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Nerd Love: Nine Valentine's Day E-Cards For IT Professionals

It’s the final stretch before Valentine’s Day on Sunday. If you have a significant other that works in IT, specifically in networking, who you want to do something special for, we are here to help. For a bit of fun on a Friday, here are a few funny “romantic” e-cards they might appreciate.


Find Out Which Files Are Being Accessed Over Your Network

We’ve talked about Nir Sofer before and his love of crafting nifty Windows tools and the developer shows no signs of slowing down. His latest application, NetworkOpenedFiles, lets you see which local files and folders are currently being used over your network.


Join Career-Themed Facebook Groups To Learn More About Your Industry

You might think LinkedIn is the only site to keep up with your field, but there’s a lot of conversation happening on Facebook, too. Look for Facebook groups that are related to your industry or job to listen in on these conversations and network with other professionals.


Improve Your Networking Skills With The 24/7/30 Method

From finding a job to finding a mentor, there are a number of reasons we network. You might not know how soon after meeting someone it’s appropriate to follow-up and connect with them. Entrepreneur’s Ivan Miser makes the process simple with the 24/7/30 method.


The Best Way To Compliment Someone You've Just Met

Paying someone a compliment is a terrific way to get on someone’s good side, but can also be taken the wrong way if you’re not careful. This method is sure to be effective and respectful.


Take Initiative To Invite Your Colleagues Out And Network On Your Own Terms

Not everyone is on board with company outings and work-related social events. They’re also important to your career. If you’re having trouble saying yes to your colleagues’ invites, start extending your own invitations.


When Building Your Professional Network, Don't Forget To 'Network Down'

Building a real professional network is a valuable way to get ahead and you can do it without being sleazy. One key way to do that: don’t just “network up” to people above you.


Be Transparent When Reaching Out To A Reference You Haven't Talked To In A Long Time

Networking is the key to finding a great job, but things happen. It might be months or even years since you were in touch with a former boss or coworker. The Muse shows us how to handle this situation gracefully.


The Secret To Better "Reflective Listening": Use Your Own Words

Repeating back what someone is saying to you, or what’s known as “reflective listening,” is a great way to show that you’re really hearing what they say. Repeating their exact words like a parrot, however, is not always ideal.


Break Out Of Your Social Shell By Piggybacking On A More Sociable Friend

If you’re making an effort to be more comfortable in social situations, latching on to a social butterfly buddy can help ease you into more social exposure.


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