Should You Create Accountability Partners on Your Tech Team?

In the day-to-day operations of a business, much can get lost in the noise. Issues can take over allowing small things to be forgotten which causes goals and targets to be missed. These forgotten items and missed goals, almost always result in problems and headaches down the road. So, how do organizations prevent forgotten items, missed deadlines and unattained goals?

Creating Accountability Partners: The Key to Improving Efficiency The American Society of Training and Development found “that people are 65% [more] likely to meet a goal after committing to another person.” Furthermore, “their chances of success increase to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners.”

Creating accountability partners within your tech team will help in the task of meeting deadlines and reaching performance goals. However, accountability partnerships don’t occur organically; they take planning and effort.

Ways to Include Accountability on Your Tech Team Accountability partnerships […]

How to Get Noticed in a Competitive Tech Market

The tech industry has always been known to seek out the best and the brightest. Because of this, the competition for jobs with well-known tech companies can be tough. With this in mind, it’s imperative that tech professionals set themselves apart from their peers. So, how do tech professionals get noticed in this very competitive market?

Make Sure Your Resume is Top Notch “More than 250 resumes will be submitted for every corporate job opening. From this pile of over 250 resumes, 4 to 6 candidates will be interviewed, and 1 will be offered the job.” With statistics like these, it’s imperative your resume is in the best shape possible to stand out from the pack. Not only must your resume be “perfect,” it must also be unique in order to find its way to the top of the pile. Make sure all your skills are correctly and efficiently […]

5 IT Certifications You Need to Boost Your Career

Certifications can be a great way to enhance a resume, boost salary potential, and move your career forward. Per a Global Knowledge survey, it was found that 83 percent of IT professionals hold an IT certification. Moreover, they also found the average salary for certified IT professionals in the U.S. is on average $8,400 higher than their non-certified peers.

The Top 5 IT Certifications for 2018 1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) Average Salary: $127,507

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Average Salary: $122,448

3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Average Salary: $119,085

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Average Salary: $118,179

5. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Average Salary: $110,634

The IT Certification Trends: It’s All About Security and Risk  When looking at the top five IT certifications, it’s not hard to spot a trend: Security and risk management is in high demand, […]

How to Take on Tough Cybersecurity Challenges

Cybersecurity is on the mind of every CEO and corporate board today. Each year, corporations across the globe spend billions of dollars to secure corporate data and keep hackers out. When hackers are successful, it can cost a corporation greatly. The damage caused by hackers goes beyond financial burdens and extends to both an organization’s reputation and customer relationships. With this in mind, how does an organization successfully take on the cybersecurity challenges our connected world presents?

The Top 6 Cyber Challenges Challenge # 1 – Data, Data, Everywhere Solution: Separate Personal Employee Data from the Rest of Your Network

Businesses today are overflowing with all types of data. Where possible, use segregated networks for employee data and business operations. This segregation can prevent many headaches and can isolate damage in the event of a breach.

Challenge # 2 – Cyber Risk from Outside Parties Solution: Evaluate Third-Party Risk […]

The Most Important Things to Do While Attending Conferences

Conferences are an essential part of professional growth. Not only do they expose attendees to upcoming trends in their industry, they can also help with soft skills such as networking.

How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience Conferences can be overwhelming experiences stretched out over several days and jam-packed with events, activities, talks, and social gatherings. The best way to get the most out of your conference experience is to do a little pre-planning.

Do Your Research Before booking your hotel room and rental car, do a little research on the conference you are attending. Research the speakers and the topics to ensure the information provided will be of benefit to your current or future work projects. Also, think about whether there is any other business you can do in the host city, which is a nice bonus.

Create a Plan Once you have researched the conference […]

Why Tech Contractor Roles Aren’t Going Anywhere

In 2018, the contract workforce is thriving. An NPR/Marist poll found that one in five jobs in the U.S. is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. This contract trend is especially robust in the tech industry.

How Did the Contract Employment Model Happen? The Great Recession of 2008 During the recession, employers started hiring workers on a contract basis. Companies went to this strategy to combat economic uncertainty. At the same time, with unemployment rising, employees who once held traditional roles were open to considering this new type of employment. As the economy recovered, businesses saw a benefit to this type of staffing model given the increased flexibility to hire talent for present conditions without necessarily making commitments for the longer term.

Technology Provided the Tools: Teleworking Ability While employment markets and business models changed, […]

Want a Better Salary? Learn Skills and Forget Languages

Historically, tech professionals have thought of acquiring more programming languages to increase their value. However, in today’s job market, that logic may be outdated.

Out with the Old, In with the New Technical Skills While knowledge of specific programming languages used to be the box check needed to land a new job, the focus is now more on skills for specific tasks for emerging, growth fueled practice areas.

Artificial Intelligence AI is taking the world by storm. More and more industries, including those outside traditional tech companies, are focusing on AI and ways to incorporate it into their day-to-day operations. Knowledge around machine learning, data mining and data analytics are essential in this new, emerging skill set.

Cyber Security As breaches and cyberattacks dominate news cycles, employers will look for candidates who are well versed in information security principles and protocols. Knowledge of network security, firewalls and penetration testing […]

Where Are the Newest Emerging Tech Hubs?

As with real estate, tech hubs are all about location, location, location. Over the past 20 years, the central tech hubs included Silicon Valley and Seattle with the most recent push including Boston and New York. However, with the skyrocketing cost of living in these primary tech cities, tax changes due to the recent tax reform legislation, and with many smaller locales rolling out the welcome mat (with tax advantages and other relocation incentives for tech companies) times are changing.

The Top 6 Emerging Tech Hubs While traditionally tech hubs have been thought to be in the pacific northwest and in northeast cities, areas in the south are now starting to gain popularity. This can be attributed to state and local efforts to attract corporate partners, affordability and weather.

Hub # 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Average tech salary: $97,415

Population:  1,567,872

Come for the cheesesteak and the Super Bowl-winning Eagles, […]

What are the Perks that Tech Pros Will Leave a Job For?

With near record levels of employment, employers today need to step up their game when trying to attract and retain top talent. In addition to traditional compensation vehicles such as salary, health insurance and bonuses, there are several perks that employers can add that improve employee experience and work-life balance, making their company an attractive place to work.

The Top Employee Perks The perks employees look for the most are teleworking capability, student loan repayment assistance, food and beverage provided onsite, wellness programs (both onsite and offsite), and discounts. The great thing about these perks is that each can be tailored to an organization, aligning with their resources and needs.

Flexible Telework Programs Employers who have established telework programs will always catch the eye of top tech talent. The flexibility to work remotely and during hours that are most conducive to an employee’s lifestyle are highly sought after. To […]

Is Blockchain a Lucrative Career or Just Hype?

With the rise and fall of bitcoin values being a part of daily news reports, it begs the question; “Is blockchain a valuable tool for career advancement and opportunity, or is it just a fad?” Is learning this new emerging tech, Blockchain, any more a gamble than the currency it was first used for? 

What Is Blockchain? Blockchain technology allows for recording transactions for digital assets. The technology itself is hard, if not impossible to manipulate, making it a secure way to keep transactional data. Blockchain is especially useful for data that doesn’t originate with a traditional ‘trusted source,’ such as a government organization or financial institution.

How Does Blockchain Function Within Bitcoin Since bitcoin and other crypto-currencies aren’t backed by a government or lender, there needs to be a way to record who owns what; this is where blockchain comes in.  Blockchain allows these nontraditional currencies to be […]

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