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Points of interest: ACM CareerNews: Tuesday, September 12, 2006

September 12th, 2006

“How Five IT Chiefs Made the Leap to New Companies” Computerworld, August 21

Making the transition from one industry to another can pose a number of difficult issues,  … realize that using technology to drive business results is a process that differs little from industry to industry.

“A Science or Engineering Degree Is Good for You” National Science Foundation, August 14

According to a new National Science Foundation survey, an undergraduate degree in science or engineering can pay big dividends throughout a career, even if that career is eventually in a non-technical field.

“Best Hiring Practices” Business Week, August 10

As more companies are finding out, the transparency and professionalism of the hiring process can make a big difference when it comes to recruiting the best and the brightest employees. The hiring process is no longer tilted in favor of the employer, meaning that recruiters should consider job-seeker satisfaction from the initial interaction until the end of the process, whether it leads to employment or not. During the interview, recruiters should … attempt to create a warm atmosphere that is professional at all times. Fostering good communication can make job candidates feel more at ease. The bottom line is that a poor impression of a company might result in a candidate sharing a negative perception with friends and co-workers, all of whom are potential employees.

“When Working At Home Does Not Work Anymore” Wall Street Journal Online, August 28

The number of full-time employees who work from home at least one day a month rose 30% to 9.9 million between 2004 and 2005. However, for many of these workers, telecommuting on a regular basis is starting to lose its appeal. … some employees feel it is to their disadvantage to work from home, since they might miss out on advancement opportunities or special projects by being away from the office. Others worry about a lack of space, quiet or needed office-support services at home.

“A Guide to Building Trust for the New Guy” Computerworld, August 7

Whether you are starting a new job, taking on a new assignment or transferring to a different project, building trust with your new team members is vital. … Learning about your new team members is the most important step for incoming managers. It is also important to confirm your role within the organization, …
It is important for you to let others know what you expect of them. … Building trust requires trusting others. Show the team that you are willing to take its advice and you will gain their respect. Finally, follow through on what you said you were going to do and be honest about communicating progress on milestone goals.

Original Source: http://www.acm.org/careernews/issues/v2_i15.html

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