Enterprise Management Software - Doing Some Good

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Introducing Benjamin Breeland – the Blog Resume

This week I started the search for a new opportunity. I read somewhere that resumes were outdated and one should (or could) use a blog to introduce oneself to potential employers. Therefore, I decided to start my blog resume. Most resumes start with an objective statement. Here is my objective and an explanation – since this is a blog, I get the chance to explain myself.

Career Objective
Ben Breeland seeks an opportunity to listen, learn, lead, and lecture while doing some good for his customers, his company, and himself.

Explanation
In the past 15+ years, I worked to provide technology solutions to companies. I considered myself an excellent IT consultant. I learned to listen to the customer, my sales team, and to corporate direction. I learned what I needed to do to satisfy the customer, the sales team, and my company. I led the customer to a solution that addressed the customer’s needs, that the sales team could sell, and that our company could support. I then provided additional consulting to address any questions and lectured (talked) all parties on the solution and its benefits to all. My customers purchased millions of dollars of software from the companies I helped.

I used the listen, learn, lead, and lecture concept throughout my career. It works well for presales but also works well when one manages others. A critical part of management is the feedback loop. When I managed a project or team, I started with a lecture or description of the tasks needed to meet certain objectives. I listened to the team and learned what worked and what did not work and led them to a direction that resulted in project success or improvement. The listen, learn, lead, and lecture provides me with a grounding for whatever I need to do – presales, consulting, managing, or completing tasks.

I think my objective alone is enough to secure a new job. What do you think? Would you hire me? Well more on my blog resume later – time to send some traditional resumes and make some calls.

3 Comments:

Blogger Maysoon said...

Ben,
You were always a welcome member on any project or team that I worked on. I think that your blog resume is an excellent idea - and conveys your intelligence, dedication and sense of calm.

Some lucky company will soon ask you to help them do some good - of that, I'm sure.
Best,
Maysoon

Fri May 29, 01:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dick Davies said...

Hi Ben!

Your head is on straight...for the last war. The problem is that the customer environment has changed, making the classic enterprise software service model outdated.
I have been defining what the next war will be. Here are some hints:
The top strategist of a Big 5 integrator told me they are getting out of IT services.
Open Source Management (a management style, not code development, is trivializing classic project management (necessary but not sufficient).
I think your and my jobs will be more customer centric, less vendor centric, with shorter cycles...and right now crazy low pay.
A lot of our buyers will be noobs, so an IT Yelp will develop. May be LinkedIn.
I sat down with a CEO last week who said, "I already know you Dick. I follow your posts. I'm a lurker" It was a very comfortable conversation after that.
Finally, IT is becoming easier and more important at the same time.
Would appreciate your response.
ciao for niao!

Wed Jan 27, 08:21:00 AM EST  
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