Debugging Your Information Technology® Job Search
A Compass to Winning the Management Position You Really Want
By Janice Weinberg
Are you disappointed with the results of your search for an IT management position? Or perhaps you haven't begun to look yet butsince you have only one chance to make a first impressionwant to avoid any missteps. In either case, Debugging Your Information Technology Job Search will be a valuable resource in achieving your goal. For insight into how useful you'll find my book, here are some reader reviews.
IT Managers Require a More Sophisticated Approach to Obtaining a New Position Than the Kind of Guidance Appropriate for Non-Managerial IT Staff
If you've read job-hunting books written for a general audience, you probably found that much of the resume, cover letter and interview advice wasn't applicable to the unique requirements of the computer industry. And if you consulted books that were written for IT readers, you may have found thatwhile the advice would have been useful at an earlier point in your careerit was inadequate in meeting the more sophisticated information needs you now have.
It was my realization of these two gaps in the career literaturenamely, advice either too general or geared toward too low a levelthat motivated me to write Debugging Your Information Technology Job Search, which is exclusively focused on guiding those seeking IT managerial and executive positions. Check out my recent twelve-part interview on LinkedIn for a small sample of the many IT-specific search strategies you'll find in the book. For a detailed overview of the topics I cover in the book, continue reading.
Learn How to Create a High-Impact, Distinctive Resume Consistent With Your Level
Have you spent a lot of time trying to pack as many keywords into your resume as possible? If this approach isn't leading to interview invitations, it's probably because so many competing job seekers are using the same keywordsa sure way to prevent your resume from standing out. Or perhaps you are getting interviews, but for positions offering compensation below the level you know your qualifications are worth. My book will give you many new ideas for improving your resume, enabling you to attract the attention of employers and IT recruiters who can provide access to the opportunities you deserve. A sampling of what you'll find in the resume chapter:
Learn a Better Way to Find an IT Management Job
Are you satisfied with your results from answering ads for CIO, CTO or IT director jobs? Have your efforts in networking and contacting IT executive recruiters moved you closer to your goal? If you answered "no" to these questions, take the first step toward getting on a faster track to the job you want by reading my article on this site, "Are You Using the Wrong Methods to Obtain Interviews for CIO, CTO or IT Director Jobs?" Then, I suggest you read my book, which contains innovative strategies, step-by-step guidance and useful resources that will greatly improve your ability to generate interviews, while making much more productive use of the limited time you have to devote to your job search. You will learn:
Many people prepare for interviews by memorizing answers to a hundred or more questions found in job-hunting booksa sure way to prevent you from distinguishing yourself, since other candidates will probably give the same answers. I'll show you a better way to prepare, one that will relieve you of the burden of memorizationbut, more important, will equip you with techniques to impressively convey the value you would bring to an employer. Some highlights of the chapter on interviewing:
This book is the second in the Debugging Your Information Technology series. In the first, Debugging Your Information Technology® Career: A Compass to New and Rewarding Fields That Value Computer Knowledge, I describe 20 career options where computer professionals desiring a change from a traditional IT career path can leveragerather than wastethe investment in their education and experience.