Branding Yourself for a Dream Job
As much as we'd like to believe that our industry is a meritocracy, it isn't. More often than not jobs are offered and awarded based on impressions, recommendations, and references as much as technical ability. This session will examine some of the practical ways that you can use networking, blogging, volunteering, research, writing, speaking, and more to build a brand that will get you noticed. When you find a job that you really want, you'll have a great chance to impress the hiring manager and get the interview, and potentially the offer.
Steve Jones is currently the editor of SQLServerCentral, employed by Red Gate Software. Steve has been working with SQL Server for two decades at a variety of large and small companies. Steve has spent time as a hiring manager as well as a technical DBA, easily moving back and forth between these positions at different employers. He has managed Windows networks, functioned as a production DBA, development DBA, software developer, and DBA manager. His work has included start-up as well as Fortune 1000 companies in the power, financial, education, and software industries. He currently has his dream job managing the largest SQL Server community on the Internet from his ranch in Colorado and writes a daily editorial at SQLServerCentral.