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In response to the emergence of blockchain as an important technology Melbourne's RMIT University has launched a new Developing Blockchain Strategy course. The 8-week online course starts on 19 March and was developed by the University’s Blockchain Innovation Hub, Stone and Chalk and Accenture with the goal of educating business leaders to develop a rich and relevant understanding of blockchain.

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Now that the summer shutdown is well and truly behind us, IT job hunters are back on the prowl for their next big opportunity. But what are the in demand skills that will help land your next gig? Recruitment firm Hays has looked through their listings and pulled together a list of the skills that are being targeted by IT businesses looking for new personnel.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn just over a year ago seemed like a weird deal to me but perhaps we're starting to see some of the fruit. The Microsoft Word Resume Assistant is rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows and will use insights from LinkedIn to create your new resume. Microsoft says about 80% of resumes are crafted in Word. By leveraging the information in your LinkedIn profile, it's easier to keep things up to date as you search for a new job.

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A new report has found Aussie IT workers aren’t managing their work/life balance as well as their US counterparts. More than half of IT professionals surveyed experience sleep and/or other personal life interruptions due to a digital service disruption or an outage more than 10 times a week.

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Let's not sugarcoat it: Searching for a job can be awful. It's a little like apartment hunting. Or partner hunting. You have to sift through a lot of unattractive options for one gem in the rough. But there are much better, more effective and sanity-saving ways to find appealing jobs that don't involve refreshing Seek or CareerOne.

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French coding school, Le Wagon, is setting up campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, with a focus on giving entrepreneurs and creative professionals technical and product development skills via an intensive and selective nine-week program. The school boasts that over a hundred of their alumni have launched startups, with many successfully getting funding for their new companies.

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Fake CVs cost businesses a lot of money. Anyone who's been involved in recruitment understands the cost of finding and employing good people. And with competition for high-paying jobs on the up, particularly as wages have been quite stagnant for a while, there's a lot of temptation to either embellish or lie on CVs. So, how do you spot a fake CV?

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Job searches are already a complicated stress-maze of multiple sites, searches and alerts, so you might think it's bad news that you also need to expand your search to social media. But actually, Twitter and Facebook can be a relatively (relatively) pleasant part of the job search process.

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Several of Facebook's HR leadership decided to conduct some research as to why employees left the social media powerhouse. They were testing the maxim that people don't quit jobs - they quit bosses. When they commenced their research, they expected to see the boss-quitting rule hold true. Instead, they learned something different according to an article they write for Harvard Business Review.

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Dear Lifehacker, I have recently moved interstate and started a new job. What's your best tip for getting myself known to the people that matter while still maintaining a good relationship with my peers and staff? I don't want to be a brown nose but I have come from a well-respected position - I knew the movers-and-shakers both within my organisation and without and I want to get back to that point as quickly as possible.

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There was a time when I planned my career but then reality set in and I realised that life was really a series of opportunities and that what I should really focus on was making good decisions to take on jobs that were either a step forward in terms of experience or enjoyment, or that I saw as a stepping stone towards something I wanted to do. But it's easy to make mistakes. CIO magazine has listed their top 20 "career killers". What are yours?

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Dear Lifehacker, I've recently relocated to London for a year or two and am looking to start work. Most of my applications have been via recruiters who have responded with a range of roles. I'm interviewing for a couple of jobs this week but one is about 90 minutes away in another city and the other sounds like good work but the organisation might not be the right cultural fit for me.

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According to research conducted by recruitment agency Greythorn, almost half of Australian tech workers are actively seeking for new jobs while another 40% are prepared to consider a change for the right offer. And they're saying lack of training and career development are major drivers. This is unsurprising when you consider that more and more roles are now contracted rather than permanent so employers can offload the need to deliver career advancement and skill development to individuals rather than doing it themselves.

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Video editing is tough. Editing photography is tough. It's processor intensive, time intensive and resource intensive and if you're working to tight deadlines across multiple different projects sometimes one laptop or one desktop isn't enough. Working on two screens is a given, but often you'll find yourself working across two different computers.

How can you handle that in a time effective manner?

Might we suggest using a KVM sharing switch?

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IBM has announced the finalists of the Workplace for the Year in New Zealand. The award categories split the finalists into groups depending on the number of employees, with with the smallest category covering businesses with fewer than 49 staff. Large companies were those with more than 750 employees with a couple of other groups in between. But that's had me thinking - what makes a great workplace?

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Podcasts are a great way to pass the time during your commute, or if you're running errands or doing chores. If you're looking to kick your career up a notch, you can make that time even more productive by listening to career-focused shows. Here are podcasts for each career stage to help you get ahead.

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While there's lots of talk about gender balance when it comes to careers in technical roles the discussion can often fall into inane discussions about "suitability" and "natural talents" - something a Google engineer made public much to his own detriment. But the numbers don't lie. There are fewer women in technical roles. There are myriad reasons for this with one being that the intake processes for technical careers are often heavily slanted towards attracting male candidates. Code Like A Girl aims to change that, running events, workshops and internships specifically, but not exclusively, targeting women looking to move into a technical career or seeking to boost their tech skills. I spoke with Code Like a Girl co-founder Vanessa Doake.

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The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has announced that Yohan Ramasundara will take over as ACS President from 1 January 2018 for a two-year term. At 39 years old, Ramasundara is the youngest president to be elected at ACS for over two decades and is the current Vice President overseeing ACS Membership Advisory Board. Ramasundara was previously the organisation's National Treasurer for five years.

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Tim Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, self-help guru and author best known for The 4-Hour Workweek. His hugely popular podcast series has seen some of world's most famous people reveal the tools, tactics, and tricks that led to their success. Here are 15 of the best; from Arnold Schwarzenegger's meditation tips to the creator of WordPress' favourite productivity tools.

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What do you do when it’s a Monday morning and you feel more like a deflated balloon than a productive person? Hoping that Oprah will pop out from behind your couch and give you a pep talk on living your best life is, likely, futile. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: motivating yourself to kick butt isn’t as hard as you may think.