Tips for Positioning Yourself as a Data Scientist

The growing interest in the job role of a data scientist has many IT professionals looking to make a change in their career. The position has been evolving so rapidly, however, that many companies are struggling to understand the responsibilities and; therefore, are not able to create well-targeted job descriptions. Until the data scientist role becomes more mainstream, these are … Read More

Are Cover Letters Dead?

The mantra of ‘Be Brilliant, Be Brief” is a great moniker for today’s cover letters as they have transformed over the years, from long and detailed to short and concise. Although one page letters can still be valuable, the need for brevity is pushing them to become shorter and shorter. Many also doubt the validity of their use. As a … Read More

Highlight Accomplishments, Not Just Job Functions

One of the primary changes in resumes over the last 10 years has been the transition from responsibility-based statements to achievement-based statements. In your search for good resume writing advice, you’ll find a lot of discussion about its importance, but you will also discover that little is available to describe just how it’s done.

When Should I Age Old Technology Off My Resume?

One of the most painful truths about writing a technical resume is that you have to decide when to remove old technologies. If you think that this detail is not important, then you do not understand the ramifications of failing to update your technology profile. To remove nothing is to make a choice that may affect your future career.

The Emerging Role of Data Governance in Data Heavy Environments

It is brutal when your failed federal audit report, with 148 issues related to unreliable, inaccurate, and inconsistent data, is made available for public review and comment. Ouch! It is even more painful when the report lists proper data management as the competitive advantage necessary to keep your company in business. It should feel like a jab in the eye, … Read More

Solutions Architects

Solutions Architect is a generic title that blends roles and responsibilities of Infrastructure Architect, Systems Architect, and Applications/Software Architect. Solutions Architects typically work for technology vendors, so they don’t usually perform the traditional architect functions of developing the policies, practices, and standards that govern the IT environment.  Instead they design, develop, configure, and deploy technologies.

T-Shirt Networking

Networking is an important part of career growth, but it is difficult for an introvert. From stepping through the door, to engaging people in conversation, and talking about yourself with people you don’t know, the entire event can be a struggle. But it doesn’t need to be this painful.

Education as Experience: Resume Advice for the Back-to-School Job Seeker, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we reviewed how to optimize the education section of a resume for a recent graduate. Let’s take one more step to see how we can further integrate Joseph’s education into the professional experience of his resume.  Some recruiters and hiring managers may balk at first when they find education listed in the experience section, … Read More

Education as Experience: Resume Advice for the Back-to-School Job Seeker, Part 1

For those job seekers who have returned to school, the secret to creating a uniquely powerful resume is to highlight education in combination with work experience.  Traditionally, people treat education as a single event on their resume — the graduation date or date that they completed a certificate program.  But it is a lost opportunity to exclude other information that … Read More

Stretching the Truth on IT Resumes: Getting MDM on Your Resume

It‘s a bit tempting in today’s competitive job market to stretch the truth on your resume. Times are tough and getting your foot in the door is a significant challenge. It’s easy to think that you can add technologies or projects that will get you through the keyword search. You figure that you’ve always interviewed well, so it seems pretty … Read More

Use Business Language in Technical Resumes

Having a technical background, I know how easy it is to fall back on technical descriptions of my achievements. But unlike other industries, IT resumes have two entirely different readers. Each reader brings their own perspective, knowledge, and experiences to the task of finding highly skilled technical professionals to fill vacant positions.

The Trouble with IT Job Titles

What do you do when your title doesn’t accurately describe your role and responsibilities? Suppose you hired on to perform a particular set of activities but over time what you actually do has morphed into something entirely different. This is not at all uncommon in small departments where project demands don’t always fit the current skill set of available employees. … Read More

Technology: Telling Your Story

Determining how you want to position yourself in your resume is the first step toward deciding what technology to include. As an IT professional, you may be hesitant to remove lagging tools and technologies for fear of losing an opportunity but it is this indecision that can impact your chances of finding just the right position. The “I want it … Read More

Technical Resumes Are No Place for Fluff

In the past, the purpose of a resume was to get a job interview. Beyond that, it was up to the applicant to sell themselves during the interview by describing their role and responsibilities for each of the positions they’d held. For the IT professional, the process was straight-forward and easy to understand; you listed all the technologies you’d used, … Read More

Learn the Latest Technologies while Unemployed

Resumes continue to take a beating even after the recession has ended. It is common for IT professionals to start their own consulting firms to mask lapses in employment and to put the best face on a series of short-term projects. It’s a necessary survival skill to show that you’ve kept your experience up-to-date in the quickly changing world of … Read More

The Future Job Outlook for IT Professionals: The Bad News

Now that you recognize the large number of undocumented technical positions available you must also consider that many of these positions exist outside of traditional IT departments. The Department of Labor not only underestimated the number of IT jobs available but you can rest assured that they also miscalculated the number of job seekers by a similar factor.

The Future Job Outlook for IT Professionals: The Good News

Given all of the bad news for job seekers over the past several months, finding a bit of good news is refreshing. The good news is that the Department of Labor statistics significantly misrepresent the number of IT positions available in the U.S.  According to Foote Partners, a recognized leader in forecasting the demand for IT skills and certifications, “We … Read More

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