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

How to retain your millennial workforce
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How to retain your millennial workforce

According to Deloitte, most millennials at your company have one foot out the door and eye on their next position. What can you do to convince them to stay?rn
February 24, 2016
How job hopping can actually help your career
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How job hopping can actually help your career

Job hopping is no longer taboo. Many job-seekers are finding they can achieve a higher salary, learn new skills and expand their expertise by changing jobs every few years.
February 23, 2016
20 Hot IT skills that will get you a raise
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20 Hot IT skills that will get you a raise

IT professionals are well-compensated, but 2016 looks will bring even higher pay for some tech workers. If you're looking to boost your paycheck, consider adding one or more of these 20 skills to your resume.rn
February 16, 2016
6 tips to improve your self-promotion skills
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6 tips to improve your self-promotion skills

Successful self-promotion is a necessary career survival skill for any tech professional -- and it’s especially true for women in IT. Here's how to do it right. rn
January 20, 2016
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10 reasons to encourage workplace distractions

Face-to-face interactions are increasingly important in a digital world, and can positively impact your business. Here's why you should encourage some ‘workplace distractions.’rn
January 13, 2016
Cloud adoption soars, but integration challenges remain
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Cloud adoption soars, but integration challenges remain

With approximately 90 percent of businesses using the cloud in some fashion, it's safe to say the technology has become a mainstay in IT. But challenges remain beyond the initial integration.rn
January 5, 2016
7 holiday workplace horror stories (and how to prevent them)
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7 holiday workplace horror stories (and how to prevent them)

Holidays didn’t feel very jolly this year? Forced fun and infringing on employees' personal time and finances probably didn’t help. Here are seven holiday horror stories, based on an survey from organizational psychologist and workplace management consultant Paul White.rn
December 31, 2015
The IT leaders wish list for 2016
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The IT leaders wish list for 2016

Ring in the new year with cloud adoption, hyper-convergence in the data center and IT talent with killer business acumen. Here are six technology advancements our experts want for the holidays.rn
December 29, 2015
Top 11 resume tips from 2015
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Top 11 resume tips from 2015

Over the last year, CIO.com's team of resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals showcase their knowledge, experience and technical skills to help them land their dream IT jobs. Here are the top 11 resume tips from 2015.
December 28, 2015
Women in tech: Why esports are a win for diversity
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Women in tech: Why esports are a win for diversity

Miriam Aguirre has been a gamer since the days of Atari. Today, as director of engineering at a mobile gaming company, she's working to bring esports to the masses and make the world of gaming more diverse.rn
December 16, 2015
Why high IT talent turnover is your fault
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Why high IT talent turnover is your fault

Do you know what an EVP is? If you answered ‘no,’ it could be the reason there is so much turnover in your IT organization.rn
December 14, 2015
10 hot IT job skills for 2016
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10 hot IT job skills for 2016

It's a great time to be in IT. Unemployment rates in the industry are hovering around historic lows, and some roles are showing unemployment rates of around 1 percent. Opportunities abound for IT pros. Here are the top 10 IT skills that will be in high demand for 2016.rn
December 10, 2015
How the gig economy will shape 2016
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How the gig economy will shape 2016

The gig economy is making a major impact on the IT industry, and millions of IT pros are taking advantage of the flexibility, freedom and income-generating potential it has to offer. Here's what's hot (and what's not) in the gig economy for 2016.
December 8, 2015
How Prudential Annuities CIO sparks talent transformation
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How Prudential Annuities CIO sparks talent transformation

Prudential Annuities vice president and CIO Glenn Siegmund was proud of his organization's successful multiyear IT maturation and modernization initiative. But something was still missing -- engagement. Here's how he implemented a roadmap to retain and attract elite IT talent.
December 7, 2015
How to manage a multi-generational workforce
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How to manage a multi-generational workforce

With multiple generations making up today's workforce, conflicts are bound to arise -- especially as millennials assume management roles. Here's how to take best advantage of the unique characteristics of Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y.
November 25, 2015
10 affordable cities that offer good IT jobs
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10 affordable cities that offer good IT jobs

IT is everywhere, not just Silicon Valley. Here are the top 10 'off metro' regions for IT workers, based on median salary and unemployment rate.rn
November 23, 2015
Why companies are hiring from the Silicon Prairie
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Why companies are hiring from the Silicon Prairie

Businesses are increasingly finding IT talent in the Silicon Prairie -- outside of the traditional tech hot spots of California and New York City.rn
November 18, 2015
How to solve the STEM gender equality equation
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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.
November 3, 2015
Where’s the diversity? Look at your culture, not your pipeline
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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.’rn
October 28, 2015
12 ways to be more productive at work
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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.rn
October 26, 2015
How to diversify your IT hiring pipeline
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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 to sourcing, recruiting and screening candidates.rn
October 20, 2015
7 ways to ease stress at work
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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.rn
October 14, 2015
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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.rn
October 12, 2015
How to give resumes a third dimension
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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.rn
October 8, 2015
How to reverse-engineer finding elite tech talent
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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 allows you to do just that.
October 1, 2015
6 things to leave off of your resume
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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.rn
September 30, 2015
4 ways MOOCs are changing professional development
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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.rn
September 28, 2015
Crowdsource your way to a better IT team
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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 many CIOs aren't willing to take advantage of the opportunity.rn
September 23, 2015
7 reasons to hire back the right former employees
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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.rn
September 22, 2015
HP’s divide, layoff and conquer strategy a challenge for managers
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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?rn
September 21, 2015
Ignore legacy software at your own risk
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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.rn
September 16, 2015
6 ways to blow your technical job interview
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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.
September 16, 2015
Tech Resume Makeover: How to start from scratch
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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 the C-suite, he faced a fundamental problem: He didn't have a resume.rn
September 14, 2015
7 secrets of highly diverse companies
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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?rn
September 10, 2015
Are tech giants really diversifying their workforce?
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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 year after pledging to improve diversity.rn
September 2, 2015