Archive for December, 2010

Finding a Good Data Governance Job

I often help friends of mine who are looking for jobs in Data Governance by connecting them with colleagues, clients, former co-workers, and other industry professionals.  One think I hear quite often is how hard it is to find good jobs online.  I decided to do a bit of searching to see what the online job search landscape was like, and I paid particular attention to jobs in the data management industry.

The first thing I noticed was the large number of scams there are on these job boards.  I see a large number of work-from-home scams, ‘get your bachelors degree in 3 months’ type scams, and all around fake looking job posts.  It seemed that no matter where I looked, I found stuff like this – CareerBuilder, Monster, HotJobs, Indeed, etc.  The one place I had good luck with finding real jobs while cutting through the garbage is Jobfox. The Jobfox Scam policy ensures that spam and other bad stuff stays out of their listings.  You can read a bit more about the the lengths they go to to ensure that their listings stay clean and reliable at their mini-site dedicated to the issue,

In terms of high-quality job listings in data management, I found the largest number at CareerBuilder.  Bear in mind that largest number does not mean the best; many that were listed there were old, mis-categorized, or unattractive to real data governance practitioners.  Again, I found great success with the jobs that Jobfox ‘matched’ me with. Their process made it easy to just see jobs relevant to me, without having to sort through junk.  Monster had a fair number of data management jobs, but at the time I searched, none of them were specifically for data governance.  For the fortunate few who have security clearances, there are some very high-quality data management jobs listed at; only a small minority of people qualify for these jobs, but if you do have a clearance you stand a very good chance of getting the job because of the diminished competition from other candidates.

All-in-all, I think that the old advice of “its not what you know, its who you know” holds true for finding a job.  My first advice for a job seeker would be to really examine their personal network, and their connections networks.  LinkedIn is great for this, and if you aren’t already active on it, get started now!  There are certainly some good jobs listed online, but be prepared to sort through lots of scams, spam, and junk to find descent positions, and expect a lot of competition for those jobs.

Data Governance Talent

Can you imagine what the world would be like without information technology, data and research? Centuries ago, people had to just rely on each other without knowing how to manage the information that they have been exposed to. If we fast forward it to today’s generation, almost every single business in the organization have been dependent on data for their companies to thrive. Whether it’s something as a simple database for recordkeeping to something as advanced as a computerized system to help them generate millions in revenue, we all understand that managing accurate and complete data is of the essence. Keeping this consistent is the focal point of data governance.

While data and information is now easily available to us, data governance is something that still needs to be managed by someone who really understands the business. Implementing the best talent acquisition strategies goes beyond just the simple knowledge of certain computer programs or a Black Belt in Six Sigma. The person you will hire will not necessarily own the data, but he should be equipped enough to interpret the information and translate it into simple terms for the benefit of every employee in the organization. At the end of the day, no matter how dependent we are on computer based and automated tools and systems, someone still needs to be accountable to look after the efficiency and management of data assets, something that can only be executed by a professional analyst with a good understanding of the company’s policies and procedures.

How do you choose the right person for the data governance job? Evidently, he or she needs to have previous experience in doing the same type of work. Moreover, you want this person to be able to not only provide meaning to the data, but also be able to make effective and realistic recommendations to improve processes, and reap business results in the long run!