|Entrepreneurial Activities||Job Search Assistance|
|Performing competitive analysis|
|Identify your competition||= List of companies you can target for employment|
|Identify the primary technologies used||= List of technologies you should learn about|
|Pricing||= General industry knowledge|
|Define how they reach your clients||= How you can reach potential employers|
|Define your competitive advantages||= The best way to sell yourself to employers|
|Defining a high level marketing plan|
|Define target client types (large, startup)||= List of companies you can target for employment|
|Define target client industries||= List of industries you can target for employment|
|Define organizations to reach target clients||= Places you can network to find employment|
|Define your PR/networking strategy||= Ways to promote yourself in your job search|
|Performing a gap analysis|
|What knowledge do I need to acquire?||= Increased knowledge makes you more marketable|
|What certifications do I need to get?||= Increased credentials makes you more marketable|
|What networking organizations to join?||= Places you can network to find employment|
When reviewing the above examples, note that you don’t have to tell anyone you are thinking about starting your own company unless you decide to move forward.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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