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:
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.
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.
NFL Muzzles Social Media
Are NFL players walking a fine line between branding and revealing too much? According to Jack Bechta (NFL Agent) the answer is yes.
In an interesting post by Jack on how the NFL is handling Social Media for its players, even though more professional athletes are tweeting and sharing their every move via the electronic highway, it comes with risk because coaches and GMs hate it!
Jack says that at least one team has grown so irritated and tired of their top players’ social efforts that they decided to clean house.
Personal Branding Book
The concept of personal branding is all the buzz these days, but it is really a common sense approach to business and career that has been around for a long time and is now back with a new twist and new technologies thrown into the mix. Basically, image is everything.
What do employers think of when they see you, speak to you, read your resume or your internet profile? If you are not sure what your brand conveys, or you’re not sure you have a solid personal brand, then you need to read Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel.
Become your Hero
Randall Jones, founder of Worth Magazine and author of The Richest Man in Town, says that in regard to Personal Branding, “the most successful, wealthy people had very successfully branded themselves in relation their industry”.
In an interview by Dan Schwabel, Randall says that all RMITs (Richest Man In Town) have found their “perfect pitch”- the thing that they are most personally gifted at doing and secondarily they have found a way to monetize their perfect pitches“; Click here to read the rest of the interview
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!
Michael Jackson, King of Pop. August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson discovered his musical strengths early in his career, developed into a musical genius and then dedicated his life to serving humanity with music.
What we know about legends or superstars like Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson is that they are the best at what they do.
But the reason why we love the Michaels’ (Phelps, Jordan, Jackson) is: “we are just like them way down or deep inside of us”!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 – 1791
Have you ever heard of “The Starving Artist”? It’s an often used cliché that describes talented, skilled or creative folks like writers, painters, musicians or others who starve while doing what they love.
The idea behind the Starving Artist is “an individual who works for pennies and then dies broke doing what he or she loves”.
Some of history’s renowned or talented artists like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi and Van Gogh lived in poverty, misery or debt because their society didn’t care for or reward them.
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.
Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader
Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader
This course teaches you how to develop and use your competitive advantages in the workplace, job market and industry using the PULL method.
You will learn how to become a leader in your industry by developing and taking advantage of your personal brand using PULL techniques.
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to select the best leadership projects for your industry based on your background, skills, education, training, job history and interests.
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.
Become A Leader-Get The Job You Want!
Become a Leader And Get The Job You Want!
Getting a job by sending out resumes to employers is known as the push method because it depends on you pushing the employer to hire you!
The problem with the traditional method of getting a job is that everyone who is out-of-a-job is probably doing the same thing … pushing their resumes to hiring managers or employers!
Getting hired in a competitive job market doesn’t mean … “do what other job applicants are doing” … it means “do more than your competition!“