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Archive: “Damaged” from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

 Career Opportunities podcast logoIt is a sad fact that, especially in high-tech careers, some workers have been so damaged by their work experiences they have lost all hope of ever having a fulfilling career. They feel beaten down, used up and cast aside by their employers and sometimes by their co-workers. After nearly 10 years of writing this column, and 20-year career in high-tech companies, I have met or talked with many such people. The most damaged have resigned themselves to lives of “quiet desperation”, bemoaning the tedious or destructive elements of their work. They no longer try to change their career. They simply exist and remain day in and day out in a job they hate.

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I feel deeply for these people. They are one of the main reasons that I started writing Career Opportunities. I believe that no one need be trapped in an unfulfilling career that leaves them feeling deadened and hopeless. Even after meeting so many damaged people, and suffering career problems myself, I still believe there is a better way. Everyone has the ability to rise above worthless, unfulfilling jobs and build a career that means something.

The Outside

So where does the trouble begin. What are the factors that can lead you down a dead end road? Many damaged workers will tell you their horror stories of managers that lie, cheat or steal – co-workers that bully and control those around them – companies that exploit workers for their own end.

Yes, it is true that there are people in the world that will take advantage of you, if you let them. There are people to whom ethics are only a vague concept. The flaw arises, though, when we start to believe that everyone everywhere is the same. Once you start believing that everyone is out to damage you in some way, you are in danger of losing hope in humanity as a whole. You stop trying to change your own life, assuming that there is nothing you can do and no place you can go to find a better life. You become more and more disgruntled as time goes on and every day you only see your suspicions confirmed – there are no good people left in the work world. Talk about a hopeless position. Instead of focusing on the outside world, though, you need to focus on yourself and what problems you might be creating or carrying along with you.

The Inside

If your career has been an endless succession of difficult or dead-end jobs, you need to turn away from the easy excuses of external factors and look deeply into your own thoughts and ideas about work and career.

The truth is you will never get along with all of your co-workers. We are all individuals and we do not always mesh well with those around us. That said, if you find yourself in heavy conflict with every co-worker you have ever had, perhaps you are carrying your troubles with you. You can see this concept in action with those people who constantly move from job to job, but find the same complaints, the same problems no matter where they go. Why does this occur? Perhaps they have chosen the wrong industry. Perhaps they don’t have the right temperament for customer service. Maybe they don’t like the prevalent attitudes in the city or state where they live. Until you investigate these issues, you may never discover where your problems lie. You will simply wallow in the mire of hopelessness, another damaged worker in the high tech world.

While there are some workers who are truly without hope – trapped in horrible jobs with no escape – I cannot imagine I would find them in the ranks of the, relatively, high-paid, decently well educated, high-tech workers. If you are feeling stuck, it is often because it is easier to give up – to stop trying – than continue the struggle to improve your career. You do have options, unlike some people in the world, and to not seek out those options is to squander the advantages that life has given you. In most cases, hopelessness is a choice we have made, not one forced upon us by any employer. Until you recognize this important fact, you may never improve your high-tech career.


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Stop worshipping the obsessive — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 22nd, 2012 Comments off

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As a people, Americans love to worship the obsessives among us. Witness the near deification of Steve Jobs and other amazing business people. We are quick to forgive them their sins of anti-social, bullying and “ends justify the means” behavior since their accomplishments are so great. We begin to see their obsessive behaviors as the one true secret to business and life success. Unfortunately, business thought-leaders have tied onto this star, as well, and seem to think that this obsessive behavior is the ONLY way to achieve success in any business. While certainly there are some success stories of obsessive leaders leading a company to greatness, to expect everyone to be obsessive is a road to disaster.

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Your career is important for your stability, your livelihood and your sense of accomplishment. That said, it should only be one part of your life. Your career should never dominate your life. Sure, we love to celebrate the obsessive entrepreneur, but I believe that those people are the outliers in society as a whole. While they may see no problem with sacrificing everything for their career, I think most of us would rather seek a balance in all the various aspects of our lives including, career, family, recreation, simplicity and love. It takes a very odd person — perhaps even clinically obsessive — to ignore all the other aspects of their lives — all the other amazing things in the world — and focus solely on business success.

Let me be clear. Thank goodness there are those obsessives who can drive new innovations and tremendous accomplishments in the world. They are to be lauded for much that they accomplish. That said, I think we are doing a great disservice when we hold up these people — these outliers — as the norm that everyone else should — no, MUST — emulate. Talk to any career counsellor and I can almost guarantee one the first things they will say will be, “You are trying to do too much, too many different things. You have to FOCUS on one of them!” As someone who thinks and acts otherwise, I believe it is only a minority of people that can find such a hyper-focused life possible or rewarding. For me, there are far too many cool things to be investigated to limit my life to only one obsessive pursuit. Further, while my methods may not lead to the dramatic success of some obsessives, it will lead to my own personal success. The success will look different, but if I do it right, it can still be counted, by many factors, as a success.

For most of us — the “normals” if you like — life has a daily balance and subtlety. Further, there are many more of us, than them. Trying to be something that you are not, simply because someone has told you this is the only path, is destructive to you and your career. Like Cinderella’s sisters constantly trying to fit into a shoe that is too small or too large, trying to be an obsessive when you are not is a foolish waste of time and energy. Even worse, when you are “trying” to be something you are not, your chances of success in that role lessen with each passing day. You are fighting against your very nature and it shows.

We are so enamoured with obsessive success that we have now begun to mistake the minority for the majority when it comes to business success. We see the great obsessive successes and begin to think that everyone should/could/would behave in exactly the same fashion. We deny that there is any other path to success and even deny that any other success exists but this one. There are many levels and types of success, though, and we ignore that at our peril. As I said in a recent talk at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley), “For many, if you can support yourself and your family doing something you love, you are successful!” It may be a different type of success, but you must recognize it as success all the same. To deny it risks your very happiness and fulfillment in life.

(Watch this talk, “What is success…and why you might have it already!” by clicking on this link. Listen to the audio version of “What is success…and why you might have it already!”)

When we try to fit into someone else’s shoes, or someone else’s suit of clothes, we seek to ignore our most dramatic nature as humans — our infinite variability. We are surrounded by every possible variation of human throughout our entire lives, yet we try to fool ourselves into thinking that we can — or should — think and act as only one type. Some great successes come from obsessive behavior so we start to think that everyone should be obsessive. This totally disregards the fact that obsessives typically only engage in their behavior because they are surrounded with “normal” people who take care of everything that they are ignoring — who actually implement what the obsessives have only dreamed.

For every obsessive success, there are thousands of people who made that success possible. Without these variations in thought and behavior, it is likely that we humans would find our accomplishments growing less and less each day. If we truly decided to turn everyone into an obsessive entrepreneur, we would find ourselves with thousands of tremendous ideas, but with no one to turn them into reality.

It is time for us to stop worshipping the obsessives in the world and trying to turn everyone into some version of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Monetary success is one thing, but success means something different for every person in the world. Instead of trying to be a copy of your favorite obsessive creator you need to be the best YOU that you can be. You need to work smarter. You need to work harder. You need to dream bigger, sure. You need to work towards a success that means something personal to you. Doing more of what you love most is the road to success. To ignore your own, individual, unique wants, needs and desires is greatly damaging and almost guarantees that you will never reach the success you truly want. If you are obsessive — be obsessive. Otherwise stop trying to be who you are not — what you are not — and focus on who you truly are and what you truly want.


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Elsewhere: Five Most Effective Ways to Invest in Your Career from Forbes

October 22nd, 2012 Comments off

A great article from Forbes on how and where to “invest” in your career. One item they mention is using a career coach. This is something I have been doing more of lately. If you are interested, you can check out this page — Douglas E. Welch Career Coaching.


Five Most Effective Ways to Invest in Your Career

You are accountable for your own success.   As such, it is your responsibility to discover your special gifts, attributes and capabilities that can give you a competitive edge and the greatest probability to have a flourishing career.   Career management requires quality networking, being in the right place at the right time, earning a voice at the table, knowing your unique value proposition and how to use it, managing your personal brand, being influential – to name a few essentials.  But in the end, all of these factors require one important thing:  a personal commitment to manage and invest in your career the right way.

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News: 10 Must-Have Skills and Must-Read Books for Today’s Worker By Hannah Morgan

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

Lots of good advice and pointers to additional material in this article from US News and World Report. For me, the most important messages are the need for self-motivated entrepreneurship and self-leadership in any worker today. You need to feel that your work has a bigger purpose and bigger rewards than simply paying the bills. I personally believe that the only way to do “great” work is to have an intrinsic love for that work. Otherwise you work will be only “good” and perhaps just passable.

10 Must-Have Skills and Must-Read Books for Today’s Worker By Hannah Morgan

What do employers’ value? What are they really looking for? According to Natasha Dalzell-Martinez, a research director with Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, these are the top 10 qualities employers seek today. As a job seeker, employee, and/or a business of one, you will want to develop and promote these qualities in terms that are quantifiable and meaningful to your future or current boss. Try developing these qualities by picking up the books mentioned.


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News: Panelists champion careers in social good

October 17th, 2012 Comments off

Everyone wants to make money in their career, but many of us also want to have the biggest effect possible on the world. We seek out ways to do good as well as live good using our work and enterprise as the engine for the good.

They panel discussion from Yale holds some interesting thoughts about how to engage in social good while also being good to your career and life.

Panelists champion careers in social good

For all Yale students considering investment banking, Doug Hausladen ’04 has a message for you: Do not go to the dark side.

The undergraduate organization Net Impact hosted an event to launch its organization on Tuesday that aimed to inspire Yale students to explore the field of social enterprise — or socially-conscious entrepreneurship. The panel included Hausladen, Ward 7 Alderman and the co-founder of ActualFood; Barry Nalebuff, co-founder of Honest Tea and professor at the Yale School of Management; Maxim Thorne LAW ‘92, former vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Cary Krosinsky, senior vice president of TruCost; and Kate Cooney, an SOM professor. At the talk, the speakers explored their definitions of social enterprise and suggested an alternative to traditional careers in business or non-profits.

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Elsewhere: Top 10 Reasons Why First-Time Freelancers Fail

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

Here is an excellent article on why many first-time freelancers fail. I know i have faced many of these issues myself and readily identify with the problems presented. That said, while freelancing can be — let us say — challenging, it can also be tremendously rewarding and provide you ways to put your family above your career. I have often said that I have forgone more money for more time with my son, now 14. I like to think that our relationship remains strong because of the time I have had to engage with him as he has grown up. This is so important as he enters his high school years. It is hard to believe that he only has 3.5 years before he is off to college and on his own, so I have been very happy with my decision to freelance, even if I a may not be a monetarily successful as some of my peers.

Top 10 Reasons Why First-Time Freelancers Fail

There’s quite a fetish for failure-as-fodder these days. Search “failure” on popular business sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, or Inc, and you’ll get loads of articles on how it can be a great teacher.

I have to admit: I used to party on this bandwagon. Rally people to feel free to fail, as if it encourages higher-levels of creativity. Self-destruct certain projects just to see what happens.

Then the Harvard Business Review released their Failure issue. And I saw the cult of failure for what it was: a misguided attempt to ease anxiety.

This got me thinking. Do I have to fail at being a first-time freelancer to learn to be a successful freelancer? The answer is an unequivocal NO.

Listen, failure can be a great teacher—especially if you learn from someone else’s failure.

So, if you are a first-time freelancer and would like to become a seasoned one without having failed—then read on to learn the top ten mistakes first-time freelancers make and how to avoid them. Achieving success doesn’t require you to fall flat on your face first.

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October 16th, 2012 Comments off

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Archive: The Right Way To Resign – Most viewed Career Opportunities column

October 14th, 2012 Comments off

This column (Actually originally a series of 5 columns) ranks as the most viewed column of any I have written in 14 years of the Career Opportunities column. I present it here to share it with those who might not have seen it in the archives. — Douglas

Career Opportunities podcast logoThe Right Way to Resign

November 1998

Most times we are so busy looking for a new job that we put no thought towards leaving our current one. Often, how you leave a job can be just as important as how you get one. This month I will talk about a few ways to make sure that you don?t burn bridges that you may need later in your career.

Worst case scenario

Most everyone has a job horror story where the only thought was getting out of the company as quickly as possible. While companies like this do exist it is far more common to leave a job on good terms. This is especially true today when most people change jobs every 2-3 years and most understand of the need for “moving out to move up.”

Even in the worse case, you can ensure that your resignation goes as smoothly as possible by following a few simple rules. The first of these is to be professional, regardless of the situation. If a company has already shown itself to be less than ideal you will be wise to not add any fuel to the fire.

Fight no battles

Too often we are determined to settle old scores when we finally have found a new job and are ready to resign. We make a point of telling everyone exactly what we think of them. We let people know how right we were and how wrong they were. Sometimes it seems we want to do as much damage as possible before we leave. In truth, we do more damage to ourselves than the companies we are leaving.

Engaging in petty reprisals only makes your departure more difficult. You do not want to give the company any reason to hassle you more than they already have. They might hold up your final paycheck, dispute your unused vacation or take a hundred other tiny power trips.

You will find that it is best to let the sins of the past be forgotten, release your anger towards them and move on. It is not worth the energy to fight battles that you cannot win, even if you tell off everyone in the company. Direct that energy towards your new job.

Ducks in a row

The first step to a professional resignation is a formal resignation letter. This should be printed on company letterhead, if available, and include a number of including the date of notification, the final day of work, and mention of any outstanding salary, unused vacation pay or expense reimbursements. This letter should be delivered, by hand if possible, to your immediate supervisor. Don?t leave it in a mailbox or on your boss?s desk. If this means you have to hunt down your boss, do it.

Above all, DO NOT SEND IT VIA EMAIL. While email is fine for most business communications, resignation letters are too important to be sent in that fashion. In the worst case, your boss could deny they ever received the resignation.

Next week: Two weeks or nothing

The most important aspect of any resignation is professionalism. Being professional will ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. Even in the worst case, you owe it to yourself, if not the company you are leaving.

Two Weeks

Your resignation letter (see last week?s column) should always offer 2 weeks notice, regardless of how the company has treated you in the past or how soon your new job wants you to report. Two weeks is common courtesy and nothing will start an argument faster than ignoring this fact.

This is not to say that you will not be asked to leave immediately. In fact, if you have had a contentious relationship with your boss, this will most often be the result. Your boss may even feel betrayed by your resignation and not want you around the office for another two weeks.

Before you actually hand in your resignation, make sure you have removed all personal property from your office and your hard drive, as discretely as possible. This insures an easy exit, should it be necessary. Be very careful not to take company property, even by accident. You may have to do some research about the status of such items as rolodexes and paper files. While you don?t want any squabble over your personal property, you don?t want to be accused of trying to steal company property either. It is a fine line to walk but definitely an important one.

Conversely, do not let yourself be pressured by your new company to give less than 2 weeks notice. They would expect nothing less from their employees and they shouldn?t expect less from you. You might be able to report to your new position earlier but don?t make that assumption.

In fact, I highly recommend that you take a short vacation between jobs. You will need some time to relax and recharge your batteries before facing the challenges of a new job. This will also give you a chance to check out any new commute routes, the neighborhood around your new office and the location of the coffee bar with the best Caffe Mocha.

Staying Connected

Just in case you are escorted out the door as soon as you hand in your resignation letter, it is important to have laid the groundwork. If there are co-workers you feel you can confide in, ask them to prepare letters of recommendation for you. In reality, you should have asked for these letters long ago, (See Getting some recognition?, June 1998, but it is imperative you get them now.

Make sure you have address, phone and email information for everyone you may want to contact in the future. You can never be sure who might be able to help you in your new job or the one after that. Staying in contact with your past co-workers helps to build you network and could even by the source of a new job in the future.

Next Week: More ways to avoid trouble before it happens.

Over the past few weeks I have give some advice on resigning from a job. Depending on the company, your resignation may go smoothly or it may have a few rough spots. Regardless, you should pay close attention to every step in the process in order to avoid any unwanted consequences. 

Keep the doors open

Almost everyone has moved to a new job only to have it self-destruct before you even get started. It has happened to me and it has happened to friends. Sometimes, everything is not as rosy at a company as you might first believe. Perhaps the job isn?t what you were told. Perhaps the job, or the company, disappears due to financial problems.

Whatever the case, nothing will reduce your stress level more than knowing there is still a place for you at your old company. Keep the door open, if you can. At the very least, maintain contact with those fellow employees who can help you locate other job openings in the future

Taking a “Hands-off” approach

In many technical positions we are privy to a wide variety of sensitive information. This can include everything from supervisor passwords to file servers, ID?s to access high security areas and human resources information on everyone in the company. One of the first things to do when you resign is distance yourself from any sensitive information or locations. This is especially true if you are having problems with your current employer. In some extreme cases, employers have created problems and tried to blame them on the employee. This is an extreme case but it has happened.

Even if your resignation is taken well, you want to insure that there is no way you can be blamed for mishaps that might take place during your last two weeks. If your resignation is contentious you will want to protect yourself from any action, up to and including, litigation. While some of you might consider this an over-reaction, you only need to read the newspapers to see just how nasty the work environment can become.

Distancing Yourself

First, set up a plan that reduces your job duties during your final two weeks. In a personal case, I had myself assigned to the help desk for my final two weeks. In this way, I could still be productive but I had limited access and limited contact with the computer users.

Next, have your supervisor disable or change any passwords that grant you high-level access to network servers or other equipment. While this might not always be possible, it is one more way to distance yourself from blame in case anything should go wrong. `This also has the additional result of showing your fellow staffers exactly what you were taking care of and what duties will have to be taken on by others.

Next week: Walking out the door

Now that you have found your new job, tendered your resignation letter and started your last two weeks there are a few final items to wrap up. These weeks will determine how you will be remembered to your co-workers and especially you bosses. You want to leave with the best impression possible.

Pass it on

Your final two weeks are also a good time to pass on any specialized knowledge you developed in your time with the company. As technical people, we often develop detailed knowledge of specific systems and this should be communicated to other staffers. Passing on this knowledge can help you stay in contact with former co-workers and keeps the doors open, as mentioned above. It can also help to leave your employer with a good opinion of your work.

In some cases, you might have to write up your information since other staffers could be too busy to learn it before you leave. You might even want to make a semi-formal presentation of this information to your supervisor. It is in your best interest to communicate this information, even if others are not receptive. It is more important for you to show initiative.

Keeping your mouth shut

Despite the fact that you may be feeling very happy, even elated, about your new job, it is best to contain your excitement in front of all but your most trusted co-workers. Although it may seem obvious, don?t make disparaging comparisons between your old job and your new one. You may be accused of stirring up trouble and in the worst case, of trying to recruit co-workers for your new company. This may seem like an extreme position but some co-workers may feel jealous of your new job and supervisors may feel you are undermining their authority somehow. The reality matters little compared to how these people perceive your departure.

Are you sure?

Sometimes, the reality of your imminent departure will cause a change of heart in your supervisor. They might even make a counter offer or sweeten a deal previously offered. This can often be the most confusing and frustrating time. You have already made plans to leave. Your ducks are all in a row. Still, it is important to consider any offer with a clear and unemotional head even though your heart may be leading you in another direction.

If you receive a late offer like this there are a few things to consider. What exactly is missing in your current position? Does the new offer meet or surpass your desires? Do you have better opportunities for growth in the new position?

Whatever you do, don?t let yourself be pressured by any time constraints. Consider every item carefully. Also, consider that you have given your promise to a new employer and backing out on that promise could harm you both financially and in your career. Make your decision carefully but make it distinctly.

It is important to remember that the best way to start a new job is by leaving the last one with a clean, clear slate.

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Archive: High-Tech Super Hero – Podcast

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

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There are days when I wish I had some super power that allowed me to sense when someone was about to make a nasty high-tech mistake. Then I could swoop in, act as translator and ombudsman and save countless hours and dollars on my client’s behalf. Instead, though, I am forced to field the early morning phone calls where a client explains how some software upgrade or network change has reduced their computer systems to nothing more than a pile of worthless wires and switches, worth more for its copper content than anything else.

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Can you tell I have had a spate of these occurrences lately? I recently absorbed a number of clients from a friend and fellow consultant, and many of my first calls have been spent repairing some error or omission – most that were only peripherally the client’s fault. While I have been unable to develop some sort of high-tech “Spidey Sense,” I can, at least, solve these new client’s problems and make every effort to insure it never happens again.

Hold the phone

A few days ago I got a call from one of these new clients, explaining how their DSL had stopped functioning. I didn’t really expect any large problems, as it is usually just a loose cable or a router that needs resetting. When I arrived, though, I started to hear about an “upgrade” that had been offered by their DSL provider. The client had accepted it over the phone and all was thought to be well. Of course, on the day the change was supposed to take place, the entire system stopped working.

As I write, the problem has still not been resolved, but all information points to a botched transfer or install of the new service. Hours spent talking to Tier 1 and Tier 2 support showed me that even they were confused over what was occurring. Never a good sign. What is even worse, I believe the client was sold something they never really needed in the first place. Since they are a professional office, it appears that a salesperson called with the offer to upgrade to a faster version of DSL. In reality, this small office is fine with a standard DSL line, but your average user, through no fault of their own, often thinks that bigger, or in this case, faster, is always better.

This was the first mistake in this process. Had I worked with the client previously I would have instructed them to always contact me before making a big change like this so we could talk over any possible implications. I highly recommend you do the same with your clients. Give them enough advice and training so they can tell when they are outside of their areas of expertise. Reinforce with your clients that they can call you whenever they have questions as it is always better (and cheaper for them) to ask questions BEFORE pressing the button than after. Again, I really wish I had those super powers. In this case, there was nothing I could do to avoid the mistake being made on the front end.

Just say no!

While the client may have made an uninformed decision that initiated the problem, I place the most blame on the sales person who made the cold call and convinced them to upgrade. I wasn’t privy to the call, but I can imagine the type of tactics used. A small minority of salespeople will do anything to make a sale, even selling something that the client doesn’t need. Their uncaring actions have ended up costing my client hundreds of dollars.

Of course, the worst mistake of this entire situation was failing to deliver what they had sold the client. Had the switch taken place smoothly, neither the client nor I would have been any wiser. Sure, he would have been paying more money every month for something he really wasn’t using, but he would have had a working network. Now, through no fault of his own, he is suffering this customer service nightmare and I can do very little to help. I am acting as a translator and a middleman to try and resolve the issue, but the problem in this case isn’t so much technical as bureaucratic.

It is very frustrating to have been unable to prevent this problem, or to help solve it quickly. In most cases, though, I can only help those who seek my assistance. The best you can do is to prepare your clients so they don’t suffer similar issues. Perhaps you know of somewhere I can visit to develop my high-tech super hero skills. After this week I need them even more than usual.


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Books by Douglas E. Welch

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

The High-Tech Career Handbook: The Best of Career Opportunities 1998-2003

30,000 Words

Navigating the special difficulties of a high-tech career can be troublesome for workers, young and old. Career Opportunities, a weekly column for ComputorEdge Magazine in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has addressed these issues for almost 13 years.

While simultaneously developing his own high-tech career, author Douglas E. Welch has shared his insights, trials, setbacks and successes with his readers. The High-Tech Career Handbook collects the best columns from 1997-2003 into a book for all high-tech careerists, whether they are just starting out, building their career or looking for a new career in the high-tech world. Topics covered in the columns include getting your career started, ethics, fairness and the benefits of doing honest business, personal development, professional development, and the tips and tricks for transitioning into a mature career.

Cultivating Your Career Reputations

11,000 Words

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole. This book will focus on the combination of reputations that make up your one, overarching, Reputation. By examining each of these reputations in detail, I hope you will find specific areas where you can improve your work, your actions and your thoughts so that your overall professional reputation grows.

Why break your Reputation down into its constituent parts? It is often said that you can’t “do” projects, you can only do the individual tasks that make up the project and achieve the desired result. The same can be said for reputation. You don’t build your reputation as a whole, you cultivate the smaller reputations that create it. Each individual action builds your reputation in unique ways and each requires some thought as to how they relate to the whole.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Reputations
  • A Reputation for Fairness
  • A Reputation for Honesty
  • A Reputation for Trustworthiness
  • A Reputation for Decision-making
  • A Reputation for Empathy
  • A Reputation for Helpfulness
  • A Reputation for Compromise
  • A Reputation for Clarity
  • A Reputation for the Big Picture…and the small
  • A Reputation for Balancing Work and Self
  • A Reputation for Creativity and Innovation
  • Conclusion
  • About the Author


Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

5,100 Words

Imagine if when you were born you were given a magical compass to lead you through your life. It would always show you the way. It would show you the right answers on tests, lead you to the right college and to the right course of study at that college. It would lead to your first job, your first (and maybe last) love and always show the path ahead. This isn’t some idle fantasy. We each have a compass to show us the way, if only we would take it out of our pocket and use it. This compass, of course, is our desire. Instead of a needle, it is a feeling, a pull, a tension — in some cases, an overwhelming flood of feeling that says “Yes, this is the way — this is the one — this is where you need to go!”


“I am deeply convinced of the importance and effectiveness of social media. Like the Internet itself, which made social media possible, social media allows you to expose your talents, your products, your creativity to a huge number of people all over the world. The “loose contacts” we make online are the beginning of what I call our own global family. This isn’t one unwieldy global online community, but rather our own personalized family made up of those that bring value into our lives. Our communities might overlap in some ways, but they will never be the same. They can’t be. We are all unique individuals so therefore our communities will reflect this uniqueness In fact, when our communities are too alike, we might be just following the crowd instead of building our own community.”

Social Media Self Preservation is now available in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.

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