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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.“.

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.

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.

Free E-Book On How To Stay Ahead of the Technology Curve

Part 9 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Stay Ahead of the Curve!
Stay Ahead of the Curve!

Have you ever wondered how some people stay ahead of rapidly changing technologies while others seem to let their skills become extinct like the Dodo?

Well, apparently, someone in Dubai, U.A.E. wants to know the answer so badly that he sent in his question by postal mail!

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

Experience Before Work? How To Solve Chicken or Egg Career Problems

Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

Here’s a question on “how to get the experience neccessary for career advancement opportunities!” from a professional who has an MBA in Information Security.

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

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Discover Answers to Your Career’s Toughest Questions!

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Get Career Help

Hi,

If you need help on a pressing or challenging issue, you’ve come to the right place!

You may get my help by posting the toughest questions facing your career at the moment!

I will answer your questions and help you just as I’ve answered and helped others.

  1. Your questions may be about how to get a job in a tough and competitive job market!

  2. Perhaps your question is about how to earn some income or pay bills without a regular, full-time or nine-to-five job!

Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader!

Part 2 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader
Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader

Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader

This course teaches you how to develop and use your competitive advantages in the workplace, job market and industry using the PULL method.

You will learn how to become a leader in your industry by developing and taking advantage of your personal brand using PULL techniques.

By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to select the best leadership projects for your industry based on your background, skills, education, training, job history and interests.

Did I Mess Up My Career?

Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

Po Bronson, author of “What Should I Do with My Life?” listened to more than 900 people who dared to be honest with themselves about their line of work or careers!

In the end, he discovered that it comes down to a simple gut check: “You either love what you do or you don’t.

With that in mind, here’s question posted by a reader who needs advice on “what to do about making wrong career choices”.

What To Do About making Wrong Career Choices

I think I did myself well careerwise by reading for a degree that bears no inclination to what I am trying to aspire to in life.

How To Become A Highly Paid Corporate Programmer

Part 16 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer
highly paid corporate programmer
highly paid corporate programmer

Becoming a corporate software developer is not the same thing as becoming a freelance programmer or a systems programmer.

  • Corporate programmers are hired for coding skills in programming languages like Microsoft .NET (ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, SQL Server) and they tend to work regular, office jobs as contract or full-time programmers.

  • Systems programmers tend to work with programming languages like C/C++ and they also work for companies like Microsoft that build operating systems or systems software.

Become a Leader And Get The Job You Want!

Part 1 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
become a leader get the job you want
Become A Leader-Get The Job You Want!

Become a Leader And Get The Job You Want!

Getting a job by sending out resumes to employers is known as the push method because it depends on you pushing the employer to hire you!

The problem with the traditional method of getting a job is that everyone who is out-of-a-job is probably doing the same thing … pushing their resumes to hiring managers or employers!

Getting hired in a competitive job market doesn’t mean … “do what other job applicants are doing” … it means “do more than your competition!

Did I Mess Up My Career?

Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a reader who needs advice on “what to do about making wrong career choices”.

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

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How Do I Overcome Employment Gaps In My Oracle Programming Career?

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Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a reader who wants to overcome obstacles posed by employment gaps in an Oracle Programming Career!

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

Why Can’t I Find A Job?

Part 2 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?

Beat the Recession
Beat the Recession
You’ve got a college degree, a good looking resume and an impressive listing of Information Technology (IT) skills but can’t seem to find an IT job.

Finding a Job doesn’t have to be a traumatic, nerve racking or frustrating experience filled with rejection, fear and pain!

Just follow this article series to find out what’s wrong or get back in control of YOUR job search.

Discover Your Strengths Like Michael Jackson

Part 4 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Michael Jackson, King of Pop. August 29, 1958 to June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson, King of Pop. August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson discovered his musical strengths early in his career, developed into a musical genius and then dedicated his life to serving humanity with music.

What we know about legends or superstars like Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson is that they are the best at what they do.

But the reason why we love the Michaels’ (Phelps, Jordan, Jackson) is: “we are just like them way down or deep inside of us”!

It Is Never Too Late To Become A Computer Programmer!

Part 18 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer
Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a reader who wants to become a computer programmer!

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

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Your Opinion Counts – What Makes A Good Data Analyst?

Ask a Burning Question
Ask a Burning Question

In reply to a question by a Statistician transitioning to a data analyst career, I posted the article Are Statistics Or SQL Skills Required In Data Analyst Careers?

My reply also included a Skills Gap Analysis for Statisticians or Mathematicians who want to become data analysts.

I got a comment from another Mathematician / Statistician which I have posted below.

Let me know if you have a comment or opinion or feedback on this issue … here is my reader’s comment:

Jonathan’s Opinion:

I just read through the article entitled ARE STATISTICS OR SQL SKILLS REQUIRED IN DATA ANALYST CAREERS?

Can You Perform? Prove It!

Part 1 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?

Can You Perform? Prove It!
Can You Perform? Prove It!

To become a medical doctor or a lawyer you need training, internship and finally you get a license or certification to practice.

However, there is no such path to starting an IT Career! There is no legally binding qualification or certification for becoming a computer programmer or a business analyst or a data analyst or a database developer!

The path to becoming an IT professional is littered with myths and misconceptions because the emphasis is really on you to prove that you are as good as you say you are!

Is a College Degree Required For a Career in Computer Programming?

Part 11 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer
Ask a Burning Question
Ask a Burning Question

This post answers a reader’s question about the educational requirements for becoming a computer programmer.

If you have a Burning Question or a Challenge that you need help with, be sure to ask your question as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering the question below!

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How To Gain Cutting-Edge IT Skills Easily

Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Top Paying Skills in High Demand

Read How to Protect Your IT Career or Gain In-Demand IT Skills or Critical Hands-ON Experience Sought After By IT Managers …

    1. You Can Enroll for IT Training Easily

      • You can enroll for training at anytime because our training is provided online through videos, a web based training software and live course instructors who help you gain critical hands-on project experience
    2. Our Training Software Helps You Manage Your Study Time

      • You can enroll for one or more training programs at the same time because our web-based training software manages, schedules or keeps tracks of your progress on each training course

What Software Skills Do Business Analysts Need?

Part 6 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description

Have you noticed the increasing demand for business analysts with stronger software skills or a wider range of skill sets?

Because this is a top hiring trend, business analysts have expressed concern about the range of skillsets requested for on job postings.

Some of these strong concerns are often worded as:

  • What software skills do business analysts need?

  • Should business analysts be made to learn computer programming?

  • Which software programs are required for business analysis jobs?

IT Managers Hiring Broader Range Of Skills

Part 3 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career

careersAs hiring managers are cutting costs and reducing staff size they are also hiring hiring professionals with a broader range of skills

As workers are laid off, the lucky ones left behind are asked to work longer hours or work on a broader range of tasks

IT Managers are now hiring for a broader range of skill sets. Business Analysts are being asked to perform light programming jobs and software developers are being asked to perform light business analysis tasks

Choosing Between Contract Or Full Time Business Analyst Job Offers

Part 5 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
How To Achieve In Your Career
How To Achieve In Your Career

I am dedicating this article to answering a question posted by an independent contract business analyst. If you have a question or challenge about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this article and I will answer it for you:

Here is the question posed by the independent contract or consulting business analyst:

… I got hired by a consulting firm. I was under the impression that I was with a company with a team-oriented environment. By this I mean that I thought I would be working with project teams etc.

Advice On How To Become A Contract Business Analyst

Do You Want To Become A Contract Business Analyst?
Do You Want To Become A Contract Business Analyst?

I am writing this post to answer a question posted by a business analyst on “How To Become A Contract Business Analyst”.

If you have a question or challenge about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this article and I will answer it for you as well 🙂

Here is the question on how to become a contract business analyst.

Having recently started in my first permanent position as a Business Analyst, I find the toughest challenge for me currently, is getting up to speed with the systems I have to analyse and develop (Risk Management and Finance Systems).

How To Gain Handson, Web Programming Experience

Part 10 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer
How To Become A Web Programmer
How To Become A Web Programmer

The post which you are just about to read answers the question of:“what is the most compelling thing on a web programmer’s resume or how do you gain the type of resume that will make you standout in the web development industry!

Let me begin by saying that, the key thing that hiring managers are looking for on your resume is not your programming certifications or your college degrees or computer science education but your handson web programming experience.

How To Land A Good Tech Job

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This post is an answer to a question asked by Tom Moore about how To Get A Good IT Job. You may click here to read the original question or add your own question or comment to the discussion.

The original post is a No Holds Barred Discussion on challenges, problems or issues facing my readers. If you have a Burning Question or Challenge you need help with, be sure to add your question to that page and i will answer it fully just as I am answering Tom’s question below!

What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career Right Now?

Hello,

What is the “Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career Right Now”?

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

Perhaps your challenges are about how to transition out of or into a business analyst or computer programming or database developer career. Whatever they are, go ahead and post your comment and we will deal with them for you.

Post your challenging issues as a comment on this post and I would be glad to answer it for you. I may answer it by writing a new article that addresses your concern or by posting a comprehensive reply to your comment