10 Steps to Tech Employment - Slide 8

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It may sound simple but it is very important to know who you are before you show up for an interview. Only you can know what you're passionate about doing in your chosen career. Only you can demonstrate the value you've created for your past employers. You won't always know what to expect in an interview but one thing you can be certain about is knowing who you are and knowing how you'll articulate certain examples of what you've done and what you'd like to be doing in the future for a new employer. Accept only the job you can be excited to show up for and perform every day, one that matches your core values. The alternative is that you'll likely be looking for another new job soon.

Perhaps you’ve been fortunate to have not lost a job in the past two years.  Whether you have lost a job or not, odds are good that you know someone who has.  Every professional needs a plan for finding employment and for staying employed.

Who would have thought that working for companies like General Motors, AIG or Citigroup could be risky?  Recent history has clearly shown that the nation’s largest companies are not necessarily the most stable companies one could choose for employment.

There was once a perception that working for the nation’s largest companies equaled career stability.  Today however, stability and opportunity can be found in a well-funded start-up as much as it can be found in the largest employers.

Jeff Snyder, the President of SecurityRecruiter.com, a search firm highly specialized in information security recruiting, tells us that technology professionals today must be more proactive to take control of their careers than at any other time in the past.  Technology professionals need to consider their personal stock value as they make education, certification, networking and career move decisions.

Personal stock value refers to the traits, skills, characteristics and experiences that make a person unique relative to their peers.  Let your technical skills become rusty relative to the skills the market is demanding and your personal stock value slips.  It is far more important today to build a marketable portfolio of skills, traits and professional experiences versus concentrating only on working for the “best” companies.

Many elements can cause one person to stand out over another person in the job search process.  Consider these 10 topics when thinking about how to build your personal stock value, how to network and how to increase your marketability.

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