Learning How To Automate A Business Will Make You More Marketable!

Part 1 of 1 in the Series: How To Automate A Business
Learning How To Automate A Business
How To Automate A Business Or Become More Marketable!

Learning how to automate a business will improve your marketability because business owners, employers or Information Technology (IT) managers have an ongoing need to streamline business processes, reduce operational costs or increase marketing and sales revenue … needs that are directly addressed by business process automation skills, experience or expertise!

Automating a business requires a broad, cross-functional set of IT professionals including business analysts, software developers, data analysts, database developers, project managers, web designers, software testers, network administrators and more …

How To Learn Programming Fast Or Get A Software Developer Job Easily

Become A Programmer

The answers to the questions: “how do I learn programming fast or get a software developer job easily” are hidden in the amazing story I am about to tell you next …

Matt was an electrical engineer who had been a stay-at-home parent for four years.

When his youngest child started kindergarten, Matt wanted to return to work doing what he loved: Computer Programming with cutting edge technology.

KEY ISSUES

  • While Matt was at home, technology and software development processes had changed.

    So, Matt needed a re-orientation on the Software Development industry and guidance in picking the right programming technology to focus on and a curriculum for covering the core areas of that technology.

A Six Step Process For Making Better, More Effective Decisions

Six (6) Step Decision Making Process
Six (6) Step Decision Making Process

Strong decision-making skills are critical because the future of any business or organization depends on hiring workers who are capable of thinking or making decisions at higher levels of sophistication.

It is in the best interest of any organization you work for to create a confident workforce by developing or following a clear-cut decision-making steps like those outlined on this article.

Finally you can as an individual, become more successful by making more better, more effective decisions using the principles taught in this article on decision making.

How Good Are Your Problem Solving Skills?

How Good Are You At Solving Problems?
How Good Are You At Solving Problems?

I know a Vice President (VP) who hangs a sign outside his office that says: “Don’t Bring Me Problems … Bring Me Solutions!”

What he really meant by that sign is: “if you don’t know how to solve problems, then you don’t have a place in the organization” … makes sense now, right?

Problem solving is one of your most important professionals skills because regardless of your job description or position, “you are hired to solve problems“.

How well you deal with problems will be a determining factor in how successful you are at work or in life.

Is A Lack of Confidence Holding You Back? Overcome It Now!

Part 3 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Is A Lack of Confidence Holding You Back?
Is A Lack of Confidence Holding You Back?

Here is a question from Meghna in Austin, Texas on: “how to get back into the business analyst workforce with fortune 500 consulting experience”.

Hi,

I’m currently unemployed and have an employment gap on my resume.

I’ve worked as a business analyst for a fortune 500 consulting firm for less than 2 years in the past.

I’m trying to get back into the workforce and would like to know if business analysis classes / training will help me get my foot in the door.

Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?

Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?
Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?

Hi,

I’m going to ask you a question you may not have been asked before. The question is are your skills portable?

What Is A Portable Skill?

By portable I mean can you relocate from one country to another and get a job without having to retrain yourself?

If you are living in the 21st century you’ll have heard an earful by now of the global phenomenon known as outsourcing which is the relocation of projects or work to geographic locations where the work can be done cheaper or better.

Can You Pass The 10 Point Test of A Remarkable Career?

Do You Have A Remarkable Career
Do You Have A Remarkable Career

Are you having a truly remarkable career? Answering the 10 point test below can help you go from boring to truly remarkable in your career.

  1. Are You Passionate About Your Career?

    If you were passionate about your career at some point, but you no longer feel that way, don’t walk way. It is better for you to rekindle that passion than to start all over again in a new career.

    If on the other hand, that passion was never there to begin with, do yourself a favor and change careers … because you probably choose the wrong career to begin with!

    You must pass the passion test before you can have a truly remarkable career.

Which Software Development Life Cycle Is Best?

Part 1 of 1 in the Series: How To Lead Or Manage Projects
Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)
Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)

Models like Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum or Waterfall are used by project managers, business analysts, software developers or quality assurance analysts to describe how a project is managed or a software product is built.

The software development life cycle determines how risks are managed, business requirements documented, resources estimated and allocated, stakeholder expectations or customer feedback is managed and when software / quality assurance testing is performed.

Each software development model recommends a set of guidelines or best practices for developing software.

Can Certifications Take the Place of Experience?

Part 2 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Certifications Or Experience Which Is Better?
Certifications Or Experience Which Is Better?

I have been in business development / sales side of the Financial Services Industry for the past 15 years.

I have worked as a VP for several Fortune 500 companies.

Due to the market downturn and layoffs, I find myself looking to other industries for stability.

I want to get into Software / Network Sales and wanted to know what is the best way for me to break into the Information Technology industry

Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better?

Part 16 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?
Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?

Are you matching your strengths to your opportunities or are you just being ideological … interested only in following your own ideas even when they won’t get you any results?

Here is a situation that illustrates the challenges of being ideological versus being results oriented. It is a situation that illustrates the challenges of learning an enterprise software like Oracle compared to a poor man’s database like Microsoft Access.

The Survivors Guide To Overcoming Unemployment

Part 15 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach

The Survivors Guide To Overcoming Unemployment
The Survivors Guide To Overcoming Unemployment
Several years ago, I had a conversation with a lady who had a computer science degree but was unable to get hired for any type of Information technology (IT) job.

I realized right away, that what she lacked was an understanding of how the IT job / career market works. The sort of information that is generally omitted in schools because no one thinks it is important enough.

So, after she shared her story with me, I did some research and came to the startling conclusion that she was not alone.

Which Courses or Certifications Guarantee A Job?

Part 12 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Which Certifications Or Courses Guarantee Jobs?
Which Certifications Or Courses Guarantee Jobs?

This question is frequently asked by job candidates searching for certifications or training courses they can put on their resume, present to an employer and get a job.

However, the answer to the question: which online courses, certifications, college degrees or classroom courses guarantee a job is NONE!

This type of question is seriously flawed because it assumes that there is something out therea college degree or online course or certification program, that you can put on your resume and hired fast!

What Is the Toughest Challenge Facing your Career?

What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career?
What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career?

Compliments of the Season and Merry Christmas To You. What is the toughest challenge facing your career right now?

Post a detailed question regarding your challenges right now, and I will help you take care of them, once and for all!

How To Discover Your Passion?

Perhaps, your toughest challenge is …

  • How to choose the right career or
  • How to make a career change or
  • How to get an entry level job that is inline with your career goals

Is An MBA Required For Business Analyst Jobs?

Part 13 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
MBA - Laid Off and Looking For Work!
MBA - Laid Off and Looking For Work!

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This question was submitted by a reader who would like to know: “If An MBA Is Required For Business Analyst Jobs“.

Here Is The Question on Educational Requirements for Business Analyst Jobs:

… I will be working for one year then I have plans to go for a one year MBA program.

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball, Throw it Back!

Part 9 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Life Throws A Curve Ball,  Then What?
Life Throws A Curve Ball, Then What?

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans – John Lennon

The truth is that work is a lifetime constant. It’s a marathon and not a sprint, so along the way you may start getting tired or even feel like quitting!

If that describes you or if you have ever felt like that … don’t give up hope because help is much closer than you think.

How To Change Careers Starting At Your Current Employer

Part 9 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
change careers at your current employer
change careers at your current employer

The Process For Changing your Career Path Starts With Your Current Employer

Here is a real-world example of how to do just that.

The current challenge facing me is how to find the right process for re-orienting my career from Web Producer to an introductory Junior position as Business Analyst.

I don’t hold any qualification in Business neither as Business Analyst but I am fully dedicated to becoming one.

I have just started reading books and doing research about this position and the responsibilities it entails.

What Is The Best Career Move for Technical Support Engineers?

Part 8 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Careers for Network / Support Engineers
Careers for Network / Support Engineers

I would like to start this post by introducing [Ask IT Career Coach], a Career Advice Column that offers help, answers or solutions for your most challenging career situations.

This question was submitted by a reader from Johannesburg, South Africa: “What will be a best career move as a Desktop Engineer?”

How to Start Business Analysis After a Career in Computer Programming

Part 2 of 6 in the Series: How To Change Careers
How To Start A Business Analyst Career
How To Start A Business Analyst Career

Identifying your transferable skills is the first step towards successfully transitioning, changing or starting a new business analysis career.

Though this article is written for those starting a business analysis career after having worked as a computer programmer, the principles presented here are helpful to anyone interested in starting any new career.

The first step in starting a new career is building self-confidence by recognizing that the career you are transitioning to has some relationship or similarity to the jobs you have performed in the past.

FREE Coaching on How To Make A Career Change

Part 1 of 6 in the Series: How To Change Careers
Coaching on How To Change your Career
Coaching on How To Change your Career

Some of you have been asking about “how to choose the right career” or “how you can make a career change“.

You are searching for specific, practical step by step instructions for transitioning or making career changes.

The answer to this question is important to you because you spend the majority of your waking time at work.

So you understand that this question determines how happy or successful you will be for several years or until your next career change 🙂

How To Transition Into A New Career

Part 4 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This post answers the question of “how to transition into a new career“.

If you are making a career change and you don’t know how to effectively transition into another field, follow these simple steps to transition your career.

Don’t Let Your Career Become A Silo!

Part 7 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Is Your Career A Silo?
Is Your Career A Silo?

Don’t let your career become a prison. Use it as a launching pad for achieving your dreams.

If you would like to change career but feel like you can’t satisfy the specialized requirements on job postings, here is some good advice for you!

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for IT professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

Why Is Changing Roles So Hard?

Changing roles is hard because Information Technology (IT), Web, or Software Development Managers want depth of experience in specific, narrowly defined or over-specialized skills.

Career Tip for Senior Business Analysts: Become The Lead Business Analyst!

Part 20 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description

Career Tip For Senior BAs: Become The Lead BA
Career Tip For Senior BAs: Become The Lead BA
This post answers questions received from senior business analysts asking about how to carve out an upwardly mobile career path in their company or organization.

The answers in this post are presented as tips, solutions or ideas for business analysts looking towards a better career path.

If you have a question about your business analyst career, be sure to post it as a comment on this post and I will be glad to answer it for you.

How To Handle Recruiter’s Phone Calls?

Part 18 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Handle Recruiters Phone Calls
How To Handle Recruiters Phone Calls

Recruiters are the gatekeepers for business analyst jobs.

They are in touch with more employers, consulting or full-time engagements than most business analysts.

This post answers the question of how to handle or deal with recruiters calling about business analyst jobs.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to submit your question as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

What Does It Take To Learn Business Analysis?

What Does It Take To Learn Business Analysis?
Part 18 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Highly Paid Business Analyst
Highly Paid Business Analyst

You are reading this post because you are interested in learning or mastering business analysis for a number of reasons like

  • You may have read the US Bureau of Statistics report which predicts that the business analyst role will be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2012
  • You are a computer programmer or software tester who is getting burned out on the monotony of coding or testing
  • You may be interested in learning business analyst because you will gain more visibility by interacting with users and managers

The Database Administrator (DBA) Job Description

Part 13 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Database Administrator (DBA)'s Job Description
Database Administrator (DBA)'s Job Description

In this issue, I will be answering a question submitted by a reader on “The Roles, Responsibilities or Job Description of Database Administrators (DBAs)“.

You can Ask IT Career Coach your toughest or most pressing questions and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

If you enjoy reading this post, please be sure to … Share this Post with Friends

Here is the reader’s question::

About The Database Administrator’s (DBA) Job Description

I am a final year BE student interested in developing a career in DBA

Is a Project Manager or a Business Analyst Career, a Better Fit for You?

Part 5 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Choose the Right Career?
How To Choose the Right Career?

The following question was submitted by a reader who needs help with choosing between a business analyst and a project management career.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to submit your question as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

If you enjoy reading this post, please be sure to … Share this Post with Friends

Here is the Reader’s Question: Should I Change Careers To Business Analysis Or Project Management?

Hello,

How To Break The Unemployment Cycle?

Part 15 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Break The Unemployment Cycle
How To Break The Unemployment Cycle

Sometime ago, Glendal (a project manager on this website) asked me to suggest a solution for the current unemployment crises facing the USA. While still working on an answer to that, the same question was again popped to me in a recent interview with Dice.com.

Since this is a question weighing on the minds of people … Today, it will be my pleasure to answer the question: “How To Solve The Unemployment Crises Facing The United States of America.“.

#5 Success Principle: Always Be Learning

Part 8 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
stay ahead of the technology curve
stay ahead of the technology curve

The Love – Hate Relationship With Technology

Most days, we are in love with technology and can’t seem to get away from getting work done on our iPhones, laptops and the Internet or watching hi-tech adventure movies like James Cameron’s Avatar on 3D 🙂

We have witnessed the rapid pace of technological change in the last 20 years … the advances in computers, video games and electronics and of course … the coming of the internet.

What Is The Most Difficult Challenge Facing Your Career?

The Most Difficult Challenge Of My Career
The Most Difficult Challenge Of My Career

Hello,

“What is the most difficult challenge facing your career right now”?

Your most difficult challenge may be about how to get a job or how to improve your skills or how to get promoted on the job

Perhaps your most difficult challenge is about how to transition out of or into a business analyst or computer programming or database developer career.

Whatever your challenge is, just go ahead and post it as a comment on this page and I will deal with it for you.

Are You Inspired Enough?

Part 1 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles

how to make friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
How To Win Friends And Influence People
This is a real-life story taking from events in my life. Please read and share it with your friends

I stumbled upon “Think And Grow Rich” on my 17th birthday.

Shortly after reading Napoleon Hill’s classic, I also read “You Can If You Think You Can by Norman Vincent Peale” and got hooked on self help / motivational books.

A few years later, I read a really good book in that genre … “Awaken The Giant Within By Tony Robbins“.

What Career Is Right For Me?

Part 1 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Choose The Right Career
Choose Right!

If you are looking to start a new information technology career, you may be wondering about how to choose the right career.

This post helps you answer that question.

After reading this post, feel free to ask a question or discuss the topic by posting your opinion or comments.

  1. What do you love to do? start off by reviewing all the productive things that you love to do and then compile a list of careers from them.

    For example, if you like repairing electronic hardware, you may consider becoming a hardware or network support specialist or if you like writing, you may consider becoming a technical writer or a business analyst.

  2. What do you have some background or experience in?: review your previous working experience or background for skills that you ca re-use in a new IT careers.

    For example, if you have a background in marketing and sales, you may consider becoming a technical recruiter and if you have a background in programming electrical circuits you may consider going into computer programming.

#3 Success Principle: When It Comes To Experience, Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

Part 6 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Beggars Can't Be Choosers
Beggars Can't Be Choosers

One of the bigger issues facing IT professionals is: “the challenge of building experience“.

This challenge exists because employers still require experience for hiring, even when you need their jobs to build experience!

It’s the classic Catch-22: “chicken or egg which came first challenge” that may be solved through internships or full-time jobs.

However, internships are getting increasingly competitive (Read More …) and employers are still insisting on handson experience before making job offers.

#2 Success Principle: Learn How To Self Study Effectively

Part 4 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles

Jack Reacher Gone Tomorrow
Jack Reacher
This series is devoted to the principles required for success in Information Technology (IT) careers.

Technology is always changing so IT professionals have to stay ahead of the technology curve or risk losing their jobs or careers!
So you have to constantly update your skills through self study, coaching or training.

This post discusses how you can stay ahead of the technology curve using self study.

Contrary to what you may think, self study requires a considerable investment of time, money and effort.

Harvard Business Review: How To Get A Job Without Experience

Part 14 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Finding Jobs for College Graduates
Jobs for College Graduates

Whether you’re launching your career or trying to change its direction, you can get around the Catch-22 issue (“You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.”) with humility.

The solution is to get some humility because today’s shifting job market requires everyone incuding young job seekers and older workers with years of experience to continously reinvent their careers in order to stay marketable in a competitive global economy.

How To Change your Career In 5 Easy Steps!

Part 12 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Change Careers
How To Change Careers

You are brave, if you are considering leaving your career. Most people make themselves stay at jobs or careers they hate because they are afraid of the unknown.

However, knowing the difference between leaving a job and leaving a career can make your transition smooth and easy or painful to say the least.

You change careers when you are in the wrong profession or you are in a career that you’re not suited for. And, you do not change careers simply because you are unhappy at work!

#1 Success Principle: How Lack of Education Affects your Career

Part 2 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Is Education Affecting My Career?
Is Education A Problem?

This series is devoted to those who want to learn the principles required for success in Information Technology (IT) Careers.

While the IT Industry is a goldmine for those who have learnt to navigate it, it is a maze for others trapped by myths, half-truths, outright lies and misconceptions.

Not to worry, in this series, I will uncover the myths and presents the principles required for success in every situation.

Free Ebook On How To Easily And Quickly Master IT Careers Skills

Part 11 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Master Careers Quickly
How To Master Careers Quickly

When failure is not an option, a step by step plan for advancing your career must be followed. This step by plan is presented in the free e-book download made available on this page.

Failing to plan your career is the same as planning to fail. While some people put their fate in luck or chance while others study and follow successful principles.

Guessing and stumbling is an unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming process.

Discover Your Inner Hero

Part 6 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Become your Hero
Become your Hero

Randall Jones, founder of Worth Magazine and author of The Richest Man in Town, says that in regard to Personal Branding, “the most successful, wealthy people had very successfully branded themselves in relation their industry”.

In an interview by Dan Schwabel, Randall says that all RMITs (Richest Man In Town) have found their “perfect pitch”- the thing that they are most personally gifted at doing and secondarily they have found a way to monetize their perfect pitches“; Click here to read the rest of the interview

Let Your Personal Creativity Run Wild!

Part 5 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
starving artist wolfgang amadeus mozart
starving artist wolfgang amadeus mozart

This article is one in a series on creating or establishing your personal brand and becoming a leader in your industry.

While creating your personal brand is not easy, the benefits speak for themselves; other professionals begin to seek you out, ask for your assistance or offer you compensation in exchange for your help, services or advice.

Creativity is sometimes frowned upon in the workplace because you are expected to follow orders!

How The Starving Artist Achieves Career Success Using Social Media

Part 3 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 – 1791
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 – 1791

Have you ever heard of “The Starving Artist”? It’s an often used cliché that describes talented, skilled or creative folks like writers, painters, musicians or others who starve while doing what they love.

The idea behind the Starving Artist is “an individual who works for pennies and then dies broke doing what he or she loves”.

Some of history’s renowned or talented artists like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi and Van Gogh lived in poverty, misery or debt because their society didn’t care for or reward them.

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