GE’s IT transformation

GE’s bold move to insource IT support and automate IT workflows has paid off in cost efficiencies and a vastly improved employee experience.

Cornell’s unique CMS/CRM solution unifies the student experience

Cornell’s unique CMS/CRM solution unifies the student experience

The Ivy League university knit together Drupal and Salesforce to create a university-wide system of engagement centered on the student experience.

Product-based IT makeover pays off at PVH

Product-based IT makeover pays off at PVH

The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger shifted to agile in delivering an innovative digital assistant that increases sales and enhances the retail experience.

Leon County Florida saves lives by digitizing hurricane response

Leon County Florida saves lives by digitizing hurricane response

The county leveraged GIS technology and dashboards in innovative ways to gather and analyze response data during and after Hurricane Michael, saving lives.

7 signs you’re ready to hire a career coach — and 3 signs you’re not

7 signs you’re ready to hire a career coach — and 3 signs you’re not

If you are at a career crossroads, or have hit a wall, a career coach can help you maximize your potential — but only if you’re willing to put in the work.

9 reasons good employees leave — and how you can prevent it

9 reasons good employees leave — and how you can prevent it

Talent is your biggest asset, and while you’ll never eliminate employee turnover, the following strategies can help you keep your best.

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