Tag Archives: HP I/O

Don’t Bother Being Honest in Exit Interviews

Posted 10-07-2012 If your employer couldn’t find the time to ask you what was good or bad about working at the company while you were still working there, why bother withhonesty and potentially burned bridges now? (If they did ask, give them constructive feedback before you leave this job; they deserve it). Read the feature story on HP Input/Output.

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Interview Tips for Techie-Aspies

Posted October 11, 2012 You’re on the Asperger’s Syndrome spectrum, and you know technology inside and out, but human interaction? That’s a hard one. Reading nonverbal cues is tough, making eye contact is painful, and your body language can mistakenly convey that you don’t even want the job. Here are some tips on mastering all that touchy-feely […]

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11 Questions to Ask CMS Job Seekers

Hiring someone to do your web development? I pulled together a bunch of interview questions intended to help hiring managers (and businesspeople who are not necessarily techie) find the dream CMS pro.They should help, whether you’re looking to hire somebody to function in out-of-the-box template land or you need a content management system integrated-with-everything-but-the-septic-system kind of specialist. No, […]

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Teaching Security to the Ungeeky: Convince Them It Matters

Posted on 2012-04-11 Think security’s too technical to teach to everybody? Think again. That misperception leads to a plague of problems, from USB-introduced viruses, to spending a fortune on fixing products after they’ve shipped. In this, the first in a series on teaching security to the nontechnical, I start with converting the security heathens. Read it […]

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How to Give a Catastrophe-Free Presentation

Posted on 2012-04-10 To wit: How to prep your important presentation for blown bulbs, laptops left in taxis, projectors that get indigestion over your digital input, and viruses that spasmodically stream porn video. I share several horror stories because I know you love to point and laugh at others’ pain. But you’ll learn useful lessons, too, if you […]

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How to Negotiate Tech Pay

Posted on on 2012-04-05 Know the potential for wiggle room, avoid selling yourself short, and pretend that the employer is some hot thing with whom you’re about to get lucky if you know how to work the bargaining/romancing. Read the story. 

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How to (Kindly! Gently!) Tell Users That Their IT Problems Are Their Own Fault

Posted on 2012-03-27 It’s not that you mind being called over when their monitors are unplugged. It’s that it’s happened multiple times — to the same users. Herein, I explain how to let users know they’re idiots without a) telling them they’re idiots and b) getting a reputation as a jerk. Yes, it’s possible. Read the […]

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What to Do When an Employee Cries (Legal) Wolf

There are nightmare employees who threaten legal action on flimsy grounds, including charges of racial, gender, or disability discrimination. How do you defend your company? Conversely, are you sure they’re not right? Read the feature story on HP Input/Output. 

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Would You Fire This Person?

In this case study, I present you with a problem employee. You are hereby invited to help his frazzled boss either a) deal with this employee or b) show the guy the nearest exit. I solicited input from a bunch of IT bosses and management experts regarding how they’d respond, and at the end I reveal the true fate […]

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