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IT: 10 Reasons IT Has a Bad Reputation

IT: 10 Reasons IT Has a Bad Reputation

IT jobsBy Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

A May 5th article in TechRepublic.com (10 Reasons IT Pros Get a Bad Rap) provides a list of reasons why there is such a negative perception of the IT department in general and IT workers specifically.

Three of the ten reasons listed I don’t agree with whole-heartedly. #1 :”We’re considered too well-paid;” #8: “We suffer from the Golden Boy syndrome;” and #9: “We are indispensable” are not really true anymore…although they were about a decade ago.

With all of the IT outsourcing happening, IT is no longer the hot and happening place it used to be. It’s more of a commodity field now, and nearly any IT job is “dispensable”…meaning it can be outsourced.

The rest of the items on the list can be solved and remedied with the right touch. All it takes is a dedication and focus in one particular area to turn the tide. That area is “Engagement.” Of course, to make the transition complete, the IT group has to effectively execute on the promises it makes. But it all starts with engagement.

Last month, we posted a blog focused on the IT group and how they struggle effectively engaging the rest of the business. You can read that post here.

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Job Search Requirements Elicitation (Part 1)

Job Search Requirements Elicitation (Part 1)

When most of us begin a job search, we rush into it without taking the time to really assess where it is we want to go. Typically, all we can think about is, “I just need a job.” “I would like it to be in field X.” We shy away from the idea of writing a short-term goals statement or in eliciting the proper requirements for our project: finding a new position. That is why at ITtechExec, we believe in using project management lifecycle terminology to help guide a client through the job search process.

4 IT Resume Tips for IT Project Managers and Program Managers

4 IT Resume Tips for IT Project Managers and Program Managers

As an IT project manager, what can you possibly list on a resume or when putting together your personal brand to separate you from the rest of the PMPs?

Think Job Search Management Lifecycle

Think Job Search Management Lifecycle

Job seekers often tell me that they have the skills for the job they want, but they don’t have the skills to conduct an effective job search. I often find that odd because so many of them are exposed to concepts within their companies that provide them with good tools if they just knew how to use them. The project management concept is one of those tools.

CIO & IT Career Project Management: How to Plan for Success

CIO & IT Career Project Management: How to Plan for Success

As I work with senior-level IT leaders, IT operations directors, as well as IT program and project managers, I hear more and more about failed technology implementations. Not that the technology itself failed, although that certainly happens too. What really intrigues me is the level of project failure from an operational, functional, and process standpoint.

Must-Have IT Certifications

Must-Have IT Certifications

IT certificationby Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

Certs can come and go or be outdated as fast as the technology they support. But in today’s job market, having the desired IT certifications can certainly open doors (no matter what you may quietly think of them). They have been, and continue to be, a strong differentiator in hiring.

Here is a list of the top ones currently on the market:

1: MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional)

Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2

Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010

2: MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)

In Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Windows Client, or Windows Server

3: VCP  (VMware Certified Professional)

4: CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

CCNA Security certificate

5: CSSA (Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator)

6: PMP (Project Management Professional)

PMI (Project Management Institute)

7: CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

(ISC)² (International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.)

8: ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) for Mac OS X

9: Network+ / A+

10: CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician

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