I usually get questions from my blog readers about careers – some questions are specifically about how to get into the SQL Server field and most are questions about IT careers in general. The convenient response that I usually give is send them to Brent Ozar ( Blog | @BrentO ), and if the inquiry is about how to get started with SQL Server, I just send them to SQL Server University by Jorge Segarra ( Blog | @SQLChicken ) or SQLServerPedia.
In the short years that I’ve been blogging, I have posted some articles about tips and tricks and how-to’s for getting that job that you really want. Here are some:
Effective Way Of Accumulating Knowledge - I posted this question in LinkedIN: What is an effective way to accumulate knowledge and credential if you are into BI and Database field? The two best answers that I posted here are really impressive.
The Benefit Of Attending User Group Meeting - As a technical professional, you should consider attending a user group meeting as one of the important channels of learning. If you’ve never attended a user group meeting, this article will show you what you’ve been missing!
The Value Of Becoming Certified - Some people don’t give much value to certification. Some would take it as “it depends”. There is a real value in certification whether you argue for or against it. I will tell you what’s the most important value there is in becoming certified.
Finally, I am Now Microsoft Certified - My personal testimony on becoming certified and the experience that I went through as I prepared for the exam. This is a high-level of the what’s and why’s of certification.
The Growth Of The Professional Association For SQL Server - My thoughts and opinion about the most popular SQL Server Professional Association in the world. These are the principles that I believe are most important in the existence and future of the organization.
Twitter Beyond The ‘Social’ – Discusses the importance of Twitter (and Social Networks in general) in business relationships. But of course, you can apply the same principles in your career.
Contract-To-Hire SQL Server Position, Is It Good? – I asked a question in twitter on whether it is a good idea to get into a Contract-To-Hire position specially if you’re just starting out in the SQL Server field.
A SQLSaturday We Can Call Our Own – Getting involved in the community can be rewarding – the reward being able to help the community. It will give you a total sense of belonging to the SQL Server community.
Attending Code Camps – you may not be aware that there are lots of events happening in your area. Get free technical learning and training and stay connected with real people!
Now A Friend Of Red Gate - Getting the tools to become a SQL Server Rockstar – FREE!
“SQL Server and .NET Training and Career Development” by Douglas Reilly – Links to a 3-part series abour career development written by Douglas Reilly