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.

Education key to combating gender discrimination

Education key to combating gender discrimination

A recent Elephant in the Valley survey shows that sexism, discrimination and harassment are prevalent in the Silicon Valley. But another survey reveals that awareness and education around gender sensitivity can help reduce bias,...

How MSSPs can address the cybersecurity talent gap

How MSSPs can address the cybersecurity talent gap

Managed security services providers can help companies struggling to fill security roles.

Why you need a CSO/CISO

Why you need a CSO/CISO

When it comes to security, you're better off employing a specialist. However, according to recent research, less than half of companies employ a CSO/CISO.

8 tips to handle IT job search rejection

Didn't land that dream job? Rejection can be difficult, but there are eight tips for handling the loss and moving forward with your career search.

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.

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