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, JobfoxScam.com.
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 ClearanceJobs.com; 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.