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Explore Non-traditional Career Paths in Technology 2014

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Explore Non-traditional Career Paths in Technology 2014
Presentation Objectives
•How to find and use resources for your career search
•How to assess your skills in the open market place
•Know the market and explore opportunities;
•Execute strategies to maximize your ability to find a new career role
•Learn how to perform online searches

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Explore Non-traditional Career Paths in Technology 2014

  1. 1. 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference Explore Non-Traditional Career Paths in Technology Derris Boomer August 4-9, 2014 Indianapolis, IN
  2. 2. 2 Presentation Objectives •How to find and use resources for your career search •How to assess your skills in the open market place •Know the market and explore opportunities; •Execute strategies to maximize your ability to find a new career role •Learn how to perform online searches
  3. 3. How Jobs are Changing 3
  4. 4. Ways to Find a Job Referrals Friends Family •Newspapers •Pound the pavement •Job Fairs •Word of Mouth •Career Counselors •Networking •Head HuntersJob Agencies •TempingInternships Internet Job Boards Search Engines Online Newspapers Company Websites 4
  5. 5. Non-Traditional Jobs •Software Trainer •Software Language Translator •Functional Project Manager •Software Tester •WritersEditors •Accountant •Business Analyst •Blogger • Social Media Manager •Social Content Strategist •Community Manager •Change Management Analyst 5
  6. 6. Career Search Questions 1.Which companies do you admire? 2.How long have they been in business? 3.How many employees do they have? 4.Do you know their competitors? 1.How do your current skills rank in the open market? 2.What rolesjobs can you fulfill? 3.Can your current skills be transitioned to a different rolejob? 6
  7. 7. Company Information to consider •Size/scale •# of Employees •Compensation •Benefits •Perks •Diversity % •Locations •Fortune Ranking •Company reputation •AcquisitionsMergers •Company Annual Reports, 10K Reports and news releases. •Financial histories of publicly traded companies •EthicalSocial Ranking •Ownership and Investments 7
  8. 8. Research Sources •Library of Congress •State Library •County Libraries •State College Libraries •Local Municipal Libraries •Moody’s Manuals •Bloomberg •Dun & Bradstreet •Hoovers •ReferenceUSA •Local Business Journals •Local Business Periodicals X Quarter NBOD Meeting2007 National BDPA Technology Conference 8
  9. 9. Resources •Forbes Magazine •Fortune Magazine •Business Week •Inc. Magazine •Harvard Business Review •USNews.com •WSJ.com •Crain’s New York •LinkedIn.com •GlassDoor.com •Salary.com •Payscale.com •Indeed.com •CIO.com •Google Maps 9
  10. 10. Salary Guides •http://www.roberthalf.com/salary-guides •http://www.cio.com/article/2369762/salary/136803-Tech-Salary-Guide-for-2014.html •http://www.modis.com/clients/salary-guide/ •https://www.kforce.com/Salary-Guide- Request-Form.aspx 10
  11. 11. More Resources •http://www.iseek.org/careers/skillsAssessment •https://www.census.gov/econ/census/snapshots_center/311812.html 11
  12. 12. Instructions for Exercises 1.You will be given a scenario on a person. You must research the following: Find salary averages for the subject areajob title in their geographic area Find a current job opening per their criteria Research the company you found a job for Research the industry you found a job for Propose alternatives to the job searcher 2.Write down your answers 12
  13. 13. Exercise 1 •Jane Doe – has an Associates Degree from DeVry in Computer Information Systems. Her dream job is to work for a small manufacturing plant in St. Louis, MO. •Requirements: Salary $30K, Relocate=No, Travel=No, •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: She defines small as 10K employees or less. Her dream job is to be a Business Analyst. 13
  14. 14. Exercise 2 •John Doe – has a CompTIA certification in Networking & Desktop Support. His dream job is to work for a Fortune 100 company on their International Help Desk. •Requirements: Salary $28K, Relocate=Yes, Travel=Yes •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: By the way he is speaks three different languages (English, Spanish & Portuguese) 14
  15. 15. Exercise 3 •Kate Brown– has degree in English. She has worked as a Newspaper Editor for 5 years. She has been downsized and needs a new career. She lives in New York City. • Requirements: Salary $70K, Relocate=No, Travel=Yes •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: She loves fashion in a very big way. She is well versed in the fashion industry. 15
  16. 16. Exercise 4 •Kyle Wu– has a degree in Computer Information Systems. He is currently a Java Developer in Chicago. He wants to move to San Francisco and work in Silicon Valley. •Requirements: Salary $130K, Relocate=Yes, Travel=No •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: He wants to work for a startup only. 16
  17. 17. Exercise 5 •Lee Evans – has degree in Advanced Mathematics. He is a 5th grade teacher but had decided to change his career. He just lives in Billings, Montana and will not relocate. •Requirements: Salary $49K, Relocate=No, Travel=No •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: He wants to work as a Software Tester for a Fortune 500 company. 17
  18. 18. Exercise 6 •Lucien St. James– is a self-taught IOS developer. He has created over a dozen apps. He has decided he wants to stop consulting and find a permanent job in London, U.K. •Requirements: Salary $85K, Relocate=Yes, Travel=Yes •What would you ask to help with this search? •Note: He wants to work for a startup only. 18
  19. 19. Questions & Answers 19 Thank you for attending!
  20. 20. 20 Contact Information Derris Boomer Boomer Technology Group, LLC. Derrisboomer@boomertechnologygroup.com 732-800-2058 www.boomertechnologygroup.com

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