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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147936116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479361168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Schneider's debut guide will help information technology professionals
rise to the top... The author doesn't waver from his stated aim to target the
specific challenges and concerns of IT professionals; he endeavours to help
them 'stand out amongst the multitudes of mediocrity.'" --Kirkus Indie

About the Author

Mr. Schneider received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and his MBA from Drake University. His first job out of college was writing software in C on OS/2. Even back then that was a bit of a rarity, though it helped establish his strong technical foundation. Eventually, Mr. Schneider worked his way up from being a programmer to architect to technical manager. Along the way, he developed and designed some of the most complex ecommerce systems used today, as well as worked on some of the largest database systems in the world. He also authored and holds United States Patent 7,228,371 which describes a system and method for automatically determining when computer workstations should be upgraded or replaced. As his career progressed, Mr. Schneider earned the position of Vice President of Software Development at one of the world's most respected Fortune 100 companies. In that role, he has had the great opportunity to hire and mentor many technologists across many industries. Over time, he has developed various techniques and processess that technologists can use to perform better at work, and get promoted along the way. Mr. Schneider is married with three kids, and resides in Southwest Ohio.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Shumate on November 5, 2012
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John Schneider's book is filled with practical, actionable and insightful suggestions that will improve anyone's career and work life - not just "Technologists." His varied career provides his readers a glimpse of how co-workers, superiors and even subordinates view personality, performance, behaviors and common courtesy.

Schneider's writing style is humorous and engaging. He has a wealth of hands-on experience and allows his readers the opportunity to become more self-aware as they learn from his mistakes and observations.

I heartily recommend reading A Technologist's Guide to Career Advancement to those just starting their careers. Even old dogs, such as me, will pick-up many pointers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gipp on November 1, 2012
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This is an incredibly insightful read for anyone involved in technology looking to get ahead. Mr. Schneider makes several good points about keeping up professional contacts, doing things that make sense, and staying competitive, and how these strategies can be applied for future success. His writing style is very intriguing to follow and he utilizes interesting antidotes of his own personal work experiences to support these ideas. Definitely a worthwhile read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on October 18, 2012
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I bought the kindle version and could not stop reading. I must have laughed out loud at least 5 times. There are plenty of real world examples coupled with great advice. Get this book and you'll have the inside secrets on how to get ahead in the technology world.
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I largely like what John Schneider has to say in this easy and quick reading collection of tips for technology workers. Schneider has great advice about controlling your emotions in tough times and also about recognizing others in the workplace that would be good allies and champions. There are very helpful points here, especially for the inexperienced who are early in their careers:
- don't leave a job unless you have a new offer in hand
- don't burn bridges even if it might feel good
- don't be too selfish, try to empathize with those in other roles around you
- learn the business
- don't limit yourself to the narrow silo of your job, be willing to learn other jobs

However he also challenges some things that are considered industry best practices, notably the advice on accepting a counter offer if you resign from a job. The general rule is that you don't accept them. If there were fundamental problems at the job that caused you to want to resign, are they really going to change if you accept the counter offer? Schneider does acknowledge that if a workplace is really dreadful you should just leave, but then goes on to say the things you've heard about taking a counter offer are "BS" and taking one is just fine. I too will concede that if the parties involved are mature consenting adults and not children that can hold grudges, it might be ok. But people are human beings and both the managers and your peers will remember what's transpired (you might try to keep it a secret, but things have a way of getting out). Ultimately, if you had to threaten to leave in order to get what you want, is that really the kind of place you want to stay?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Hays on April 10, 2013
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John nails it.

I have been part of the tech industry for more than twenty years, part of it as a recruiter/headhunter. Many candidates trying to forward their careers have, unfortunately, made the wrong move or sabotaged their own opportunities. If I were still in the 'business,' I'd recommend this book to most every technically proficient person wanting to further their career. Consider this book an investment.

For those candidates I placed, I would have given them a copy. There is an adage, "if you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?" You'd know if you had a road map. John Schneider's A Technologist's Guide To Career Advancement is the road map.
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