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  • With a little coaching and attention to detail, introverts can land the job of their dreams. Here are tips that will help you master the job search process.

  • The majority of IT workers have either already taken a tech-related micro certification course or plan to do so in the future, according to a recent survey from the Linux Academy and Cybrary. The resulting "Insights and Trends on Micro Certifications" report indicates that most technology employees surveyed would recommend these courses to peers and colleagues. As defined by the survey research team, micro certifications are a nontraditional form of learning in which "students gain skill sets in a specific technical area and receive a credential within a matter of days—unlike a multiyear program that requires both lengthy time and financial commitments." (In some cases, micro certifications are referred to as "digital badges.") Tech pros like them because they enable them to keep up with changing IT innovation, while learning at their own pace. And for those who have a lot of demands on their job, micro certifications present a more time-friendly alternative to traditional certification sessions. Employers are starting to favor the concept as well, especially because micro certifications are considered more affordable than traditional ones, thus reducing the cost of employee training. More than 6,000 IT professionals took part in the research.

  • A move into management can lead to greater levels of future responsibility and contribution, but this transition is challenging. These tips can help IT pros.

  • Multitasking is a myth. The key to personal productivity is to do things one at a time with laser-like focus.

  • The majority of employees said they are stressed at work on a daily basis, and this problem has increased over the past five years, according to a recent survey from Accountemps. Heavy workloads, demanding deadlines, unrealistic management expectations and a lack of work-life balance are contributing to this troubling trend. And if you're under 35, you're more likely to feel a high degree of pressure than your older colleagues. In addition, men in the survey are more stressed on the job than women. "Business is moving faster than ever, and employees can feel the crunch when it comes to imminent deadlines," said Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. "Workers shouldn't suffer in silence. They can tap internal resources for help or seek advice from their managers to ensure they meet work expectations, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A stressed employee can have detrimental effects on the department or company, including decreased morale and productivity, and increased burnout and turnover." To better cope, professionals are turning to exercise, socialization and hobbies. We've included research-backed findings here to illustrate how these activities reduce stress. More than 2,200 U.S. CFOs and 1,000 employees representing a broad range of professions took part in the research.

  • 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.)