Approximately one in five people have a tattoo with almost a third of Aussies aged between 35 and 44 being inked. 13 per cent have considered having their ink removed, according to a YouGov survey of 1000 people. But does ink impact employment prospects?
This week's KIQ comes from Disrupt CEO Gary Elphick: "If I call up your current employer right now what three things are they going to say about you?" (Tread carefully: they might actually ring up.)
Microsoft has announced the loss of 3000 jobs from it ranks - most of which will be outside their American operations. While it's never good for people to lose their jobs, I'm not sure it points to a dim future. But the Microsoft from the start of this century is fine, replaced with a very different business. And personnel changes are part of that change.
As appealing as the freedom of freelancing can be, it's also a challenge, and sometimes you find yourself wanting to stick with one of your freelance clients for good. The company culture, the ability to focus on one client, the coworker camaraderie — there are lots of reasons to transition from freelancer to employee. But how do you convince them you should be on staff?
Whether you've been interviewed over one million times or can count on one hand how many times you've been face-to-face with a hiring manager, the process is always stressful. Not only are you trying your hardest to present the very best version of yourself, you're also attempting to read your audience and gather as much information as you can about the role, the company culture and the organisation itself. No pressure.
In fewer than 24 hours, I’ll be lining up on the start line for the Surf Coast Trail Marathon. This is my second marathon and my preparation has been less than perfect. When I ran this event last year, I had a solid 16 week preparation with lots of long runs that were planned with a specific cycle of three weeks of increasing distance followed by an easier week. This year, has been a different story and it strikes me that there are some lessons that can be applied to project management.
Over the last few weeks, I've been speaking with a number of senior IT managers and there seems to be a consensus that the pace of change, both in technology and the business, is starting to become overwhelming. By and large, these were experienced practitioners, often with two or more decades in senior IT roles so you'd think they be well-equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. But many seemed overwhelmed and were struggling to balance the need for 24/7 availability, highly secure systems and the ability to be flexible and pivot rapidly. What does it take to be a great CIO today?
SEEK has updated their mobile app for iOS and Android with a bunch of new features. As well as being able to manage your job seeker profile, and upload and edit a CV or personalised cover letter, you can now apply for job in less time than it takes to tell your boss what they can do with your current job!
Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough — and then you get hit with an odd question like, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"
Pretty much every week I receive a research report, often sponsored by a large IT vendor, telling me about the IT skills shortage. Most of them are focussed on infosec but today's instalment of the "Great IT Skills Shortage" came from AWS.
At the AWS Summit being held in Auckland, analysis from job site Indeed shows job listings for AWS-related roles has increased by 153% over the last three years. It's time for IT employers to do something about it. There's no IT skills shortage. But I think there's a massive shortfall in career investment by incumbent and prospective employers.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has launched their 2017 Digital Life Report during this year's CeBIT conference in Sydney. With ICT such a critical component of the country's economic future, it provides a snapshot into the influence of technology in everyone's life and where the IT industry stands in a number of important areas.
Management consultant Perter Drucker once said: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it". That quote lead to a business revolution that took us through the era of Kaplan and Norton's Balanced Scorecard through to the world today where every interaction is measured, evaluated and optimised. Unlike other complex measurement systems, the Net Promoter Score is all about answering one simple question: How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague?
During the opening address to Veeam's channel partners and resellers, Co-CEO and President Peter McKay discussed the company's recruitment plans for the next year. The privately owned company, which is pursuing some very rapid growth as it strives to push past the US$1B sales mark over the next couple of years, from today's US$607M, they plan to add a lot of new staff, bolstering the 1000 they've added over the last year or so.