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 coach executives to become agile leaders
Opinion

How to coach executives to become agile leaders

Agile coaches wear lots of different hats. Michael Hamman of the Agile Coaching Institute shares five roles agile coaches play when helping executives achieve transformational leadership.
August 26, 2015
How to avoid workplace distractions
Feature

How to avoid workplace distractions

One of the biggest deterrents to workplace productivity is constant interruption. But what's causing these disruptions and how can you beat them? Experts weigh in on the most common workplace distractions and how to overcome them.
August 20, 2015
6 agile principles that apply to everything
Feature

6 agile principles that apply to everything

Agile isn't just for software developers -- the methodology has applications and makes a positive impact anywhere it's applied in your business. Here are six agile principles you can use almost anywhere.
August 17, 2015
How to help your agile team succeed
Feature

How to help your agile team succeed

Are you a manager struggling with agile? Are you wondering why projects are failing and teams are frustrated instead of engaged and productive? Perhaps the problem isn't with agile. Here's how you can help your team succeed.
August 13, 2015
How to use culture interviews to build a better team
Feature

How to use culture interviews to build a better team

Companies ranging from big names like Pinterest to small startups are conducting culture interviews at every level to help build cohesive teams that click. Here's how to do it right while avoiding pitfalls and common mistakes.rn
August 12, 2015
Tech Resume Makeover: How to give yourself some space
Feature

Tech Resume Makeover: How to give yourself some space

In this month's edition, resume expert Caitlin Sampson helps an IT management consultant expand on his extensive experience while narrowing his focus -- and the move lands him his dream job.rn
August 5, 2015
6 ways to support working parents
Feature

6 ways to support working parents

Happy parents are happy workers. Here are six ways to ensure you're supporting working parents and helping them be their most productive selves.rn
August 3, 2015
Can better job descriptions close the IT skills gap?
Feature

Can better job descriptions close the IT skills gap?

The skills gap is real, but debate over its root causes continues. IT executives blame a shortage of skills, but IT professionals looking for work say exaggerated requirements are the issue. Could a simple tweak in the way you approach writing your job postings be the answer?rn
July 29, 2015
Feature

8 most in-demand IT security certifications

High-profile security breaches (such as this week’s hack of Ashley Madison) have highlighted the need for skilled security professionals. The most recent IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index from research and analysis firm Foote Partners confirms that IT pros holding security certifications can expect premium pay. rn
July 22, 2015
Tech Resume Makeover: How to use charts and graphs
Feature

Tech Resume Makeover: How to use charts and graphs

Let's get visual. Charts and graphs can bring an eye-catching edge to your resume, especially if you're an IT sales or marketing pro looking to highlight your revenue-generating skills. Here, expert resume writer Jennifer Hay explains how to do it effectively – because it can be tricky.rn
July 21, 2015
Feature

6 etiquette rules for office communications

Corporate communication has taken a decidedly casual turn, with texting, messaging and even emoticons becoming a standard in the office. Here's how to navigate the tricky etiquette of the new communications frontier.rn
July 21, 2015
How to use video to improve IT recruiting
Feature

How to use video to improve IT recruiting

Video may have killed the radio star, but it's reinvigorating tired and time-consuming hiring practices to increase efficiency and boost the quality of IT talent.rn
July 13, 2015
Top 10 project management certifications for 2017
Analysis

Top 10 project management certifications for 2017

No matter what your IT role is, a project management certification can add depth, breadth and value to your skills. Here are the top 10 project management certifications, their requirements and their cost.
July 8, 2015
Are benefits for IT workers shrinking?
Feature

Are benefits for IT workers shrinking?

While tech salaries have increased, many organizations are eliminating benefits like tuition reimbursement, awards and telecommuting. What does this mean for IT workers?rn
July 6, 2015
Top 10 cities for IT pros looking to make a move
Feature

Top 10 cities for IT pros looking to make a move

Business is booming in 2015, and across the country IT organizations are loosening the purse strings and shelling out big bucks for critical IT talent. Here's a look at the 10 hottest cities for IT pay based on percent increase in salary, area home prices and median salary.
June 22, 2015
Cybrary and WIT partner to help women advance in cybersecurity
Feature

Cybrary and WIT partner to help women advance in cybersecurity

A new partnership between IT MOOC platform Cybrary and Women in Technology aims to address two major challenges faced by IT organizations today: a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and a lack of women in technology.
June 17, 2015
Why agile skills are more valuable than certifications
Feature

Why agile skills are more valuable than certifications

Businesses struggling to align their IT projects with larger business goals and strategies are emphasizing agile project management skills over traditional project management certifications.rn
June 15, 2015
10 highest-paying IT security jobs
Analysis

10 highest-paying IT security jobs

High-profile security breaches, data loss and the need for companies to safeguard themselves against attacks is driving salaries for IT security specialists through the roof. Here are the 10 highest-paying security roles.
June 9, 2015
4 strategies to negotiate a better salary
Feature

4 strategies to negotiate a better salary

Successful salary negotiation is as much an art as a science. Here are four tips that will help you get paid what you're worth.rn
June 3, 2015
7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search
Feature

7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search

Age is just a number -- but it's a number that can hurt your ability to land a great job in the IT industry, where youth is equated to innovation, efficiency and success. Here's how to make your age an advantage, not a deterrent.rn
May 28, 2015
How unconscious bias impacts IT recruiting and hiring
Feature

How unconscious bias impacts IT recruiting and hiring

Organizations have made great strides tackling overt discrimination and creating more inclusive working environments. But what's harder to identify, and harder to change, are unconscious biases that have an equally detrimental effect on recruiting and hiring, as well as the everyday work environment.rn
May 19, 2015
13 best companies for female IT pros
News Analysis

13 best companies for female IT pros

The Anita Borg Institute has released its annual list of best companies for women technologists. At the top of the list: BNY Mellon; with tech firms like Google, Apple, GoDaddy and Salesforce.com also making a strong showing.rn
May 19, 2015
4 types of geeks you need and how to recruit them
Feature

4 types of geeks you need and how to recruit them

When you're hiring tech talent, you need to know how to appeal to hard-core IT technologists at every stage of their career. Here, experts from consultancy and IT advisory firm Wisegate share advice on how to attract four types of geeks.
May 14, 2015
Common resume mistakes that could cost you the job
Feature

Common resume mistakes that could cost you the job

It's hard enough getting a hiring manager or recruiter to read your resume in the first place -- but making one of these six mistakes guarantees it'll never get past an initial glance.rn
May 12, 2015
The 10 weirdest job titles in tech
Feature

The 10 weirdest job titles in tech

IT has always been on the cutting-edge of innovation and progressive thinking, and over the last few years, it seems IT job titles are evolving to reflect the quirkiness of the industry itself. Here, we've put together a list of the top 10 weirdest tech job titles.
April 30, 2015
Feature

13 top recruiting software platforms

Looking for recruiting software for your business? Business software review site G2 Crowd's most recent rankings will help you narrow down your choices.
April 28, 2015
CIO-CSO tension makes businesses stronger
Feature

CIO-CSO tension makes businesses stronger

Strong relationships within the C-suite are critical for businesses to thrive, but perhaps none are more important that the relationship between CIO and CSO.rn
April 22, 2015
How-To

6 ways to boost your personal brand

Your personal brand is more than just a buzz phrase -- it's the set of unique talents, skills and personality that makes you exactly the right fit for your dream job. Here are six tips to build your brand.
April 15, 2015
Are you prepared for the leadership gap?
Feature

Are you prepared for the leadership gap?

Fewer employees are aspiring to C-level roles, preferring to use their leadership skills to make a direct impact on their organizations and colleagues from their current positions. What does that mean for the future of your business?
April 9, 2015
Pao’s loss brings greater awareness of gender discrimination
Feature

Pao’s loss brings greater awareness of gender discrimination

Though she lost at trial, Ellen Pao's discrimination suit against Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers is, in some ways, a win for women in the finance and technology industries. Here, two female CEOs weigh in on the larger implications of the case.rn
April 8, 2015
Want better IT talent? Recruit remote workers
Analysis

Want better IT talent? Recruit remote workers

If you're struggling to find elite, high-quality tech talent locally, perhaps you should consider knocking down geographic barriers and embracing remote work opportunities.rn
April 3, 2015
Feature

10 Tech Conferences Worth Attending in 2015

Already anticipating the Consumer Electronics Show next January? Looking to get the biggest bang for your travel budget buck in the remainder of 2015? Check out CIO's picks for conferences worth attending this year.
March 30, 2015
How-To

10 rules for working with recruiters and search firms

The first rule of working with recruiters is to remember they work for the employer. For that reason, you need a strategy to ensure you’re using them to your advantage.
March 27, 2015
How recruiting software firms help close the diversity gap
Feature

How recruiting software firms help close the diversity gap

The IT industry's not all discrimination, harassment and misogyny. Savvy, progressive recruiting software startups are focusing on diversity and inclusion from the beginning, and using technology to help firms hire the best and brightest from underrepresented talent pools.
March 23, 2015
Feature

10 top vendor-neutral cloud computing certifications

Looking for a way to benchmark your cloud computing knowledge and skills without being locked into a particular vendor? Want an extra edge when looking for that cloud computing job? One or more of these vendor-neutral certifications may be your ticket to advancement.
March 11, 2015
Tech Resume Makeover: Let Your Passion Shine Through
Feature

Tech Resume Makeover: Let Your Passion Shine Through

Regardless of where your IT career takes you, maintaining a focus on your ultimate professional goal is the key to an effective resume. In the latest installment of our makeover series, resume expert Caitlin Sampson helps a candidate find her focus and land a great IT job.
March 5, 2015
IT Leadership: Signs You’re a Micromanager (And How to Stop)
Feature

IT Leadership: Signs You’re a Micromanager (And How to Stop)

Micromanagement may seem harmless, but it's sabotaging your teams, your productivity and morale from within, and stifling your business's ability to grow. Here's how to tell if you're a micromanager, and some steps you can take to overcome this fatal flaw.
March 2, 2015
How Much Salary Transparency Is Right for Your Business?
Feature

How Much Salary Transparency Is Right for Your Business?

Everyone talks about greater transparency and openness in business, but when it comes to making salary information transparent, each organization must decide for itself just how much to reveal.
February 19, 2015
How to Keep Meetings From Eating Into Your Bottom Line
Feature

How to Keep Meetings From Eating Into Your Bottom Line

No business wants to admit that it’s inefficient, lacks clear direction or wastes tens of thousands of dollars. And yet businesses everywhere are doing just that by holding unnecessary, unproductive and unpopular meetings. Shifting your company culture away from meetings can make your businesses more productive and employees more engaged and efficient. Here's how.
February 13, 2015
Feature

IT Resume Makeover: Emphasize Your ‘X Factor’

After a 17-year climb through the IT ranks at a major financial firm, this month’s resume makeover candidate found herself unemployed and with a mundane resume. Here's how expert Donald Burns uncovered her 'wow factor.'rn
February 11, 2015