Introduce Yourself To The Cincinnati IT Community

Okay, anecdotally I understand that Cincinnati is a great place “to be from” in your IT career. To really accelerate a technical career you have to move to one of the coasts, or Chicago, or Dallas. At least that’s what I’ve heard. The other day this became real for me. I now know that an innovative high-tech company will open an office in Phoenix specifically because they can’t find talent in Cincinnati. I find that really hard to believe.

One of the goals of this space is to continue to make the local professional network visible so that high-tech businesses will make decisions to stay. Hopefully they will see the great people that really want to make Cincinnati a place that high-tech can call home by providing resources that allow these companies to out-perform their competition.

So I’m going to try something here. I can only highlight so many people as I move around through the professional community. Instead of waiting for me, because I’m a bottleneck, introduce yourself to the rest of our community. Here’s how.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, go get one. Then customize it like this so we can get to know you:

Customized LinkedIn Profile

Make note of your customized URL as you’ll use this in a minute.

Next, go to The Cincinnati IT Community page and add a comment introducing yourself like this:

Leave A Reply

Add your name and a short overview of your skill set or what you enjoy doing in your profession. Add your name. Email is optional. Then put your LinkedIn profile URL in the Website field. Finally submit your reply. With your submission you’ll be added to the directory. This page is then searchable in a browser to visitors.

The idea is to keep your entry here short, maybe a sentence or two. If you have a blog or website make sure you include that on your LinkedIn profile and use your customized LinkedIn URL here. To visitors, the page format will be consistent and the behavior of linking to a LinkedIn profile will be the same for every entry. Don’t mention the company you work for here as that’s liable to change more often than your skill set. There is no easy way to change your submission after you’ve entered it, and you’ll have outlined where you work in your LinkedIn profile anyway.

So if you’re a developer, a project manager, an analyst, if you’re a scientist, or if you’re in sales or recruiting, whatever part of the IT community you are in, feel free to introduce yourself here.

And that should do it! Hopefully this is that easy.



~ by Andy on March 28, 2008.

5 Responses to “Introduce Yourself To The Cincinnati IT Community”

  1. Andy,

    Whom is the company you are referring too? You don’t have to give a name just what industry. Are they a IT Services Company or Manufacturing?

  2. Thanks for the question. Good question. The company offers a business service in the algorithm, optimization, and analytics space. Probably something comparable to Fair Issac on a much smaller scale. It is not a consulting company or an IT services firm.

    The company needs strong and smart technology folks to apply scientific principles to algorithm optimization and creation to support their business offerings.

  3. Andy, another great effort of yours at unifying the Cincy IT industry! Feel free to ask if I can be of any help. Keep up the good work!

  4. It is disheartening that certain areas in the country such as North Carolina, South of Boston, outside of Chicago, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco have thriving IT collective initiative for entrepreneurs and companies. Ohio has attempted a similar push with IT OHIO, .

    The lack of urgency from leadership in areas of industry and government of the state Ohio have not any successful results in the state of Ohio, especially since this initiative started about 10 years ago.

    The only bright spot is Tata Group coming to Cincinnati.

  5. […] Probably a good thing as you can see what happens when I come up with my own ideas. It looks like my last one went over like a ton of bricks. Perhaps I shouldn’t care that companies want to leave […]

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