Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

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

Articles by Sharon Florentine

10 tips to master the art of the career humblebrag
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10 tips to master the art of the career humblebrag

Modesty is the best policy, right? Not when it comes to describing your professional accomplishments. Here's how to master the art of the self-promotion to advance your career.rn
August 9, 2016
5 types of toxic team members and how to handle them
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5 types of toxic team members and how to handle them

You know who they are -- that one team member whose behavior ruins projects and the concept of teamwork for everyone else. Here's how to handle the five worst offenders.rn
August 8, 2016
Closing the wage gap, one state at a time
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Closing the wage gap, one state at a time

It's harmful (and borderline unethical) to ask candidates for their salary history before offering them a job and now, in Massachusetts at least, that practice will soon be illegal.rn
August 4, 2016
IT career roadmap: The journey to certified scrum trainer
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IT career roadmap: The journey to certified scrum trainer

Angela Johnson took the long and winding road to her current career, but her varied experience and love for teaching opened up limitless possibilities as a certified scrum trainer.rn
August 1, 2016
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Twitter needs to stop the harassment

Twitter needs to stop making excuses and start taking a stand against online harassment and abuse.rn
July 21, 2016
Why engineers make great IT leaders
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Why engineers make great IT leaders

If you're looking to cultivate new IT leadership, consider promoting from the ranks of your engineers and developers. rn
July 19, 2016
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How to build a strong employee referral culture

A strong referral culture can be a competitive advantage in the talent wars. Here’s how to create a workplace that your employees will want to recommend to friends and former colleagues. rn
July 18, 2016
IT career roadmap: Research scientist
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IT career roadmap: Research scientist

Amanda Stent's interest in music has helped advance her career as a research scientist as much as her mathematics and computer science background has.rn
July 13, 2016
4 signs it’s time to look for a new job
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4 signs it’s time to look for a new job

Don't wait until it's too late. Here's how to determine if it's time to polish up your résumé and start your job search.
July 7, 2016
9 best technology jobs in the U.S.
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9 best technology jobs in the U.S.

Looking to start or change your technology career? US News & World Report offers its ranking of the nine best technology jobs.rn
July 6, 2016
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Bold IT leadership is crucial, but difficult to find

The 2016 Deloitte Business Confidence Report highlights the necessity of bold leadership in a digital era, but reports that it's difficult for companies to find.rn
June 27, 2016
At least we get bacon
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At least we get bacon

All of the 'women in the workplace' emojis have been rejected. Don't fret. We do have bacon.
June 23, 2016
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3 tips for negotiating the salary you deserve

Successfully negotiating a starting salary or for a raise comes down to being able to prove three things: your accomplishments, your achievements and your value.rn
June 21, 2016
Diversity at the top can help attract tech talent
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Diversity at the top can help attract tech talent

Workforce diversity is important at all levels of your company, but board-level diversity should be a priority if you want to attract and retain the best talent.rn
June 15, 2016
How agile helps attract and retain millennial tech pros
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How agile helps attract and retain millennial tech pros

IT organizations are in search of talent, but they are finding that the agile methodology is great for attracting and retaining the next generation of engineers and developers.rn
June 7, 2016
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6 ways to be a better project manager

Project management is a complex -- and critical -- function. Here are six pieces of advice to help project managers improve their craft.
June 3, 2016
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IT career roadmap: Technology evangelist

Do you love technology? Is there a programming language, platform or application you can't stop talking about? Perhaps a career as a technology evangelist is in your future.rn
May 26, 2016
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How IoT will change the job market

Hard skills like circuit design and security will be critical, but there are other, less tangible ways IoT will affect the demand for tech workers.rn
May 24, 2016
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Open source job market booming

The demand for open source talent is high, according to a new report from Dice.com and The Linux Foundation.rn
May 23, 2016
Focus on tech and talent to get bi-modal IT right
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Focus on tech and talent to get bi-modal IT right

Today's CIO must strike a balance between digital transformation and keeping the lights on. Focusing on the right technology and the right people can help. rn
May 17, 2016
‘Me’ternity leave?  Is she serious?
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‘Me’ternity leave? Is she serious?

CIO.com’s Sharon Florentine weighs in on the controversy surrounding 'me'ternity leave -- where childless women take the equivalent of parental leave time.rn
May 12, 2016
More than half of IT projects still failing
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More than half of IT projects still failing

An annual survey from project management company Innotas shows that more than half of IT projects fail, three years after a similar survey showed nearly identical findings.rn
May 11, 2016
10 fastest-growing tech skills
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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.rn
April 25, 2016
Tips for hiring the right remote worker
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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.rn
April 21, 2016
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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?rn
April 6, 2016
5 security bad habits (and easy ways to break them)
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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.rn
April 4, 2016
Education key to combating gender discrimination
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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, discrimination and harassment as well as increase reporting and satisfactory resolutions.rn
March 29, 2016
How to avoid collaboration overload
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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.
March 9, 2016
7 questions to ask before implementing ITIL
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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 seven questions to ask to find out if ITIL's right for you.rn
March 7, 2016
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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.rn
March 3, 2016
8 signs you’re about to be laid off
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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.rn
March 2, 2016
IT career roadmap: The journey to digital marketing executive
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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 digital marketing's past, present and future through the eyes of Kristine Spence.rn
March 1, 2016
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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.rn
February 25, 2016