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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)

IBM to Move 5,000 U.S. Jobs to India: AP

IBM is reportedly transferring U.S. jobs in its global services unit to India. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday morning that the company was expected to tell what the paper could only call "a large number" of American workers that their jobs were either being eliminated or sent to India. The AP waded in hours later and said 5,000 would be cut, representing 4% of IBM's U.S. workforce of roughly 115,000 people. [email protected] suggests the layoffs will come down Thursday. IBM's earnings were up 12% to $4.42 billion last quarter; it's forecast no strain this year because of the economic slowdown; and it's supposedly in talks to acquire Sun for billions of dollars. Recently IBM reportedly laid off around 4,600 people. It's also unclear whether IBM might be a bidder for the disgraced Indian outsourcer, Satyam. The Journal says Global Services has 180,000 people worldwi... (more)

What Do You Call One Search Result From StackOverflow?

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo I checked with the Windows Phone 7 team before putting this post out, and got the OK to write about it.  I hit this bug when building out my FriendLinks Windows Phone 7 application, and was surprised to find it was a bona fide bug and not a problem with my coding skills.  If there was a default value in the constructor for any new project I start, it would look something like: codingErrorResponsibilty == this.programmerName; In any event, here’s the cruxt of the bug.  If you are using HttpWebRequest developing on Windows Phone 7, and you get a 301 redirect returned from the web server, and that web server sets a cookie, the current build (as of 03/16/10 at Mix10) of Windows Phone 7 will throw an exception. In the case of my applications, I was trying to determine the title of the page as defined by the “” tags for a given ... (more)

LinkedIn Marketing Series: Effectively Using Your LinkedIn Company Page

As we continue our LinkedIn Marketing series, we are going to learn and simplify the use of your company page. Before you can use the company page option in LinkedIn you need a personal profile, which you can learn more about in last week’s article “LinkedIn Marketing Series: Managing Your Profile and Updates“. Image Source: The relationship you have between your business and your customers has become more important than ever. How you present your company to you prospects, clients, and partners is equally important to development and maintain relationships. Brand marketing of your business is not about advertising tasks as much as it is about marketing process activities using engaging and informative information. This is about showing your authority and knowledge to your customers to earn their attention. Does this take more time and energy on your pa... (more)

The Economic Winner's Column - Talking Digital Transformation from Chennai India

I have the pleasure of working in Chennai, India this week.  In advance of this trip I did some homework and prepared this discussion on digital transformation, globalization, future job opportunities, and what we can learn from the history of Chennai, India and early America.  Enjoy! Video Link: More awkward technology and travel videos by me (watch out Rick Steves): Human Strategies for Digital Transformation from Stockholm, SwedenWalking Rome, Talking Digital Transformation and MobilityWhat Portuguese Aqueducts, Google Fiber and High Speed Internet have in CommonInnovations and Mobile Applications in Lisbon, Portugal************************************************************************ Kevin BenedictWriter, Speaker, Senior Analyst Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work CognizantView my profile on LinkedInLearn about m... (more) Launches New Online Community for IT Professionals

ATLANTA, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- (, 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 Community" (, 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 "We answer a lot of email every day from users asking for advice about their career, various IT certifications, workplace issues, etc.," says Michael Turner, Vice President of Marketing at "We created The (more)

Networking Is Key For Job Hunters, Says

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Most new jobs are filled by word of mouth, says, The Wall Street Journal's guide for career- minded college students. So if you're looking for a job, networking is a vital tool for gathering information and achieving your goal. "Networking can be done anytime, anywhere-a train ride home, at a job fair or in a social setting," says Valerie Patterson, senior producer, "The most important first step in networking is to smile and be friendly -- you never know with whom you might strike up an important conversation." offers these tips on how to get the most out of networking: * Know what you're looking for - speak succinctly about your talents, skills and goals. * Be assertive - networking means that you are working toward your goal -- advancement in your career-so don't b... (more)

Protuo(TM) Online Digital Portfolio Service is Free to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans

ATLANTA, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Protuo(TM)(, the new career portfolio management service that enables job seekers to create and automatically post online their own digital career portfolios, is free to all U.S. Armed Forces veterans. The fee is ordinarily $9.99 per month, after a $29.99 set-up charge. To receive a password enabling the free service, veterans can fax their discharge papers (Form DD 214) to Protuo (619-793-1043). In addition Protuo staff will help interested veterans create a professional online portfolio at no additional charge. "Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and women make great sacrifices for our country and it's the responsibility of us all to do whatever we can to make their re-entry into civilian life as successful as possible," said Keenan Hogg, Protuo's president and CEO. According to, a W... (more)

CIBT Unveils Plans to Expand Presence to South Korea

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/25/08 -- CIBT Education Group Inc (TSX VENTURE: CPT)(OTCBB: CBTGF) reports that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Gwangyang Bay Free Economic Development Zone Committee (the "Committee"). The MOU is to begin our planning process to establish a CIBT/Sprott-Shaw College in the Gwangyang Bay Special Economic Zone of South Korea. The Committee will assist CIBT in identifying a suitable location for the campus, seek subsidies from the national and regional governments, and also establish academic ties with local education authorities. This strategic move is part of the Company's Pan-Asia expansion strategy to begin its plans to reach beyond China and into other Asia Pacific countries. Toby Chu, President & CEO of CIBT Education Group, commented, "Our intention to expand our presence to South K... (more)

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Continue Seeking Applicants for New Job Opportunities as Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the escalating unemployment rate in Nevada and nationally, Wynn continues to accept applications for 5,300 newly created job opportunities, as it prepares to unveil Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection. Wynn and Encore began accepting applications in July and have already received more than 65,000 job inquiries. Encore is scheduled to open in December 2008 with suite reservations now being accepted for dates starting in January 2009. Current openings at Encore span a cross-section of departments including housekeeping, hotel operations, and security, food and beverage, retail and casino operations. Opportunities are also available at Wynn Las Vegas. "Without question, the combination of the current economic climate and Wynn's reputation as an employer of choice contributes to the high levels of interest ... (more)

Wanted: Raleigh, North Carolina Mortgage Professionals

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- While the unemployment of the United States rose to 7.2% with no signs of recovering, Adecco USA continues to see job opportunities for qualified professionals in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Despite the fact that North Carolina's unemployment rate hit 6.2 percent in December, Adecco USA currently has demand for more than 500 mortgage professionals in the Raleigh market for great positions they need talent for today. With interest rates declining millions of Americans are working to refinance their homes creating high demand for mortgage professionals in the area. Given this spike in demand for mortgage professionals, area employers are seeking individuals with loan processing, loan application decision-making and loan closing skills and experience to fill these roles. "The need for mortgage talent in the area is very hot r... (more)