Career Success in Hi-Tech
by brian larson
Have you ever considered a technical career? Are you in the middle of one now, but having trouble advancing? Do you want to know WHY your boss seems crazy? Ever think about job-hopping? Do you want to know what different technical jobs and companies are like? Want to know how to Ace an interview? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this book was written for you. The majority of New Jobs being created today are in the Hi-Tech industries. Don't be left behind, get into the game with the advice of an insider.
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About the Book
you looking for a new career? Are you just out of high school, the
military, college --- or are you about to be laid off? Are you bored
with your job and looking for something new, something better? Then
this book is written for you.
Everyone reaches critical decision-making points in their lives. Studies
show Americans now switch careers an average of seven times during
Seven times, they will make a fateful choice about how they will spend
the majority of their waking hours. If it's your turn this year, if
your number has finally come up, then this book is for you.
Why? Because this book examines technical careers. That covers a lot
of ground. Recent studies by the University of California indicate
that over half of the new jobs created nationwide in the nineties
were classified as technical jobs. At the dawn of the next century,
this huge slice of the employment pie will continue to grow dramatically.
New jobs are where the opportunities exist for those without experience.
New techie jobs aren't the first on the chopping block when management
mouths evil words like ?down-sizing" and "cost-cutting?. On that grim
day, it is those who stand in the way of technology who fall first.
I'm sure you've already brushed up against technology. Maybe you don't
like it. Maybe it scares and intrigues you at the same time. Maybe
an ATM ate your bankcard. Or maybe a machine eliminated your last
We live in a gizmo-driven world of digital wonders. Most of us come
to at least consider a technical career. How could we not consider
it? The richest man on the planet runs a software company. Internet
and cellular phone ads bombard our senses. Medical discoveries are
on the news nightly. Technology screams in our faces, and we now take
it for granted that our children will mature into a radically different
Whether technology in the workplace thrills, frightens or annoys you,
it's time that you knew more about it.
Part I - Breaking into Technical Careers
This section explains what technical jobs are all about. It will help
you decide if a technical career is for you. Don't be one of the thousands
that train for years for something they don't enjoy.
Part II - Getting the Right Job
Part II will help you find the right technical job. It will lead you
through the job-hunt, the interview process and finding the right
company. You'll also learn how to size up a company offering you a
job, and how to interview them.
Part III - Keeping Your Job and Moving Up
Once you have the right job, you need to keep it. Part III will help
you keep what you've gained and move your career forward. It focuses
on how to snatch up the next opportunity to advance and teaches you
how to build your skills so you will be ready to jump when the time
GET INSIDE ADVICE from a Hi-Tech Entrepreneur: Brian Larson has helped
the Russians refine aluminum in the vast forests surrounding St. Petersburg,
developed realtime control networks for several fortune-500 companies
and worked in top-secret facilities for the U.S. Government at Los
Alamos National Laboratory, designing nuclear weapons dismantlement
systems. Brian Larson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of
Science, both in Computer Science. He has hired, fired, trained and
advised hundreds of individuals.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I : Breaking into a Technical Career
1 Chaos Breeds Opportunity
2 The College Degree Excuse
3 The Self-Confidence to Leave School
4 Types of Jobs and What You'll Really Do
Part II : Getting the Right Job
6 Using the Internet
7 The Hiring Process
8 Fast-tracks and Backwaters: Finding Your Niche
9 How Close Are You to the Money?
10 Management Cultures
11 Family Kingdoms
Part III : Keeping Your Job and Moving Up
14 Surviving Your New Job
15 The Work Bitching Circle and How to Stay Out of It
17 How NOT to Make Enemies
18 Travel, Opportunity and Your Family
19 How to Manage Techies
20 Take-Overs and Lay-offs
21 Resigning, Going Broke and Getting Fired
Bibliography of Suggested Reading
|About the Author
Brian Larson is a systems specialist in factory automation, a college professor and an author. In the last two decades he has worked for more than seventy-five companies in nine countries abroad and the majority of our fifty United States.