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The IT Career Builder's Toolkit Paperback – Print + CD, January 10, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1587131561 ISBN-10: 1587131560

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press (January 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587131560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587131561
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Moran is a consultant specializing in strategic IT initiatives, IT staff development, automated workflow and document assembly applications, and business process re-engineering. His articles on technology automation and professional development have appeared in The Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal, Windows .NET Scripting Solutions Journal,,, Power Media Group’s Technology magazines, and several others. His presentations on technology careers, innovation, and creativity provide dynamic motivation with a real-world course of action. With more than 17 years experience providing business solutions as a business analyst, project manager, business owner, CIO, and VP of technology, Matt has had the opportunity to help many technology professionals create rewarding careers.

Customer Reviews

Before you read one more technical manual, I recommend you read the IT Career Builder's Toolkit!
John Gordon Ainsworth
If you're just getting into IT or if you feel your career has stalled and dont know what to do next then read this book!
Throughout the book, Matt provides tools, guidance, and experience that can be added to your own career toolkit.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Sardella on March 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The IT Career Builder's Toolkit by Matthew Moran (Cisco Press, 2005) is actually a useful toolkit for building a career in many other fields as well. The author has taken the trouble to uncover a great many universal truths about the relationship between employee and employer, the bottom-line mentality of human resource management in business, and the effects of the current economy on new entrants to the job market. It was really unusual to see a business book that didn't seem to just echo the platitudes of every other business book on the market, but which instead, by reflecting on the state of affairs in one particular vocation, and focusing on the specific problem of starting out as an entry level candidate, repeatedly illustrated techniques that people can apply in any stage of their career, and in may different professions.

This is because so many of the players in everyone's career are aptly introduced, with numerous tips on how to deal with the ones who may have forgotten to take their medication this morning, or who may have more of an influence on your future than you think. The numerous personas of interviewers, bosses, coworkers, and the people you are ultimately helping-your users-are drawn up so that you can recognize them when you see them, and handle a variety of situations as a professional. For instance, even if a scrap of criticism is too harsh, is there a grain of truth in it? And if you are concerned about a pending performance review or how your supervisor views your progress, you may want to assign a self-evaluation and report the results to your supervisor. The author gives a vivid account of how well that worked for him.

But of course the focus is on helping the young entrant to the IT job market.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Gordon Ainsworth on February 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Like a runner benefits from an hour in the weight room after 40 miles on the track, so the IT technician will do well to spend some time reading the IT Career Builder's Toolkit by Matthew Moran. You do not have to be technical at all to read this book. It is full of good common sense advice from an information technology perspective. It is the first Cisco Press book that has caught the eye of my non-technical friends.

Moran emphasizes the development of the soft skills that are so necessary to really succeed in any career. He explains that we must become agnostic about which technology or process we use and more cognizant of the big picture of how technology can accomplish business needs and profitability. Concerning this focus he asks the reader, "Are you a pure technologist or a systems analyst?"

There are 3 helpful sections on the CD. Career Management Tools has examples such as resumes, cover letters, opportunity tracker, self assessment form, and status reports. Consulting Tools has tips on sales presentations, case studies, and solution selling. Financial Tools, includes budget and cash flow planning and sample spreadsheets.

The book is divided into short easy to read chapters. I particularly enjoyed Moran's writing style which consists of well organized paragraphs consisting of tight punchy sentences. The book is the result of the author's years of experience of applying solutions for his employers and customers through managing his own and others IT skills. Before you read one more technical manual, I recommend you read the IT Career Builder's Toolkit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brion Washington on February 6, 2005
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This book would make a good addition to anyone looking to better their career knowledge and career. It starts off with the author talking about past experiences that helped shape the book. I think this information is decent to include so you have a better understanding of his skills. Next he defines the differences in a job and a career. It's important to be on the same sheet of music. The next chapter starts to get into the IT field. A brief insight to the past, present and future history of IT is discussed. Matthew then starts to get your mindset into the real world of IT. My favorite section of this chapter is when he explains that you can't expect certifications to be your "magic carpet" in IT. He then touches on the job market and talks a little on Outsourcing. I know people will learn tons about the dynamics of Outsourcing and who is really affected in these few short paragraphs.

The 4th chapter is one of the best chapters in the book. I feel they should be mandatory reading for everyone entering this field. He makes you realize there is more to think about then how much money you are making. You are presented with other benefits a job has to offer besides just pay. I will admit that I have made the mistake of leaving a company and my only concern was about how much money I was making or not making. The major points that are pointed out in this chapter alone are well worth the price of the book and the time to read it.

The next 3 chapters will help the user with self improvement. This is done with a few self assessment questions and a make a list at the end of a chapter. The next chapter deals with your attitude and how you act and interact with people. This is a vital section to anyone that works with others. "That would be ALL of us".
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More About the Author

I'm Matthew Moran. I do a few things, so hold on to your hats! Beside the two books here - and more to come, I am a business coach, speaker, & songwriter. (yes, songwriter, we'll get to that). Most importantly, I am a father, dog owner, and lover of life!

My latest book, Building Your I.T. Career, focuses on proactive and empowered career development for computer professionals. It is not written from a theoretical perspective or as an academic. I am a 20+ year veteran of the I.T. industry - as a programmer, network administrator, project manager, CIO, and consultant.

I still consult, plus I speak on professional development, proactive career advancement, online collaboration tools and social media, and creativity.

Finally, I am a songwriter and have toured nationally, performing at small venues and house concerts. I also have a band based in Southern California.

You can reach me on the contact page of my website (below). I answer every email I receive - sometimes short answers but I do my best.