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SWOT Analysis for Your Career

Career Realism

A basic tool used in strategic planning is SWOT analysis. I am a firm believer you should perform this analysis on your career at least once a year. Job Search advice analysis blog career expert managementThis is where you take a hard look at your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and plan accordingly. STRENGTHS.

Stop Analysis Paralysis: How to Be Fast and Decisive in Decision Making

Personal Excellence Blog

Does your over-analysis often stop you from making a move quickly — at times missing perfectly good opportunities? Ahhh!!!! Tip #1.

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Quick Analysis of Your Job Search Techniques

Career Realism

If you are not getting enough interviews or job offers then it is time to analyze your job search strategy. Here is a quick way to drill down to the core issues that will need adjusting. Situation: I am not getting enough calls for interviews. If the phone is not ringing then either your resume is.

Understanding Careers in Business Analysis

Career Alley

Getting started with a career in business analysis is different. This usually involves a specific degree and on-the-job skill sets.

SWOT Analysis: Determine Your Workplace Forte

Jobacle

One way to determine your strengths is to conduct a SWOT analysis: a look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Do a competitive analysis on one of your targeted employer's products  and send it to them.    People assume that all companies keep up to date  on their competitors, but this is rarely the case.   Focus on companies that are direct competitors with those you want  to work for, not your own company.

Stop Watching CSI and Make Crime Analysis a Reality

Career Alley

If you have an interest in subjects like this, you might be an ideal candidate for a crime analysis career. Understand Crime Analysis.

Differences Between Hiring a Contractor or Consultant

Hiring Technical People

career HTP consultant contractor hiring strategy job analysisI do. She wanted to make sure the contractor had the same respect as a consultant.

Three Tips to Streamline Your Hiring, Part 1

Hiring Technical People

Make sure you do a thorough job analysis of the open jobs. We timeboxed the analysis of a “senior engineer” position to 30 minutes. hiring process analysis attractive job experience Hiring Geeks That Fit job analysis job description phone screen qualities recruiting He’s drowning in work.

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Certifications in Hiring, Part 1: A Certificate’s Value

Hiring Technical People

hiring process HTP candidate job analysis value cost to hireThere are a ton of certifications these days. Many demand only that you sit through a 2-day or even 1-week class and then take an exam. Some certifications demand that you prove you have worked in the field for some number of weeks/hours the previous year or so. I took the exam.

Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1

Hiring Technical People

First, do a job analysis for your Scrum Master. I also did a potential job analysis for a servant leader/Scrum Master in What Do You Look for in a Servant Leader or a Scrum Master? The chances of this being the correct job analysis for your Scrum Master are not so good, given what I see in organizations. You do. Flexibility.

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Five Tips to Hiring a Generalizing Specialist

Hiring Technical People

Second, you do a job analysis, just as you would for any job. hiring strategy HTP agile hiring attractive job generalizing specialist job analysis job description leadership learning We talk a lot in agile about generalizing specialists. Has at least a general knowledge of the business domain in which they work. They are real.

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Certifications in Hiring, Part 2: Hiring Traps

Hiring Technical People

hiring process HTP candidate cost to hire hiring trap job analysis valueIn Part 1 , I discussed the issue of certification vs. experience. Here’s an example. I coached a project manager as she was looking for a job several years ago. That allowed the project to show progress every one to three weeks. She loved her job.

Certifications in Hiring, Part 3: Hiring Tips

Hiring Technical People

Let’s consider what you want when you do a job analysis. Here are tips: Use the certification in your first draft job analysis as shorthand. Describe the activities and deliverables as part of the job analysis. Look deeper and see what you need to explore in a job analysis, so you find the candidates you need.

Project Culture Reflects Management Culture

Hiring Technical People

Do the job analysis. You start by writing a job description based on your analysis that took your culture into account. You use your analysis for the ad, the phone screen, the interview questions. You iterate as you proceed, updating your analysis, job description as you review resumes and interviews as feedback.

What Do You Look for In a Servant Leader

Hiring Technical People

hiring strategy agile job analysis I have an article up on Infoq: What Do You Look For In Servant Leader? It’s the follow-on article to my What “Scrum Master” Are You Hiring article. I hope you enjoy it.

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Five Tips to Hiring a Generalizing Specialist

Hiring Technical People

Second, you do a job analysis, just as you would for any job. hiring strategy agile hiring attractive job generalizing specialist job analysis job description leadership learning We talk a lot in agile about generalizing specialists. Has at least a general knowledge of the business domain in which they work. They are real.

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How to Hire for Cultural Fit Without Becoming Insular and Mediocre

Hiring Technical People

If you have not done a job analysis , you might be. hiring process adaptability collaboration cultural fit culture diversity Hiring Geeks That Fit job analysis perseverance technical skills Have you read The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture ? If not, it talks about hiring processes where companies.

Managing Expectations Between Two Internal Candidates

Hiring Technical People

The expertise criteria arise from your job analysis. hiring process HTP candidate expertise criteria internal candidate job analysis management promotion You have an open position. You have two internal candidates. You’re going to hire one of them. See Two Candidates, One Position.) Now you have a problem.

Are You Overspecifying Your Open Jobs?

Hiring Technical People

Both posts discuss poor job analysis. Job analysis and job descriptions are not about technical skills. If you don’t know how to do a job analysis, download the template from Hiring Geeks That Fit. ). Instead, do a job analysis, and determine your cultural issues. Have you read What are you leading? Of course it is.

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The Day I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion: 6 Tips on When to Resign

Personal Excellence Blog

My resignation letter to my ex-company. The envelope is all yellow now as it’s been nearly 7 years! My last day will be 30 Sep 2008. Have a plan.

How to Choose Your Battles and Fight for What Matters

Personal Excellence Blog

Every responsible business analyst will advise you to do a cost-benefit analysis before proceeding with any investment. Choose Your Battles.

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Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 2

Hiring Technical People

hiring process agile hiring behavior description question certification Hiring Geeks That Fit interpersonal skills job analysis project management qualities If you have not yet read Six Tips for Interviewing Scrum Masters, Part 1 for the first three tips, please do so now.). How did you know the team was stuck and what did you do?

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Competitive Analysis

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Guerrilla Job Hunting Home Subscribe FREE-Guerrilla Job Search Tips! Daniel on Philanthrophy : Put America back to work. Follow me on my Profile.

Avoid Contributing to the “Global Epidemic” of Poor Job Fit

Hiring Technical People

job analysis cost of a hire cultural fit Hiring Geeks That Fit reviewing resumeI read this article, “ Poor Job Fit: A Growing Global Epidemic.” ” Julie Moreland, the author, says our hiring approaches. neglects to account for an individual’s suitability for a potential job. percent. Yes, I’m a geek. Do you all agree?

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Hiring For an Agile Team: Making Tradeoffs

Hiring Technical People

When you performed your job analysis, you listed some non-technical skills as essential. cultural fit Hiring Geeks That Fit job analysis agile agile hiring hiring for an agile team In Hiring for an Agile Team: Who Do You Need?, I asked you to consider the kinds of people you were looking for. Some were desirable. Able to ask for help.

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Five Tips to Hiring a Generalizing Specialist

Hiring Technical People

Second, you do a job analysis, just as you would for any job. hiring strategy HTP agile hiring attractive job generalizing specialist job analysis job description leadership learning We talk a lot in agile about generalizing specialists. Has at least a general knowledge of the business domain in which they work. They are real.

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How Many Essential Skills Are You Demanding in a Job?

Hiring Technical People

When I taught that one-day workshop in Sweden , one of the questions we discussed was the number of essential skills to list in a job analysis, and by extension, the job description. If you are taking more than six weeks to hire for one of your open positions, review your job analysis. Too many, and you over-constrain the role. Plenty.

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The Road to the CBAP is Not Paved by Applied Knowledge

Hiring Technical People

career career development certification job analysisI have the pleasure of introducing a guest writer for today’s post, Tina Underhill. Take it away, Tina! The Road to the CBAP is Not Paved by Applied Knowledge. The glorified CBAP credentials have been a desire of mine since their inception. Renewed IIBA membership $110. Did I pass?

Book Review: Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

Hiring Technical People

books Hiring Geeks That Fit hiring strategy job analysis job description I just finished Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs , by Peter Capelli. It’s a terrific read, all about the reasons hiring managers and companies have trouble finding people, and why job seekers have trouble getting in the door. That’s the bad news.

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Can Anyone That Old Know Anything?

Hiring Technical People

hiring strategy age candidate discrimination hiring decision job analysis valueI was talking with a client recently, who was professing his desire for younger candidates. “Can anyone older than 35 or 40 really know anything?” ” was his concern. I sat there, a little nonplussed. “How old do you think I am?”

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Cultural Fit Trumps Competence? Maybe

Hiring Technical People

cultural fit cost of a hire hiring decision Hiring Geeks That Fit job analysis technical skillsDid you see Cultural Fit Trumps Competence ? I don’t know that cultural fit trumps competence. I know that it’s critically important. For geeks, you need a minimum of technical skills and then cultural fit is critically important.

SWOT Analysis For Your Career

Career Realism

A basic tool used in strategic planning is SWOT analysis. Do the same analysis for your peers and staff. Threats What can go wrong?

Fantastic Stories of Overqualified Employees

Hiring Technical People

If you are not sure of the work you need done, you do a hiring strategy and a job analysis. All of these situations could be avoided by first defining a job strategy and then defining a job analysis. hiring strategy job analysis community of practice overqualified teamI’ve had a heavy speaking calendar this month.

Competitive Analysis : #2 0f 50 Ways to find a Job Today

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Do a competitive analysis on one of your targeted employer’s products and send it to them. People assume that all companies keep up to date on their competitors, but this is rarely the case.  Focus on companies that are direct competitors with those you want to work for , not your own company. Make it only as long as it needs to be.

What Hiring Managers Look for in a Resume

Hiring Technical People

Hiring managers, if you do a job analysis, you will see what kinds of value you need for your organization. Uncategorized candidate job analysis resumeI spoke recently with a senior project manager who is looking for a new job. I offered to review her resume, and she told me she didn’t think she needed it. Give it to them.

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Quitting Your Job to Start a Business – 10 Things You Need to Know

The Undercover Recruiter

Your requirements will be very similar: 1) Industry Analysis: By: keng po leung. The grass is always greener. 9) Recruiting: By: pitbull2013.

HR Needs to Learn the Business

Hiring Technical People

If this job sounds like your job, do a job analysis and decide what should be in and should be out of your position. HR agile cultural fit culture cutural fit Hiring Geeks That Fit hiring strategy job analysis recruiting I just read Social Media is Paralyzing HR. Hat tip to John Sumser, @JohnSumser who tweeted it.). I haven’t.

Phone Screens for Junior People

Hiring Technical People

Assuming you’ve done a job analysis first, you have the pieces of the phone screen. interview job analysis phone screenThere’s a question on one of the forums, about how to ask questions in a phone screen for junior developers. I thought I would answer it here, and then post a link. Okay, so what does that look like?

Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport Slides Posted

Hiring Technical People

Hiring Geeks That Fit cultural fit interview job analysis I gave the “same” talk twice last week, at Agile Boston. Now, I never memorize my talks, so it’s never the same talk. I record my talks so I can learn from them. I had to select which talk I uploaded to slideshare. Tough decision! That’s fine.