My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job

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You've already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have you adapted to these changes? Or are you at risk?

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Economic downturn. Job cuts. Outsourcing. The ever-changing...

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Overview

You've already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have you adapted to these changes? Or are you at risk?

Architect your career

Economic downturn. Job cuts. Outsourcing. The ever-changing tech landscape. The threats abound. Chad Fowler is here to offer 52 ways to keep your job, despite the vagaries of the market.

  • It's all about making the right choices. Choosing which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge—don't let those choices be accidental. Chad shows you all aspects of the decision-making process so you can ensure that you're investing your time and energy in the right areas.
  • It's all about skills. You'll develop a structured plan for keeping your skills up-to-date so that you can compete with both the growing stable of developers in so-called low-cost countries as well as your higher-priced local peers. You'll learn how to shift your skillset up the value chain, from an offshore-ready commodity to one in high demand.
  • It's all about marketing. As with any product or service, if nobody knows what you're selling, nobody will buy. Chad shows you how to create a plan for marketing yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general.

Like it or not, the IT career landscape has changed. This handbook will teach you what you need to do to avoid being left behind.

About the author
Chad Fowler has been a software developer and manager for some of the world's largest corporations. He recently lived and worked in India, setting up and leading an offshore software development center for a large multinational company.

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Offshoring isn’t going away. The question is: Can you adapt to the new reality? If you’re passionate about software and smart about business, says Chad Fowler, you can still thrive. Now Fowler’s written a complete road map to success in today’s new, tougher IT industry.

You need to attack your career the way companies think about designing, manufacturing, and selling products, says Fowler. You’ll learn how to choose your markets and invest in your product (all the skills you’ll need to be marketable, not just coding). You’ll discover how to execute on your plan and deliver the right things, without running yourself ragged. You’ll learn how to market yourself, without “sucking up.” Fowler even offers great tips for keeping obsolescence away. If you’re worried about your IT future, this will be the best book you read this year. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976694014
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.

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Table of Contents

1 Supply and demand 14
2 Coding don't cut it anymore 18
3 Lead or bleed? 21
4 Invest in your intelligence 24
5 Be a generalist 28
6 Be a specialist 33
7 Don't put all your eggs in someone else's basket 36
8 Be the worst 38
9 Love it or leave it 41
10 Learn to fish 49
11 Understand business basics 52
12 Find a mentor 54
13 Be a mentor 58
14 Practice, practice, practice 60
15 The way that you do it 65
16 On the shoulders of giants 68
17 Automate yourself into a job 71
18 Right now 78
19 Mind reader 80
20 Daily hit 83
21 Remember who you work for 86
22 Be where you're at 88
23 How good a job can I do today? 91
24 How much are you worth? 94
25 A pebble in a bucket of water 97
26 Learn to love maintenance 100
27 Eight-hour burn 104
28 Learn how to fail 107
29 Say "no" 110
30 Say it, do it, show it 113
31 Perceptions, perschmeptions 121
32 Adventure tour guide 124
33 Me rite reel nice 127
34 Being present 129
35 Suit speak 133
36 Change the world 135
37 Let your voice be heard 137
38 Build your brand 140
39 Release your code 142
40 Remarkability 144
41 Making the hang 146
42 Already obsolete 152
43 You've already lost your job 154
44 Path with no destination 156
45 Make yourself a map 158
46 Watch the market 160
47 That fat man in the mirror 162
48 The South Indian monkey trap 165
49 Lead 'em 172
50 Manage 'em 174
51 Learn from open-source 177
52 Think global 179
What I learned in India 183
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