5 Ways to Catapult Your IT Career

The workforce is more competitive than ever, with experience and education at a premium. How can you move up in the IT field?

5. Build a portfolio – It can be tough to display your projects in the IT field. Outside of physically tracking your accomplishments, writing a blog is another way to show your experience. The process doesn’t have to be extremely time consuming, and the posts can serve as a reminder for how you fixed problems in the past when similar ones arrive.

4. Update Your Resume – Maybe you’ve been at the same job for a decade, with hopes of climbing up the company ladder and no thoughts of leaving. Why would you need to redo your resume that hasn’t been touched since leaving college?

Going into a meeting with an employer and effectively communicating your value to them is a crucial factor in seeking a promotion or raise. But having a physical illustration to go along with that conversation is only going to further your point.

And if you plan on leaving your current situation, updating your resume gets harder the longer it’s been since the last time you updated it.

3. Be a Dependable Employee – Come in to work early on a daily basis. Stay late when a project needs to be finished. Stick to the deadlines that you’re given.

Most importantly, though, be open and approachable with co-workers along with supervisors. So when that inevitable bad day comes up, where you miss your bus and forget your assignment, you’ve got a 1000 positive ones to give you the benefit of the doubt

2. Learn New Skills – There are only so many hours in the day. However, it’s easy to set aside a small amount of time each week to add a new weapon to your arsenal. Maybe it’s via a night class at a local community college. If that doesn’t make sense for your schedule, find a mentor to teach you or even a YouTube video series.

1. Master Old Ones – It’s easy to fall behind on tools or programs that you use due to a lack of challenge yourself at your current job. Take workshops or attend seminars to network with peers in the IT field to see how they’re using their tools.

Add your thoughts in the comments below if you have any suggestions that’ve worked for you.

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