IT Career Builder's Toolkit, The
- By Matthew Moran
- Published Dec 31, 2004 by Cisco Press.
- Copyright 2005
- Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
- Pages: 312
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 1-58713-156-0
- ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-156-1
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 1-58705-449-3
- ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-449-5
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Product Author Bios
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.
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 résumé, 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 résumé 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
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.
Visit author Matt Moran's site, www.cbtoolkit.com
Network World Radio Interview, March 14, 2005
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SearchNetworking.com, February 14, 2005
"For networking pros, career success lies beyond skills"
ITWorld.com, February 10, 2005
The Dallas Morning News, February 7, 2005
"Think value-added, IT author advises"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 30, 2005
Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2005
"Technology market stays strong"
New York Post, January 19, 2005
The Washington Post, January 9, 2005
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Toolkit for Building Many Other Careers as Well,
This review is from: The IT Career Builder's Toolkit (Paperback)The IT Career Builder's Toolkit by Matthew Moran (Cisco Press, 2005) is actually a useful toolkit for building a career in many other fields as well. The author has taken the trouble to uncover a great many universal truths about the relationship between employee and employer, the bottom-line mentality of human resource management in business, and the effects of the current economy on new entrants to the job market. It was really unusual to see a business book that didn't seem to just echo the platitudes of every other business book on the market, but which instead, by reflecting on the state of affairs in one particular vocation, and focusing on the specific problem of starting out as an entry level candidate, repeatedly illustrated techniques that people can apply in any stage of their career, and in may different professions.
This is because so many of the players in everyone's career are aptly introduced, with numerous tips on how to deal with the ones who may have... Read more
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The IT Career Builder's Toolkit (Paperback)Like a runner benefits from an hour in the weight room after 40 miles on the track, so the IT technician will do well to spend some time reading the IT Career Builder's Toolkit by Matthew Moran. You do not have to be technical at all to read this book. It is full of good common sense advice from an information technology perspective. It is the first Cisco Press book that has caught the eye of my non-technical friends.
Moran emphasizes the development of the soft skills that are so necessary to really succeed in any career. He explains that we must become agnostic about which technology or process we use and more cognizant of the big picture of how technology can accomplish business needs and profitability. Concerning this focus he asks the reader, "Are you a pure technologist or a systems analyst?"
There are 3 helpful sections on the CD. Career Management Tools has examples such as resumes, cover letters, opportunity tracker, self assessment form, and... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A manutal for your IT Career,
This review is from: The IT Career Builder's Toolkit (Paperback)Today, I have finished The IT Career Builder's Toolkit, and I an honestly say that I have added it to my recommended reading material. I feel it is a must read for those starting out in life, and to those who have found their lifelong career path. For those starting out, The IT Career Builder's Toolkit serves as a manual for career building. Matt sets expectations for those new to the field, and he helps that on a path to success. For those who are in the field, Matt reminds the seasoned IT Pro to reflect were they current are in their profession, and he urges them to rise to the top of their field. Throughout the book, Matt provides tools, guidance, and experience that can be added to your own career toolkit. I could hear him asking me, "Are you planning on being an average professional?" The IT Career Builder's Toolkit is a must read for anyone in the professional workplace.
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Praise For IT Career Builder's Toolkit, The
"The book is divided into short easy to read chapters. I particularly enjoyed Moran’s writing style which consists of well organized paragraphs consisting of tight punchy sentences. The book is the result of the author’s years of experience of applying solutions for his employers and customers through managing his own and others IT skills. Before you read one more technical manual, I recommend you read The IT Career Builder’s Toolkit!
Reviewer Name: John Ainsworth, Network Administrator
Reviewer Certification: CCNP
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Table of Contents
Part I An Introduction to Career BuildingChapter 1 The Toolkit Approach to Career Development
Justifying the Need for an IT Toolkit
Actions & IdeasChapter 2 Career Building Defined
The Danger of a Tool-Driven Mindset
A Job Is Not a Career
Perspectives on Career Development: Careers Are Nonlinear
Perspectives on Career Development: A Working Plan Makes Tedious or Unrewarding Jobs Bearable
Career Building Conclusion
Actions & IdeasChapter 3 Information Technology: A Great Career
Why IT Is a Great Career
Opportunities for Continuous Learning
Pay and Perks
What About Outsourcing?
Outsourcing Is About Value, Not Costs
The Jobs That Won’t Be Outsourced
Actions & IdeasChapter 4 Defining Yourself: Aptitudes and Desires
Considerations in Your Career Choice
Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Needs
Commute and Travel Time
Working Conditions (People, Culture, Environment, Hours)
Future Growth Potential
Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Desires
Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Skills
Beware: Analysis Paralysis
Actions & Ideas
Part II Filling Your ToolkitChapter 5 Self-Assessment
The Power of Self-Assessment
The Dangers of Self-Assessment
Four Questions of Self-Assessment
Where the Four Questions Came From
Question 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 Career
Positive Mental Attitude
PMA Is Not a Panacea
PMA and a Plan
Beware: Two Pitfalls of Attitude
The Role of Attitude
What You Think of Your Employer
The “Us Versus Them” Mentality
Management Got There by Luck or Schmoozing, Alone
Humble Arrogance: The Attitude of Personal Value
The Myth of the Self-Made Man
Actions & IdeasChapter 7 Communication Skills
Defining Communication Skills
The Benefit of Communication Skills: An Effective Communicator Is Viewed as More Intelligent
The Well-Crafted Paragraph
The Well-Crafted Page
Presentations and Training
Don’t Wait Until You Are Asked to Speak to Learn This Vital Skill
Cover No More Than Three to Five Main Points
Work from an Outline, Not a Script
Look at the Audience
A Brief Note on Listening
Actions & IdeasChapter 8 Technical Skills
Your Technology Skills
The Role of Learning
The Fear of Obsolescence
Another Perspective: Transcendent Skills
Reducing the Parts
Tips to Speed Up the Learning Process
Start with Concepts
Don't Study What You Know
Don't Worry About Catching the Latest Trend
Focus on Solutions, Not Technology
Actions & IdeasChapter 9 The Cover Letter
The Purpose of Your Cover Letter
Three Vital Ingredients in Your Cover Letter
Gratitude for the Opportunity
A Significant Accomplishment
Your Interest in Becoming a Producer
Actions & IdeasChapter 10 The Résumé
Your Ambassador to the Professional World
The Purpose of Your Résumé
Determining Who Is Looking at Your Résumé
Length: Brevity Is Key
Documenting Your Professional Experience
A Note About Certifications/Degrees on Your Résumé
Guidelines for Writing Your Résumé
Actions & Ideas
Part III Putting Your Toolkit to UseChapter 11 Breaking into IT
IT Happens Outside of IT
Other Avenues into IT
Ask for What You Want
Ask for Advice
Actions & IdeasChapter 12 Building an Active Contact List
Develop a Personality
Have Other Areas of Interest
Engage in Conversation
Track and Remember Your Contacts
Actions & IdeasChapter 13 The Job Search
Getting What You Want Requires Wanting Something
Defining the Job Search
Remember: Looking for Work Is Work
The Toolkit Approach to Finding a Job
Job Search Outline
A Job Search Comparison
Method 1: The Standard “Passive” Job Search
Method 2: The Proactive Job Search
Method 1 Versus Method 2
A Word About the Out-of-Town Search
Actions & IdeasChapter 14 The Interview
Practice Your Interview Skills
Be Prepared to Answer Difficult Questions
What 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 Interview
Actions & IdeasChapter 15 Salary Negotiations and Employment Agreements
Know What You Want
Understand the Employer’s Perspective
Your Worth to the Company
Negotiations Never Fail
Seek Legal Counsel
Bonuses and Performance Perks
Actions & IdeasChapter 16 On-the-Job Promotion
On the Job
Maintaining and Building Your Network
Identifying Areas for Success
Working for a Tyrant and Other Joys
Determine Whether Your Boss’s Actions Are Personality or Personal
Understand That People Are “Where They Are”
Take an Objective Path to Evaluating What They Say
Determine Whether What Someone Is Saying Is True
Determine Whether It Is Something You Need to Change
Talk to Someone About a Behavior
Don’t Swallow Your Pride—Control It
Actions & Ideas
Part IV More Options to Build Your CareerChapter 17 The Boundaries and Benefits of Working at Home
Careers That Lend Themselves to Telecommuting
The Benefits for the Employee
The Benefits for the Employer
The Concerns for the Employee
The Concerns for the Employer
Conclusion: Next Steps
Keys to Successful Telecommuting
Technologies for the Telecommuter
Resources for the Home Worker
Actions & IdeasChapter 18 The Toolkit Approach to Consulting
The Consulting Life
Business Planning: Taxes, Legal
Trading Time for Dollars
Ideas on Getting Published
The Process of Getting Published
Resources for the Consultant
CD-ROM Materials for the Consultant
Actions & IdeasChapter 19 The Move to Management
Process and Time Management
Critical Skills You Need Now
Presentation and Meeting Skills
Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Promote Your Team and Its Members
Foster an Environment That Allows for (Even Celebrates) Failure
Create a Project/Contract Mentality with Those You Report to and Those Who Report to You
Actions & Ideas
Part V The Value-Added TechnologistChapter 20 Make Yourself Indispensable
A Word About Value
Understanding Technology’s Role in the Organization
Maintain a Business-First Mentality
Create Standards, Automation, or a Programmer’s Toolkit
Create a Peer Knowledge Network
Be Known As the Go-To Resource
Be Ready and Willing to Take on the Necessary Responsibility
Have Experts You Call On for Your Organization
Be Passionate About Something!
Never Blame, and Always Have a Corrective Plan
Adopt Concept Over Process
Actions & IdeasChapter 21 Concept Over Process
What to Expect
What Not to Expect
What Is a Process-Driven Mindset?
The Role of Technology
Role 1: Storage and Retrieval of Information
Role 2: The Automation of Delivery of Product or Service
Moving from Process Driven to Concept Driven
A Concentric View
A Note About Time
Developing Proactive Solutions
COP Is Not About Technology!
Start with the Goal of Business
Understand Your Objective as an Employee
What About Mission Statements?
From Goal to Analysis
Understand the Industry
Understand the Business: The Organization’s Role in Its Industry
Understand the Workflow
Understand the Relationships: Interactions/Dependencies
Myth of Limitation
Congruencies, Incongruencies, and Omissions
Actions & IdeasChapter 22 The Role of Mentoring
What Qualifies Me as a Mentor?
The Role of Mentor Is Not a Power Position
Encourage and Stretch
Point to Other Mentors or Resources
Actions & IdeasChapter 23 Financial Control
The Impact of Finances on Career Building
Financial Control Creates Options
Financial Control Is Largely Mental
Money Is a Tool
Debt and Spending
Some Basics of Financial Planning and Stability
Defining a Basic Budget
Defining Your Core Needs
Establishing Your Spending History
Creating Your Budget
Cash Flow Summary: A Weekly Plan
Actions & IdeasIndex
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