Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering IT careers, women in technology and diversity and inclusion. Before she joined CIO in 2013, Sharon worked as a freelance writer and project manager for technology vendors and media companies such as UBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu and Juniper Networks. She has also written for ChannelPro SMB magazine, CRN and TheLadders.com, among others. Previously, Sharon worked as a staff writer for eWEEK and Channel Insider.

Diversity's more than gender

Diversity's more than gender

There's more to the diversity-in-tech equation than just gender. Two solutions that I've heard of recently are tackling the lack of black professionals in these fields.

Why your business can't afford toxic employees

Why your business can't afford toxic employees

You simply can't tolerate the toll toxic employees take on your workplace. The problem is that the same qualities that make aggressive, nasty bullies can also make them good at their job.

This time it’s personal

This time it’s personal

I'm a woman (who writes about tech) on the Internet. The question isn't ‘if’ I'll be harassed, trolled and threatened, it's when.

Career roadmap: How a mobile developer found his calling

Career roadmap: How a mobile developer found his calling

Chris Turner is now a successful mobile developer for a home automation and application development company. But his career path took some unexpected turns along the way.

How creating an alumni strategy closes the skills gap

How creating an alumni strategy closes the skills gap

Smart companies are looking to their past employees to help drive future success and are actively encouraging boomerangs. Here's how to get your alumni strategy right.

On writing, collaboration and software development

On writing, collaboration and software development

Software engineers need to learn from writers, come out of the basement and become comfortable with collaboration.

7 cringe-worthy video job interview bloopers

7 cringe-worthy video job interview bloopers

As the popularity of video interviewing increases, so does the possibility of on-air flubs. Here are seven common (and easy to avoid) mistakes that could cost you the job.

Employers get creative with compensation

Employers get creative with compensation

Savvy companies are coming up with new ways to recognize their best employees, according to PayScale's 2016 Compensation Best Practices report.

How to avoid collaboration overload

How to avoid collaboration overload

Collaboration can do wonders for your organization's productivity, but there's a dark side. With an increase in collaboration comes an increase in burnout and attrition. The good news: Technology can help.

7 questions to ask before implementing ITIL

7 questions to ask before implementing ITIL

Implementing an IT infrastructure library (ITIL) can help organizations trying to get a better handle on IT services and resources. But ITIL's just a framework. One size does not fit all. In fact, you might not need it at all Here are...

How to improve employee performance by focusing on strengths

How to improve employee performance by focusing on strengths

Common sense says leaders should focus on addressing their teams' weaknesses to improve performance. If that’s your approach, you’re wrong.

Fear, Loathing and ITIL in Las Vegas

Fear, Loathing and ITIL in Las Vegas

I know you've been on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what Martin Short has to do with ITIL/ITSM. The wait is over. I'm back from Las Vegas and I have an answer for you -- nothing.

8 signs you're about to be laid off

8 signs you're about to be laid off

Though the economy is improving, it's still possible for IT pros to face a downsizing. How can you tell when to jump ship? Look for these eight signs.

IT career roadmap: The journey to digital marketing executive

IT career roadmap: The journey to digital marketing executive

CIO.com's IT Career Roadmap series takes an in-depth look at the hottest roles available in tech today, exploring what it takes to prepare for, land and succeed in some of the most exciting jobs in the industry. This month, we examine...

How one CTO built a culture of trust and engagement

How one CTO built a culture of trust and engagement

When Joe McBreen took over as CTO of St. Vrain Valley School District in 2009, he walked into an IT nightmare. Seven years later, he's turned things around. Here's how he did it.

How IT can help users help themselves

How IT can help users help themselves

A high-quality, self-service knowledge base search can help users help themselves and ease pressure on your IT department.

IT service management, pink elephants and Martin Short

IT service management, pink elephants and Martin Short

Sounds like some sort of strange dream, doesn't it? It's not — it's the Pink16 conference I attended last week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

How to retain your millennial workforce

How to retain your millennial workforce

According to Deloitte, most millennials at your company have one foot out the door and eye on their next position. What can you do to convince them to stay?

10 signs you need to update your resume

10 signs you need to update your resume

In a perfect world, you'd treat your resume like a living document and update it continuously throughout your career. In the real world, family, home and professional responsibilities can get in the way. Here are 10 events that call...

How job hopping can actually help your career

How job hopping can actually help your career

Job hopping is no longer taboo. Many job-seekers are finding they can achieve a higher salary, learn new skills and expand their expertise by changing jobs every few years.

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