Category: Career and Job Search


Having tech skills are very important in the workplace, but guess what? A LOT of people have good tech skills, particularly in this job market. What then differentiates you from your coworkers AKA the competition? Soft skills and professionalism. Check out the post from the Ten Things newsletter, I think you’ll find it very useful.

http://bit.ly/bAftsp

I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog and thought I’d tell you all about it. As Twitter matures and gains acceptance, developers and Tweeters are finding new ways to use them. One of the most interesting ways I found is services that take Twitter streams and turn them into online newspapers. Paper.li and Twittertim.es are the two that I use. I could swear there was another one but for the life of me can’t find it on the web, but I digress. I’m going to start doing a twice daily recap of my Paper.li online newspaper giving you the highlights of the paper. Paper.li is a static address and doesn’t archive papers, so as of now the paper won’t have archives, but I’m working on finding a service or tool that will allow me to archive them. I’ll keep you posted on that. At any rate here’s the recap of the first edition. 

There will be three constant sections: 
The Instructor’s Pick – These are things that I find interesting for various reasons. 

Tech Wrap-up – The top story, in my opinion, from the Tech Section
Business and Careers – Stuff from the Business sections and my musings on how it might affect your job search and career. 
There will be one intermittent section 
Punditry – This will be an editorial of sorts, although more than likely will be a rant or diatribe knowing me. 
The Instructor’s Picks 
Can Skype Pull a Netflix for TV Video Chat? – I think it’s pretty damned cool that Skype is thinking about getting into the online video game, I love where your head is at Skype. I have the Skype app on my Droid (yeah I’m an Android fanboy) and occasionally use it. I love the concept and would love to get into it more, but I don’t call internationally all that often. Although now that I think of it I should. I like the idea of getting video on my phone and hopefully getting it for free. Check it out for yourself. 

Tech Wrap-up
This edition isn’t too exciting but one story is pretty funny, Apple PR is claiming that Steve Jobs’ infamous response to users who complained about the iPhone 4 antenna “scandal” is fake, I call (and smell) bullshit. We’ll see. Nexus One got an update to Froyo, I’m still waiting for my Droid’s 2.2 update so who cares about the Nexus One. The other story is of interest to me because I’m a blogger and budding SEO/SMO consultant. I’ll try out the tools and maybe post the results to this or one of my other blogs. 

Business 
The most interesting story here, is definitely Google expanding its’ world domination plans into the Travel Industry, the post makes some really interesting points about the reasons some people in the Travel Industry are concerned Google could become a monopoly or give itself unfair advantage in the marketplace. They’ve got their hand in online travel and just bought a travel IT company that houses most of the data for the travel industry. If your curious about business trends and the like it’s worth reading Paper.li

So you’ve got your foot in the door of a company and things are going ok. You’re making more money than you’ve ever made and are still excited to finally be working in IT. Yep you’ve worked hard and now you should take a little time to enjoy it right? Actually, this is the best time to start planning for your future in IT.

The best way to keep yourself marketable and, better yet, employed is to become an expert in the technology that your company and industry uses.  Regardless of the industry there’s a good chance you’re working with MS. The Cloud not withstanding Microsoft will be a player in Business Computing and Infrastructure for some time, so you can never go wrong by gaining Microsoft expertise and the latest cert/expert ranking is the MVP: Most Valuable Professional.

http://www.msigeek.com/4492/how-to-become-a-microsoft-mvp-most-valuable-professional

By Angela Artsley – New Grad Life

Before you get a job, you must pass the phone nterview. This is just part of the job hunt – and must be done properly. The issue is many college grads who are looking for jobs have no clue how to handle answer interview questions, fix your voice and tone and succeed in the phone interview. When you’re done watching, browse our other content

http://newgradlife.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-get-job-through-phone-interview.html