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1 Elevate Your BC Career Presented by: Cheyene Haase of BC Management, Inc. The Skills, Experience and Credentials in Demand for Business Continuity Professionals ~Today and Tomorrow

2 Introduction to BC Management, Inc. Founded in March 2000 Headquartered in Irvine, CA An executive search firm exclusively placing business continuity, disaster recovery, information security and emergency management professionals internationally Confidential assistance in career searching Free monthly & quarterly e-Newsletters to keep BC/DR professionals informed Annual BC Salary & BC Program Reviews

3 Topics of Presentation Hiring/ Promotion Trends. Credentials in Demand. Increase Your Marketability. The Value of Professional Certifications. Forecasting the Future and the Effects on Tomorrow’s BC professional? Final Tips to Elevate Your Career.

4 Hiring/ Promotion Trends Shaping BC Careers Budgetary constraints  less jobs and combining jobs within a company. Less jobs and a greater candidate pool  selective hiring/ promotion decisions. BC Professionals started to focus on increasing their skills to maintain marketability – Present Hiring/ promotion has increased in comparison to 2000 – BCP now receives higher visibility within a company  selective hiring/ promotion decisions. Companies seek BC leaders with the ability to make a positive impact on an organization.

5 What Credentials are in Demand? Certified professionals (CBCP, CISSP, CEM, PMP, etc.). Degreed professionals (Bachelor required, prefer Masters). Strong understanding of both business and technology issues in contingency planning. Previous experience developing and implementing global contingency programs. A wide array of skills from contingency planning, information security, emergency response and risk management. Strong soft skills

6 Soft Skills Desired Polished presentation skills to CXO level and executive board members. Strong, experienced project management. Training expertise. The ability to engage all employees from users to the CXO level. The ability to make a business case for an enterprise contingency program. The ability to understand what type of contingency program fits the company culture.

7 Increase Your Marketability Brand yourself. Become certified or dual certified. Get your bachelor degree. Improve your presentation skills – take a public speaking class. Sharpen your business or technology knowledge. Sharpen your expertise in other tangent fields (information security, emergency management or risk management). Be an expert in the field – serve on a board, become published, and take on public speaking.

8 The Value of Professional Certifications? What are the most recognized and beneficial certifications? Certification benefits both the company and individual. The importance of dual certification. What certification combinations make sense for your organization?

9 Forecasting the Future of BCP Continue to incorporate the BC program into the company culture. The global awareness will continue to increase. Our survey review indicates that 25% of the respondents claim their BC program does not cover International locations. (2004 – 27%) BC efforts will demand more attention and thus be placed with executive involvement. What are considered the most challenging issues for BC Professionals?

10 Most Challenging Issues Faced by BC Professionals (Listed in order) Most Challenging Issues Faced by BC Professionals (Listed in order) ~ Information provided by BC Management’s Annual Survey 1. Size of BC/DR Staff 2. Time Allocation 3. Executive Buy-in 4. Comprehensive BIA 5. Global BCP Development 6. IT Recovery 7. Funding/ Budgeting 8. Exercising of Plans 9. Merging/ Acquisitions 10. Business Unit Buy-in 11. Company Awareness 12. SOX/ HIPPA Workload 13. Compliance of Regulations 14. BCP Software 15. Employee Participation 16. Maintenance of Plans 17. Documentation 18. Training within BC/DR Discipline 19. Project Management 20. Audit

11 Final Tips to Elevate Your Career Brand yourself and guard your brand. Always be networking with colleagues. Create a positive impact for your company. Be a leader or contributor your colleagues want to work for or with. Seek out ways to sharpen your skills within your current company. Review your career goal plan – 5 years & 10 years.

12 Questions ? BC Management, Inc. Phone: (888) Website:


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