So last quarter we published a free eBook geared to help people find jobs in this market. We called it, "100 Job Search Tips from FORTUNE 500 Recruiters." It continues to be forwarded around and well received.
Serving the "other half" of the employment coin, those who have a job and who wish to further their careers. We first envisioned,
"100 Career Tips from FORTUNE 500 Executives."
We still may do that -- but not this time around. On discussing the idea with my colleague Chuck Hollis, Chuck made this suggestion, "Why not make it even more relevant to our key audience, and feature our customers in the book, thereby honoring them?"
After talking it around a bit more, we're now looking to feature people who are working in some of the hottest areas of IT. The notion being that the world of IT is forever changing. Let's share some relevant and current career stories and tips -- so that others in IT can consider these insights in relation to their own career paths.
Once again, "Why do this?"
The most common desire among workers is to make progress on the job, and further their careers (so says research I've seen). I've noticed that any forum I attend which offers a session on career tips or mentoring is always packed. There is pull for this subject.
Let's give these tips to people dear to us, professionally -- our customers, employees, and prospective customers and employees. For those on the IT career management journey currently, it should be a nice find. For those who aren't interested in thinking about career growth or development today, it might be a nice feeling just knowing it is there and that EMC offered it.
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If you're in tech, would you like to read one page profiles with tips and insights from IT pros who are working in hot areas such as Virtualization, Security, Cloud Computing, and HealthCare IT? Would you like to read their views on key tips for success and career mis-steps they've observed?What would you like to know?
We're currently thinking of these 10 questions:
(As a potential reader of this book -- do these hit the mark for you?)
1 Share 3-5 key positions you've held in IT:
2: How old were you when you decided you wanted to get into IT? What inspired this decision?
3. How did you break into your current specialty area?:
4. What do you see as exciting opportunities in IT today?:
5. What are your top 3 tips for how to be successful and/or remain valuable in your profession?:
6. What advice do you have for someone who feels stuck in their current IT position?
7. What resources (training, publications, networks, etc) do you find essential to stay current in your field?:
8: What is a common career mis-step you've seen others make in your profession?:
9: How would you define a great day on the job?:
10: What is your favorite business communication tool today (phone, email, social networks, IM, other)?
If anyone would like to test drive these questions, please do so! Share your answers or suggestions of any kind in the comments section, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.