Entries with tag essential career skills .


Dealing with Customers as a Techie

“Our customer operatives are currently busy. Please hold while we try to connect you.” We have all been on the receiving end of that message. And there is nothing more infuriating than holding an unresponsive phone to your ear while your WIFI persistently fails to connect, your LAN shows no sign of life, or your TV screen offers you your own reflection against a backdrop...
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Are You Thinking Critically Enough?

When was the last time you searched for something on the Internet? Last night? This morning? Two minutes ago? Chances are that you, like most of us, are out there using your laptop or mobile device to search the web for information. No big deal, right? So here is another question. When was the last time you questioned something that you found on the Internet? When did you last...
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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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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 Innovative Problem Solver

Time was when the word “innovation” was something you would only hear in the context of a really big invention. Scientific breakthroughs would be hailed as being innovative . World-changing inventions – the light bulb, the airplane, and penicillin – all great examples of innovation at work. But in the age of digitization , where rules are being...
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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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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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Seven Tips to Perfect Your Presentation Skills

The chances are that at some point in your career, you are going to have to deliver a presentation. From team results to strategic objectives to long-term vision, you may well find yourself on your feet in front of an audience. So what are the skills you need to hone in order to ensure that you get your messages across with minimal nerves and maximum impact? Gearing up to Presenting in...
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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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