Position Yourself for Job-Search Success

Job hunting can be an unsettling process, but add to it an uncertain economy and it can be even more nerve-racking. The good news is skilled IT professionals are in demand in a range of specialties. Robert Half Technology’s most recent “IT Hiring Index and Skills Report” found that CIOs expect strong hiring in networking, help-desk/end-user support and Internet/intranet development, in particular.

Additionally, the techniques that can help you secure new employment are the same in any market conditions. Here are some tips that can help position you for job-search success:

Start with a solid resume. This is your ticket into an interview, so make sure your resume impresses potential employers. The key is keeping it straightforward and emphasizing return on investment. Give hiring managers a sense why you would be a stellar employee by highlighting specific examples of past successes, such as completing a systems upgrade ahead of schedule and below budget. Try to quantify your efforts, too. For example, you could characterize the experience this way: “Implemented software enhancements that cut the time required to process a purchase order by 38 percent.”

Also, demonstrate you are serious about the position by customizing your resume for each opening. A company that’s recruiting a network administrator will be more interested in your knowledge of network hardware and software than the skills you gained as a technical writer years ago, for instance.

Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of proper grammar and correct spelling. The fact that you hold two certifications…


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