Building Your I.T. Career A Complete Toolkit for a Dynamic Career in Any Economy

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/22/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification

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Building Your IT Career, Second Edition gives current and aspiring IT pros a strong, personal foundation for planning their careers and setting their goals - and then provides step-by-step, 100% practical action items for achieving the goals they set. Michael Moran introduces and explains career concepts most IT pros are never taught in school, and presents actual examples showing how those concepts apply to actual professionals and the decision-makers who hire them. This book provides a complete, up-to-date toolkit any IT pro can use to: * Deepen their self-awareness and identify the IT careers they'll be happiest and most successful in * Recognize and adopt the attitudes associated with success * Master the personal communication skills you need to get a job - and succeed once you have it * Write highly effective cover letters and resumes * Break into IT for the first time * Build an active contact list and use it in an effective job search * Interview successfully - and negotiate salary and employment agreements * Learn (and do) what it takes to get promoted * Use social media to move forward faster * Take advantage of telecommuting and consulting options * Move into management * Utilize mentors and career coaches effectively * Become nearly indispensable Thoroughly updated for today's exceptionally challenging IT career environments, this book can help any IT pro get where he or she wants to go - systematically, one proven step at a time

Author Biography

Matthew Moran is a business coach and technology consultant with more than 20 years of experience. He began his career as a data entry clerk at Blue Cross of California (Anthem). Over the next 6 years, he created a variety of database systems and a large automated document assembly system. The success of this system led to several consulting engagements in the healthcare and legal industries.


His consulting focuses on business-centric application development, with a focus on workflow automation. His clients include Northrop Grumman, HealthNet, Power-one, Maracay Homes, Waste Management, Primerica Financial, and others.


He coaches I.T. departments on concept over process, a business-focused methodology for more proactive and solution-oriented technologies. He also coaches entrepreneurs and small businesses on matters of I.T., content strategies, online presence, and social media.


He is a keynote and workshop presenter, speaking to colleges, professional organizations, and I.T. groups. He is also a songwriter and performer, performing solo and with his band.


He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his youngest daughter and their three dogs.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Your Career
1. The Toolkit Approach to Career Development
2. Career Building Defined
3. Information Technology: A Great Career
4. Defining Yourself: Attitudes, Aptitudes, and Desires

Part 2: Filling Your Toolkit
5. Self-Assessment
6. Attitude
7. Communication Skills
8. Technology Skills
9. The Cover Letter
10. The Resume

Part 3: Putting Your Toolkit to Use
11. Breaking into IT
12. Building an Active Contact List
13. The Job Search
14. The Interview
15. Salary Negotiations and Employment Agreements
16. On the Job Promotion
17. Your Career and Social Media

Part 4: More Options to Build Your Career
18. Telecommuting
19. Consulting
20. Management

Part 5: The Value-Added Toolkit
21. Making Yourself Indispensable
22. Concept over Process
23. The Role of Mentoring
24. Career Coaching
25. Financial Controls
26. A Professional Blog
27. 12 Weeks to Profitable Consulting
28. Words of Encouragement

Appendix A: My Reading List

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