The IT Builder’s ToolkitBy: Matthew MoranBuy from Amazon.ca(December 31, 2004)The IT Career Builder’s Toolkit features market-focused skills and proven methods you can use to jump-start and advance your career. While other books cover just the mechanics of preparing your résumé, writing a cover letter, and interviewing, this book provides all that plus additional insight from IT career development expert, Matt Moran, to help you plan and create a rewarding IT career over the long term.The toolkit approach allows you to use this book to suit your unique needs:Are you new to the IT field? Benefit by reading the book cover to cover.Just need to fine-tune your IT career? Choose a topic and dive in.Understand and prepare for the various and changing factors that affect your career in both positive and negative ways. Learn how toPresent the value of your technical skills in the job marketPosition yourself as the primary commodity of your careerRemove the guesswork out of job searchesHighlight on-the-job skills and gain meaningful professional exposureThe companion CD-ROM includes career management tools such as résumé and cover letter templates, forms to track important contacts, and self-assessment tools. Start or further your consulting career with sample proposals, opportunity tracking forms, and a time-tracking and billing database. Financial tools, including budget and cash-flow summary worksheets, help you gain financial well-being. Use the Value-Added Technologist presentation to gain a clear understanding of the career-building process and how to use the toolkit to build a dynamic career.Most of all, have fun! Every year, people advance along the path to career stardom. Let Matt help you to be one of them through his career philosophy “Do not accept mediocrity as a career objective–demand more of yourself.”“I want you to see the [toolkit] techniques as one more set of skills to adopt in your overall career development program. They are skills, just like your technical skills, that you will use daily during your career. Just as you adopt new technical skills, use the toolkit to define those soft skills that you must learn and put to use. The result will be a more well-rounded and complete professional skill-set.” ~ Matthew Moran, from the IntroductionCompanion CD-ROM The CD-ROM contains valuable tools, forms, spreadsheets, and documents that work with the Toolkit to help you master key areas of your career development. From the Back CoverAn insider’s guide to building your Information Technology career in any economyTeaches value of IT skills in the job market, while emphasizing the soft skills needed for long-term growth and stabilityPractical help to finding jobs in the IT marketAuthor is well-know motivational and IT job speaker throughout the countryThe IT Career Builder’s Toolkit provides a pragmatic and proven method for developing a dynamic and growing career in information technology.