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.

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...

6 things to leave off of your resume

6 things to leave off of your resume

What you omit from your resume is just as important to job search success as what you include. Here, CIO.com has culled advice from resume experts on what to leave out of your resume.

4 ways MOOCs are changing professional development

4 ways MOOCs are changing professional development

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offer a powerful platform for enterprise training, education and development – at big cost savings and with greater efficiency.

Crowdsource your way to a better IT team

Crowdsource your way to a better IT team

A new report from Wakefield Research and IT consulting firm Appirio reveals that the surging gig economy could help companies close the IT skills gap while empowering IT workers with more control over their career path. The trouble is...

7 reasons to hire back the right former employees

7 reasons to hire back the right former employees

Hiring back people who left your organization is never an easy decision, but more companies are saying yes to the right former workers. Find out why.

HP's divide, layoff and conquer strategy a challenge for managers

HP's divide, layoff and conquer strategy a challenge for managers

HP CEO Meg Whitman announced layoffs of 30,000 workers in an attempt to refocus and restructure the company. But is it already too late? And how will front-line managers handle retaining and motivating workers?

Ignore legacy software at your own risk

Ignore legacy software at your own risk

Software might be the most important piece of legacy technology your company has. It can be a competitive advantage, but if not handled correctly, legacy code could also could be your biggest weakness.

Top 10 computer science schools based on potential salary

Top 10 computer science schools based on potential salary

CIO.com rounds up the top 10 computer science schools for undergraduates looking for a great education as well as maximum earning potential.

6 ways to blow your technical job interview

6 ways to blow your technical job interview

If you're looking for a job in IT, it's a safe bet a technical interview, a coding test or other skills assessment will be part of the job search process. Here's what not to do.

Tech Resume Makeover: How to start from scratch

Tech Resume Makeover: How to start from scratch

Twenty-five years of successful consulting gigs left Malcolm Greene with a list of accomplishments a mile long and a reputation as someone who could solve impossible problems. But when this veteran IT pro decided to make a move into...

Netflix parental leave policy neglects workers who need it most

Netflix parental leave policy neglects workers who need it most

Netflix is making headlines with its expanded parental leave policy, but will employees actually use it? And what about the Netflix hourly, lower-paid workers excluded from the policy?

7 secrets of highly diverse companies

7 secrets of highly diverse companies

Diversity's a major issue in IT, but some companies just seem to 'do diversity' better than others. What's their secret?

Welcome to the jungle: Amazon, culture and outrage in the Valley

Welcome to the jungle: Amazon, culture and outrage in the Valley

The recent controversy surrounding Amazon's "brutal" workplace is missing some critical points about corporate culture.

Goodbye to performance reviews, hello to -- what?

Goodbye to performance reviews, hello to -- what?

Firms like Deloitte and Accenture are making headlines with their decision to eliminate yearly performance reviews for their workforces. But in the absence of a yearly review, what will fill the gap?

Scrum’s co-creator talks about the framework’s transformational effect

Scrum’s co-creator talks about the framework’s transformational effect

CIO.com's Sharon Florentine talks to Jeff Sutherland, one of scrum's creators, to find out where the industry is, where it’s going and the challenges that lie ahead as more companies adopt agile and scrum.

Are tech giants really diversifying their workforce?

Are tech giants really diversifying their workforce?

It's laudable that so many Silicon Valley firms committed to increasing diversity in their workforce, but there's still a long way to go. CIO.com looks at eight Silicon Valley titans' most recent statistics to see how they're faring a...

How data analytics helps managers be more effective

How data analytics helps managers be more effective

Big data is helping managers more effectively hire and retain top talent, reduce turnover, and improve diversity in the workplace.

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