Lisa Sullivan

Lisa Sullivan

Big Tech Shouldnt be Broken Up Heres What to Do Instead

 

In 2019, the push to break up Big Tech has gained traction. Many fear that giants like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have gotten too large, prevent smaller competitors from gaining traction, or have too much power, leading some to believe that splitting up these tech leaders is the smart move.

However, not all feel that breaking up Big Tech is the best move. While many support investigating the practices of these companies – some of which have come under scrutiny over privacy concerns and possible anti-trust law issues – at least one expert thinks that there is another option on the table for managing Big Tech: make them share data.

How to Get the Most out of your Tech Mentorship

 

If you want to advance your tech career, having a mentor in your corner can make a world of difference. However, the mentor/mentee relationship only provides you with value if you work to make the most of it.

Being a great mentee involves more than just focusing on your needs and who you believe can help you reach your goals. Even though that is part of the equation, you also want to make sure certain things align to ensure that the relationship is strong and beneficial to both parties. If you're going to get the most out of your tech mentorship, here’s what you need to know.

Why Tech Contractors are So Afraid of Job Interviews

 

Even the most skilled and experienced IT professional can get nervous when an interview is on the horizon. Usually, it is the technical portions of the interview or whiteboard problems that really send their anxiety soaring.

Tech contractors often have to demonstrate their capabilities in front of a live audience (whether that be the hiring manager alone or an entire panel). As a result, they may be afraid of looking foolish, not knowing precisely what the hiring manager wants, or making a simple mistake that derails the exercise.

It isn’t unusual for these fears to harm a tech contractor’s performance. They may stumble in areas where they typically excel on the job or struggle to remember something they rely on every day. Luckily, there are things you can do to calm your nerves and improve how you handle an interview. With that in mind, here are some tips.

As the Cannabis Industry Grows So Does the Opportunity for Tech Innovation

 

The cannabis industry has grown substantially over recent decades. An increasing number of states have legalized medicinal marijuana, 10 states already allow recreational marijuana, and many other states have legislation in the works that may result in recreational or medicinal cannabis legalization.

While the cannabis industry is continuing to grow, it also faces unique challenges. Cannabis-related products are still illegal on a federal level, and the financial portions of cannabis-oriented operations can be hard to manage. Additionally, as demand increases, supply issues can occur.

Further, since the cannabis industry is still highly controversial, many IT solutions providers have avoided getting involved with businesses in this arena. Similarly, tech creators aren’t focusing on the industry, limiting the development of new products that could help this sector.

As a result, there is a substantial opportunity for tech innovation in the cannabis industry. If you are wondering how new technology could help this fledgling sector, here’s what you need to know.

Job Search Behaviors That Will Kill Your Chances Before You Start

 

Even if you are highly skilled and have a substantial amount of experience, a job search can be challenging. If you have your eyes on an incredibly coveted role, you may face additional competition. As a result, even small missteps can have serious consequences, causing you to miss out on your dream job.

When you are facing this much pressure, you may be more likely to make a mistake. It is hard to think through stress, so you may commit a faux pas based on a simple oversight or speaking before you had a chance to consider the potential consequences. In most cases, a small misstep isn’t going to significantly hurt your odds of being selected.

However, there are some job search behaviors that can destroy your chances quickly. Here is a look at some major job search mistakes that could cost you and how to avoid them.

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Today, it’s a job seeker’s market. As a result, tech professionals may be more inclined to seek out new opportunities elsewhere.

It isn’t always easy to decide whether now is the right time to take a leap and find a new position. At times, the situation is a bit ambiguous, making a clear reason challenging to put a finger on. However, there are other circumstances that could indicate that quitting your tech job is a good idea, especially if certain existing problems are essentially unresolvable.

If you are wondering whether now is the right time to quit your tech job, here are some situations where the answer is likely “yes.”

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In April, the European Union (EU) released a set of ethical guidelines regarding the use of artificial intelligence (AI) by government agencies and businesses. The focus is on achieving trustworthy AI – technologies that act in a lawful, ethical, and socially acceptable manner while also being technologically robust.

Specific requirements were outlined by the EU, touching on core issues and concerns, such as oversight, safety, privacy, transparency, non-discrimination, accountability, and more. While the guidelines are not considered law, they do represent a framework for organizations who wish to create a trustworthy AI.

Additionally, the guidelines aren’t technically aimed at other nations, barring companies that may do business on an international level or organizations that interact with EU citizens. However, businesses across the world – including the United States – should take notice of this effort, as they represent a unique opportunity for global business.

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When you have your dream job in sight, doing everything you can to land an interview seems like a good idea. Exaggerating your accomplishments or inflating your credentials might appear to be harmless on the surface, especially if you believe you are fully capable of handling the duties associated with the role. However, if you are thinking of lying on your resume won’t come back to haunt you, you are mistaken.

Ultimately, not being honest on your tech resume is incredibly risky. While some people do get away with it, most of them don’t. Hiring managers are adept at spotting falsehoods, particularly when it comes to the topics below.

How to Change IT Tracks Mid Way Through Your Career

 

Many tech professionals would assume that switching to a new IT specialty wouldn’t be overly challenging. After all, they have a base level of technical expertise to draw from, so wouldn’t many of their existing skills be highly transferable?

While that is true to a degree, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some difficulties ahead. Changing IT tracks does take work, particularly if you are shifting into a tech field that is highly different from where your career is today.

However, just because it may pose a challenge doesn’t mean it is impossible. If you want to change IT tracks mid-way through your career, here are some tips to help you pull it off.

Protect Your Sites SEO from these Cybersecurity Threats

 

Having a sound and reliable search engine optimization (SEO) strategy is increasingly becoming a standard business practice. Ensuring current and potential customers can easily find your website can be critical and, the higher up you are in the ranks, the more likely you will attract new buyers.

Rising through the SEO ranks takes time and a lot of diligence. However, even if you are at the top of the list and have been so for years, you can lose it all if certain cyberthreats get their claws into your site.

If you want to protect your site’s SEO, here are three cybersecurity threats you need to defend yourself against.

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