|About the Book|
Youve already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have youMoreYouve already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have you adapted to these changes? Or are you at risk?Architect your careerEconomic downturn. Job cuts. Outsourcing. The ever-changing tech landscape. The threats abound. Chad Fowler is here to offer 52 ways to keep your job, despite the vagaries of the market.Its all about making the right choices. Choosing which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge--dont let those choices be accidental. Chad shows you all aspects of the decision-making process so you can ensure that youre investing your time and energy in the right areas.Its all about skills. Youll develop a structured plan for keeping your skills up-to-date so that you can compete with both the growing stable of developers in so-called low-cost countries as well as your higher-priced local peers. Youll learn how to shift your skillset up the value chain, from an offshore-ready commodity to one in high demand.Its all about marketing. As with any product or service, if nobody knows what youre selling, nobody will buy. Chad shows you how to create a plan for marketing yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general.Like it or not, the IT career landscape has changed. This handbook will teach you what you need to do to avoid being left behind.About the authorChad Fowler has been a software developer and manager for some of the worlds largest corporations. He recently lived and worked in India, setting up and leading an offshore software development center for a large multinational company.