Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

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

Are you ready for peak hiring season?

Are you ready for peak hiring season?

It's almost summertime and the hiring's easy - or, at least a bit easier than at other times of the year. Based on data from recruiting and hiring software platform SmartRecruiters, May, June and July are the best times to look for...

10 things to do before, during and after your performance review

10 things to do before, during and after your performance review

Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking and many workers struggle with the process. Here are ten tips to make sure your next performance review is productive and fulfilling.

How to identify, engage and nurture high-potential talent

How to identify, engage and nurture high-potential talent

Succession planning should be a core part of your workforce management strategy. Here's how to get it right.

Why referrals make the best hires

Why referrals make the best hires

Most HR pros say job candidate referrals are safer bets when hiring, but most job seekers aren't networking effectively to get those referrals, according to a new study from Future Workplace and Beyond.com.

Why paid family leave is good business

Why paid family leave is good business

Offering paid paternity/maternity leave is the right thing to do, period. But it's also a boon to businesses.

What really motivates workers? (It's not always money)

What really motivates workers? (It's not always money)

What's really driving employee engagement, job satisfaction and career advancement? According to a nationwide survey from BambooHR, money's only part of the equation.

10 fastest-growing tech skills

10 fastest-growing tech skills

It’s a great time to add new IT skills to your arsenal. To help you focus your attention in the right places, here are 10 in-demand tech skills that IT pros should master, according to research from Dice.com.

Tips for hiring the right remote worker

Tips for hiring the right remote worker

Hiring remote workers requires a different screening and interview process than for on-site employees. Here's how to get it right.

Where’s the employer feedback in the interview process?

Where’s the employer feedback in the interview process?

Companies complain about the skills gap, but how can candidates improve and close that gap if they don't know what they're lacking?

Are agile, DevOps and similar certifications worth it?

Are agile, DevOps and similar certifications worth it?

DevOps, continuous delivery, scrum and agile are all necessary skills in an IT-driven workplace. But how much can certifications in these areas really prove?

IT pros happy but open to new career opportunities

IT pros happy but open to new career opportunities

The 2016 Job Seeker Nation study from Jobvite shows the U.S. workforce is in a state of flux. Job tenures are shorter and the hunt for new opportunities never stops.

IT career roadmap: How to become a data scientist

IT career roadmap: How to become a data scientist

In this month's Career Roadmap, Tom Walsh and Alex Krowitz, both research engineers for workforce management company Kronos, discuss what it takes to be a data scientist -- one of today's hottest and most in-demand IT careers.

4 ways I make working-from-home work for me

4 ways I make working-from-home work for me

My personal strategies for staying productive and focused while working from home.

10 interview questions to ask remote workers

10 interview questions to ask remote workers

As more organizations embrace remote workers, it's important to know how to ask the right interview questions to gauge a perfect fit. Here are 10 things you must ask when hiring a remote worker.

Why you should hire people smarter than you

Why you should hire people smarter than you

You shouldn't be the smartest person in the room -- but you should be hiring the smartest person in the room.

5 career-killing conversations to avoid at work

5 career-killing conversations to avoid at work

No matter how progressive, open and casual your workplace, there are some conversations that should never take place. Here are five conversations to avoid at all costs.

Project managers, tech sales pros are in high demand

Project managers, tech sales pros are in high demand

After engineers, IT companies are struggling to keep up with demand for two other hard-to-fill roles: technical salespeople and IT project managers.

Who's the boss of workplace culture?

Who's the boss of workplace culture?

Everyone can agree that culture is important in the workplace. But who really drives it? What makes a good culture? And what can destroy it?

Why you shouldn't completely unplug on vacation

Why you shouldn't completely unplug on vacation

You owe it to yourself to think twice before completely disconnecting from the office on your next vacation.

5 security bad habits (and easy ways to break them)

5 security bad habits (and easy ways to break them)

Your end-users are often the weakest link in your organization's security strategy. Here are five solutions to help users strengthen their security posture.

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