What Motivates You, More Money?

Part 2 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
What Motivates You, More Money?
What Motivates You, More Money?

You must build your career around whatever it is that motivates you!

This could be more money (a better salary / income), prestige, visibility, power, user satisfaction, etc.

While salary is a big motivator for many professionals, it is important to consider all aspects of your career to ensure you are making the right career choices today while positioning for long-term success!

Sun Tzu in The Art of War …

  • If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

Are You Worried About The Future of Tech / IT Jobs?

Part 4 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Worried About The Future of Tech / IT Jobs?
Worried About The Future of Tech / IT Jobs?

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

In this issue, the question of: “How Outsourcing Is Affecting The Pool of Available IT Jobs” is answered.

Here’s The Question Submitted by A Concerned IT Professional:

Hello,

Your Software and SQL Boot Camp sound great and all. You also stated that a IT job is practically guaranteed when one becomes a Microsoft.Net Software Developer!

How To Promote Your Career Using Social Media

Part 10 of 13 in the Series: Become a Leader
Promote your Career on Social Media
Promote your Career on Social Media

With a global + targeted + local reach comprised of interconnected professionals, businesses, organizations or individuals, social media is the most powerful promotional tool available today!

Do you know that in a recent survey, “One in five tech executives said that a candidate’s social media profile caused them not to hire that person? and that 37% of all companies take a look at candidates’ social media profiles as a part of their recruitment evaluation process?

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

Part 19 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!
How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

Have you you reached a plateau in your career?

If you have, consider becoming a contractor.

As a contractor, you may earn significantly more money (20% to 50% more) and you will find more challenging work for your skill sets.

In this post, I will show how you to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits of being a contractor so that you end up with significantly more money in your pocket!

Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!

Part 18 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!
Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!

Blinders are useful in potentially distracting situations because they increase one’s ability to focus.

For example, blinders are useful for removing potentially distracting or scary scenes from a horse’s vision.

By preventing the horse from seeing everything in it’s peripheral vision, the rider can better control the horse’s focus or keep it on target.

So, what does “blinders on horses have to do with job descriptions”?

How to Tap Into Magical Hiring Powers

Part 7 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
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?

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.

US President Barack Obama Signs the HIRE Act Jobs Bill – 17.6 Bllion Dollar Employment Package

US President Barack Obama signs the HIRE Act, a 17.6 billion dollar jobs bill unemployment package that his administration hopes will encourage small businesses to hire new workers or give them the confidence to buy the equipment needed to grow their business.

The ceremony was held in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday

Here is the full text of President Obama’s Hire Act Job Bill.

The Full Text of President Obama’s Hire Act Job Bill

Madame Speaker, Majority Leader Reid as well as some of my cabinet members who are here.

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 Steps to a New Business Analyst Career

Part 12 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
business analyst in 5 steps
business analyst in 5 steps

5 Steps to a New Business Analyst Career

I talk to a number of business analysts interested in changing careers to new domains.

They come from diverse backgrounds (insurance, sales, financial, etc.) and they all share a common goal … that of switching careers to new domains.

So, when one of these business analysts asked; if I would like to throw more light on changing BA careers / domains at job interviews, I was glad to say yes 🙂

#4 Success Principle: Preparation and Presentation, Key For Job Interviews

Part 7 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast

Learning a skill is one thing … knowing how to market, a skill a completely different thing!

That is why for example, some qualified business analysts fail to get a job that other less experienced business analysts succeed in getting.

Don’t assume that because you know a skill through self study, formal education or training, you can just go out and get a job … because there is more to finding a job than that!

Why Your Resume Gets Tossed

Part 11 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Is Mindless Resume Submission Working?
Is Mindless Resume Submission Working?

Finding a job is just a numbers game, so submitting my resume to several job postings will get me hired … says a business analyst!

This is the mindset of some IT job seekers who approach the business of finding a job as if it is purely a numbers game.

But is a successful job search simply a numbers game or is there more to getting a job than that?

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

Ask IT Career Coach
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!

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

How To Plan For Career Success

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On of my readers needs help with putting together his career advancement plan. I posted the information I provided to him below. If you have any question about this or about your career, post it as comment at the end of the post and I would answer it for you.

  1. Set a SMART Goal

    Begin by creating a comprehensive end to end career roadmap or plan.

    Your career roadmap needs to include a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goal) That means that you need to define an end objective (for example, mastering business analysis or learning computer programming or improving your software testing skills) and a timeline for achieving it.

How To Slam Dunk Job Interviews

Part 4 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Slam Dunk Your Next Job Interview
How To Slam Dunk Your Next Job Interview

This post is an answer to a question asked by Chris who is attending his tenth (10) job interview. 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!

Recession Proof Your Career – How to Survive In 2009

Part 6 of 6 in the Series: Recession

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It’s not news anymore. We are officially in a recession and people are being laid off everywhere. At first, it looked like the IT sector was going to come through this relatively unscathed, but that is no longer the case. Microsoft, IBM and Intel all announced job cuts this week.

In 2008, the US economy shed 1.2 million jobs. 10% of those jobs were Information Technology jobs. As of December, over 100,000 IT jobs had been lost and it doesn’t look like the situation is going to get better any time soon.

How To Beat The 2009 Recession By Improving Your Skills – Top Predictions

Part 3 of 6 in the Series: Recession

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2009 is proving to be a big year for online learning as more tech professionals enroll in web based, video based, distance learning programs to improve their skills and employment prospects.

I have compiled some predictions from learning experts, coaches, trainers, educators and training providers published in the eLearn Magazine

  • Allison Rossett, San Diego State University, USA: … today, in these harsh economic times, there is pressure to reduce costs. Technology is favored over registrations in hotels and hours in classrooms away from customers and clients …

How To Get Computer Programming Experience

Part 9 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer
Be Wise ... Get Experience
Be Wise ... Get Experience

In the computer programming industry, experience is King.

Real world, hands on, practical programming experience is valued more than computer programming certifications, software development diplomas or even programming job titles.

What you know is much more important than how you obtained the knowledge!

The next time you read a computer programming job description and you feel overwhelmed by the list of degrees or certifications required, just remember that the job market for computer programmers is not really that formal.

How To Become A Technical Expert

Part 11 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach

When you meet someone who is a technical expert, you immediately make a few assumptions about the person’s education, income, competence, marketability and problem-solving skills.

While you may find it easy to identify the technical experts in your industry, it is much harder to become one..

Read the rest of this article and you will learn how you can become a technical expert easily.

Who Is An Expert?

An expert, according to Wikipedia, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability in a particular area of study.