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  • With winter almost behind us, it's a great time to "spring" forward with an intriguing book about business or technology. Whether you prefer to load up your e-reader or read books the old-fashioned way by flipping paper pages instead of digital ones, informative, well-written books can broaden your professional perspectives by revealing deep insights into industry, technology and career-relevant subjects. As usual, we've come up with a collection of nonfiction, technology and business-focused books that cover a wide range of compelling topics. One examines the challenges that defined Facebook, and another provides an unfiltered look at Uber's "wild ride" as a disruptive platform. There are also a couple of new and upcoming books about what could be the key driver for tech organizations worldwide: innovation. And there are other titles that promise to help you boost your team's productivity, masterfully manage the next generation of young employees, better navigate office conflict, and skillfully communicate with peers, managers and stakeholders. So happy reading! (Please check publisher sites for any changes in publishing dates.)

  • All business and technology leaders must polish their business skills and habits. Mobile apps can help them do that in their spare time, every day.

  • No matter how highly skilled and experienced you are, you won't get very far in the job market with a weak résumé. Recruiters spend, on average, just 3.14 minutes reading a résumé, and they usually make up their mind about a candidate's worthiness within the first minute, research shows. One in five hiring managers will reject a candidate before they finish reading the résumé. Six out of 10 of them will do so due to poor grammar or spelling, and more than half will reject a candidate because of a wealth of clichés in the résumé. The upshot: While what you include in a résumé is obviously essential, what you leave out is also important. To provide some guidance, we've come up with the following list of words and phrases that you should never include, adapted from a list recently published by Glassdoor. In some cases, the words and phrases are simply unnecessary or repetitive. In others, they're overused, or are stale examples of jargon or tired buzz phrases. By packing these words into a résumé, you divert attention from what employers are really looking for: summaries of how you made a difference for your organization.

  • It's nearly impossible for employees to avoid a toxic co-worker at some point in their careers. In fact, four out of five employees surveyed either currently work with, or have worked with, a colleague who spreads malicious rumors, unfairly blames others, and exhibits excessive negativity or other inappropriate behaviors, according to research. Even worse, the vast majority of these employees said their managers are either somewhat or extremely tolerant of these troublemakers, and only two out of five bosses said they'd fire a difficult team member, even if the bothersome behavior was damaging morale. (However, nearly nine out of 10 employees said they would be quite willing to do so.) Clearly, toxic co-workers can create a complicated mess, but such dysfunction should not damage your daily objectives or long-term career aspirations. By considering the following 10 tips for dealing with toxic co-workers, you can either avoid or mitigate the fallout. While many of the tips apply to bad co-workers in general, there are a few that directly address particular types of these workers, including the bully, drama queen and slacker. Our tips are compiled from a number of online resources, including and

  • Hiring prospects for the year ahead have climbed to their highest level in a decade, with a continued, intense demand to fill tech positions driving the optimistic forecast, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Overall, organizations are expected to boost the staffing of full-time permanent workers, part-timers and contractual employees. In addition, recruiters will prioritize IT-related vacancies over all others. As a result, IT candidates will be in a position to receive higher salary offers—especially if they have the right mix of "hard" tech experience and capabilities and "soft" communications-based skills. In fact, companies are so eager to fill openings that the majority of them are willing to hire and then train professionals on the job when they don't have the experience required for the role. Employers "are in a better financial position than they were a year ago, which is instilling more confidence in adding people to their payrolls," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "Following a divisive election season, employers are entering the New Year with a watchful, yet optimistic approach. One of the key challenges for employers will be bridging the talent gaps within their own organizations by either offering better wages or by helping to re-skill and up-skill workers." Nearly 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

  • Now is the time for business to take the initiative and proactively encourage women to enter and remain in the data science and engineering fields.

  • While technology professionals remain in great demand for available job positions, there are still plenty of ways to lose out on a great opportunity due to mistakes made during an interview, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In fact, a majority of the hiring managers in the survey said they can tell within the first five minutes of a job interview whether a candidate is a good fit for the position in question. The classic mistakes include not making eye contact and failing to smile, and—on a much more serious level—getting caught in a lie during the discussion. You should also dress in a manner that is appropriate for the occasion (i.e., no T-shirts, shorts or jeans) and avoid appearing arrogant or entitled (regardless of how skilled you are). As part of its research, CareerBuilder came up with a list of real-life "strange interview behaviors"—which include interview blunders involving pizza and booze—and we've included some of those here. More than 2,600 hiring and HR managers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

  • As an IT professional, you may love what you do. But have you ever wondered how your particular position ranks among every tech job in the United States? If so, then you'll want to check out this list of the best IT jobs from Glassdoor. The list is compiled from Glassdoor's recently published "50 Best Jobs in America for 2017," which calculated an overall job score based on user ratings and feedback with regard to job satisfaction, earnings and the number of job openings on the Glassdoor site. Not surprisingly, IT dominates the list, accounting for four of the top five jobs, including the number-one spot. (Also, data-related positions accounted for three of the top five tech jobs.) DevOps, user-experience and mobile positions also made their way into the rankings. "This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation," said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. "Nearly half the list is comprised of jobs within the fast-growing technology, health care and finance industries. In particular for tech jobs, companies across all industries are hiring workers for these needed positions, including employers in health care, finance, manufacturing, retail and more. Any organization today with a mobile app, web presence or digitized data is struggling to fill jobs for data scientists, software engineers and mobile developers."