No rest for the wicked … and for late career IT workers

For as long as he could remember, Ben Richardson had big plans for an early retirement.Passionate about computers, but anxious to leave the confines of a desk job, Richardson, a technical adviser in

Published on: December 15th, 2009 Beth Stackpole

The right tools – and attitude – can get you the job you want

From social networking websites and online job boards to career coaches and job search software, job seekers have more tools at their disposal than ever to help them find work. But the most

Published on: September 30th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Canadian recruiters eye social nets to catch the right talent

The runaway popularity of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, especially among young Canadian graduates, is having a noticeable impact on workplace recruitment.A growing number of Canadian recruiters are now trolling social

Published on: September 21st, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Smart networking can help you find the job you want

When Wade Vann, former CIO at Simmons Bedding Co., was laid off in the summer of 2008, it was naturally a difficult time. "When you've been working 60 to 70 hours a week

Published on: August 25th, 2009 Mary Brandel

How to answer an interviewer’s 12 ‘gotcha’ questions

There's a dozen interview questions that fluster IT job seekers at all career levels. Give a surprised or weak answer to any of them, and red flags fly. Hiring managers may conclude that

Published on: July 17th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

How to handle personal questions during a job interview

As laid-off executives flood the labor pool, some employers are seizing the opportunity to "upgrade" their management teams, say executive recruiters. In this job market, employers realize they might be able to recruit

Published on: June 29th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

What Pink Floyd can teach techies about team building

I recently read Mark Blake's Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd. It is, as I said in my 5-star Amazon review, a great book about the history of the band that

Published on: September 24th, 2008 Esther Schindler

Speak up if you’re overworked – and here’s how to do it

Twelve-hour workdays packed with mile-long to-do lists and meetings on top of meetings. Cell phones and BlackBerrys that are always on, and laptops you take home to squeeze in one more hour of

Published on: August 20th, 2008 Meridith Levinson

Telework “with a new twist” making a huge comeback in Canada

It's the '70s all over again. This time around, soaring fuel costs and grid lock traffic are driving Canadians to review their work-style options, and – not surprisingly – many are choosing to

Published on: August 13th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

How to keep good employees in a competitive hiring environment

Clients pay us to introduce them to the people who are the best at whatever it is that our clients need to have done. Not surprisingly, people who are the "best" tend to

Published on: May 14th, 2008 Michael Thompson

Tales of skills shortage untrue say unemployed IT professionals

Terri Morgan could sell her talents to anyone that would listen, but software programs used to screen IT job applicants don't hear so well. Morgan has dealt with more résumé screening programs than

Published on: April 15th, 2008 Denise Dubie

Why many executives think so poorly of their IT groups

Odds are you've been at your present company a while, and in IT longer than that. Why do you think corporate executives hold a low view of the technology departments in their own

Published on: March 25th, 2008 Kim Nash

How business and IT can team up to make a difference

At the beginning of the year, the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), part of the MIT Sloan School of Management, unveiled its landmark study The Future of the CIO, on the present

Published on: March 24th, 2008 Jack Loo

Today’s hot IT skills and five tips for acquiring them

The Web 2.0 phenomenon and developments in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) space will trigger a demand for a new set of IT skills.Technology headhunters and industry insiders say IT professionals should be

Published on: January 31st, 2008 Nestor Arellano