The ability to deftly debug kernel code or sniff packets to find cyberthieves is likely to get you the interview, but how do you land (and keep) the job? By interacting well with people, such as your interviewer, your coworkers, your clients, and your BOSS! As techies we often focus on the hard skills of geekdom such as hardware and software. Yet it's easy to forget that our job is to use technology to enable everyday users to accomplish their work efficiently. Improving soft skills, such as spoken and written communication, teamwork, and flexibility can build rapport with everyone you work with, and make you happier and more valuable to your company and clients.
Paul Rak has been actively involved as a UNIX System Administrator for more than two decades, complete with requisite beard and pony-tail. He now works as an independent consultant and speaker, putting his soft skills to daily use. In addition to geeky pursuits, Paul is an avid motorcyclist, and in 2005 completed a Saddlesore 1000 run of the Iron Butt Association, covering more than 1000 miles in less than 24 hours.
IIT Rice Campus Room 103 201 East Loop Road Wheaton, IL 60187-8489Directions to IIT - Rice Campus in Wheaton
From the North or South: From I-355 (North-South Tollway), exit westbound at Rt.56/Butterfield Road and proceed west 3 1/2 miles on B utterfield Road to East Loop Road. Turn right onto East Loop Road (Phillip's 66 Gas Station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. Park in the Student parking lot behind the building. Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.
From the I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), take the I-88 (East-West Tollway) westbound and follow directions "From the East or West" below.
From the East or West: From I-88 (East-West Tollway), take the Naperville Road exit. At the traffic light, turn left onto Naperville Road and continue north for 1\275 miles to Rt. 56/Butterfield Road. Turn right onto Rt. 56/Butterfield Road and proceed 1/4 mile to the first traffic light (East Loop Road). Turn left on to East Loop Road, ( Phillip's 66 Gas station on the corner); the campus will be on your right about a block north of Butterfield Road, behind Cozymel's. Park in the Student parking lot behind the building.Room 103 is the first room inside the north enterance.
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