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Technical skills alone are not enough to help you advance your career or find that next job. This session will provide some very practical advice about the things you can do to help broaden your ...

Technical skills alone are not enough to help you advance your career or find that next job. This session will provide some very practical advice about the things you can do to help broaden your horizons and prepare you for the next step in your career. One warning: your boss doesn't want you to attend this talk, your takeaway might just be that you should quit your job!

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    Step AFK: Practical Advice for Career Adavancement Step AFK: Practical Advice for Career Adavancement Presentation Transcript

    • Step AFK: Practical Advice for Career Adavancement @nathenharvey
    • Introduction Nathen Harvey Chef Food Fight Show @nathenharvey @nathenharvey
    • What do I know about career advancement? I'm a hiring manager I've been hired I've worked at VisualCV @nathenharvey
    • Professional/Career Talks Track IT Careers Panel Backing Into Configuration Management Professional Topics Panel Discussion Don't Be That Guy ...and more! @nathenharvey
    • Who are you? Hiring manager? @nathenharvey
    • Who are you? Hiring manager? On-call right now? @nathenharvey
    • Who are you? Hiring manager? On-call right now? System Administrator? @nathenharvey
    • Who are you? Hiring manager? On-call right now? System Administrator? Developer? @nathenharvey
    • Who are you? Hiring manager? On-call right now? System Administrator? Developer? DevOp? @nathenharvey
    • Why are you here? Actively seeking a new job @nathenharvey
    • Why are you here? Actively seeking a new job Passively seeking a new job @nathenharvey
    • Why are you here? Actively seeking a new job Passively seeking a new job Recently stared a new job @nathenharvey
    • Warning! Your boss might not want you to attend this talk @nathenharvey
    • The Best Advice for Career Advancement Quit Your Job! @nathenharvey
    • I'm not ready to quit... I love my job, love my team, love the company I work for. @nathenharvey
    • I'm not ready to quit... I don't like what my company does, but the technology I work with is great! @nathenharvey
    • I'm not ready to quit... There are lots of things I dislike about my work environment but the compensation package is great! @nathenharvey
    • I'm not ready to quit... I'm not "done" here yet. There are still things I'd like to accomplish @nathenharvey
    • I'm not ready to quit... Do I have the skills required to get a new job? DevOps Cloud Continuous Delivery Security @nathenharvey
    • Do what you love Why do you go to work? What your company does matters. What your team does matters. What you do matters. @nathenharvey
    • Your next job starts with you! You have to figure out what you want to do the kind of company you want to be a part of the type of team you want to work with @nathenharvey
    • So now that you've sorted that... How do you find your dream job? Step away from the keyboard Step out of your comfort zone Step out of the echo chamber @nathenharvey
    • Conferences Take a day or three off Hear the echo of new voices and ideas @nathenharvey
    • Podcasts Shorten your commute Listen to new voices and ideas @nathenharvey
    • Blogs Write a blog Know your audience Read blogs @nathenharvey
    • Twitter Use a client Set-up searches on hashtags Don't try to read every tweet in your timeline Someone gets noisy, stop following him or her @nathenharvey
    • Contribute to Open Source If you've never done so, make it a goal Start small It can be addictive! @nathenharvey
    • Meetup Groups Find people near you with similar interests Networking is hard and I'm shy Ask a question Give a presentation @nathenharvey
    • Take a vacation "I'm on vacation! I won't be checking email, voicemail, or even opening my laptop again until May 4th." @nathenharvey
    • Road Trip! Visit another company in your area See how their teams operate Share how your team operates Invite them to visit you @nathenharvey
    • Exchange Program Engineer Exchange Operations Exchange @nathenharvey
    • Exchange Program (funny story) Operations Exchange + Twitter Hashtag @nathenharvey
    • Exchange Program (funny story) Operations Exchange + Twitter Hashtag #opsexchange @nathenharvey
    • Exchange Program Within your company With another company @nathenharvey
    • Wait a minute... We're operations, I can't give an outsider root access! How do I know the employee will return? @nathenharvey
    • Always be interviewing! You should go on a job interview every 12-18 months at a minimum! @nathenharvey
    • Tools used to get hired Resume Recruiters Phone Screen Interview @nathenharvey
    • Resume You will NOT be hired because of your resume! Goal of a resume: Get an interview @nathenharvey
    • Recruiters Who does the recruiter work for? Contingency Recruiters Retained Recruiters @nathenharvey
    • Job Boards Spray and pray Longevity @nathenharvey
    • Social Media LinkedIn Facebook Twitter @nathenharvey
    • Phone Screen Goal: get an interview Who's on the other end of the line? @nathenharvey
    • The Interview Remote interviews In person interviews Meet at least one person face-to-face @nathenharvey
    • You are responsible... For your learning For your development For your career For your teammates For lots of important things! @nathenharvey
    • ...but you're not alone! Find a mentor Lean on your peers Mentor someone Give back @nathenharvey
    • A quick story Hi, just got rejection from [REDACTED] for the SA position. I'm a little curious why - wanted to reach out to see if you had any insight. Thanks. @nathenharvey
    • A quick story Hey, I just wanted to thank you again for reaching out to [REDACTED]. I start in a couple of weeks... :) @nathenharvey
    • This only works in a good market! Continuing your education Meeting your peers Working with other organizations Participating in the community @nathenharvey
    • Yes, we're hiring But this is not a pitch for you to come work for us http://getchef.com/careers http://getchef.com/jobboard @nathenharvey
    • Thanks! I'm not quitting my job today, but maybe you should What questions can I answer for you? @nathenharvey @nathenharvey