6 IT Career Resolutions - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IT Life
08:36 AM
Ellis Booker
Ellis Booker
Connect Directly

6 IT Career Resolutions

Resolve to polish your skills, value, and appeal in 2015 with these tips from recruiters and senior IT executives.
1 of 8

The end of the year is the perfect time to make smart resolutions and tactical plans regarding your IT career.

But where to start? The following potpourri of ideas, suggested by HR and recruiting professionals, as well as senior IT executives, is a great place to begin.

But make no mistake, our list isn't only intended for those who plan to job hunt in the new year. A number of these practical tips will boost your visibility and value with your current employer, increasing the likelihood of bonuses and promotions in 2015.

If you are looking for a new job, be sure to check out our slideshow: 6 IT Job Hunting Dos & Don'ts.

When it comes to sprucing up your professional career, the key is to create an alignment between the needs of the organization (or marketplace) and your personal assets. Keep these two dimensions in sync to avoid spinning your wheels and wasting time.

For more on the realities of today's talent situation, see our in-depth report: The IT Talent Shortage Debate.

For example, simply having up-to-date IT skills isn't your end game. With today's flatter organizations and spotlight on better collaboration between the IT and business organizations, companies are looking for IT professionals with strong communication skills.

Employers want new hires who can work on teams, lead, solve problems decisively, and prioritize work, according to the results of a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a nonprofit group that links college career placement offices with employers.

The end of the year is also a perfect time to take an honest inventory of your IT skills, and be ready to augment them.

"Be sure to know what is your strongest technology skill, and two to three additional skills that you are comfortable with or actively learning," Joseph Yeh, a recruiter with Riviera Partners, told InformationWeek for a previous story about job searching.

"Depending on your specific skillset/job responsibility, get certified in one or more technologies you don't currently have a certification for," Erik Balkan, managing director of IT staffing and recruiting services company Modis, told InformationWeek in an email.

One way to update your skillset is to take one or more of the free massive open online courses (MOOCs) for IT professionals. A number of MOOCs now offer, for a nominal fee, a certification upon successful completion of the course.

So before you head off to your holiday celebrations, check out our slideshow and commit to taking some of these steps next year.

And if you have additional ideas for supercharging an IT career, let us know in the comments below.

(Image: khfalk/Pixabay)

Ellis Booker has held senior editorial posts at a number of A-list IT publications, including UBM's InternetWeek, Mecklermedia's Web Week, and IDG's Computerworld. At Computerworld, he led Internet and electronic commerce coverage in the early days of the web and was ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
1 of 8
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
12/22/2014 | 9:19:06 AM
Re: Communication
If you take the Toastmasters suggestion, and I highly recommend it, I could use some contributions from anyone with web design or LAMP web development skills for my WordPress for Toastmasters project. Could be a good way to make your mark on the organization -- and will also provide you with a speech topic that others can relate to.
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

Remote Work Tops SF, NYC for Most High-Paying Job Openings
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/20/2021
Blockchain Gets Real Across Industries
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  7/22/2021
Seeking a Competitive Edge vs. Chasing Savings in the Cloud
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/19/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
This new report from InformationWeek explores what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
Current Issue
Monitoring Critical Cloud Workloads Report
In this report, our experts will discuss how to advance your ability to monitor critical workloads as they move about the various cloud platforms in your company.
Flash Poll