Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

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

Top 10 technical skills that will get you hired in 2020

Top 10 technical skills that will get you hired in 2020

Landing the perfect IT job is never easy, but certain, in-demand skills can smooth the way. Here are the top IT skills employers will be looking for in 2020.

10 best tech MBA programs for 2019

10 best tech MBA programs for 2019

Looking to launch a career in IT leadership? These top-ranked tech-focused MBA programs can help vault you to the top.

At SUSE, mentoring helps shape the future for women in tech

At SUSE, mentoring helps shape the future for women in tech

Melissa Di Donato’s first priority as CEO of SUSE was to implement a mentoring program to uplift women in their tech careers.

Your personal advisory board: The secret to a great career

Your personal advisory board: The secret to a great career

A personal advisory board can advise, counsel and champion you through all stages of your IT career. Here’s how to create your own.

7 factors women look for in an IT employer — and how to address them

7 factors women look for in an IT employer — and how to address them

Trying to improve diversity in your hiring pipeline? Here’s what will make your organization attractive to women and other minorities.

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.

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