Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

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

New H-1B application process begins March 1

New H-1B application process begins March 1

Employers that rely on foreign national talent face new electronic filing system and modified registration timeline for FY 2021 filing period.

Top IT spending priorities for 2020

Top IT spending priorities for 2020

From data analytics to cybersecurity to customer experience, here’s where CIOs will direct their IT budgets this year.

6 tips for becoming a better mentor

6 tips for becoming a better mentor

Being a mentor can be a rewarding experience — not just for those you are advising. IT leaders offer insights on how to establish strong, productive mentoring relationships.

For BMC, internal IT is its own best customer

For BMC, internal IT is its own best customer

BMC’s shift to vetting its software on the front lines of its own IT department has been a game changer for improving customer experience, says CIO Scott Crowder.

Executive presence: The key to unlocking your leadership potential

Executive presence: The key to unlocking your leadership potential

Executive presence is that unique combination of qualities that sets leaders apart. It’s also a skill that anyone can develop. Here’s how to do it.

Top 13 project management certifications for 2020

Top 13 project management certifications for 2020

No matter what your IT role, a project management certification can add value to your role. Here are the top project management certifications, their requirements and cost.

What Gen Z workers look for in an IT employer

What Gen Z workers look for in an IT employer

Gen Z is just beginning to enter the workforce en masse. Here’s what tomorrow’s IT pros and leaders are looking for in an employer today.

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.

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