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An insider's guide to building your Information Technology career in any economy
The IT Career Builder's Toolkit provides a pragmatic and proven method for developing a dynamic and growing career in information technology. There are many tools available to someone interested in learning core technology skills. Information sources abound to help a person understand the pathways involved in certifications and the evolution one's career could take if you followed these paths. While technical skills are certainly key to qualifying for a technology job, it is the soft skills and business understanding that help technology professionals bring greater value to their clients and employers.
With the recent economic downturn and the struggles in the technology marketplace by events such as the post dot-com burst and off-shoring/outsourcing, understanding these factors is more critical than ever. There is widespread consensus that the role of IT professionals is changing. The well-rounded technology professional—one who masters the technical aptitudes, cultivates business savvy and communication skills, and develops a holistic career attitude—will quickly separate himself or herself from others in the marketplace.
The book is divided into five sections: An Introduction to Career Building, Filling Your Toolkit, Putting Your Toolkit to Use, More Options to Build Your Career, and The Value-Added Technologist. Each section builds upon the next so a career-seeker is fully prepared for the competitive IT job market.
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.