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Jump Start Your IT Career In 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017

With 2017 well and truly here, chances are you're thinking hard about what the year ahead will bring. If you have decided it's time for a change and are in the market for a new job, here are three tips to help:

1. Set clear goals for your career
Before you begin the search for a new role, it's important to think about what you're looking for. Where are you trying to take your IT career and what kind of role you require to get there? Consider your current position. Identify all the aspects that you would like to change or develop, as well as the things you'd like to achieve. From there, you can get an idea of what you must do to make this happen. Perhaps you'll need to upgrade your IT skills, expand into a new part of the industry or take a leap of faith and aim for that promotion.

2. Give your resume and online profiles a facelift
Don't fall into the trap of reusing the same, stale resume again and again - it's time to revitalise your CV to match your fresh goals for the future. Key information must jump off the page and pay attention to the finer details in terms of presentation. Potential employers will often view your LinkedIn page, so take the time to give your online profile a polish. This may include updating your summary and headline, getting a unique URL to make your profile more accessible, incorporating images, video and other media to make it more eye-catching, and fleshing out your skills section with new expertise.

3. Keep an eye on the latest opportunities
Now that your new resume is ready, pay attention to the current tech trends, as this will give you an idea of where to concentrate your search. Look at where there are skill shortages and which IT skills are in demand (see top of the page). Focusing on these areas of the IT industry will give you a much better chance of landing a role quickly.

With these steps checked off your list you will be in a good position to tackle the next stage of your professional development and impress potential employers.
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