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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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Last week, my blog was listed in INE’s top 20 IT career blogs.  http://www.ine.com/top-it-career-blogs.htm   I’m very thrilled to make the list and really wanted to take the time to thank some folks who really inspire me to give back to the community.  First and foremost, I want to recognize my family – my parents, grandparents and siblings who have always been ...

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Seeking CCIEs

Posted by Marcus Fan Mar 31, 2012

Should I get my CCIE?  Have you ever asked yourself or others that question?  I’m often asked by folks if they should get their CCIE or not.  To be fair, I’m also asked if they should get their CCNA/CCNP or not.  So, let me ask the question… Does it pertain to what you are doing, what you will be doing or what you want to be doing?  If the answer is yes ...

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A Year for Certification

Posted by Marcus Fan Jan 16, 2012

2011 was a great year for many certification candidates.  I feel very honored to have contributed and witnessed many of those around me achieve their certification last year.  Some very close friends completed their CCNP certification as did the associate systems engineers (ASEs) that I work closely with.   The beginning of a new year is a great time to get motivated into studying ...

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Tomorrow's Job

Posted by Marcus Fan Oct 30, 2011

Working with many college graduate and new hire programs, I get to experience some of the thought process behind how young people today choose their jobs.  Many will purely look at opportunities from an immediate salary or total compensation perspective, while others may care more about culture, team fit, work/life balance, fun, career growth opportunities.   Finding the ...

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Whether you’ve just completed a career certification, recently graduated or been working in the industry for years at some point you’re going to find yourself in a job interview.  So… how do you prepare?   You’ve polished off your resume and made certain you’ve covered all your experiences.  You’ve made certain that it contained all relevant ...

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