Independence Day (4th of July) Promotion & Discount

IT Training - Independence Day (4th of July)
IT Training – Independence Day (4th of July)

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you … our loyal friends, readers and community with our 2015 Independence Day (4th. of July) Promotion & Discount.

20% Discount on Any One (1) Training Program

Beginning right now, you can get an instant twenty-five percent (20%) discount on any one (1) of our online training bootcamps purchased with the holiday discount code: july4th until Sunday, July 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST).

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

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 …

Labor Day Sale – 2014

IT Training - Labor Day Promotion & Discount
IT Training – Labor Day Promotion & Discount

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you … our loyal friends, readers and community with our 2014 labor day promotion.

25% Discount on Any One (1) Training Program

Beginning right now, you can get an instant twenty-five percent (25%) discount on any one (1) of our online training bootcamps purchased with the holiday discount code: laborone until Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST).

How To Make Better Decisions Faster

Are You Good At Solving Problems?
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry; Robert Burns, “To A Mouse”

No plans survive first contact with the enemy … Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (the German field marshal at the start of the First World War).

Do you struggle with making decisions like “should you move to another state or another country” or “should you change jobs or careers” because of the fear of making the wrong choice?

For most real-life decisions, tossing a coin in a wishing won’t cut it! To make better decisions keep in mind the techniques introduced in this article.

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.

Mock Questions for Acing Business Analyst Job Interviews

How To Ace Your Business Analyst Job Interviews
How To Ace Your Business Analyst Job Interviews

Receiving a business analyst interview invitation only “opens the door” to getting a job. Acing the job interview will walk you through that door to actually get a business analyst job.

How do you prepare?

Following are six basic questions along with their answers that you will get during the job interview.

Be sure to modify each answer to match your experience, skills, competencies and personality to avoid sounding like a memorized script.

What Motivates You, More Money?

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.

Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?
Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Database Administrators are the Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for keeping a database up to date and running.

Their responsibilities include: writing scripts and updating the database, keeping the database running 24/7, and backing up the database.

Database analysts are IT Professionals responsible for analyzing and reporting on the data in a database.

Their duties include reviewing the database design as well as the relationships between the tables in a database and analyzing / reporting trends, patterns and insights.

With this in-mind, let’s take a quick look at the differences, similarities and areas of shared responsibilities:

5 Proven Job Interview Tips Help You Get Hired!

How To Ace Your Job Interviews Or Get Hired!
How To Ace Your Job Interviews Or Get Hired!

Have you gone on several Information Technology (IT) job interviews, but haven’t received a job offer? If your answer is yes, you’re not as prepared for the interview as you should be.

Your chances of getting an Information Technology (IT) job are slim if you don’t prepare properly for the interview-even with a well-written resume.

But don’t give up! With the next five proven job interview tips, you can confidently prepare for your next IT job interview.

The Sought-After Personality Traits of Successful Business Analysts!

The Personality Traits of a Business Analyst
The Personality Traits of a Business Analyst

Are you concerned that you don’t have what it takes to succeed as a business analyst because you lack extensive paper qualifications, certifications or certain college degrees?

Well, you may be surprised to know that succeeding as a business analyst has as much to do with intrinsic factors like your personality as it has to do with the extrinsic formal qualifications you feel are lacking!

For example, if you have a passion for solving problems or you are the “go-to person” when there is an issue, you already have some of the intrinsic qualifications sought after in business analyst professionals.

A Review of Impact Analysis for Business Analysts

Impact Analysis for Business Analysts
A Review of Impact Analysis for Business Analysts

You have heard that hindsight is 20-20 but what you will also learn in this article is that insight can be equally as effective because it helps you see the impact of changes before they are implemented.

Face it; as a business analyst, you have experienced changes in software features, systems or business procedures that created confusion or hindered your ability to do your job.

Therefore, you understand the anxiety or frustration of users whose job duties will be impacted by major changes in their systems, right?

Which Is Better: A Computer Programmer Or Database Developer Career?

Is Computer Programming Or Database Development A Better Career?
Is Computer Programming Or Database Development A Better Career?

[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: “Which Career Path Is Better: Software Developer Or Database Developer Career?” submitted by Rinda from Georgia is answered.

Software Developer Careers Now Require Database Development Skills!

Right now, a dual enrollment in the SQL Boot Camp is also required for your enrollment in the Software Developer Boot Camp.

Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

Are You A Systems Analyst Or A Business Analyst?
Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

The short, cut and dried answer is that both the systems analyst and the business analyst work on gathering, documenting, validating, managing requirements but the Business Analyst is more likely to do this with the objective of meeting business requirements while the Systems Analyst will is focused on analyzing, documenting or managing how the Information Technology (IT) software / hardware systems will be designed to meet functional / system requirements.

In a real-world project, the business analyst is more likely to be in charge of documenting the Business Use Case while the systems analyst will be responsible for documenting the Systems Use Case.

Success Principle: Build You Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses
Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

I have a cousin who was a skilled, talented artist in high school. Whenever he was painting a portrait, he would be playing his favorite rock band and be singing and dancing along … all at the same time!

One thing led to another, and his “artistic skills flourished into an entrepreneurial side business” and he started selling his portraits to supermarket chains!

Then it was time for college and his parents insisted on him choosing a career like “building engineering” that promised a stable income with lots of growth potentials vs. that of an entrepreneurial artist.

How To Overcome Negative Perceptions of Your Job Title / Background

How To Overcome Negative Perceptions About You!

As humans we all process information through filters and one of those filters is your current job title / background!

Though your job title may work well for you right now, the moment you try and take on a different role, job title / background / responsibility, you end up running into a brick wall! … it is like people fold their hands and adopt a challenging, prove-it-to-me attitude!

So, in today’s post, I will answer a question submitted by (Jan) who has worked 15+ years for one of the largest IT Corporationsbut still feels boxed-in / walled-in” by his current job title!

For Certifications Top 10 Tips to Study Smart or Save Time

For Certifications Top 10 Tips!
For Certifications Top 10 Tips!

Time is limited to 24 hours each day and those of us who get a lot done don’t have any more extra hours of magical time hidden away. What we do have though, is an understanding of time management.

The success of any mission in life or work may be greatly enhanced by planning ahead of time and then executing to the best of one’s ability when the planned for time arrives. So, in this article, I will share how to optimize your career using the top ten time / study management tips and skills.

Business Analysts Use Customer Feedback To Improve User Experience

Use Feedback To Improve User Experience or Usability
Use Feedback To Improve User Experience or Usability

Have you ever contacted a company by phone and before ending the call, the representative asked if you wouldn’t mind taking a survey at the end of the
call?

Or, in a restaurant, noticed a box near the register with feedback cards saying … “Tell Us How We Are Doing“?

The purpose of these surveys or feedback cards is to give you (the customer), the power to influence or change how an organization does business!

Is Your Liberal Arts / Computer Science Degree Helping Or Hindering?

Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?
Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?

Hi:

There is an assumption that certain college degrees are more helpful than others when it comes to preparing for, learning, or succeeding at information technology (IT) careers.

If you believe this to be true then you may also be of the mindset that a Computer Science (BSc.) degree is more valuable than a Liberal Arts (BA) degree!

Surprisingly, there may be some evidence supporting this assumption. For example, it has been noted recently that engineering and computer science college graduates are more employable and better paid than liberal arts college graduates.

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.

Your Resume…The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews!

Your Resume ... The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews
Your Resume … The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again“, is a saying that generally works. However, if you want to increase your chances of entering the business analysis field, you will need more than “trial and error” to get a job interview!

You will need to have in hand, a resumé that shows how you qualify as a business analyst, even though your past positions were not specifically in business analysis.

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.

Feeling Pressured or Overwhelmed? Manage Your Life Like A Project!

Feeling Pressured Or Overwhelmed? Manage Your Life Like A Project!
Feeling Pressured Or Overwhelmed? Manage Your Life Like A Project!

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed because of the weight of your daily responsibilities? Do you feel like you are under a lot of stress?

Are you feeling the pressure of managing multiple, often conflicting priorities and tight deadlines?

Stress is like unrelieved pressure which burdens or strains your relationships, health and state of mind and can ultimately break or kill you!

On the other hand stress can also be a positive sign that you are stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone.

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

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.

Thank you!

Labor Day Sale – Instant Discount Off All Our Courses!

IT Training - Labor Day Promotion & Discount
IT Training – Labor Day Promotion & Discount

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you … our loyal friends, readers and community with our 2012 labor day promotion.

Beginning right now, you will get an instant twenty-five percent (25%) discount on any or all of our online training bootcamps purchased with the holiday discount code: labordaysale until Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST).

Our labor day discount covers the following programs: SQL Boot Camp, Data Analyst Boot Camp, Business Analyst Boot Camp, Software Developer Boot Camp and / or Job Search + Resume Writing + Career Coaching

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.

Do You Have A Career Development Plan?

Who Is Responsible For My Career?
Who Is Responsible For My Career?

Lurline from Jamaica, feels stuck in her current career and wants to be a database / business intelligence analyst. Here is Lurline’s question

Initially my goal was to become a business / Business Intelligence analyst but I have not gotten the chance to get the hands on that is so necessary.

At age 45 I think it has gotten worse I am thinking of changing career.

How can I get exposure to the top BI software and tools?

I am also interested in dong the SQL and database design course.

12 Reasons Why Blogging Is Good for Your Career

12 Reasons Why Blogging is Good for Your IT Career
12 Reasons Why Blogging is Good for Your IT Career

Facebook status updates and tweets capping at 140 characters seem to be all the rage these days, isn’t it?

However, for an Information Technology (IT) professional like yourself, having an account on Facebook or Twitter is never going to be a replacement for the mother of all social media blogging.

Here are 12 great reasons why blogging is good for your IT career:

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.

How To Promote Your Career Using Social Media

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?

Yet, if you ask random passerbys to define social media, you are likely to get mentions of (Facebook! Reddit! YouTube!) than an actual explanation of its usefulness.

Principles That Help You Achieve Lasting Career Success

Principles for Achieving lasting Career Success
Principles for Achieving lasting Career Success

Plan for Success.

When failure is not an option, a step by step plan for advancing your career must be followed. Failing to plan your career is the same as planning to fail.

Guessing and stumbling your way through your career, is an unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming process. It reduces the chances of success by multiplying the obstacles and difficulties you have to overcome.

Don’t put your fate in luck or chance. Rather, follow a career roadmap or blueprint that can save your time and money or reduce uncertainty.

Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On Your Job?

Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On Your Job?
Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On My Job?

Information Technology careers are significantly different from careers in other sectors of the economy.

For example, what employers define as formal credentials actually clashes with the definitions of many information technology professionals.

While some professionals say that "just one (1) educational degree is enough", others say that "the more college degrees you get, the better your chances of success" and some have no opinion at all!

In this post, I will say reveal the credentials required for success on your job and explain why they are so important.

How An Australian Software Developer Became A Business Analyst

How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

Janet, an Australian Software Developer wrote us about her fortunate experience in transitioning from Software Development to Business Analysis after 17 years as a Software Developer.

In Janet’s own words:

My employer offered me a BA position after recognising that I had certain “soft” skills such as communication, diplomacy and tact.

These combined with a background in analytical skills from my development days, and some agile skills from my days as a scrum master made for good potential as an agile business analyst.

Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?

Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?
Which Documents Do I Write 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 reader titled: Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?

This question was submitted by a “Server Monitoring Engineer” who wants to “Learn The Document(s) One Can Write To Become a Business Analyst“, here is the question

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can’t Be Solution Minded!

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!
Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!

You are a tool minded business analyst, if the first question that comes to your
mind on hearing the words: “Use Cases, UML or User Acceptance Testing” is: “what tool
should I use to create my Use Case / UML / User Acceptance requirements document
with?”

Tool minded business analysts are more interested in learning the intricacies, features
or behavior
of the software tools used in their requirements elicitation, analysis or documentation tasks than in correctly
analyzing, validating or defining business requirements.

How Are Certifications Going To Help My Career?

Why Are Certifications Not Helping My Career?
Why Are Certifications Not Helping My Career?

[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 is about the benefit of Business Analyst Certtifications

Hi,

I have an IT background with a computer science degree. And I have four years of experience as a software developer.

Recently I completed an MBA (International Business) from UK. I also passed the ITIL v3 and and soon will be passing IIBA foundation certification.

This Type Of Hands-On Experience Can JumpStart Your Career!

This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!
This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!

Not all experience is created equal. Some types of project experience count as being more relevant than others simply because employers place a higher value on them. Here is why:

Getting experience in areas that require innovation or cutting edge skills for example counts more because that is where a lot of money is being spent and where there is more exposure or risk!

Employers hire those with experience in the types of projects they are financially vested in, so they can increase their chances of success or mitigate risk, makes sense right?

How To Get Extensive Hands-on Experience In Information Technology

How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology
How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology

When it comes to the Information Technology Industry, getting more hands-on experience is one of your most important professional development activities.

In this post, I will explain how information technology workers including business analysts, computer programmers, database developers, data analysts, project managers, software testers and infrastructure / networking professionals can gain extensive, high visibility, career defining hands-on experience!

More Opportunities To Get Hands-on Experience

By far, the number one place to find hands-on project experience in the information technology industry is in web or software development projects!

Is It Better To Specialize or Generalize?

Generalize Or Specialize, Which Is Better?
Generalize Or Specialize, Which Is Better?

Have you considered the pros or cons of specializing in a narrow field compared to that of becoming a generalist in your industry? Here are some of them;

Business Analysts

Business analysts may specialize as domain business analysts or choose the more general information technology (IT) business analyst career path.

IT business analysts don’t specialize in specific domains because they analyze and specify computer software or hardware solutions for any domain including operations, healthcare, engineering, sales & marketing, finance, insurance etc.

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

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!

What Is The Best Way To Choose A Career?

How To Choose A New Career
How To Choose A New Career

After witnessing the challenges in the lives of professionals dealing with under-performance, under-achievement, stress, anxiety, career stagnation, anger, depression or financial failure; I decided to write this article on how to make better career choices.

Choosing the right career is important because you spend the major part of your day (9 to 11 hours) at work. If you make the wrong career choice, you will put yourself in a painful, challenging situation.

So, choosing the right career ranks as one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life.

1 2 3