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.

GoDaddy rebrands itself with an eye on diversity

GoDaddy rebrands itself with an eye on diversity

With new leadership, the domain provider once best-known for its racy commercials is now at the forefront of the push for greater diversity and inclusion, and that's helping the company attract great talent.

IT Resume Makeover: How to inject some personality

IT Resume Makeover: How to inject some personality

In a world of bland resumes, color, graphics and creative formatting will get you noticed. But how much is too much? Award-winning resume writer and career coach Donald Burns helps one client successfully add personality in this...

6 tips to identify project management red flags

6 tips to identify project management red flags

Here's how to tell if you're headed for project management success or failure.

How to solve the STEM gender equality equation

How to solve the STEM gender equality equation

It's common knowledge that women are underrepresented in STEM careers. What's less clear is what businesses can do to better attract and retain women in their fields.

10 (more) ways to be productive at work

10 (more) ways to be productive at work

Staying productive and energized at work can be a challenge, but these 10 tips can help you stay at the top of your game and power through that to-do list.

5 inspiring snapshots from Grace Hopper 2015

5 inspiring snapshots from Grace Hopper 2015

Couldn't attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing this year? CIO.com was there and offers a roundup of some of the most memorable events that took place October 14 to 16 in Houston.

Where’s the diversity? Look at your culture, not your pipeline

Where’s the diversity? Look at your culture, not your pipeline

Billions of dollars have been spent to addresses weaknesses in organizations' talent pipeline in the hopes of increasing representation of women and minorities. Why hasn't it worked? ‘It's the culture, stupid.’

CareerLabs offers deeper dives on potential employers

CareerLabs offers deeper dives on potential employers

A new job search site claims to offer information on a company's work-life balance, financial health, political affiliations and culture -- everything you really need to know about a potential employer but didn't know where to look. ...

12 ways to be more productive at work

12 ways to be more productive at work

Do you hit that mid-afternoon slump every day? Rather than making a Starbucks run or pounding a couple of Red Bull energy drinks, follow these 12 natural ways to boost your energy and your productivity.

How to diversify your IT hiring pipeline

How to diversify your IT hiring pipeline

Improving diversity at your tech company starts with diversifying how you build your hiring pipeline. From Grace Hopper 2015, experts share their tips for improving diversity at every step in the process: from writing job descriptions...

How managing employee stress leads to a healthier company

How managing employee stress leads to a healthier company

Helping employees manage and cope with workplace stress can boost engagement and benefit both individuals and the business.

Is the office desk phone obsolete?

Is the office desk phone obsolete?

The increasing prevalence of texting, video calls, collaboration apps like Slack and Yammer, and millennials' preference for mobile devices all seem to point to the death of the office phone as we know it. But research shows the...

4 ways businesses can close the legacy tech skills gap

4 ways businesses can close the legacy tech skills gap

As older IT professionals age out of the workforce, companies need to ensure they have the right knowledge and skills to keep their legacy tech running smoothly.

7 ways to ease stress at work

7 ways to ease stress at work

Workplace stress may be a fact of life in the IT industry, but it doesn’t have to get the best of you. Here are seven ways to keep it in check.

How to leverage the cloud to beat the IT skills gap

How to leverage the cloud to beat the IT skills gap

Businesses struggling with a shortage of tech talent are turning to cloud tools to support IT workloads and augment departments that are already stretched too thin.

Women celebrate ‘Our time to lead’ at Grace Hopper event

Women celebrate ‘Our time to lead’ at Grace Hopper event

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology 2015 will focus on the success, achievements and accomplishments of women in technology and emphasize leadership, community and the importance of connections.

IT Resume Makeover: When all else fails, break the rules

IT Resume Makeover: When all else fails, break the rules

Aside from her incredible academic credentials from top engineering schools, Marydawn Meeder's resume could have been confused with almost any high-level IT professional. Here's how resume expert and career consultant Donald Burns...

How to give resumes a third dimension

How to give resumes a third dimension

SkillGigs is an auction-based recruiting and hiring marketplace that uses innovative technology to present a 3D picture of candidates.

7 agile certifications to take your career to the next level

7 agile certifications to take your career to the next level

The agile methodology has changed the face of software development and project management. It’s also increased demand for professionals with agile skills. Here are seven Agile-focused certifications to benchmark your knowledge.

How to reverse-engineer finding elite tech talent

How to reverse-engineer finding elite tech talent

What if you could pinpoint the characteristics that make your top talent so good, and use that info to identify new recruits? Online social learning and collaboration platform Piazza is rolling out a new feature set that it claims...

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