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  • Did you ever wonder which cities offered the best salary packages for technology skills that are in great demand? If so, then you'll want to read the following list from Indeed's recent report, "Where Are the Highest Paying Tech Jobs in the U.S.?" The report ranks the 15 highest-paying IT positions with respect to the average adjusted salaries they command in 15 cities that are at the top of Indeed's tech job search destinations. The fact that the salaries are adjusted for differences in the cost of living makes an important distinction. However, no matter what the job is, it's clear that IT pros can command terrific compensation packages wherever they end up. "Since the global financial crisis, salary growth has remained sluggish for many workers in the U.S. and around the world," according to the report. "However, when it comes to tech roles, it's a different story. Here, employer demand continues to outstrip talent supply, and stiff competition for individuals with in-demand skills places upward pressure on salaries. Little wonder, then, that tech jobs often feature heavily on 'best-paid' lists." Indeed based its salary data on postings and reviews on its site, and adjusted the salaries using cost-of-living information from the most recent Regional Price Parities (RPP) data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

  • Did you ever wonder how IT employees actually use technology? If so, the following entertaining facts from a couple of Experts Exchange surveys may prove interesting. IT workers, for example, spend well beyond what's considered a normal eight-hour work day on desktops or laptops. Most have bought a computer within the last year—a significantly higher buying pattern than two years ago. And, despite the massive appeal of ever-hip Apple products, PCs still rule in the office cubicles rather than Macs. Whichever products they prefer, the survey respondents are generally good about protecting them, as most said they run virus scans no less than once a week. The findings also shed light on the shrinking number of tech employees who have pursued a formal education in the field of IT and computer science. But this doesn't seem to hurt them because very few of the IT managers surveyed consider a computer science degree a hiring "must have" when they look to fill tech department jobs. An estimated 1,000 U.S. IT workers and 200 IT managers took part in the research.

  • On average, IT salaries have increased only slightly this year, according to a recent release of survey and government-data-focused research from Janco. The resulting "2016 Mid-Year IT Salary Survey" also reveals that IT executives at both large and midsize enterprises received significantly higher percentage increases than their middle managers and IT staffers. In fact, these executives are the only tech pros who are getting more than a single-percentage increase this year. The report also provides insights about tech job creation, and the latest figures (compiled from Janco's analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data) indicate slower job growth in general. And this figure could take a negative turn later this year. "There could potentially be a net decrease in the size of the IT job market in 2016," said M.V. Janulaitis, CEO at Janco. "Many companies are cutting back on contractors and consultants. [But] there are new jobs being created in the application development sector of the IT job market. We feel this trend will continue until the November election in the U.S. and through the fourth quarter of this year. … On the plus side, CIOs report that CFOs are not completely averse to incremental spending for IT-related activities that have operational support and have a good ROI." Executives representing nearly 850 companies took part in the research.

  • IT pros with an eye on the C-suite must understand how tech can transform the business and increase shareholder value. They also need to develop these 10 skills.

  • Job seekers in the digital age face good news/bad news prospects when it comes to résumés. The good news? It's easier than ever to send a résumé, as nine out of 10 are now posted online or sent via email, up from 22 percent in 2000. The bad news? Hirers now spend an average of only five to seven seconds looking at these documents. The upshot: You need to make a good impression quickly, while avoiding résumé traps that immediately turn off potential employers. To provide insight into best practices, Glassdoor has come up with a list of résumé must haves, which we've adapted here, that cover everything from awards to IT certifications to your Facebook page. Essentially, Glassdoor's tips encourage job candidates to go beyond a listing of schools attended and positions held to drive toward clear, vivid summaries about your ability to make an impact. In addition to the must haves, Glassdoor also compiled a list of words you should never use in a résumé—including clichés and other well-worn buzz phrases—and we've included some of those here.

  • While most corporate leaders believe they are committed to employees, many workers feel disconnected, and a significant number of them indicate that they're likely to strike out on their own in the future, according to a recent survey from PwC. The accompanying report, "Work-Life 3.0: Understanding How We'll Work Next," states that very few professionals believe their opinions matter at their companies or that their contributions are appreciated. Also, learning and development opportunities on the job are limited or nonexistent. So, it should come as no surprise that a notable share of staffers expect to have a new employer within the next six months. Also, a significant number of employees expect to give up full-time employment and work independently. To hire and keep good employees, organizations will need to find new ways to engage an ever-shifting workforce—one that values work-life balance and telecommuting, while dismissing traditional office relics such as the eight-hour workday. "Today's workforce—a cross-section of Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z—has distinct wants, needs and ways of thinking," according to the report. "This has increased the level of leadership complexity and requires more tailored solutions catering to desires for both flexibility and autonomy, and for a more stable work environment and paycheck. … As talent wars continue, employers must remain innovative in how they attract, engage and retain top talent. A strong employer brand, employee value proposition and organizational culture are critical to the success of talent acquisition processes." A total of 1,385 U.S. workers and 200 C-level executives took part in the research.

  • A French tech school brings unconventional learning methods to the U.S. This type of peer-to-peer, project-based approach may represent the future of learning.