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'It's Not My Job To Plug Things In' And Other Nightmare IT Stories

Working in IT is no picnic. You’re overworked, over-stressed and overwhelmed by an onslaught of stupidity from Luddite customers and colleagues. We recently asked our readers to share their worst experiences from the front lines of IT. Your stories were so terrifying that we may need to wipe and reboot our brains to recover. Here are some of the worst.


Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Bar Owner

Opening your very own bar kind of sounds like a relaxing retirement project — until you realise that creating a sustainable hospitality business is a laborious undertaking in an unforgiving landscape. Pour yourself a drink, you might need it.


Look For Common Connections To Avoid Getting Scammed On LinkedIn

The whole point of LinkedIn is to connect to others in a professional or career-related capacity, but like other social networks, LinkedIn is also a place where criminals try to gain access to information about you and those you know.


Killer Interview Question: What Would You Do If You Had $5 Million To Start Your Own Business?

This week’s KIQ comes from Nicholas Lennon, Mimecast Australia country manager. This is one of the questions he will use during an interview to see how well a prospective employee can articulate complex situations.


How Did You Stay Motivated During A Job Loss?

Even when you see it coming, a job loss can be devastating. You go through the emotional process of changing up your routine, and if that’s not enough the hunt for a new job can really take a toll. If you’ve been there, how did you stay motivated?


If Your Job Interview Is Going Too Smoothly, You Probably Won't Get The Job

A common complaint among job seekers: It felt like you nailed the interview, but weeks later you still haven’t heard from the company. Subtle signs during the interview could tip you off that the hiring manager has already decided you’re not the right fit, such as when you’re only asked simple questions.


Consider A Company's Perks When Answering Questions In A Job Interview

When you have a job interview, research is important. You want to make sure you fully understand the requirements, company background, and salary. The Muse also suggests researching the company’s benefits to get an idea of what their values are.


Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Botanist

Plants are such a ubiquitous aspect of life — its very foundation, really — that you may rarely think about their scientific research. Botany has the potential to bear fruit in so many fields that affect our day to day lives, from medicine to agriculture to environmental sciences.


Give Yourself A Work 'Uniform' To Be More Productive

No one likes it when their job makes them wear a uniform. However, having some physical reminders that it’s time to get to work — whether it’s certain clothes, a productivity playlist, or even a dedicated desk — can help get you in the right mindset to get busy.


Killer Interview Question: Give An Example Of An Analytically Difficult Problem You've Solved

This week’s KIQ comes from Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president of people operations. It’s a typical example of the behavioural-based questions the technology giant has begun to embrace in recent years. In other words, no more pointless riddles about filling jumbo jets with golf balls.


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