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Don Goodman

Don Goodman, Job-Hunt's IT Job Search Expert, has over 20 years of experience helping people find their next job.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Business and Stanford University’s Executive Program, Don started his career as a computer programmer where he invented the first financial application with an active data dictionary, and led global implementations for such industry leaders as Ford, Target, MCI, Safeway and GTE.

As Chief Operating Officer, he took a company public and subsequently sold it a few years later to Computer Associates. Don then advanced to a senior executive role at a Division of a Fortune 500 firm specializing in IT Staffing, Software and Education. In that role, he managed Career Services at 11 campuses nationwide, successfully placing over 10,000 adult graduates per year into IT positions.

Don also directed nationwide teams of recruiters and staffing professionals to support the temporary and permanent placement of individuals into top companies. Throughout his career, he has led 4 turnarounds and over 6 startups to record levels of revenues, profits, and market share.

Recognized as a Triple-Certified Career Professional (Expert Resume Writer, Certified Career Coach, and Job Search Strategist), Don has been a Featured Speaker at dozens of Job Fairs and Executive Conferences, he has been interviewed numerous times on radio and TV, his work has been featured in over a dozen books for Best Resumes and he has been quoted in hundreds of articles.

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  • SWOT - Strategic Planning for Your Career
    Once a year, smart corporations will go through a strategic planning session to set the direction for the future. The executives review their mission, vision, and results, and tweak their priorities and execution plans accordingly. I am a firm believer that you should also perform this analysis on your career at least once a year. A powerful tool used in strategic planning is S-W-O-T analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
  • Ace Your Job Interview: 5 Ways to Build Rapport with the Interviewers
    You have a great resume, you passed the phone screening and now have an interview with the decision maker. But there are five equally qualified people interviewing for the same job you want. How do you distinguish yourself?
  • 7 Best Ways for IT Professionals to Optimize Keywords for a More Powerful LinkedIn Profile
    LinkedIn is the of the 21st century. More than 85% of employers will "source" (find) people through LinkedIn.
  • 4 LinkedIn Icebreakers
    It has always been true that networking is the most effective way to find a new position. And now LinkedIn has made networking even easier. Nonetheless, with people being bombarded by digital messages, you need to consider how to get your message noticed and answered.

Guide to Successful Job Interviews:

  • The Second Interview: 5 Key Questions to Ask
    So you have passed the first or second interview and have been asked back for another interview. This is the most important one as you not only have to persuade them that you are the best candidate, but you must also gauge for yourself whether this is the best job for you.
  • How to Answer the Job Interview Question: Why Do You Want This Job?
    A common question that will be asked in a job interview is "Why do you want this job?" Consider this as your opportunity to position yourself and gain a competitive advantage over other candidates.
  • The Top 4 Job Interview Success Tips
    So you had a professional resume prepared, you passed the initial phone screening, and now you have been invited into your first face-to-face interview with an employer. Here are some great tips that most people do not know that can help you gain a competitive edge.
  • 3 Must-Do Job Interview Techniques
    Congratulations, you got an interview. Now all you have to do is distinguish yourself from the 5 to 15 other people who did too. These three techniques will make you stand out from your competition.
  • How to Succeed at Phone Interviews
    So your great resume has resulted in an interview. Before a company brings you in they will often have a phone interview. This is typically done by the internal HR recruiter and the purpose is generally to do an initial screening.

Guide to Information Technology (IT) Job Search:

3-Step Proactive IT Job Search:

  • Identify Potential Employers with LinkedIn
    LinkedIn has become a powerhouse tool to assist you in getting a job. There are a number of ways you can use LinkedIn, and this article will focus on identifying companies you may wish to work for. This is step 1 of a Proactive Job Search.
  • Research Potential Employers
    The next step is to learn more about the organization and determine if it is a place you really want to join. This article will introduce you to tools and techniques that help you know about the company's issues and culture so you can narrow your list down further.
  • Contact Potential Employers
    In previous posts we showed you how to conduct a proactive job search by identifying and researching companies you would like to join. Now that you have culled that list to a manageable size, you need to get your story to the correct people at these companies.

Building Your IT Career:

  • How to Find Part-Time or Project Work
    You like your independence, or you want some flexibility so you have decided you want a contracting or part-time job. Here are some tips to guide your search.

Using the Traditional Tools for IT Job Search:

  • Developing Your Elevator Pitch
    You are at a conference on the elevator going back to your room. The doors open and the venture capitalist who just announced he is looking for a dozen talented people gets on. You have 20 seconds to get him interested in talking with you.
  • Secrets of a Great IT Project Manager Resume
    Having reviewed and written thousands of resumes for IT project managers, I still see common mistakes that most people make that cause their resume to be less than effective. In short, they don't address the most important things an employer wants to know.
  • Key Elements of a Great IT Executive Resume
    I have written and seen thousands of IT Executive resumes, and a lot of the resumes I've seen are missing the point. This article will describe the key elements that should be in an IT Executive resume.
  • Critical Resume Tips to Launch New IT Professionals
    So you enthusiastically enrolled in an IT curriculum, worked hard and graduated only to find that the job market is not what you thought. Now you need a powerful resume that will get you in the door so you can apply your recently acquired skills in the real world. Here are some important tips to make sure you get noticed.
  • Cover Letter Tips for IT Professionals
    Let's start by saying that you must have a cover letter. It's just the professional thing to do. Now let's look at what you need to have in yours.
  • How to Work with Recruiters
    When you are developing your search plan, in many cases using "outside" (a.k.a. "independent") recruiting firms can be a good way for you to connect with an employer.
  • How to Get the Most Out of Job Fairs
    Job fairs can be great or a frustrating waste of time. Nonetheless, they should be a part of your job search strategy. This article will help you understand how to maximize the value of job fairs.

Using Technology for IT Job Search:

  • 6 Great Benefits of LinkedIn Groups
    Did you know that LinkedIn has over 630 million members and 2.1 million groups? On LinkedIn you can join as many as 100 groups, yet most people do not take advantage of this opportunity.
  • LinkedIn for IT Professionals
    Once you have completed your resume and BEFORE you distribute it, you need to optimize your LinkedIn profile. This is crucial because, according to an April, 2011 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, 95% of employers and virtually every recruiter will look you up on LinkedIn before calling you.
  • 7 Best Ways for IT Professionals to Optimize Keywords for a More Powerful LinkedIn Profile
    LinkedIn is the of the 21st century. More than 85% of employers will "source" (find) people through LinkedIn.
  • How to Quickly Build an Online Presence
    Recent studies show that 90% of employers will look you up online before calling you. What they find can make all the difference between receiving a phone call or going into the "not interested" pile of candidates. Here are some tips on how to make sure you stand out online.
  • How to Use Twitter for IT Job Search
    Hiring companies and recruiters have discovered that they can find new hires through Twitter at a fraction of the cost of posting openings on job boards. From a job seeker's point of view, what is the difference between a job board posting and a tweeted opening?
  • New Ways to Leverage IT Job Boards Effectively
    The first thing that most people do when searching for a position is to go to the job boards. Although this was the best thing to do in the past, the job boards are not really the most effective way to find positions today. Here we talk about some of the best practices to optimize the impact of job boards on your job search.

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Guide to Information Technology (IT) Job Search:

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