The IT Career Builder's Toolkit

The IT Career Builder's Toolkit

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Your complete guide to building your information technology career in any economy The IT Career Builder's Toolkit features market-focused skills and proven methods you can use to jump-start and advance your career. While other books cover just the mechanics of preparing your resume, writing a cover letter, and interviewing, this book provides all that plus additional insight from IT career development expert, Matt Moran, to help you plan and create a rewarding IT career over the long term. The toolkit approach allows you to use this book to suit your unique needs: Are you new to the IT field? Benefit by reading the book cover to cover. Just need to fine-tune your IT career? Choose a topic and dive in.Understand and prepare for the various and changing factors that affect your career in both positive and negative ways. Learn how toPresent the value of your technical skills in the job market Position yourself as the primary commodity of your career Remove the guesswork out of job searches Highlight on-the-job skills and gain meaningful professional exposure The companion CD-ROM includes career management tools such as resume and cover letter templates, forms to track important contacts, and self-assessment tools. Start or further your consulting career with sample proposals, opportunity tracking forms, and a time-tracking and billing database. Financial tools, including budget and cash-flow summary worksheets, help you gain financial well-being. Use the Value-Added Technologist presentation to gain a clear understanding of the career-building process and how to use the toolkit to build a dynamic career. Most of all, have fun! Every year, people advance along the path to career stardom. Let Matt help you to be one of them through his career philosophy "Do not accept mediocrity as a career objective-demand more of yourself." "I want you to see the [toolkit] techniques as one more set of skills to adopt in your overall career development program. They are skills, just like your technical skills, that you will use daily during your career. Just as you adopt new technical skills, use the toolkit to define those soft skills that you must learn and put to use. The result will be a more well-rounded and complete professional skill-set."~ Matthew Moran, from the Introduction Companion CD-ROMThe CD-ROM contains valuable tools, forms, spreadsheets, and documents that work with the Toolkit to help you master key areas of your career development.show more

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  • Mixed media product | 312 pages
  • 184 x 228 x 26mm | 539.78g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1587131560
  • 9781587131561
  • 1,905,723

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Your complete guide to building your information technology career in any economy "The IT Career Builder's Toolkit "features market-focused skills and proven methods you can use to jump-start and advance your career. While other books cover just the mechanics of preparing your resume, writing a cover letter, and interviewing, this book provides all that plus additional insight from IT career development expert, Matt Moran, to help you plan and create a rewarding IT career over the long term. The toolkit approach allows you to use this book to suit your unique needs: Are you new to the IT field? Benefit by reading the book cover to cover. Just need to fine-tune your IT career? Choose a topic and dive in. Understand and prepare for the various and changing factors that affect your career in both positive and negative ways. Learn how to Present the value of your technical skills in the job market Position yourself as the primary commodity of your career Remove the guesswork out of job searches Highlight on-the-job skills and gain meaningful professional exposure The companion CD-ROM includes career management tools such as resume and cover letter templates, forms to track important contacts, and self-assessment tools. Start or further your consulting career with sample proposals, opportunity tracking forms, and a time-tracking and billing database. Financial tools, including budget and cash-flow summary worksheets, help you gain financial well-being. Use the Value-Added Technologist presentation to gain a clear understanding of the career-building process and how to use the toolkit to build a dynamic career. Most of all, have fun! Every year, people advance along the path to career stardom. Let Matt help you to be one of them through his career philosophy "Do not accept mediocrity as a career objective-demand more of yourself." "I want you to see the [toolkit] techniques as one more set of skills to adopt in your overall career development program. They are skills, just like your technical skills, that you will use daily during your career. Just as you adopt new technical skills, use the toolkit to define those soft skills that you must learn and put to use. The result will be a more well-rounded and complete professional skill-set." ~ Matthew Moran, from the Introduction Companion CD-ROM The CD-ROM contains valuable tools, forms, spreadsheets, and documents that work with the Toolkit to help you master key areas of your career development.show more

About Matthew Moran

Matthew Moran is a consultant specializing in strategic IT initiatives, IT staff development, automated workflow and document assembly applications, and business process re-engineering. His articles on technology automation and professional development have appeared in The Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal, Windows .NET Scripting Solutions Journal, Techies.com, Informit.com, Power Media Group's Technology magazines, and several others. His presentations on technology careers, innovation, and creativity provide dynamic motivation with a real-world course of action. With more than 17 years experience providing business solutions as a business analyst, project manager, business owner, CIO, and VP of technology, Matt has had the opportunity to help many technology professionals create rewarding careers.show more

Table of contents

IntroductionPart I An Introduction to Career BuildingChapter 1 The Toolkit Approach to Career Development Justifying the Need for an IT ToolkitActions & IdeasChapter 2 Career Building Defined The Danger of a Tool-Driven MindsetA Job Is Not a CareerPerspectives on Career Development: Careers Are NonlinearPerspectives on Career Development: A Working Plan Makes Tedious or Unrewarding Jobs BearableCareer Building ConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 3 Information Technology: A Great Career Why IT Is a Great CareerOptionsPerformance-Based AdvancementOpportunities for Continuous LearningPay and PerksWhat About Outsourcing?Outsourcing Is About Value, Not CostsThe Jobs That Won't Be OutsourcedConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 4 Defining Yourself: Aptitudes and Desires Considerations in Your Career ChoiceFactors to Help Decide Your Career Path: NeedsPayInsuranceTrainingCommute and Travel TimeWorking Conditions (People, Culture, Environment, Hours)Future Growth PotentialFactors to Help Decide Your Career Path: DesiresFactors to Help Decide Your Career Path: SkillsBeware: Analysis ParalysisConclusionActions & IdeasPart II Filling Your ToolkitChapter 5 Self-Assessment The Power of Self-AssessmentThe Dangers of Self-AssessmentFour Questions of Self-AssessmentWhere the Four Questions Came FromQuestion 1: Do I Make My Employer's Job Much Easier or Much More Difficult?Question 2: If I Gave Notice Today, Would My Employer Have an Instant Sense of Relief or Dread?Question 3: Do I Perform My Job Better Than My Employer Could Perform My Job If He/She Needed To?Question 4: If Asked How I Can Improve in My Job, Do I Cite External Factors-People and Resources-or Do I Take Responsibility?Conclusion: Making It Personal Actions & IdeasChapter 6 Attitude The Effect of Attitude on Your CareerPositive Mental AttitudePMA Is Not a PanaceaPMA and a PlanBeware: Two Pitfalls of AttitudeUnrealistic ExpectationsSkill DeficitsThe Role of AttitudeWhat You Think of Your EmployerThe "Us Versus Them" MentalityManagement Got There by Luck or Schmoozing, AloneYour CoworkersHumble Arrogance: The Attitude of Personal ValueOwnershipThe Myth of the Self-Made ManAttitude ChecksConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 7 Communication Skills Defining Communication SkillsThe Benefit of Communication Skills: An Effective Communicator Is Viewed as More IntelligentWritten CommunicationsGeneral GuidelinesThe LetterE-MailThe Well-Crafted ParagraphThe Well-Crafted PageVerbal CommunicationConversationPresentations and TrainingDon't Wait Until You Are Asked to Speak to Learn This Vital SkillCover No More Than Three to Five Main PointsWork from an Outline, Not a ScriptLook at the AudienceA Brief Note on ListeningConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 8 Technical Skills Your Technology SkillsThe Role of LearningThe Fear of ObsolescenceAnother Perspective: Transcendent SkillsReducing the PartsTips to Speed Up the Learning ProcessStart with ConceptsDon't Study What You KnowDon't Worry About Catching the Latest TrendFocus on Solutions, Not TechnologyConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 9 The Cover Letter The Purpose of Your Cover LetterThree Vital Ingredients in Your Cover LetterGratitude for the OpportunityA Significant AccomplishmentYour Interest in Becoming a ProducerConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 10 The Resume Your Ambassador to the Professional WorldThe Purpose of Your ResumeDetermining Who Is Looking at Your ResumeBusy EmployersDisinterested EmployersResume BasicsLength: Brevity Is KeyNo ParagraphsBulleted ListsDocumenting Your Professional ExperienceA Note About Certifications/Degrees on Your ResumeGuidelines for Writing Your ResumeConclusionActions & IdeasPart III Putting Your Toolkit to UseChapter 11 Breaking into IT Correcting PerceptionIT Happens Outside of ITOther Avenues into ITAsk for What You WantAsk for AdviceConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 12 Building an Active Contact List Enjoy PeopleDevelop a PersonalityHave Other Areas of InterestEngage in ConversationTrack and Remember Your ContactsShare OpportunityConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 13 The Job Search Getting What You Want Requires Wanting SomethingDefining the Job SearchRemember: Looking for Work Is WorkThe Toolkit Approach to Finding a JobJob Search OutlineA Job Search ComparisonMethod 1: The Standard "Passive" Job SearchMethod 2: The Proactive Job SearchMethod 1 Versus Method 2A Word About the Out-of-Town SearchConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 14 The Interview Practice Your Interview SkillsBe Prepared to Answer Difficult QuestionsWhat Professional Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of?What Do You Feel Is Your Greatest Strength? Greatest Weakness?Why Are You Leaving Your Last Job?Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?After the InterviewConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 15 Salary Negotiations and Employment Agreements Start EarlyKnow What You WantUnderstand the Employer's PerspectiveBe CreativeBe FirmYour Worth to the CompanyNegotiations Never FailBe FlexibleEmployment AgreementsSeek Legal CounselAssumptionsDeliverablesBonuses and Performance PerksConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 16 On-the-Job Promotion On the JobMaintaining and Building Your NetworkIdentifying Areas for SuccessAttitudeWorking for a Tyrant and Other JoysDetermine Whether Your Boss's Actions Are Personality or PersonalUnderstand That People Are "Where They Are"Take an Objective Path to Evaluating What They SayHandling CriticismDetermine Whether What Someone Is Saying Is TrueDetermine Whether It Is Something You Need to ChangeTalk to Someone About a BehaviorDon't Swallow Your Pride-Control ItConclusionActions & IdeasPart IV More Options to Build Your CareerChapter 17 The Boundaries and Benefits of Working at Home Careers That Lend Themselves to TelecommutingThe Benefits for the EmployeeThe Benefits for the EmployerThe Concerns for the EmployeeThe Concerns for the EmployerConclusion: Next StepsKeys to Successful TelecommutingProject-Based/Free-Agent MindsetApply DisciplineClear ExpectationsTechnologies for the TelecommuterVPNsIM ServicesResources for the Home WorkerConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 18 The Toolkit Approach to Consulting The Consulting LifeThe BenefitsRespectScheduleExciting ProjectsCompensationThe PitfallsBusiness Planning: Taxes, LegalBillingCurrent WorkloadInaccurate RecordsTrading Time for DollarsScheduleOngoing MarketingIdeas on Getting PublishedThe Process of Getting PublishedResources for the ConsultantCD-ROM Materials for the ConsultantConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 19 The Move to Management LeadershipProcess and Time ManagementCritical Skills You Need NowPresentation and Meeting SkillsTeam-Building SkillsGive Credit Where Credit Is DuePromote Your Team and Its MembersFoster an Environment That Allows for (Even Celebrates) FailureCreate a Project/Contract Mentality with Those You Report to and Those Who Report to YouConclusionActions & IdeasPart V The Value-Added TechnologistChapter 20 Make Yourself Indispensable A Word About ValueBeing ProactiveUnderstanding Technology's Role in the OrganizationMaintain a Business-First MentalityCreate Standards, Automation, or a Programmer's ToolkitCreate a Peer Knowledge NetworkBe Known As the Go-To ResourceBe Ready and Willing to Take on the Necessary ResponsibilityHave Experts You Call On for Your OrganizationBe Passionate About Something!Never Blame, and Always Have a Corrective PlanAdopt Concept Over ProcessConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 21 Concept Over Process What to ExpectWhat Not to ExpectCOP ObjectivesCOP OriginsWhat Is a Process-Driven Mindset?The Role of TechnologyRole 1: Storage and Retrieval of InformationRole 2: The Automation of Delivery of Product or ServiceMoving from Process Driven to Concept DrivenA Concentric ViewA Note About TimeDeveloping Proactive SolutionsA Warning/SuggestionCOP Is Not About Technology!Start with the Goal of BusinessUnderstand Your Objective as an EmployeeWhat About Mission Statements?From Goal to AnalysisUnderstand the IndustryUnderstand the Business: The Organization's Role in Its IndustryUnderstand the WorkflowUnderstand the Relationships: Interactions/DependenciesWorkflow AnalysisProject DefinitionMyth of LimitationWhat If?Congruencies, Incongruencies, and OmissionsConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 22 The Role of Mentoring Mentor CharacteristicsMentoring OthersWhat Qualifies Me as a Mentor?The Role of Mentor Is Not a Power PositionEncourage and StretchPoint to Other Mentors or ResourcesConclusionActions & IdeasChapter 23 Financial Control The Impact of Finances on Career BuildingFinancial Control Creates OptionsFinancial Control Is Largely MentalMoney Is a ToolDebt and SpendingSome Basics of Financial Planning and StabilityDefining a Basic BudgetDefining Your Core NeedsEstablishing Your Spending HistoryCreating Your BudgetCash Flow Summary: A Weekly PlanConclusionActions & IdeasIndexshow more

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