Rebooting Your Career Development

Go to college. Get a job. It’s that easy, right?

If things ever were that simple, those days have long since passed. Today, companies expect their employees to possess more than a college degree and a strong will to work — they want their IT pros to be informed about industry trends, confident about their career paths and in command of a wide range of technical and business skills.

If you’re afraid you fall short of meeting these requirements, fear not. You’re not alone.

According to a recent CareerBuilder.com survey, 46 percent of IT hiring managers say they have difficulty finding qualified workers. These companies are looking beyond degrees and certifications, searching for individuals who can apply the skills they’ve learned to the specific job function for which they’re applying, said Tanya Flynn, CareerBuilder.com career adviser.

“What they’re really looking for are candidates who can position themselves on their resume and in their cover letter for a specific position and make an effort to relate their skills to the job at hand,” Flynn explained. “It demonstrates that they will be able to do that on the job.”

Understanding how to apply your skills to a wide range of technological and business functions will become even more critical in the future, as IT pros increasingly are expected to partner with business leaders on corporate projects.

To prepare for a career that involves strategic planning, as well as systems analysis, techies need to create a two-pronged development plan to enhance…


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