Stories by Amy Schurr

Dealing with difficult bosses

It's been said that people rarely leave bad jobs, but bad bosses. If the only thing that's making you stick around is the lousy economy, read on for some resources for dealing with the micromanager or the supervisor who expects you in the office seven days a week.

Rebalancing your life

Until just a few weeks ago, I thought rebalancing was only something you do to your tires or investment portfolio. That's before I heard about a book on work-life balance.

Another optical certification option

Cisco has been busy cranking out new certifications this year, leading one to wonder if training programs are easier sell than enterprise equipment these days. The vendor recently added a 12th focused certification to its Cisco Qualified Specialist program.

Multiswitching mastery

If you're already a Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA - and you specialize in service provider networks, there's another new focused certification to add to your credentials.

CCNP study

Cisco Press has rolled out a new line of self-study materials to help you
prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Professional exams.

Is your boss flexible about flextime?

If your work schedule is stretching you so much it's uncomfortable, perhaps a flexible work arrangement may be in order. Adjusting your schedule beyond the regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday can help ease child care burdens, let you attend school, or avoid sitting for hours in rush-hour traffic.

Security certification choices

Numerous studies point to security as being a hot technology. If you're interested in honing or validating your security skills, there are several different certifications to take advantage of.

Storage specialists

Storage-area networks and network-attached storage are becoming hot buzzwords, so it's no surprise that certifications are popping up to verify these technical skills.

Cisco launches new telephony certifications

Thanks to Cisco's latest certification program, there are now two more IP telephony focused certifications to choose from with Cisco's latest launch. The vendor introduced in mid-May the Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist and the Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist.

Cisco launches new telephony certifications

Thanks to Cisco's latest certification program, there are now two more IP telephony focused certifications to choose from with Cisco's latest launch. The vendor introduced in mid-May the Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist and the Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist.

Increase your organizational smarts

The key to career advancement is the ability to quickly size up new work situations and adapt to them, according to David Brown, author of "Organization Smarts: Portable Skills for
Professionals Who Want to Get Ahead."

Certification drives up salaries

Premium pay for IT certifications increased in late 2001 to an average 8.3 per cent of base salary, according to the results of a trend report from Foote Partners on the market values of 136 technical skills and certifications. However, the findings also show that premium pay for technical skills dropped to an average 8.1 per cent of base pay in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Mailbag: Cube courtesy

In a recent newsletter about cube etiquette, two readers responded to my invitation to send in courtesy guidelines that they'd like their officemates to follow.

Ace that exam

Need a little help studying for tough IT certification exams? A practice test might be a valuable investment of your time and money. Master the questions on the practice exam, and you should have no problem passing the real certification exam.