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.

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.

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?

It’s Not What You Know It’s What You Do

There is a lot of good career advice on this blog. This advice is for all you good people that have been so kind as to listen to me.

I am always interested in hearing from you, especially after you put my advice to work.

Today’s post is just a reminder to put my advice to work because it works.

Here is an email from a reader who got a JOB by doing what I say:

Hi, I kept reading your articles about the IT career to choose.

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?

Do Business Analysts Need Computer Programmer Skills?

Part 9 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming
Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming

Are database development, computer programming, data analysis or web development required skills for Business Analysts?

Perhaps you’ve seen, heard about or applied for jobs asking for a broad or seemingly impossible range of skill sets?

Like those job descriptions for business analysts requiring computer programming skills or those for PMP Certified Project Managers with 5 years of software development experience!

This post addresses “how to bridge the gap between business analyst skills and unfair job descriptions written-up by Information Technology (IT) departments”

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.

How Effective Are Resume Writers?

Part 6 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Miracle Worker?
Miracle Worker?

A Mainframe Programmer who “received zero (0) interest” after hiring someone to rewrite his resume for Microsoft.NET Jobs is wondering why his resume rewriting strategy is not working!

So, the question is “are resume writers miracle workers or are there situations where hiring professionals to rewrite a resume will not help“?

Why Would You Hire A Resume Writer?

Let’s look at some of the reasons why you may want to hire a resume writer:

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

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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.

How To Ace Job Interviews Using Practice Tests

Part 5 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast

I discovered the power of practice tests in 1999 after I aced a job interview test with a score in the mid-nineties and got hired fast!

Over the next few months, I mastered how to boost my skills rapidly using the technique that I will share with you in the rest of this article.

Research has shown that practice tests or quizzes improve your retention, recall or understanding.

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 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 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!

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!

Recession Proof Your Career – How to Survive In 2009

Part 6 of 6 in the Series: Recession

recession-economic-downturn

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.

Recession Proof Your Career – Eat Lunch With Co-Workers

Part 5 of 6 in the Series: Recession

business-lunch

You Need People and You Need Information

Are you missing out in information at the office that could be critical to your career? You may be a hard working employee who eats lunch at your desk and prefers reading another IT book to attending company parties.

However, knowledge is power. Networking within your company prevents you from being the one who is always the last to know about major changes that may impact you, your team or the organization.

Recession Proof Your Career – 7 Signs a Pink Slip is Coming

Part 4 of 6 in the Series: Recession
Pink Slip
Pink Slip

Being laid off usually comes as a shock to most people that it happens to. This is even more the case if your company does not make a public announcement of its intentions to cut jobs.

However, the layoff decision is rarely made the morning you get your pink slip. Managers are often given weeks within which to select the people who will be laid off from their teams.

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

Part 3 of 6 in the Series: Recession

jobs-employment-recession

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.

Deciphering the Business Analyst Job Description

Part 6 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
business analyst job description
decipher ba job descriptions

You can find out “what employers look for in a job candidate” by browsing business analyst job descriptions.

However, you will notice that some business analyst job descriptions are poorly written!

A weak business analyst job description does not provide enough information for you to compare your skill set against the requirements posted on the job posting.

A Well Written Business Analyst Job Description Is An Effective Hiring Tool!

Here is an example of a weak or ineffective business analyst job description:

How to Get an Entry Level Business Analyst Job Part 2

Part 16 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Entry Level Business Analyst Job
Entry Level Business Analyst Job

This article is in two parts. You are currently reading part two and you may click here to read part one of the article

Once you’ve determined that Business Analysis is your dream job your next steps will be to get trained, get networked and get your entry level business analyst job.

SigningUp For The Business Analyst Boot Camp

The next thing you will need to achieve your goal of becoming a business analyst and at the minimum, getting an entry level job, is to get trained.

How To Get An Entry Level Business Analyst Job Part 1

Part 14 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Entry Level Business Analyst Job
Entry Level Business Analyst Job

This article is in two parts. You are currently reading part one and you may click here to read part two of the article.

What should you do when you decide you want to become an IT Business Analyst?

You may have been a software developer, data analyst or even someone who has never worked in the Information Technology industry at all.

Perhaps you have an MBA or other business degree, but you have an interest in technology and you think IT Business Analysis is something you’d like to try your hand at.

Business Analyst Training Online

Would you be interested in getting additional business analyst training on how to get business analyst jobs or begin a business analyst career?

What I have in mind is a step-by-step online and email based business analyst training program that provides you with the opportunity to gain marketable business analyst career skills, real world experience and the courage to get your dream job.

The Business Analyst Internship Program

If you are wondering if this online business analyst training program is for you, here are some criteria for helping you decide:

How To Improve Your Skills And Get A Lucrative Job

In this post I will discuss why some people are affluent and successful in their careers while others seem to struggle with minimum wage or low paying jobs and despite their hard work, intelligence and personality can not earn enough money to pay their bills.

The reasons why people struggle with earning enough money to pay your bills and afford some of the nicer things of life include:

  1. Lack of a Top Paying, In-demand, Marketable Skill
  2. Lack of Focus and Inability to Follow a Proven Successful Plan

HOW TO BECOME A BETTER, MORE CONFIDENT, EXPERT PROGRAMMER (PART 1)

Part 16 of 20 in the Series: Learn Computer Programming Online

One of the challenges I faced when I peeked inside my first programming book more than 15 years ago was the difficult of understanding the programming concepts taught in the textbooks I was reading. Think about it for a moment – if you walk into a store and buy a book on “how to master a programming language”, you should be able to read the book once or at most a couple of times and understand it correct?

Well, I’m afraid that’s not how it works in real life. Computer programming books are notoriously scary and difficult to read.

How To Get A Computer Programming Job Without A College Degree

If the possibility of spending 4 or more years in college studying computer science is remote for you then breaking the degree barrier or knowing how to get a software developer job without a college degree will be helpful to you. So here is how to begin a computer programming career when college just isn’t an option.

While it may be easier to find a programming job with a college degree in computer science, a large percentage of computer programmers either don’t have a degree in computer science, or a college degree at all. The secret to success is to gain technical skills and real-world experience that makes you as good or even better than someone who only has a computer science degree.

The Job Market Outlook for Computer Programmers

Part 14 of 20 in the Series: Learn Computer Programming Online
Job Market Outlook for Computer Programmers
Job Market Outlook for Computer Programmers

Inspite of the outsourcing of Information Technology jobs, there is a net positive increase in staffing for computer programming jobs, because the fundamental demand for hi-tech skills in the US economy is quite strong.

The job market for computer programmers has virtually exploded in the last ten year and the demand for software developers will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future.

In this post, I would like to discuss the factors driving up the demand for computer programmers.

Learning C++ Programming Language Is Bad For Your Career … C++ Programmers Can’t Find Jobs

Part 13 of 13 in the Series: How To Learn Programming Languages
Learning A Marketable Skill?
Learning A Marketable Skill?

Hi,

Do you want to learn the C++ programming language or become a C/C++ computer programmer?

Have you ever asked this question? which programming language is the most complex and challenging?? and received the answer C++?

If you answered yes, you are not alone. About 13 years ago, I asked my mentors in computer programming which programming language is the hardest, toughest, most difficult to learn? and I got the same reply as you… C++.

3 Keys Of Successful Computer Programmer Careers

Your technology, resume and interviewing skills are the 3 keys that drive your computer programming career.

If you are formula minded, you can express my career determining statement as:

TECHNOLOGY + RESUME + INTERVIEWING SKILLS = SUCCESSFUL COMPUTER PROGRAMMER

Here is how the computer programming industry works:

  1. Technology: Your choice of programming language can make or break your career. If you choose a programming language that’s not in-demand like COBOL, your career is PRETTY MUCH dead. If you choose a programming language that’s in high demand like Java or C# your career is headed for the STARS.

    After you choose a programming language, your next critical task is to master it. Put together, your programming language and technical mastery determine how relevant your programming skills are to recruiters and employers.