Friday, November 11, 2016

T-Rex Cover Letter

Just completed another contract. Another job to apply for. Now cover letters and resumes go out. Do they work?

I don’t user cover letters applying for contract positions. I leave the cover letters to those who apply to full time positions.

I send my updated resume to agencies within my personal network. No cover letter. But, after talking to Dr. Cathy Goodwin ( ), she introduced me to t-cover letters.

T-cover (T Rex I like to call them), I use to collect my thoughts and in preparation to phone and in-person interviews. What goes into t-rex? I go to my notebook and draw a full page T.
I put into the left column all the clients job requirements. The right column I match my qualifications to each.

Excuse the handwriting:

Clear Word document example:

My Qualifications
Clear, Concise business requirements using flexible approach.

Collaborate with stakeholders and technical resources creating user stories.

Create Workflow Diagrams.

I’ve wrote and presented an SDS from a previous project.

Debit Card Mobilization project where I collaborated with Business and Architect’s to write epic AGILE Stories.

Work on project at ABC Bank where collaborated with 3rd Party Vendor to write and present ARP workflow using PowerPoint.

Prior to interview, phone or in-person, I develop a story explaining I’m qualified for this position.

After a particular interview, the agency called and told me the client said, “Dan articulates well.” Great feedback.

T-cover is a great tool to add to your Independent Computer Consultant tool box.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Computer Consulting Trending….

Computer Consulting Trending….

An ICC view…

The big news here in Rhode Island is CVS is doing major layoffs most in the Rhode Island Corporate office where I live.

I feel bad for the people who spent good part if their career at CVS and now are left to find another job within CVS or someplace else. Some may leave the state.

What is one to do?

I’ve been part of several layoffs and it always hurts. One questions what one did wrong? Why me?

It’s never personal but in today’s age, most companies rather go with the consultant vs. an employee where they don’t have to pay benefits. It always about money.

5 tips to keep one self marketable with a job or no job.

1. Figure out the trends in your field.

The best way I see what’s trending is go out to the career section of large companies and see the jobs their hiring for. Since this blog is about Independent Computer Consultants (ICC), I type into a search “Business Systems Analyst”. Then I read through the requirements of the jobs and match it to my qualifications on my resume.

2. Network

With social media more specifically LinkedIn, create an account or update your profile.

3. Consulting

If you had a full time job, consider contracting. I enjoy the flexibility of contracting and gain on the job experience at each project.

4. Update your resume

Update your resume with your qualifications (see number 1).

5. Take a class

Investing in yourself to learn a new computer language or another skill you need. I personally have taken classes at An example: I saw AGILE was trending and took AGILE and technical Writing classes and moved from COBOL programmer to Business Systems Analyst.