14 ways to advance your IT career

Technology careers may have no set paths, but there are a few time-honored truisms that can help you get an edge. Here, seasoned IT pros lend their hard-earned advice on advancing.

Perhaps your tech career feels like you’re treading water, and you wonder why your peers are progressing more quickly than you are. Or maybe you’re looking to shake things up and take the next step in your career. Regardless, it’s helpful to regularly pause, reflect, take the long view to optimizing your path, and stay open to new opportunities.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran, tech leaders say there are ways to keep moving forward that aren’t always obvious. 

As with the technology industry, change is constant for IT pros. Here accomplished leaders offer their best tips on how to advance in your IT career so you don’t get left behind.

Jump in the deep end
Find a mentor
Treat your career like a project
Keep learning
Execute as well as you plan
Get feedback from colleagues
Take the road less traveled
Be open to opportunity
Make a call, then revisit
Take a step back
Keep it simple
Keep thinking big
Bring value
Employ empathy

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Direct-hire Network Engineer Opportunity With Growing Company

Senior Network Engineer

Sr. Network Engineer

The Position

The Senior Network Engineer will be the hands-on subject matter expert (SME) responsible for architecting, implementing, monitoring and maintaining all company networks and network equipment.   We have adopted a Cisco networking standard for all switch, router, and firewall hardware and as such we need someone with deep hands-on practical Cisco networking experience.  Our wide area network (WAN) consists of 106 sites across the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a mixture of MPLS and VPN (IPSEC) tunneled connections.  A network redesign effort is underway to migrate to Fortinet SDWAN from the current MPLS design.

Our ideal candidate will succeed with the following traits:

  • Ability to take direction and manage competing priorities, while also being self-driven in managing tasks and workloads
  • Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo and be diligent in investigating, suggesting, and implementing best practice configurations.
  • Works equally well in a team setting and as an individual contributor.  This position will be heavily involved in both team and individual projects.
  • Be a great multitasker.
  • Be strategic and think long term in the design and implementation of new networking methodologies.
  • Be a great troubleshooter and committed to a production support mindset.  The ability to properly and thoroughly troubleshoot technical issues through to resolution independently is of great value and necessary in this position.

Responsibilities


Responsibilities and Skills Required

  •  Provide primary support for the corporate WAN/LAN/WLAN environment.
  • Experience with SDWAN technologies both from an implementation and support standpoint.
  • A firm understanding of Network Access Control (NAC) policies and implementation strategies.  Experience configuring and implementing ForeScout is a huge plus.
  • Experience managing load balancing technologies, with a strong emphasis on F5.
  • Deep experience with Cisco Wireless Controllers (on-premises) and wireless networking best practices.  Ability to design, implement, configure, and manage wireless networking configurations, preferably in a manufacturing setting.
  • Understanding of virtual networking methodologies (VMWare) is highly desired.
  • Update the existing network architecture to include industry standard security practices.
  • Monitors network and system performance, recommends and implements adjustments upon approval.
  • Implements system and network changes in a controlled manner; will adhere to company change control policies.
  • Responsible for both the internal and external security of the company’s information systems
  • Must be able to identify, initiate and influence changes to the company’s network and security profile, structure, and performance and protection as needed to ensure safety of assets and resources
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of company networks
  • Responsible for enterprise core networking design, support and maintenance for Cisco Routing, Firewall and Switching at multiple locations
  • Responsible for enterprise WAN networking with experience in MPLS and ability to evaluate and work with carriers to finalize network solutions.
  • Perform troubleshooting, using a consistent methodology and tools to diagnose network issues
  • Maintain IP scheme and manage DHCP scopes and DNS records.  Experience with an enterprise DDI management platform is highly preferred.  We currently utilize Efficient IP in-house.
  • Expert knowledge of firewall management, access list control and NAT preferably with Cisco Firepower appliances.
  • Ability to upgrade and patch firmware on network infrastructure as necessary
  • Participate as a key SME with disaster recovery planning and testing
  • Documents network and system diagrams, and process flow diagrams.
  • It is an essential function of this job to show up on time and be ready to work your regularly scheduled hours.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • A strong background with Cisco networking is an absolute requirement for this position.
  • Five to Ten years of experience in a large-scale networking environment consisting of 100+ nodes.  
  • Five to Ten years of experience managing Cisco hardware components, with high marks for experience with Cisco Firepower, wireless controllers, switches (including Nexus 7K and 9K), and routers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology or equivalent; or six years related experience in LAN/WAN networking environments.
  • Industry certifications are a big plus, but practical industry experience trumps all.  We want a seasoned professional who’s been in the trenches and understands the technology impact on business processes and drives towards business success.

If you have this experience, feel you are a fit for this position, and are interested, please answer the questions below:

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    We pay for referrals, so if this opportunity is not a good match for your skills or you are not available but know someone who is, please forward this link to them.

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    Mike Hanes
    ProVisionTech

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    Remote 6 Months Contract-to-hire .Net Developer Opportunity With Dallas, TX Company

    Remote contract-to-hire .Net Developer Opportunity With Dallas, TX Company

    We have a Dallas, TX client looking for a remote 6 month Contract-to-hire .Net developer (NOT CONTRACT or C2C – Must be US Citizen or Green Card holder).  Please let me know if you or anyone you know is interested.  We can pay $2500 for anyone you refer that is hired, works out and stays.

    This is NOT a senior level position but mid-level.

    .Net components need to be maintained by the Automation team thus it is important that we have a resource with the right skillset. This will be a contract to hire position with at least 6 months of contract time period and we are looking to bring this resource on board immediately:

    • 3+ years of experience in C# .Net, SQL Server
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong understanding of OOPS concepts and design patterns
    • Preferably have UIPath knowledge and/or experience or be willing to learn and work on UIPath projects while maintaining, enhancing and creating new C# .Net solutions
    • Preferably has Azure development experience creating, deploying and maintaining function apps, logic apps.
    • Understanding of Azure DevOps is preferred
    • Understanding of GIT source control and deployment methodologies is preferred

    If this opportunity is not a good match for your skills or you are not available but know someone who is, please forward this email to them as we pay referral fees for anyone you refer that we place with a client.

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      Direct-hire Solutions Architect Opportunity in Plano, TX

      Solutions Architect

      What’s the role?

      The role of Solutions Architect is to provide technical guidance and direction for more than one business applications and technologies within Global Application Software. This position is responsible for designing software solutions that are modular, reliable and extensible, conforming to sound design principles and capable of adapting to change while achieving targets for performance and scalability. The Solutions Architect works closely with various team members to drive operational excellence and deliver products which set the company apart from the competition and actively engage our customers.

      Who is the company?

      If you’re new to the industry, you might not have heard of us. We provide leading-edge tools, technologies, software and services for the global construction sector. We have a proud heritage, built over 75 years, and a worldwide reputation for pioneering products and exceptional service. With 30,000 people in more than 120 countries, which we’re looking to expand, we’re a great place for you to show us your worth, step up to new challenges and grow your career.

      What does the role involve?

      Assume responsibility to architect, implement and optimize more than one area of application design and development; drive one or more parts of a larger multi-system initiative
      Produce solution designs to be fleshed out and implemented by development teams – this may include proofs of concept, development activities, cost/benefit analysis, training, configuration, service level requirements
      Conduct research on new and emerging technologies for practical application to business problems and strategic initiatives; identify new components to be procured or developed; provide short term solutions, as well as clear evolution paths and long-term architecture strategy
      Identify, analyze, and communicate architecture and integration options; document best practices and solution blueprints
      Interact with business unit management, company IT, vendors and industry experts to collect requirements, understand options and determine solutions
      Apply established architectural principles and application of technology solutions to multiple business processes and technologies
      Assist development leads to implement architectural strategies and the proper use of enterprise and application design patterns
      Additional duties, as assigned

      What you need is:

      · Minimum five (5) years’ experience in software development hands-on experience and SDLC practices
      · Minimum two (2) years’ experience in the Solutions Architect role, designing distributed systems that span the following areas: micro-services, data architecture, integration patterns, and distributed system integration
      · Real-world practical experience applying enterprise, domain and software design patterns; strong software development skills in C# and/or .NET; some knowledge of JavaScript/TypeScript required
      · Hands-on experience architecting and design cloud-based workloads on AWS or Azure
      · Experience architecting Event-Driven Architectures using technologies like Kafka, Kinesis Streams, SQS, SNS, EventBridge
      · Experience with non-relational databases like MongoDB, DynamoDB, etc…
      · Experience with API Management practices designing, securing, and exposing APIs
      · Experience architecting Identity and Access Management solutions using Oauth and OpenID or similar standards
      · Applied analytical thinking and proven structured engineering approach to complex solution design/implementation and problem resolution across diverse areas
      · Ability to anticipate technical trends in defined and relevant IT areas
      · Broad technical and extensive architecture knowledge based on experience and expert training/education
      · Strong desire to continually study and learn the latest and new technologies and related architectures, especially microservice architectures and cloud technologies
      · Strong communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to create documentation materials for appropriate audiences
      · Demonstrated ability leading and working with geographically distributed development teams

      Normal office conditions. Up to 20% domestic and international travel, required

      If you have this experience, feel you are a fit for this position, and are interested, please answer the questions below:

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        ProVisionTech

        Contract-to-hire Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Opportunity in Plano, TX

        This can be hybrid (preferred; both remote and in office) or remote.

        PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION:

        The Lead Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) is primarily responsible for leading a Site Reliability Engineering program for the purpose of building and running large-scale, distributed, fault-tolerant systems with reliability and uptime appropriate to users’ needs. The Lead SRE is also responsible for the performance, training, discipline and development of assigned personnel; and provides input and assistance with budgeting, financial management, and technical system design and selection.

        ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (other duties may be assigned)

        • Coordinate and manage the activities of a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team responsible for the availability, latency, performance, efficiency, change management, monitoring, emergency response, and capacity planning for their assigned system(s).
        • Work with appropriate stakeholders to identify Service Level Objectives (SLOs) for critical systems. Identify the Service Level Indicators (SLIs) required to effectively measure SLOs and work with the appropriate technical stakeholders to implement and/or instrument the required systems and processes to measure and monitor the SLIs.
        • Build, administer and participate in a program to minimize change disruptions by identifying, developing, and implementing automation to implement progressive rollouts, quickly and accurately detect problems and roll back changes safely when problems arise.
        • Identify, pursue, and implement systems and tools to eliminate toil work tied to running a production service that tends to be manual, repetitive, automatable, tactical, devoid of enduring value, and that scales linearly as a service grows.
        • Administer and participate in, as needed, a postmortem program for all significant incidents. This program should include an investigation to establish what happened in detail, find all root causes of the event, and assign actions (via User Stories) to correct the problem or improve how it is addressed next time.
        • Work with the appropriate service owners/stakeholders to develop playbooks containing best practices for troubleshooting steps and tips for the most likely and impactful failure modes. Exercise the playbooks through group tabletop exercises.
        • Collaborate with the Systems Monitoring Lead to ensure monitoring systems to include the corresponding people, processes, and tools are appropriately defined and implemented.
        • Identify and facilitate individual development plans (IDPs), to include both formal and informal development opportunities, for direct reports.
        • Assist in the development of annual budgets for assigned area of responsibility and monitor spend and performance to optimize organizational profitability.
        • Provide evening and weekend support to the team as needed.


        REQUIREMENTS: (Equivalent combinations of education, licenses, certifications and/or experience may be considered)

        Education

        • A four-year degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering; or a four-year degree in another field of study which includes courses in computer programming, systems analysis, system development, or systems engineering; or relevant work experience is required

        Experience

        • 6 years of applicable experience in a technology environment, preferably with time spent in an engineering capacity, is required.
        • 2 years of multi-person team management experience, including task assignment, performance coaching and reviews, hiring and firing, and conflict management is required.
        • 2 years+ working in a Cloud environment with AWS as the preferred
        • 4 years+ working with performance monitoring tools like Datadog, Dynatrace, etc…
        • Coding experience beyond simple scripts is required.
        • Ability to program (structured and OO) with one or more high level languages, such as Python, Java, C/C++, and JavaScript is preferred.
        • Experience with distributed storage technologies like NFS, HDFS, S3 as well as dynamic resource management frameworks (Mesos, Kubernetes, Yarn) is preferred.

        Licenses/Certifications

        • SRE Practitioner, SRECP or equivalent is preferred.

        Tools & Equipment

        • General Office Equipment

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          Mike Hanes
          ProVisionTech

          Direct-hire Sr Manager of Software Development Opportunity in Dallas, TX

          Our client is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2021 were $8.4 billion.

          Job Description

          Our client is looking for an extraordinary manager passionate about leading a high-caliber Software Development Team to deliver exceptional customer value. The team is responsible for developing new software solutions and features for our Digital Solutions suite of products and our Smart Factory initiatives.

          Responsibilities

          • Manage day-to-day activities of engineering team using Agile/Scrum methodology
          • Build an effective development organization by driving the recruitment and management of the right engineers
          • Conduct goal setting and performance reviews for each team member
          • Sets attainable goals for each team member to complete during the year
          • Provides guidance to team members to encourage work productivity
          • Resolving performance issues and making revisions when necessary
          • Ensures appropriate procedures and processes are followed when it comes to software development
          • Provide timely updates to the management team and other concerned stakeholders
          • Responsible for mentoring and directing software development personnel with various projects and their activities
          • Keep up to date with the latest development software
          • Performs other duties as assigned

          Qualifications

          • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
          • 5 to 7 years of proven experience in leading development teams
          • 5 to 7 years of extensive experience in developing, deploying, and integrating software solutions
          • Experience with building and managing department budgets and forecasts
          • Demonstrated leadership of multi-discipline, high performance work teams and an established track record of managing technical staff through the project development lifecycle phases
          • Preferred experience in DevOps, Cloud Strategy, Continuous Integration, and Agile
          • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills

          If you have this experience, feel you are a fit for this position, and are interested, please complete the form below with answers to the questions:

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            ProVisionTech

            972-200-7171

            mhanes@provisiontechgroup.com