Collaboration is a big business buzzword these days. But it's a must-have for upward career mobility, especially for IT pros with executive-level ambitions. Current and future employers will want to see that you're willing and able to work effectively across departments, especially those that at times might have different agendas.
"Especially with the shift happening between marketing and IT, showing departmental collaboration and impact of initiatives between these two organizations is important," McGarrity says. "Companies want people who understand business."