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Don’t Get Twitter? Start Chatting & You Will

Don’t Get Twitter? Start Chatting & You Will

With more than 600 chats happening across Twitter each week, it is surprising that none of them has catered to IT and technical career issues, especially as the war for talent in the technical arena heats up. Well, now we have one. Hosted by the Technical Career Forum, #TCFchat is held each Wednesday at 3pm Eastern.

IT: 10 Reasons IT Has a Bad Reputation

IT: 10 Reasons IT Has a Bad Reputation

IT jobsBy Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

A May 5th article in TechRepublic.com (10 Reasons IT Pros Get a Bad Rap) provides a list of reasons why there is such a negative perception of the IT department in general and IT workers specifically.

Three of the ten reasons listed I don’t agree with whole-heartedly. #1 :”We’re considered too well-paid;” #8: “We suffer from the Golden Boy syndrome;” and #9: “We are indispensable” are not really true anymore…although they were about a decade ago.

With all of the IT outsourcing happening, IT is no longer the hot and happening place it used to be. It’s more of a commodity field now, and nearly any IT job is “dispensable”…meaning it can be outsourced.

The rest of the items on the list can be solved and remedied with the right touch. All it takes is a dedication and focus in one particular area to turn the tide. That area is “Engagement.” Of course, to make the transition complete, the IT group has to effectively execute on the promises it makes. But it all starts with engagement.

Last month, we posted a blog focused on the IT group and how they struggle effectively engaging the rest of the business. You can read that post here.

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CIO, a Thing of the Past?

CIO, a Thing of the Past?

CTOby Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

While scouring Twitter today, I came across a tweet from @pcalento regarding the CIO title and whether it was becoming obsolete or evolving. He was asking what alternative title there might be to the CIO title.

A few suggestions were Chief Technology Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Transformation Officer, and Chief Infrastructure Architect.

At the end of the day, is the title change really necessary or just fun with words?

We’d love to get your feedback on this, so please leave a comment. Do you think the CIO title is on its way out? And if so, what do you think will replace it, and why.

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Technical Resumes: The Real Skinny by @ITtechExec

Technical Resumes: The Real Skinny by @ITtechExec

Most resume writers don’t want to write technical resumes. Resume writing is basically built on a volume-based premise. The more you write, the more you make. Certain fields require more finesse than others, to put it bluntly, and that finesse takes time to learn and craft. And speaking Geek is, frankly, not in everyone’s vocabulary.

Functional Resumes: Why They Don’t Work

Functional Resumes: Why They Don’t Work

Recruiters, HR reps, hiring managers, and anyone else reading a functional resume thinks that the candidate must be hiding something. Why? Because they usually are. Most people who want to get back into a certain industry or position type that have been off the radar for a while use a functional style so that whatever experience they had (however little or however old) does not get buried where an employer won’t see it. The trouble is, they won’t care anyway if they see it in a functional format.