Stories by Leslie Jaye Goff

Train Your Sights on Training When You Need to Recharge

When you feel your career has stalled, you need a change of pace, or you're just not enjoying yourself on the job, it's time to recharge, regroup, and reevaluate. But in the current job market, you shouldn't quit your job without another one lined up.

Getting out of the career catch-22

An unemployed Web developer who was laid off at the end of March writes that despite his best efforts, he can't find another position.

Moving Up the Operations Management Ladder

A systems manager with four years of experience writes that his interests have shifted from hands-on technical work to managing the business of IT operations. He'd rather be doing strategic IT planning,
managing technical teams, budgeting, dealing with vendors and so forth than managing the computers themselves.

Training for an IT Career, Not a Job

In response to a growing number of reader letters asking about IT education and training options, a recent IT Career Advisor suggested that it's best to invest your educational dollars with an eye on the ROI. Look for programs that will help you meet your long-range career goals rather than those that promise to prepare you for the latest and greatest IT job title.

The Long-Distance Job Hunt

Searching for a new job is complicated; searching for a new job long-distance adds a whole new layer of complexity. Last week's Career Advisor discussed three steps for choosing a new hometown for
your next IT career move. Concurrent with your research on your target markets you should start evaluating the long-term IT opportunities in that market. And as you narrow down your list of potential towns, you
should start your job hunt in earnest.

RealNames calls it quits, blames Microsoft

If you're considering a move to find a new IT job or just to improve your long-range career prospects, you're not alone. While relocations have declined overall since September 11, according to a study by
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, moving to garner a new position is still a popular choice among IT professionals.

Location, Location, Location

If you're considering a move to find a new IT job or just to improve your long-range career prospects, you're not alone. While relocations have declined overall since September 11, according to a study by
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, moving to garner a new position is still a popular choice among IT professionals.

Launching an Independent Consulting Practice, Part 3

Over the past few weeks, the IT Career Advisor has focused on how to make the transition from unhappy employee or unemployed to self-employed. This week, I wrap up the series on independent IT consulting
and contracting with a look at how to build your credibility in the marketplace and weather the downtime.

Launching an Independent Consulting Practice, Part 2

Working as an independent IT consultant offers many advantages: greater control over the types of projects you work on, increased opportunities to learn and use leading-edge technologies, and more flexibility about
how you spend your time. But it isn't necessarily easier, nor does it mean you'll spend less time at the office. In fact, you may spend more time working since now you're also running a business in addition to completing IT projects.

Launching an Independent Consulting Practice

If you've been thrown off the corporate merry-go-round -- or just want to get off before you're forced off -- an economic downturn can actually provide the best impetus for launching an independent IT consulting practice. As noted in last week's IT Career Advisor, desperation can be a powerful motivator when making the transition from someone else's employee to your own employer.

Marketing Tips for Independent IT Consultants

During the IT boom of the mid-to-late 90s it seemed like every IT professional who had any kind of high-paying skill decided to go solo. And the vast majority found the rewards they were looking for more
personal freedom and control over their careers, an abundance of interesting and challenging work, and financial success. The market was ripe for the picking.

Navigating the Fork in the Road, Part 2

Having arrived at a career crossroads, a would be applications developer who has experience in operations, the help desk, point-of-sale support, Unix and mainframe security administration, intranet maintenance, Web site design, and Ecommerce has four options. Last week's column looked at how Anthony (a pseudonym) could move into a business analyst or security specialist position. This week we look at the roles of Web architect and Ecommerce developer.

Navigating the Fork in the IT Road

Yogi Berra, the New York Yankee Hall of Famer known for his malapropisms, writes in his best-selling book "When Your Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes" (2001, Hyperion) that the key to navigating pivotal junctures in life is to follow your gut, make a choice, and don't look back.

Consultants In Crisis

Normally, the sky's the limit when it comes to consulting opportunities in a bad labor market. Not this year. Merely surviving will be a challenge, and many will find themselves earning less or doing other things.