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An Executive’s Schedule – “A Day in the Life of a CIO”

Do you ever wonder how other successful career minded401k Compensation Hiring Talent Value Worker Workers Workforce advice bill.inman bill_inman billinman blog blogging blogs brand career careerhacker consulting education employee employment entrepreneur entrepreneurship goals growth hr human_capital humanresources job jobboard jobs jobsearch labor life management me networking office personal personalgrowth promotion recruiting recruitment resume salary temp temporary unemployment success professionals schedule and invest their time? Computerworld offers an short yet insightful look into the schedule of a prominent healthcare Chief Information Officer. John Halamka as CIO at both Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School has seemingly achieved career success retaining a position of high responsibility. Here is a look into a recent workday’s schedule for Mr. Halamka, as outlined in by Computerworld :

  • 5 a.m. Write annual IT report for Harvard Medical
  • 6 a.m. Work on several Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
    Center strategic plans:

    • E-prescribing rollout
    • Radiology provisional/wet reads workflow
    • Ambulatory medical record support for travel clinic immunizations
  • 8 a.m. Visit Occupational Health Office for mandated
    yearly TB test
  • 8:30 a.m. Meet with senior vice president of quality
    to discuss plans for:

    • Infectious disease surveillance
    • Medication reconciliation in outpatient procedural areas
  • 9 a.m. Complete human subjects/Institutional Review
    Board submissions for two upcoming grants
  • 10 a.m. Interview with Computerworld
  • 11 a.m. Tape an e-prescribing video for the Healthcare
    Information and Management Systems Society
  • Noon. Write and send enterprise e-mail about daylight-saving
    time IT issues
  • 1 p.m. Attend Revenue Cycle Project steering committee
  • 3 p.m. Review 2007 disaster recovery plans
  • 5 p.m. Dentist appointment
  • 6 p.m. Dinner with family
  • 8 p.m. E-mail
  • 10 p.m. Practice Japanese flute

Thats roughly 11.5 hours of work, 1.5 hours of personal appointments, 2 hours with family, and 1-2 hours of personal time (hobbies). For some that may seem like a heavy commitment, but consider that the average CIO makes about $165,00 annually (click here for more information).

A Day in the Life of a CIO. [Computerworld]

Also see:

Tapping the Power of Your Morning Routine

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Security Clearance, “In Many Cases It’s Better Than Having an MBA”

CAREER HACK: If you are in an area where Security Clearance positions are in demand consider applying for these positions and gaining clearance. If you are able to receive Security Clearance it can boost your salary by 25% on average while providing stronger job security.Career Hacker Bill Inman Employment Jobs Interview Resume Blog Success Boss Work Hiring

Would getting a security clearance be better than getting an MBA degree? The Associated Press in their article “Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential” discusses the advantages of having this clearance which is in high demand. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Job candidates with security clearances are hotter-than-ever commodities in the Washington area and elsewhere, due to higher demand, tighter security requirements and a wave of baby-boomer retirements”
  • “If a soldier has good skill sets in the IT arena, he’ll have a job offer in five minutes”
  • “We see people hoping to retire, and their employers are pleading with them to stay. They say, ‘We’ll pay you another 30 grand to stay on board.”‘
  • “Estimates are that there are 100,000 unfilled security-clearance jobs, many of them in the Washington area, the largest market for such positions.”
  • “Those with security clearances earn an average 25 percent more than similarly skilled workers who lack them. That gap has been widening, too.”
  • “It’s in many cases better than having an MBA.”

Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential. [Associated Press]


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Second Life – A virtual life becomes a real job

Second Life is a “3D online digital world imagined, created, and owned by it’s residents.” Simply put it is a ‘website’ where real people can create online alter ego and interact with other people worldwide. As Dawn Rosenberg McKay of writes, “residents of this virtual world, who take on the persona of a self-created avatar, can own land, run businesses and attend events, all online. Ms. McKay references, “the most radical dotcom 2.0 recruitment wave is happening in virtual reality thanks to Second Life. Instead of posting a resume on that will hopefully net a flesh-and-blood job interview, your avatar can be interviewed and hired all within Second Life, often for jobs possible only in virtual reality.” Apparently several companies have already hired people by finding and interviewing people’s Second Life alter ego. If you are already on Second Life you might consider networking or starting a business where real world employer can see your talent. If you have not yet experienced Second Life it may be worth a look.

Can Second Life Help You Get Hired? [Dawn Rosenberg McKay –]

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Google Earth Resume

First video resumes, now resumes on Google Earth. Interesting. The Google Earth resume shows the locations where the job seeker went to school, where their jobs were/are, where they participate in extracurricular activities, etc.  It allows for the viewer to drill down on the locations and get more information about each.

click here to view the Google Earth resume in Google Maps

Since people are continuing to innovate how they display their resume and skills here is a new one for you. Job seekers should sell pieces of their resume on GoogleBase? $1 for the Objective, $1 for the Education, $1 for Experience, and $5 for the contact information. If a company really wanted to recruit them at least they would made a small investment and the job seeker would know they were serious when the prospective employer called.

Google Earth Resume Screenshot 

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What Kind of Raise Should Office Admin, IT, Legal, and Finance Personnel Expect in 2007?

Most employers “anticipate a less-than-4-percent base pay increase” for the vast majority of their workers in 2007, according to Sibson Consulting. “For someone earning $40,000 a year, a pay hike of 3 to 4 percent works out to as little as $100 per month before taxes, which is not exactly a reason to break out the bubbly,” writes Anne Fisher of Fortune Magazine. Here is more information on four specific areas:

Office administration:

  • Senior executive assistants’ pay range in 2007 is expected to rise 6.5 percent
  • Senior office managers’ salaries are projected to run 8.2 percent higher than in 2006, reaching $52,000 a year at the high end.
  • The salary guide also suggests ways to boost your market value: Add 9 percent to the salaries listed in the guide if you are bilingual, up to 10 percent if you hold a Microsoft Office Specialist certification, and 10 percent if you are a senior assistant supporting a C-level honcho in a large company.
  • Salary Guide – Office Administration – 

Information technology:

  • Windows administration (Server 2000/2003) tops the list of the most wanted skills, according to a Robert Half survey of 1,400 chief information officers, with 79 percent of CIOs.
  • Network administration (Cisco, Nortel, Novell) at 76 percent (most wanted skills).
  • Database management (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2) comes third at 69 percent (most wanted skills).
  • 57 percent of CIOs say they’re looking to hire people skilled in wireless network management and firewall administration.
  • 41 percent of these employers said they are more interested than ever before in hiring techies with “knowledge of business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance and general operations.” The IT salary guide shows that pay for experts in applications development, systems integration, and database administration has been climbing over the past couple of years, and in 2007 will rise well into six figures.
  • Salary Guide – IT –

The law:

  • First-year legal associates’ pay up 6.2 percent at big firms and 7.9 percent at midsized ones.
  • Office managers at law firms will make 6.3 percent more than in 2006.
  • A senior paralegal, meaning one with at least 7 years’ experience, will pull down 7.6 percent more in 2007, earning as much as $78,250. A midlevel paralegal (4-6 years’ experience) at a small law firm can expect a 7 percent bump, to somewhere between $40,500 and $55,500.
  • Salary Guide – Legal –

Accounting and finance:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley and a plethora of related new rules and regulations have pushed companies to increase their finance staffs by 68 percent since 2002, according to one study.
  • At large companies, average pay for chief compliance officers will jump 14.4 percent in 2007, to as much as $181,250, while compliance officers at midsize firms can expect to make 9.2 percent more than last year, or up to $97,750.
  • Salary Guide – Accounting –

How big will your raise be in 2007? [Fortune Magazine – Anne Fisher]

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Hiring IT professionals in a tight labor market. (Applies for all skills types)

dice logoDICE is the largest Information Technology niche recruiting site on the Internet. One of the questions on the DICE 2006 IT Recruiting Trend Survey (sent to IT Hiring Managers) is:

 “How are you dealing with the tight tech labor market?”

The checkbox answers provided are:

  • Increasing social networking activities
  • Buying more online job board services
  • Attending more job fairs
  • Placing more newspaper ads
  • Offering bigger employee referral incentives

These answers provide some basic venues where ALL workers can benefit through marketing themselves.

 Social Networking – If you do not already have your profile up on one or more of the social networking sites (i.e. LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo 360…) you may want to consider posting your profile there. Recruiters are looking. If you dont know what social networking is read this Wikipedia entry on Social network.

Job Boards – You should have your resume on job boards if you are looking for a new job. That is a no-brainer. Consider though should your resume be confidential or public? If confidential be prepared to have a colleague or even your own company know that you are on the market. Post your resume on all the big boards (Monster, DICE, Careerbuilder, HotJobs, Craigs List) and on the small job boards as well (IT niche, local, and industry focused – there are too many to name).

Job Fairs – Attend as many job fairs as you can. Sometimes this can be tough because most do happen during the middle of the work day. Keep an eye out in your local paper for advertised job fairs. Like online job boards, if your search is confidential be prepared to bump into someone you know at these job fairs and maybe someone from your own job department.

Newspaper Ads – Do read and reply to as many newspaper ads as you can. Make sure that your resume is scanable and if there is an opportunity to email make the your primary option. Once paper resumes get to most large HR departments they are run through a digital scanner and then OCR’d (Optical Character Recognition) to turn all of the analog words into digital representation. Many times, if your resume does not have a format that the OCR software likes, key information can be ommitted – like your contact information.

Employee Referrals – If you have a friend, or even just a contact, who works at a company that you want to get into leverage that. Ask them to walk your resume into the HR department or directly to the hiring manager and/or to provide you with a list of openings that might suit your skills.