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MCLEAN, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/04/06 -- Parature, provider of award-winning, on demand customer support software, announced today that the company is being honored as one of the 50 'Best Places to Work in Greater Washington, D.C.' by the Washington Business Journal for the second consecutive year. Being acknowledged in the medium size company category, Parature will be honored as one of the top '2006 Best Place to Work' at a breakfast reception on Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Ritz Carlton hotel Tyson's Corner, being hosted by the Washington Business Journal, Monster.com, Reznick Group and Quantum Market Research. With high marks across the board in areas of management team strength, opportunity for advancement, workplace morale, employment benefits and value of employee skills, Parature employees made their views on the company known through confidential surveys ... (more)

The Job Hunt

So, you have a good education, a killer resume, references -- the whole nine yards. And yet, no one is hiring you! This was the case with a friend of mine, Betty M., who went through over 20 interviews for technical writing jobs and in many cases, was invited to come back in for second interviews, but Betty never made it beyond that second round. She was perplexed because she was perfectly qualified and the interviewers seemed to be very pleased to hear what Betty had to offer. Now, with the economic downturn, her chances of finding a job did not improve. Betty wondered what to do to increase her chances. Right before Valentine's Day Betty found a new online service called TrueScoop. Betty was curious to check out Jeffrey, a very nice guy she met during an evening class at City College. Betty was relieved to find that her new beau did not have any criminal history and... (more)

Open Source Toolkit for Job Hunters

Unemployment is rising and competition for the few jobs that are available is becoming tougher than ever. With each open job requisition, hiring managers are receiving hundreds of résumés. How do you stand out of the crowd? What can you do to get noticed? How can you start an interesting conversation? The key to successfully securing a job is to prove your expertise, while differentiating yourself from the crowd. It takes creativity and ingenuity - which are both possible using open source software. Open source can help you distinguish yourself without pulling on your purse strings, and, more important, it can help show how tech-savvy and creative you are. Build Your Credibility The most important task of job hunting is building an impressive résumé that clearly defines who you are, the expertise you bring to the table, your past successes, and the drive for a success... (more)

Walter Cronkite's IT Career Advice

The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those working in IT. Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter 1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events." He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you nod and think, "I get I now." When explaining the impact of an IT project for your organization, break it down so the non-techies get the light bulb over their heads. Explain it so your mother can understand it--use the criteria: how would Cronkite say this? 2. Have an unbridled enthusiasm. N... (more)

MACH37: America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator

By Bob Gourley Virginia has long had a very rich innovation ecosystem that includes great universities, a fantastic community which encourages continued innovation, great access to venture capital, tremendous job opportunities in the most technical activities by the US government, and a state that is known for being conducive for business growth. An exemplar for the Commonwealth’s great attitude and strong support of innovation has been the Center for Innovative Technology, long known as a place where innovators gather. That goes for all high tech, but Virginia has also had very virtuous qualities when it comes to cyber security firms. Now there is another very exciting contributor to this rich ecosystem. The nation’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator, Mach37, is now bringing focus and strong support to the nation’s cybersecurity needs by acceleratin... (more)

IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Opens Registration for Global Communications Event Held in Thriving Entrepreneurial and Technological Center Known as “the Silicon Hills”

New York, NY, August 11, 2014 --(PR.com)-- IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 (www.ieee-globecom.org/2014), the premier global conference dedicated to driving advancement in nearly every telecommunications field, has opened registration for its 57th annual event to be held from December 8 – 12 in Austin, Texas, a thriving national center for entrepreneurialism and innovation. Commonly known as “the Silicon Hills” for its high concentration of technology startups and corporations, Austin will serve as the ideal backdrop for international experts attending more than 1,500 presentations detailing the latest breakthroughs in key areas like e-Health, Internet of Things (IoT), game theory, power-line, satellite, space, green and 5G cellular networking communications. “As a technology hub, Austin is proud to host the IEEE GLOBECOM conference for the first time,” said Austin Mayor Leffingw... (more)

Volo’s First Customer Launches High-Speed Internet Access Service in Northern Uganda in Less Than 12 Weeks

Gulu, Uganda, August 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Backed by Volo’s expert design and cloud-based software integration, Northern Uganda’s newest Internet Service Provider (ISP), is now delivering the most affordable high-speed Internet access to businesses and residences in the region. Zoom Wireless (www.zoom.co.ug), a part of SINFA Uganda LTD, began offering a range of corporate and small business/residential grade fixed wireless services in Gulu, Uganda, within weeks of partnering with Volo. A new start-up built based on years of field experience and designed in Silicon Valley, Volo enables ISPs and telecom providers in emerging markets to design and deploy fixed wireless broadband services quickly and profitably. With Volo’s engagement, the new ISP has designed and deployed a carrier-grade last mile WiFi network. This network is fiber-backed and integrated with the latest ... (more)

ComputerJobs.com(R) Launches New Online Community for IT Professionals

ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ComputerJobs.com (http://www.computerjobs.com/), the leading IT employment Web site for Information Technology professionals and those who employ them, today announced the launch of a new online community where IT professionals can discuss their careers, technology, current events and more. The new community, dubbed "The ComputerJobs.com Community" (http://www.computerjobscommunity.com/), also offers original articles covering a wide range of topics, the top resume keyword searches performed by employers each week and the ability to search for high-tech jobs on ComputerJobs.com. "We answer a lot of email every day from ComputerJobs.com users asking for advice about their career, various IT certifications, workplace issues, etc.," says Michael Turner, Vice President of Marketing at ComputerJobs.com. "We created The ComputerJobs.com... (more)

IBM Introduces New Consulting Services to Help Employers Prepare for Baby-Boomer Transition

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/28/05 -- IBM today announced new consulting services to help organizations prepare for the potential loss of highly valued skills and knowledge as the baby-boom generation reaches traditional retirement age. The services will provide companies with diagnostic tools based on advanced analytics, strategies and methodologies to understand their employee base in real-time, retain employees, transition knowledge and transform business processes to cope with the demographic change and significant skill shift. "The aging population will be one of the major social and business issues of the 21st Century, and companies worldwide are starting to examine what this means in terms of skills, knowledge, and growth," said Mary Sue Rogers, global leader, IBM Business Consulting Services Human Capital Management group. "The scale of this age-driven... (more)

New Year, New You - Career Advice for '06

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Simply Hired (http://www.simplyhired.com/), the world's largest job search site, and Cynthia Shapiro, the site's employee advocate and author of Corporate Confidential -- 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn't Want You to Know, offer tips to take into the New Year. Set a goal to success Pick a date and take steps to find a new job. Research opportunities, determine the skills needed for your next move and take the initiative to prepare yourself. Find contacts by joining an online social networking site like LinkedIn.com. Spruce up your attitude and workspace Show confidence in your work, but don't let anyone see your Marketing for Dummies book. Keep your cube decor to a minimum. A messy desk says "messy thinker," while being overly neat may say, " ... what does he/she really do?" Ask for a raise, but not a promotion Promotion... (more)

Jobfox Takes Aim at Poorly Performing Job Boards, Introduces First Career Site to Brand Professionals Rather than Job Listings

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Jobfox today launched the Internet's first comprehensive personal-branding site giving professionals the controls and the tools they need to generate ongoing career-advancement opportunities. Jobfox, the only career site to showcase top job candidates rather than jobs, equips professionals with state-of-the-art communications and Web technologies. With Jobfox, professionals stay career-marketable and always- connected to new job possibilities (http://www.jobfox.com/). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070912/NEW029 ) Imagine: Your own personally branded career space that intelligently drives companies to your unique brand of skills, strengths and career aspirations. A resume that alerts your mobile phone, via text messaging, whenever it is viewed by a potential employer. Being just an instant messaging chat away from... (more)