Computer Jobs Survival Guide:
An Independent Contractor Approach

Howard Fosdick

Tuesday Sept 23rd 2003 at 7:00pm
College of DuPage, SRC 2800


In today's tough job market, you need to know everything you can about how to get (and keep) your job. Whether we call ourselves "employees", "contractors" or "consultants", we are all effectively "independent agents" in today's job market. This presentation tells you what you need to know to be the most effective independent agent you can. Told from the perspective of a long-time independent contractor, it helps you better understand the IT job market by seeing how independent contractors view it.

What you'll learn:

  • The different types of independent consultants
  • How you're like a contractor, even if they call you "employee"
  • How to get the kind of job you want
  • Ways to market yourself
  • How to identify potential employers
  • The basics of what you need out of employment and how to set them up for yourself (insurance, retirement, training, benefits, etc)
  • Speaker Bio

    Howard Fosdick has been a successful independent contractor for fifteen years. He works as a hands-on DBA specializing in Oracle and DB2. He's written several technical books, published over 150 technical articles, and founded user groups like the International DB2 Users Group and the Midwest Database Users Group.

    Getting to the meeting

    The next general meeting of UniForum Chicago will be:

            Sept 23rd, 2003
    	7:00pm to 9:00pm
            College of DuPage
            Building SRC, Rm 2800
            22nd and Lambert
            Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
    Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56).
    Take Butterfield West to Lambert Rd, then Lambert Rd North to Fawell Blvd.
    Turn right and look for Lot D on the right side of Fawell.
    Walk to the SRC building, room 2800 is on the second floor of the west side of the building,
    upstairs from the north doors facing Lot D.

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