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

Is Social Media Recruiting Dead?
Feature

Is Social Media Recruiting Dead?

A year ago, reports revealed that only 2 percent of large brands' Facebook posts were reaching their fans, and one Forrester analyst lamented the death of social media's organic reach. But does the same hold true for social media recruiting?
February 4, 2015
IT Resume Makeover: Presentation Dictates Response
How-To

IT Resume Makeover: Presentation Dictates Response

Even at the CIO level, many IT professionals find it difficult to position their knowledge, skills and accomplishments to attract the attention of hiring managers and recruiters. This month, our tech resume expert Stephen Van Vreede helps a CIO-level consultant better dictate the response he wants his resume to generate.
January 27, 2015
9 Reasons Your Employees Are Unhappy
Analysis

9 Reasons Your Employees Are Unhappy

What's the secret to happiness in the workplace? The answer's not very surprising. Employees want to be listened to and feel that their concerns are taken seriously.
January 16, 2015
Feature

9 Reasons Your Employees Are Unhappy

What's the secret to happiness in the workplace? The answer's not very surprising. Employees want to be listened to and feel that their concerns are taken seriously.
January 16, 2015
How to Prevent Workplace Bullying
News Analysis

How to Prevent Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is a costly epidemic, and the onus is on management to establish and enforce a strong, consistent corporate culture that stops the inclination to bully before the behavior starts.
January 13, 2015
Analysis

Should You Hire a Chief Social Media Officer?

Having a strong social media presence is a necessary part of your business' marketing, communications and customer relations strategy. That presence should be handled by experienced, knowledgeable professionals. Some experts even suggest hiring a Chief Social Media Officer.
January 7, 2015
Women CIOs Face Greater Challenges
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Women CIOs Face Greater Challenges

Female representation -- or lack of it -- among the ranks of CIOs is a microcosm of the rest of the IT industry. Our 2015 State of the CIO survey highlights the gender disparity.
January 5, 2015
Are Personality Assessments Effective Hiring Tools?
Analysis

Are Personality Assessments Effective Hiring Tools?

Businesses often use personality assessments to gauge a candidate's degree of cultural fit. CIO.com looks at workplace personality tests really tells employers.
December 22, 2014
Feature

10 IT Roles to Target When Poaching Talent

IT organizations struggling to find high-quality talent are using a brazen approach to hiring -- poaching workers from within the walls of their biggest competitors. If you're brave enough to try this hire-to-hurt strategy, here are the top 10 IT roles you should go after.
December 19, 2014
Agile Meets Collaboration for Better, Faster Software Product Delivery
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Agile Meets Collaboration for Better, Faster Software Product Delivery

A new alliance between agile workflow solutions company Jama and enterprise collaboration and integration solution firm Tasktop aims to allow enterprises to gain better insight into their software development lifecycle and speed up delivery for customers.
December 5, 2014
News Analysis

The Next ‘Sea Change’ in Recruiting: Mobile

The way today's tech talent looks for work is changing. Prospective employees are using their mobile devices to connect with employers more than ever and this trend is expected to continue. Does your organization have a mobile recruiting strategy?
December 5, 2014
Tech Resume Makeover: Top 11 Tips From 2014
How-To

Tech Resume Makeover: Top 11 Tips From 2014

Over the past year, our resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals put their best foot forward. Here are the top 11 tips from 2014's IT Resume Makeover series.
December 2, 2014
Feature

7 Leadership Tips for Women Tech Executives

Female executives are unfairly held to a different standard than men in the workplace and are judged not only on their competence, skills and experience but on their appearance and even their speech patterns. Here, four female IT executives weigh in on how to address and overcome these challenges.
November 26, 2014
Workplace Bullying a Costly Epidemic in the Enterprise
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Workplace Bullying a Costly Epidemic in the Enterprise

Workplace bullying opens your organization up to poor productivity, lower retention rates and possible legal action. And it's not an isolated issue - the workplace statistics are shocking. Is your culture cultivating a bully mentality?
November 7, 2014
How to Build a Culture of Learning (and Why You Need to)
How-To

How to Build a Culture of Learning (and Why You Need to)

To thrive in an ever-changing IT climate, CIOs and other businesses leaders must create a culture of learning that embraces innovation and leverages it into a competitive advantage.
November 4, 2014
6 Ways to Attract and Retain Female IT Talent
How-To

6 Ways to Attract and Retain Female IT Talent

While there's no magic formula that will instantly close the gender gap that still exists in the IT field today, business leaders can take these steps to help shift the male-dominated culture towards increased diversity.
October 30, 2014
Opinion

10 Outlandish Resume Lies That Can Kill Your Job Chances

In a recent CareerBuilder survey, HR and hiring managers were asked to identify the most ridiculous fabrications they have spotted on applicants' resumes. Here are 10 of the worst whoppers they have ever seen.
October 27, 2014
IT Resumes: Lies, Half-truths and Embellishments
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IT Resumes: Lies, Half-truths and Embellishments

HR pros and hiring managers encounter candidates of all kinds and any lie on a resume is a definitive red flag. However, all lies are not created equal.
October 21, 2014
Building the Next Generation of Female IT Professionals
News

Building the Next Generation of Female IT Professionals

It's no secret that women are under-represented in technology jobs. To help turn that tide, while at the same time building a pipeline of talent, some companies are putting money where their good intentions are.
October 19, 2014
How to Keep Morale High After a Layoff
How-To

How to Keep Morale High After a Layoff

Keeping your remaining employees engaged, motivated and productive after a layoff or restructuring can be a monumental task. Here's how to do it.
October 7, 2014
News

12 CIOs Who Are Earning Millions

Taking into account both base salaries and 'other' compensation, these 12 CIOs are raking in millions.
October 1, 2014
IT Leaders Aren’t All Coming From Tech
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IT Leaders Aren’t All Coming From Tech

Today's IT leadership looks a lot different than in years past. Many are climbing the ladder from marketing, sales and other departments.
September 24, 2014
Is Conflict the Secret to a Successful Business?
How-To

Is Conflict the Secret to a Successful Business?

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Don't fight it. If handled correctly, conflict can actually lead to happier, more engaged employees -- and that translates into a better business.
September 22, 2014
IT Resume Makeover: How (and When) to Break the Rules
How-To

IT Resume Makeover: How (and When) to Break the Rules

The ironclad rule of resume writing is to highlight your career in reverse chronological order – all the time, every time, right? Wrong. Resume expert Donald Burns explains why.
September 17, 2014
Why Developers Need ‘Finishing School’
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Why Developers Need ‘Finishing School’

How can developers bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world, on-the-job experience? They can go to 'finishing school.'
August 26, 2014
Tech Industry Job Boom Fuels IT Recruiter Shortage
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Tech Industry Job Boom Fuels IT Recruiter Shortage

While companies scramble to fill vacant and newly created tech roles, a shortage of recruiters is adding to the crunch -- making it a good time to become an IT recruiter.
August 22, 2014
How Far Will Businesses Go to Lure Developers?
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How Far Will Businesses Go to Lure Developers?

IT departments are getting creative to attract and retain elite software development talent. Is this just a temporary bubble or a sustainable hiring practice?
August 19, 2014
Top Leadership Quality Isn’t What You’d Expect
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Top Leadership Quality Isn’t What You’d Expect

A group of management experts argues that the most important quality for leadership is empathy -- or emotional IQ . So why aren't companies trying harder to foster these skills?
July 29, 2014
Don’t Give Your Job Search a Summer Vacation
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Don’t Give Your Job Search a Summer Vacation

Summer's the perfect time to relax and take a vacation -- unless you're on the hunt for a new job. While other candidates are working on their tans, check out these six tips to maximize your summer job search.
July 17, 2014
3 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take the Job
How-To

3 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss Before You Take the Job

Horrible bosses are all too common -- there's even a movie about them. Here, three experts weigh in on how to spot a bad boss before you accept a position and offer tips on how to make sure you're making the right employment choice.
July 15, 2014
CIOs, IT Hiring Managers Optimistic, But Challenges Remain
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CIOs, IT Hiring Managers Optimistic, But Challenges Remain

A majority of CIOs and IT managers plan to hire tech pros in the second half of 2014, according to two recent industry surveys -- but salary pressures and high turnover rates still present tech workforce challenges.
July 1, 2014
Feature

How to Clean Up Your IT Resume

As spring comes to a close, it's an ideal time to clear the clutter from your resume. It's key to make sure you present only relevant, current information in the most attractive way possible. Here, three experts weigh in on what to toss out and what to keep.
June 11, 2014
Feature

How to Attract and Retain Talent With the Right Benefits

Multiple generations in the workforce simultaneously can make benefits a tricky issue for businesses. The key is understanding how benefits can help you attract and retain top talent by offering the right solutions for each generation.
May 21, 2014
Feature

Resume Makeover: How to Sell Your Tech Sales Skills

In this month's CIO.com Resume Makeover, the devil's in the details as career and resume expert Ross Macpherson takes a technology sales professional's resume from confusing to concise
May 5, 2014
IT Salaries for the 20 Hottest Tech Skills
News

IT Salaries for the 20 Hottest Tech Skills

Unemployment rates in the IT industry remain low. That's good news for you because it means to compete for top tech talent companies are offering higher salaries.
April 30, 2014