The economy is still staggering along, but recent signs point to increased confidence in the IT hiring segment, at least. In fact, a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com reported that 64 percent of IT hiring managers are hiring in the second half of this year.
Here in the IT Downloads library, we have a variety of tools designed to help you evaluate your career path and goals as you go for that next big gig. All of these tools are available for free download to IT Business Edge members.
The IT Career Path Flowchart, from our partners at MDE Enterprises, offers you a simple project-model flow chart to help visualize the path from where you are to where you want to be.
The Word-based template lets you model out up to three paths to your ultimate career goal, as you can see in the image below.
The left column in our example depicts a vertical technical role. The two right columns are management paths with the center path being the one that leads to the VP of R&D role.
The Personal Attributes Inventory, also from MDE Enterprises, asks you to lay out both your personal and professional goals - something not a lot of us do when evaluating what job you eventually want to hold.
Some of the survey's questions - how do you want to be remembered by friends and family, what is your real passion in life - may seem a little touchy-feely, but these aspects of your personality will genuinely impact how much you enjoy your career.
Another section of the documents ask you to honestly spell out your strengths and weaknesses - which is never an easy task - and your specific goals. It's a useful exercise that you should undertake every couple years, just to make sure you are staying on the right path.
This excerpt from "How to Get Fired!" by comedian Jeff Havens is a sardonic look at one of the biggest problems in the job market today: lying on your resume. In fact, Havens suggests that falsified resumes are the number-one reason that people get fired (that may or may not be statistically valid - again, it's all satire.)
He does go on to list some famous examples of resume fudgers who got busted, like Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Couwenberg, who falsely claimed to have fought in Vietnam, worked for the CIA in Laos, obtained a master's degree in psychology, and to have piece of shrapnel lodged in his groin; and Joseph Cafasso, former military consultant for FOX News, who lied about having retired from the army as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel when in fact he left as a private.
It's an amusing read. The bottom line: Don't lie on your resume.