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Searching for The Ideal Job? These Five Tips Will Help You!

Searching for The Ideal Job? These Five Tips Will Help You!

How To Get Hired For A Job Fast!

How To Get Hired For A Job Fast!


If you are in search of the ideal job but you are not sure where to start, put the following five tips into action and you will have a less stressful or more successful job search!

Build a Strong Professional Network

Building a strong network can open doors or lead to job openings for you.

While doing that, don’t overlook adding family and friends to your network either!

Interacting with your network on a regular basis encourages them to keep you in mind when a position becomes open at their place-of-work.

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

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.

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition
10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

10 Techniques to Keep Ahead of Your Competition

A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) suggests that the information we need to do our job is doubling every 18 months, and that we are running harder and harder to keep up with the required knowledge for our specialized fields.

In this post, I will present 10 techniques that will help you keep ahead of the competition and / or changes in your industry.

What’s Holding You Back From Interesting Projects At Work?

What’s Holding You Back From Interesting Projects At Work?
What's Keeping You Back From All The Fun Work?

What's Keeping You Back From All The Fun Work?

Is your boss keeping your career back?

Do you realize that the same boss who is responsible for keeping back your career will ultimately fire you for another IT worker with a better resume!

If you are frustrated in your current job because of lack of stimulating, interesting or challenging work or because someone else like your boss … is keeping your career back then you need to read this article.

Why Successful People Are Passionate About Their Jobs

Why Successful People Are Passionate About Their Jobs

Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!

Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!

Do You Want To Live An Inspired Life?

First, discover your passion and work a job you really love.

Second, turn your passion into a set of excellent skills using practice tests or quizzes.

Third, bring your passion to the market using Push (emailing your branded resumes) or PULL Techniques (Social Media Marketing).

Here is a question for you; Do You Really Love Your Job?

In a study of how exceptional, world-class or, successful people are produced, Daniel Coyle in his book “The Talent Code” says that it takes a combination of concentrated, difficult, skill-building practice, motivation or inspiration and master coaching to achieve success.

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Newsletter for Information Technology (IT) professionals including business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts, database developers, technical writers, project managers and software testers.

If you, have a challenging question about your career, submit it here and we will answer yours just as we are answering this question submitted by a technical writer titled: What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

Question

How do I learn or get the software knowledge that would make me a business analyst?

How to Tap Into Magical Hiring Powers

How to Tap Into Magical Hiring Powers

Tapping Into Your Magical Hiring Powers

Tapping Into Your Magical Hiring Powers

As a Career Coach, I come across questions or discussions from job seekers “looking for recruiter who can get them a job“.

From the way these statements are worded, it seems that all it takes for the job seeker to get a job is finding a recruiter with magical hiring powers.

But, is it really true?

Do recruiters have hiring powers and how much of the success or failure of the job search depends on the recruiter’s magical hiring powers?

How To Live Up To Your Potential in 3 Steps!

How To Live Up To Your Potential in 3 Steps!

What Is Your Mission In Life?

What Is Your Mission In Life?

This question was submitted by a very young, exceptionally gifted and talented top performer who wants to know, “how he can live up to his potential”.

Hello,

I am very young (23) and was radically accelerated through college \ graduate school.

By next year, I will have a BA (Math \ Religion), MBA (Management Consultancy), MSc (Business IT), PhD (Computing & Mathematics), and PhD (ABD), in IT from leading universities, as well as 9+ years IT experience, with 5+ years BA experience with stellar recommendations.

In The Software Developer Industry, Experience Is King!

In The Software Developer Industry, Experience Is King!
Hands-on Experience Is The Key To Landing Good Jobs!

Hands-on Experience Is The Key To Landing Good Jobs!

Once a computer programmer with marketable programming skills gains handson experience by building real-world, practical applications, he or she is virtually guaranteed not just any type of job … but a portable, marketable, high-paying professional career as a software developer!!

Why? Because in the software development industry, Experience is King!.

Real world, hands on, practical, computer programming experience is valued more than computer programming certifications or even computer science diplomas or college degrees!

6 Principles That Transform Your Work

6 Principles That Transform Your Work

six principles that transform your career

six principles that transform your work

Are you looking for a transformation in your work situation? Follow these 6 rock solid success principles that summarize what I have learned about building careers or online communities!

Whatever your industry, background or situation, these six principles will help you “Discover Your Passion“, “Do What You Love” or “Take Your Passion To Market“.

The first two (2) principles are designed to help you choose work that matches your strengths, education, training, background, skills, experience, hobbies or interests.

Is College Worth The Money?

Is College Worth The Money?

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

The answer to the question: “Is College Worth The Money?” is YES … so please go to the best college you can afford because there are doors in life that will be easier for you to open if you have a college degree.

That being said, there are pros and cons to attending college and a right / wrong mindset that you need to be aware of.

In a new book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, are of the opinion that “College Students in the US are not learning Much

The Survivors Guide To Overcoming Unemployment

The Survivors Guide To Overcoming Unemployment

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.

What Is Your Personality Type?

What Is Your Personality Type?
What Is Your Personality Type?

What Is Your Personality Type?

One of the reasons why professionals struggle with their careers or under-perform at their jobs is that their work or career does not match their personality!

When hiring someone to do job, it’s easy to see what skills and training they have acquired or what types of jobs they’ve previously performed from their resume.

What is not so easy to see is how that same person’s personality traits will fit in with that of other employees or how their personality will thrive on a daily basis after you’ve have hired them.

Which Courses or Certifications Guarantee A Job?

Which Courses or Certifications Guarantee A Job?
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?

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

Pros and Cons of Business Analysts vs Computer Programmer Careers

Pros and Cons of Business Analysts vs Computer Programmer Careers

Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis

Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis


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

I get a number of questions from computer programmers or software developers looking to change their careers to business analysis or project management.

I also receive questions about the suitability of business analysis, project management or computer programming as a career.

If you sent me a question along these lines, please use this post to evaluate your choices or decide on the best career for you!

Breaking News: Software Engineers Have The Best Jobs In 2011

Breaking News: Software Engineers Have The Best Jobs In 2011

I dedicate a considerable amount of time to debunking myths and half-baked truths. And one about the future prospects of software developer careers has just been ratified!

According to a survey of the best and worst jobs in the United States, Software Engineers will have the best jobs in 2011.

For this survey, 200 professions were analyzed based on their pay, environment, hiring outlook, stress and physical demands using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and trade association studies.

According to this survey, the high-demand for Software engineering jobs is fueled by the desire for high-tech gadgets, iPods, tablets and other devices.

The Most Important Thing on Your Resume

The Most Important Thing on Your Resume

The Most Important Thing On Your Resume Is What?

The Most Important Thing On Your Resume Is What?

There are several things on a resume that can help get you hired. These include your educational qualifications, certifications, training, the college or institutions which you attended, skill level and your hansdon experience.

But regardless of whether you are a business analyst, computer programmer, project manager, data analyst, report writer or network administrator, the singular, most important thing on your resume or career is your handson experience!

Handson Experience Builds your Career

Handson experience matters because it is the only credible, impartial evaluation of the work that you are doing and here is why:

#6 Success Principle: The Proof Of Your Desire Is In Your Pursuit

#6 Success Principle: The Proof Of Your Desire Is In Your Pursuit

Pursuit Is The Proof Of Desire

Pursuit Is The Proof Of Desire


Life Is About What You Have … And Not About What You Don’t Have!

I get a number of questions along the lines of:

I am 25 / 39 / 50 years old, I don’t have any work experience and I don’t have a college degree.

But I want to become a good business analyst / computer programmer / project manager, what do I have to do?

If you find yourself thinking along those lines, this is what you should do: use what you have to get what you want!

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers

Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers

Data Analysts have the opportunity to work in several different domains or sectors, for example as banking data analysts, retail data analysts, telecommunications data analysts and as marketing data analysts.

The marketing data analyst role is one of the more common ones and a marketing analyst may be found analyzing databases of prospects, leads and customers for the marketing department.

In this post, we will take a peak into the day of a marketing data analyst…

Why Tech Jobs Are Better For You

Why Tech Jobs Are Better For You

Tech Jobs Are Better For You

Tech Jobs Are Better For You!


I get questions all the time about the suitability of technology careers for those who’ve never worked a tech job.

I understand those asking are anxious about their future.

However, making a career change to Information Technology is in many cases a better financial investment than taking on debt to buy a house or go to college!

If you are one of those, here are some of the best reasons why changing jobs to Information Technology (IT) is a sound financial decision.

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

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

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.

And here is why. Today I will be dealing with a pressing problem that is facing many of you, which is: How to you keep your career from stalling when life happens.

How To Change Careers Starting At Your Current Employer

How To Change Careers Starting At Your Current Employer

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.

FREE Coaching on How To Make A Career Change

FREE Coaching on How To Make A Career Change

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

How To Transition Into A New Career
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.

  1. Do what you love

    Discover what sort of career you will be passionate about before making a transition.

    Yo may transition because of a bigger salary, market demand, job security or interest level.

    Transitioning because of interest level or passion is the best reason.

Don’t Let Your Career Become A Silo!

Don’t Let Your Career Become A Silo!

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 Roadmap For Programmers: Keeping Your Skills Current Or In Demand

Career Roadmap For Programmers: Keeping Your Skills Current Or In Demand
Keep your Skills Current or In Demand

Keep your Skills Current or In Demand

It is a commonly held belief that once you learn “how to code in one programming language“, you can easily transition your programming skills to another.

Yet many computer programmers never quite make it because they get lost in the transition from one programming language to another.

This is true of computer programmers transitioning away from legacy programming languages like Cobol or relatively more modern programming languages like classic Visual Basic.

When a computer programmer falls behind the technology (programming language) curve, the developer may experience:

  1. Loss of job security

How To Handle Recruiter’s Phone Calls?

How To Handle Recruiter’s Phone Calls?

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!

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

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 helps American families that choose public service. It does several things to make college easier for American families;

  1. It invests more than forty (40) billion dollars in college and going forward it will be adjusted to keep pace with inflation or cost of living

  2. By 2017, the maximum PELL Awards may be raised to six thousand dollars ($6,000). These are grants and not loans, so they don’t add up to student debt for qualifying families

  3. To qualify for student grants and low-interest student loans, fill out the FAFSA forms

Is Tunnel Vision Killing My Career?

Is Tunnel Vision Killing My Career?

Is Tunnel Vision Killing My Career?

Is Tunnel Vision Killing My Career?

Medically speaking, Tunnel Vision is a visual impairment that results in the loss of peripheral vision.

It is characterized by the inability to see objects outside one’s center of gaze even though they are still within view.

But tunnel vision also refers to a frame of mind where one is either fixated on a specific answer or unable to see alternatives.

Consider that many Information Technology (IT) professionals evaluate their career options as though there a few choice careers mainly:

  1. Computer Programming
  2. Business Analysis
  3. Project Management
  4. Data Analysis

How To Break The Unemployment Cycle?

How To Break The Unemployment Cycle?

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.“.

What Is The Most Difficult Challenge Facing Your Career?

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.

Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs

how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs

This question was submitted by Vijay who needs advice on “how to ace programming interviews and land the next job!

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 Vijay’s questions below!

Question: How To Impress Hiring Manager at Programming Interviews

Here is the question submitted by Vijay:

On my last job I was given a technical test to write nested SQL queries.

What Career Is Right For Me?

What Career Is Right For Me?

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

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

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.

Why Internships Are Hard To Get

For a while, internships helped provide the missing handson experience to IT professionals learning new skills or transitioning careers.

College Graduates Paying for Unpaid Internships!

College Graduates Paying for Unpaid Internships!

Will Pay For Work!

Will Pay For Work!

It is generally accepted that hands-on experience is one of the more important qualifications for getting a job and that you may get handson experience through paid or unpaid internship programs.

So this article on NyTimes.com about how job seekers are paying thousands of dollars for internships is not surprising considering how competitive the job market has become.

What is surprising is that these are college graduates from prestigious colleges paying for nonpaying internship programs!

The article is titled “Unpaid Work, but They Pay for Privilege” and you can read it here:

Let Your Personal Creativity Run Wild!

Let Your Personal Creativity Run Wild!

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!

Perhaps you’ve neglected using your creative forces in the past because it forces others to think or so that you can keep your head down and stop others from following you!

How Important Is Domain Knowledge For A Business Analyst?

How Important Is Domain Knowledge For A Business Analyst?

The Domain Business Analyst Career Path

The Domain Business Analyst Career Path

Is a business analyst with domain knowledge more valuable than a business analyst without domain knowledge?

By looking at how business analyst job descriptions are written, you may be tempted to say yes!

Business Analyst job descriptions are written as if there is a distinction between IT oriented business analysts with skills in UML, Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Modeling and domain oriented business analysts with knowledge in specific domains like sales, marketing, customer relationship management, insurance, finance!

Did I Mess Up My Career?

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?

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

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