It’s been a very crazy month. For those who follow my blog regularly you know I try to post at least once a week. When its been close to a month since my last posting. A lot has happened. I recently had a birthday; I was lucky enough to attend the Collaborate 09 conference in Orlando.
Like all of you I am dealing with the impact this economy has on my company and my life. A lot has happened. My next blog has to do with Job Advice for IT Professionals looking for work. I had hoped to write a blog on this topic, but Craig Mullins beat me to the punch. I am a big of Craig’s work. Like all of Craig’s writing it offers practical advice you can use. Here is a link to Craig’s latest article in Database Trends and Applications.
Here is the link…..
My two favorite lines in the article…
The economy is a wreck and things will likely get worse before they improve. Unemployment is even worse; almost 600,000 jobs were lost in January 2009, sending the unemployment rate to 7.6%, the highest it has been in 16 years. So many data professionals are out there looking for their next challenge … and more probably will be job hunting before the year is out.
With these dire statistics in mind, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer some advice and guidance to job seeking DBAs, data architects, and database programmers. The first bit of advice is this: If you have a job, keep it. Now is not the time to voluntarily become unemployed
Very sound advice.If you have a job keep it.
The other item that I really liked….
What about getting a professional certification? Well, even though I’m not a huge fan of certification, taking some time to study and pass a certification in your area of expertise can be a worthwhile pursuit if you are unemployed. And sometimes it can be a difference-maker if you are up for the same job as someone who is not certified.
I agree with Craig. I am not a fan of many certifications. I have seen two many DBA’s who had passed the certification exam but were not very good DBA’s.
I feel Criag article offers a lot of good advice and is a very good read.
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