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Happy 2015!  The new year is the perfect time to start putting together your development goals.  Like last year, I want you to think about your 2014 new year’s resolutions and how you did against them.  Did you meet your goals?  What made you successful?  If you didn’t meet your goals, what were your shortcomings and how can you overcome them?  Are last ...

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Are you ready or are you just saying you’re ready? There are many things in life that we will never be ready for and certainly there will always be things that will catch us by surprise, but knowing these things shouldn’t stop us from planning ahead and being as prepared as possible.  When it comes to studying for an exam, completing a project or goal setting I have to give ...

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We’re always told that change in inevitable and that is true, but let’s face the facts; change isn’t always welcomed nor is it always for the better.  We see this all the time… governments imposing change, businesses changing rates or policies, features being removed from products, etc. There is a delicate balance of knowing when to embrace change and when ...

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Yourself, Reinvented

Posted by Marcus Fan Sep 21, 2014

We are often our most brutal critics.  We pick on the things we feel we could have been done better... from the decisions we've made to the words that come out of our mouths to the actions we take.  A mulligan, a do-over, a second chance is what we're wishing for.  In the certification world you'll likely get that second chance, third chance, etc. if you need it, but what we really ...

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Would you believe that you have everything you need to be successful?  Maybe… maybe not.  Well, would you believe that you could find everything you need to be successful?   For many of us, we have an idea of what success means and this usually means different things to different people.  It can be fame, fortune, power, work/life balance, happiness… you name it and ...

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As most of you have finalized (or are close to finalizing) your New Year’s resolution; I’d like you to think about what you accomplished in 2013.  While the last several years I’ve kicked off my blog with goal planning (and this year will be no different); I want you all to take the time to really reflect on how far you got last year with your goals and if they are still ...

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We often neglect what is closest to us.  It could be for many reasons – comfort, distractions, competing priorities, laziness, etc.  It’s important sometimes that we take a step back and prioritize our goals.  Over the last several months, many of you have asked about the job market, relevant certifications, applying for jobs, tailoring resumes and creating ...

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Personal Brand

Posted by Marcus Fan Jul 8, 2013

Life is a collection of events.  Do you ever wonder about where you are at in your life or career?  …the sequence of events that have landed you here?  …or where do you go from here?  Where you are in your life and your career can be a result of planned and unplanned events.  As we entered summer, many of you have been asking about career changes and how to ...

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Delivering Impact

Posted by Marcus Fan May 27, 2013

When it comes to work, I care about delivering quality results.  I believe we all should strive to achieve something great and deliver impact to those it touches.  It doesn’t always have to be work related; it can be the sports you play, the relationships you’re in, the certifications you seek, etc.  As someone very dear to me says; be the bomb dot com.  We should ...

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You’re new – enough said!    I’ve recently received several emails as how to shine or stand out as the new hire on a team.  Well, like it or not, your newness factor is going to make you stand out, but how do you create positive visibility?   This is not just for folks new on a team, but those who have been on a team seeking exposure.  Overtime, many of ...

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Greetings from Asia!  I recently had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu and Boracay.  During my time abroad, I visited many of the local Cisco offices and met with my international colleagues to understand the competitive employment landscape overseas.  Although it seems that many of the challenges are the same as the US; ...

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Since many of you always ask me about finding jobs, career changes and career advancement, I thought I’d take some time to share some of the things I do for my own future.  Today we’ll talk about job shadowing.   When I was in high school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to get into, but I liked drawing.  My parents, being “practical” didn’t ...

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Why Get Certified?

Posted by Marcus Fan Aug 26, 2012

My brother, an orthopedic surgeon, recently passed his board exam.  This really confused me because I didn’t understand why he’d take the board exam if he’d been performing orthopedic surgeries for years.  I was more confused when I was told that passing the exam wouldn’t get him more money either.  So why bother?  I later learned that it’s very ...

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The last few weeks I’ve witnessed a lot of change in both my personal life and professional life.  I’ve also read there’s been a lot of change going in the lives of many of my readers.  In May/June, many of you graduated and are now looking for jobs in the tech industry for that next level of change.   Recently, many emails, posts and one-on-ones I’ve had ...

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Have you been thinking about a new job or opportunity?  Year-to-date, I have successfully helped 9 people find new jobs within the technology industry and my approach is generally consistent.  Pretty good for this year, huh?  Let’s look at the job search phase.  Before I can be effective and make a contribution; I want to understand why the individual is looking for a ...

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