Career Track 2013
Please join us at our Career Track, a way to meet with with hiring companies, who will share information about their culture, organization, and open positions, as well as hear talks about improving and managing your career and job search.
(10AM) Are You Creating Your Future Network From the Staff You Manage? (Greg Gerard)
If the last 5 years have taught us anything, it is that the traditional relationship between a worker and his company, where the worker is taken care of for good performance over a long career, is finally, fully dead.
This patient has been dying for decades, but the global financial crisis of Sept 2008 started a spate of “salary dumping” via firing workers over 50 at a rate that has not been seen in our lifetimes.
Also, the ability to “job hop”, where the workers’ skills, especially in IT, were so rare that if his company could not keep him, he could easily move to another job, prevalent in the 90s and early 2000s, is also a thing of the past.
What this means is, that over your career, you will at some point work for someone who works for you now. Think about that for a minute.
What this means is that good management skills, where you spend time developing your workers skills, not just consuming them for short term results, are more important than ever. Besides being good management practice, it is now a survival skill! You don’t want to reach that Furlough notice when you are 52 some years from now, and have no network of folks you have developed and can turn to.
You can say, well, my friends and contacts in the industry will be my network at that point. Sorry, they will be out of work too! No, your only way forward is to build valid, significant trust and respect in your subordinates that are younger than you, so that, when the time comes, they WANT to have you on their team.
In my own case, I have had 3 ever-better-paying positions since I was furloughed as the Strategy GM at BMW Financial Services in April of 2009. In every case, each of those jobs was working for someone I had mentored when they worked for me. This kept my family from the distress many of my peers experienced.
Let’s look at how this all fits together.
Bio: Helping businesses define a strategic vision for competitive advantage is what Greg loves. Assisting with the efficient and effective action steps to implement that vision is a proven skill. Greg also loves to train new strategic leaders, and has started mentorship programs at each of the companies he has worked for over his 33 year career.
He is currently a Banking Domain Specialist at HP, helping bring HP’s mobile assets to the major banks around the country. Greg also helps smaller organizations with their strategic planning and implementation in his role as a certified instructor in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers program. Greg is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics in the Graduate College of Olivet Nazarene University.
Greg has worked in and with companies and organizations of all sizes including BMW Financial Services, Huntington Banks, Worthington City Schools, Union Carbide, CompuServe/AOL and The Dispatch.
Greg received an M.S in General Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is active in the Worthington Political arena, golfs, cycles, has been married to the his lovely wife Mary for 35 years, has sons 23 and 25, and is flabbergasted to have a 29 year-old daughter who is an elementary school teacher.
(11AM) What Do People Think When Hiring? - Have you ever wondered what a company was thinking during the hiring process? Now's the time to ask those questions! This panel of HR professionals, recruiters, and hiring managers will be available to answer any questions that you have regarding the hiring, recruiting, and interview processes.
Members of the panel currently include:
Wayne Grafel- Engineer/Manager with the Online Computer Library Center located in Dublin Ohio. The Online Computer Library Center has a range of products and services designed to work together to support the full range of management needs and put library collections in the hands of users. Wayne currently manages a team that provides support to OCLC's virtualized infrastructure which is comprised of over 200 physical and 5000 Linux and Windows virtual machines.
Mike Shilling- Consulting Systems Engineer- has been with OCLC for 1.5 years working primarily on Linux system deployments and configuration management with Chef. We are working towards infrastructure as a service and complete server deployment automation. He has worked on Linux/Unix for over 15 years and currently has LPIC-1 certification, and is currently working towards the LPIC-2. We primarily use CentOS but have a handful of SLES 10/11, Ubuntu and AIX servers.
Liz Grassel- Recruiting Specialist- new to the OCLC HR team. I was brought on to the team to help recruit the best talent in Columbus! OCLC's Talent Acquisition team is instrumental in assisting the enterprise towards achievement of its people management objectives, with a mission to attract, engage, and retain the talented employees needed to effectively run the organization.
John Haberthy- R.DORSEY+COMPANY (RD+), is an Account Manager and Recruiting Professional. RD+ is a boutique consulting firm located in Worthington, OH that specializes in Application Development projects and staff augmentation. John is a specialist in interviewing and interrogations as he was a Professional Interrogator for a few years with the U.S. Government and many years in Law Enforcement. John also specializes in Business Development as well.
Lincoln Fessenden is the Productions Operations Manager for the Jeff-IT Infrastructure Team at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. TJU is one of the oldest medical colleges in the USA and Lincoln with his team mates provide Systems Administration and Infrastructure Computing Support for the universities' hundreds of servers and its 3 High Performance Computing Clusters. Working in the IT field for over 20 years now, Lincoln is RedHat certified and has spent more than 6 years at TJU as their primary Linux administrator and honing his interview skills to help select new technical team members.
(1PM-1:30PM) Company Presentation: OCLC (Liz Grassel and Wayne Grafel) - "Discover. Innovative. Collaborate. Inform." A few words we use to describe a career at OCLC.
OCLC, a worldwide library services organization headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, is a leader in information technologies and innovative online services. With office locations around the globe, OCLC employees are dedicated to offering premier services and software to help libraries cut costs while keeping pace with the demands of our information-driven society.
Bio: Wayne Grafel- Engineer/Manager with the Online Computer Library Center located in Dublin Ohio. The Online Computer Library Center has a range of products and services designed to work together to support the full range of management needs and put library collections in the hands of users. Wayne currently manages a team that provides support to OCLC's virtualized infrastructure which is comprised of over 200 physical and 5000 Linux and Windows virtual machines.
Bio: Liz Grassel- Recruiting Specialist- New to the OCLC HR team. I was brought on to the team to help recruit the best talent in Columbus! OCLC's Talent Acquisition team is instrumental in assisting the enterprise towards achievement of its people management objectives, with a mission to attract, engage, and retain the talented employees needed to effectively run the organization.
(2PM) Real World Job Skills the Open Source Way (Scott Merrill) - Open source projects enable participants to gain practical hands-on expertise with a truly dizzying array of technologies. Whether you're a programmer, a DBA, or a sysadmin, you can learn new skills or hone existing ones with open source. Open source is as much about community as technology, though, and participation in an open source community affords an opportunity to learn invaluable non-technical skills.
Whether you're looking for a promotion or a new job, this session will provide a few examples of how open source can help you get there.
Bio: Scott Merrill is a full-time Linux system administrator with an interest in automating himself out of a job. He's been using and contributing to open source software since the last century. He enjoys traveling, LOLcats and home brewing.
(3PM) Career Management in the Age of GNU (Paul Ferris) - Paul's presentation will cover the finer points of career management in the current age of fast paced change, social media and IT upheaval. Additionally, Paul will discuss other topics that are very likely things that your typical career counselor left out, forgot to cover, or worse, simply didn't understand...
Bio: Paul Ferris is a GNU Linux professional with over 14 years of enterprise experience. As a journalist, he was among the first to announce the Linux revolution. These days he spends his time as more of a foot soldier, but none the less, a happy Linux geek. His writing has made the pages of Lxer.com, LinuxToday.com, Linux.com and more.
(4PM) Company Presentation: Cover My Meds (Mike Bukach and John Canady) - CoverMyMeds helps physicians and pharmacists complete Prior Authorization and other insurance coverage determination forms for any drug and almost all drug plans. We automate one of the most painful and manual processes in prescription drug fulfillment. We're looking for talented people that want to change the world of healthcare. We are a Columbus-based tech startup with a Silicon Valley atmosphere. CoverMyMeds is under the same roof as Innova Partners, a software design studio who has been developing healthcare software for eight years. With a casual work environment, a team of really smart developers, managers who write code, a great downtown office, and an in-house chef, our company is the best place for hackers to work in Columbus. This video gives a really good overview of what it is
like to be a hacker at CoverMyMeds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5SX-fSIHcc .
Here are some useful links:
- Our main website used by customers: www.covermymeds.com
- Our blog: http://blog.covermymeds.com
- Our careers page: http://www.covermymeds.com/main/careers
Bio: Mike Bukach is the Head Writer and Media Contact for health/IT company, CoverMyMeds. Having nowhere else to go with an English degree and background in Specialty Pharmacy, CoverMyMeds was gracious enough to take him in, and now he oversees all their press relations, marketing, social media, and public/client facing writing. Each week, Mike suggests what beer to select for the office kegerator, but he’s usually out-voted by company developers. This makes Mike sad. When Mike is sad, he don’t write good…
Mr. Bukach graduated summa from the Ohio State University —is an avid traveler, and can beat the game ‘Contra’ in 16 minutes.
Bio: Jon Canady is a Senior Software Engineer at CoverMyMeds. Seven years ago, Jon Canady begged and pleaded with Innova Partners until they finally decided to interview him so he would stop calling. To both parties' surprise, they decided to hire him. Innova took Jon, then a green recruit barely six months out of college, and molded him into a serious software developer, and then the owners founded CoverMyMeds, and they all wrote awesome software and made lots of money.
When he's not writing software, Jon's probably hanging out with his awesome wife and adorable son, reading, playing poker, or enjoying a gin martini. Possibly multiples of those at one time.
(5PM) Offensive Body Language (Dr. Charles Suscheck) - One of the principles of agile is to use face to face, high bandwidth communication. Body language is a big part of face to face communication.
This presentation is about how to use body language to enhance your message and how to avoid contradictory body language. Most people know how to read body language to one degree or another. Many talks and trainings have been given on how to read body language, but this talk will focus on how to contort, control, and move your body to make body language work for you.
Bio: Dr. Charles Suscheck (http://www.linkedin.com/in/suscheck) specializes in software development methodologies, and project management. He is one of only 8 people in the world and 4 in the USA certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his career as a software developer. Dr. Suscheck's holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science and is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Professional Scrum Master (PSM I and II), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) and certified RUP specialist. An educator at heart, he has over 30 published articles and conference proceedings and has spoken nationally and internationally at various software management conferences.