Entries with tag essential career skills .


How Social Are Your Skills?

How would you classify your social interactions in the work place? Are you the kind of person who clocks in and out at the allocated time, barely lifting your gaze from your computer screen to acknowledge those around you? Or do you live for the water cooler moments? Are you the life and soul of the office, on first name terms with everyone from the intern to the CTO? Whatever your...
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Wanted: Team Players

Scan job postings and you will see that a lot of employers are on the lookout for “good team players.” Even employers we have spoken to, have told us that one of their top non-technical skills they look for in employees is the ability to be a team player. Teams are good for business. Whether they are built around individual project specifications, or exist as an on-going part of...
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Why Does Domain Knowledge Matter to Techies?

Domain knowledge is increasingly sought after by employers looking to precision-match candidates to jobs. Let us walk you through: What this concept means What it means to you How to build domain knowledge What is Domain Knowledge? To put it very simply, domain knowledge (also known as vertical knowledge) is a broad-based knowledge or understanding of a particular...
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Are You Ready to Lead?

Sixth president of the U.S., John Quincy Adams, was asked to share his thoughts on leadership. What makes someone a leader, his audience wanted to know. “If your actions inspire others to dream more,” he answered, “to learn more and become more, you are a leader.” These words might just have easily been spoken by a 21 st century statesman, as they arguably hold...
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3 Ways to Be More Innovative

Creativity. Innate or something to be learned and mastered? It’s a good question, right? Some people just seem to be born more creative than others. Where one person might be stuck in a rut of repetition, another will just sail past, trailing ideas, concepts and suggestions, like so much star dust in their wake. The same is true of innovation. Or is it? Because there...
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Six Steps to Becoming a Better Problem Solver

Whether you are a NetAcad student, a parent, an intern, a rookie, or the president of a large corporation you are going to have to face problems at some point. Problems which will need solutions to solve them. They are part of everyone’s life. Like it or not, we all have to make decisions. And the decisions we make need to solve the problems we face. Whether you want to fix...
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Become an Effective Communicator

Long gone are the days when having a career meant specializing in one specific skill. And although there is no substitute for solid technical skills if you want a job in a technology oriented career, it is also true that in today’s job market, you are going to need to nail a non-techinical career skills if you want to stand out from the competition.  And thrive in your role. ...
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Why do Techies need an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Take a look at job postings today geared towards attracting technologists of all varieties. Chances are you will quickly come across many that are looking for “entrepreneurial spirit” even though they are looking for techies to join their company. Now what, you might ask, would an employer – especially a large corporation – be doing looking for someone who is a...
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Putting Your Emotional Intelligence to Work

If you are a current or former Cisco Networking Academy student, it is a pretty safe bet that you have developed the tech smarts and the analytical skills to kick-start a healthy career in technology. But how does your emotional intelligence stack up? Emotional intelligence, known as your EI or even your EQ, is defined as the capacity to monitor your own and other people’s...
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Our Top 10 Ways to Network Your Way into a Tech Career

Have you thought about becoming an expert in networking, before you become an expert in networking? Finding the correct job for you hinges on many factors: knowing what you want, setting your objectives, building the right skills set, and doing your homework—both figuratively and literally. But you can also improve your chances of landing the killer contract by networking......
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