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Advise Needed on Increasing Marketability

Nadine McKenzie
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Joined: Feb 15, 2002
Posts: 53
Any advise would be much appreciated.
I have 6 yrs experience, SCP, SCWCD, adjunct instructor, and have written 2 articles.
Does anyone have any advise to offer me on anything else I can do to make myself more marketable?
ThanKs!


Nadine -SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Posts: 715
Hi Nadine,
Could you write something related to finance tying in with what you have done previously? Have a budget and energy for an advance degree? Do you still have a good relationship with the previous client?
You have done what I observed from the outsourcing companies common protocols. The only thing you lack is your own company with enough capital and asset to have your employees work offsite instead at the clients site. Even the clients insist you send people to work at their site, must resist to the temptation. I know there are genuses out there, but I rather lock them up in the computer room without window. Only open the door when their shifts over. Select the location so you could afford bid low for a long time.
Just a Thought,
MCao
Lu Battist
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Joined: Feb 17, 2003
Posts: 104
Find your niche or industry. For some its defense work, for others its finance, or specializing in wireless communications, or mapping technologies. It seems in this market, simply being a good java developer is not enough to even get an interview. Job descriptions all seem to require 5-10+ years experience in this or that industry, so I'd say pick one of them that's interesting to you and stick with it. Switching industries will be difficult until we have another IT shortage. Also be sure to get to know the business side of your industry really well - that's what will keep some new grad punk you just taught from taking your job.
Nadine McKenzie
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Joined: Feb 15, 2002
Posts: 53
*Thank* you Matt and Lu for steering me in the right direction. The idea of business knowledge having so much bearing in today's job market couldn't be more true. Not sure why this never occurred on me and am very appreciative that you brought this to my attention.
I think I *will* consider writing an article that ties in finance (with software) since this is my area of interest. (I've been studying for the NASD Series 7 exam and am sure I can find an article spinoff.)
Also, there are a number of financial applications (Lawson financials?? and so on). It would be advantageous for me to try to pick them up (either by attending classes or puchasing the software).
Thanks - I'm back on track again!
Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Posts: 715
Hi Nadine,
Great, happy for you. I think if have time, try to enroll in class for more contacts base. Do research on teacher too.
Regards,
MCao
 
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