A Technologists Guide to Career Advancement

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"Schneider's debut guide will help information technology professionals rise to the top." (Kirkus Indie).

A Technologist's Guide to Career Advancement is a book that can help anyone in IT advance in their career. It can be extremely daunting to do things like ask for a raise or request the promotion that you rightly deserve. The single goal of this book is to give you the advice and techniques that will lead directly to advancement in your IT career. The vast majority of the advice and techniques in this book ...

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Overview

"Schneider's debut guide will help information technology professionals rise to the top." (Kirkus Indie).

A Technologist's Guide to Career Advancement is a book that can help anyone in IT advance in their career. It can be extremely daunting to do things like ask for a raise or request the promotion that you rightly deserve. The single goal of this book is to give you the advice and techniques that will lead directly to advancement in your IT career. The vast majority of the advice and techniques in this book come directly from the author's own extensive IT experience. Mr. Schneider has had the good fortune during his 20+ year career of going from a C programmer at a small company, to the Vice President of Software Development at a Fortune 100 company and learning a lot along the way.

The book covers many important things, including how to effectively communicate with your management, peers, and customers. It details the techniques you need to become the star IT person, whether you are a software developer, tester, project manager, dba, support professional, network engineer, or whatever your role is in information technology. It covers how to prepare for your review (to get a promotion), and how to react appropriately in times of crisis. A Technologist's Guide to Career Advancement will help you move to the next level in your IT career.

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Schneider's debut guide will help information technology professionals rise to the top. The book's structure mirrors the progress an individual would make as he or she ascends a career ladder as a developer, quality assurance or support professional, project manager, etc. Employees would develop solid communication skills (Chapter 1) before considering the nuances of outside perceptions (Chapter 3), moving up (Chapter 5) and finally becoming the boss (Chapter 7). Chapters are divided into subsections of varying length and importance, with lists, examples, charts and anecdotes included for additional clarity. In Chapter 1, for example, subsections include: "Email Communication"; "Know Your Audience"; "When Confusion Reigns," about coping with the technologically inept; "Handling the Crisis"; and "The Power of Two," which highlights the benefits of having the right ally in the workplace. Although the shorter sections aren't rigorously organized and some of the anecdotes meander, most of the advice is insightful and succinctly articulated. The author doesn't waver from his stated aim to target the specific challenges and concerns of IT professionals; he endeavors to help them "stand out amongst the multitudes of mediocrity." He makes frequent but friendly concessions to the stereotype that IT employees can be difficult to work deal with, they have anxiety speaking to groups of people and may approach career advancement with a certain aloofness. Designed for "technical" people, the broad advice may also help others who work closely with technologists or struggle to overcome the same issues. The book is positive without being saccharine; words like "integrity" and concepts like hard work are stressed but not forced. In the useful text, solutions are generally free of subterfuge and offered in a tone so casual it occasionally dips into crass, with some mild curses and quirky slang--"fugly" or "wannabe"--that are colloquial but a bit immature. Intended primarily for entry- to mid-level technology professionals, this swift read could also serve as a solid refresher for executives. An amicable, instructive handbook for anyone looking to grow in a technological field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479361168
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    A very decent book, and the only one I could find, that discusse

    A very decent book, and the only one I could find, that discusses how to advance in a technology career. The advice is solid and I learned quite a bit. The real life example stories in the book are pretty funny, and make the whole thing easily readable. Overall, this is a pretty cheap book compared to how it will help your career. It's cleary aimed at technologists, like me, but I don't see why the advice wouldn't also be useful for other types of jobs as well.

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