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.

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?

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.

Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?
Which Do I Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

Starting out in the Information Technology (IT) industry, two of the most popular, marketable and portable skills are Relational Database Design / SQL Query Writing and Computer Programming / Web Software Development.

Considering the demand for each of these skills, a reader wants advice on which skill should be tacked first: computer programming vs. relational database development.

Advice: Which Do You Learn First: Database Design Or Computer Programming?

I will advice you to learn both computer programming and database design at the same time if you can afford the investment of time, effort and money but if you have to start with only one, learn database design + sql query writing first and here is why …

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!

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.

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 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.

One of the traits of successful IT professionals is the desire to learn, improve or working on exciting and challenging ideas all the time. It is what truly distinguishes achieving IT professions from others.

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.

Why Your Personality Should Match Your Career

Does Your Personality Match Your Career?
Does Your Personality Match Your Career?

Every career has some type of persona associated with it. You may have heard that stereotyping is wrong, but I say, this is how the world works!

Knowing the type of personality or behavior expected of you, can only help you grow or succeed in your career. However, not fitting the expected stereotype can hurt your career. If you must behave differently from the norm, be advised of the consequences.

In this post, I will advice you on how to mold your personality so it fits the requirements for your job!

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.

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.

Success Principle: Learn the Most Marketable Skills

Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill
Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill

As a career coach one of the challenges that many of my clients face is that of learning the most marketable skills in the current job market.

An example is a client that I will call John who has been looking for a while even though he has an advanced management degree (MBA).

He wonders why he’s constantly getting turned down for business analyst jobs even though he is certain of this: most of those getting hired are less educated than him!

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?
Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

Learning new Information Technology (IT) skills is typically thought of as painful because the Study Textbooks used in the Information Technology (IT) industry are usually written by geeks for a geeky, hard-core, technical audience.

This is why one of the challenges facing professionals today is how to overcome the difficulty, complexity or high learning curves typically associated with learning new Information Technology (IT) skills.

Keeping in mind that Sql or Database skills are useful in any industry including financial, insurance, banking or information technology sectors, wouldn’t it be really helpful if learning Sql or databases was made easy?

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.

Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better?

Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?
Oracle Or Microsoft Access, Which Is Better For Me?

Are you matching your strengths to your opportunities or are you just being ideological … interested only in following your own ideas even when they won’t get you any results?

Here is a situation that illustrates the challenges of being ideological versus being results oriented. It is a situation that illustrates the challenges of learning an enterprise software like Oracle compared to a poor man’s database like Microsoft Access.

Are you wondering about who this situation involves? You are safe my friend because today, I will mainly be talking about me 🙂

LinkedIn Releases Job Seeker Premium Account

LinkedIn has released a premium account for job seekers who want to position their resumes at the top of job search listings.

Here is a summary of the new LinkedIn Job Seeker Premium Account Service:

  1. The new LinkedIn job seeker premuim account allows you to stand out from the crowd, directly contact hiring managers and manage your job search.

  2. It increases your chances of being hired by moving your resume to the top of the list which puts you ahead of the competition.

  3. The LinkedIn job seeker premium account also allows you to contact hiring managers directly about opportunities at their respective organizations.

SQL – Third Most In-Demand Skill

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There is an article on Elance that says that SQL skills are currently the third, most in-demand skill on the Elance job network

Elance for those of you who’ve never heard of it, is one of the top job sites for freelancers or remote workers or offsite consultants

You may not have heard of Elance because you’ve always worked a full-time job and you don’t know much about the freelancing or moonlighting world or perhaps you have worked freelance jobs, but for some reason, have never heard of Elance.

How To Gain Handson, Web Programming Experience

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 Become A Rockstar In Your Industry

How To Become A Rockstar In Your  Industry
How To Become A Rockstar in Your Industry

Top performers, rockstars or successful professionals have a mindset or a way of thinking.

They practice a code or follow a set of principles that helps them achieve the best results in their industry.

This post features the “Rockstar Mindset” and other actionable strategies for becoming the best at what you do.

Always Be Learning

Stay Ahead of the Curve!
Stay Ahead of the Curve!

According to the Japanese Kaizen philosophy, consistence and commitment to studying, getting more information or improving your skills is better than sudden bursts of efforts.

HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION IN 8 EASY STEPS

How To Overcome Procrastination
How To Overcome Procrastination

The Procrastination Problem

As a career coach, one of the biggest hurdles I have to overcome when working with my clients is procrastination. An example is a client that I will call Ryan. Ryan acknowledges that even though he has a degree in Information Systems, he is stuck in a dead end job in Help Desk Support.

Ryan would love a great new job as a computer programmer. I have worked with him to create a plan of action that includes updating his skill set while simultaneously putting his resume out there to see if a potential employer will nibble on it.

Desktop Programming vs. Web Developer Skills, Which’s In Higher Demand?

Desktop Vs Windows Skills, Which Is Better?
Desktop Vs Windows Skills, Which Is Better?

In this post, I compare the demand for web developer skills to the demand for desktop programming skills, so that you can decide which computer programming specialization is better for you and based on that make an informed investment of time, money and effort!

  • Desktop Developers create applications known as thick clients that reside on the desktop. Aspiring desktop developers have to learn windows application development using tools like Visual Basic, C#, C/C++.

How to Learn SQL or Databases

How To Learn SQL or Databases Online
How To Learn SQL or Databases Online

The demand for SQL query writing or database skills is tied to the high demand for web, intranet and internet application development skills

Organizations invest in web projects because they need to automate their business operations as it grows in complexity, expands in size or becomes more profitable.

This post addresses the following questions:

  • Why is SQL query writing skills needed?
  • What do SQL query writers do?
  • How can you become a SQL query writer?
  • What makes SQL query writers different from other developers?