Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Find a New Job as the Climate Thaws

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Find a New Job as the Climate Thaws

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Byline: DANNY BRADBURY

THERE is nothing like Springtime to lift the spirits and give people the wanderlust. IT professionals, spurred on by the slow-but-sure industry recovery, may be considering giving their career a boost by switching jobs.

Just as spring flowers want to show off their colours to appeal to bees, IT staff need to put on something of a display if they are to attract companies seeking new staff. Here are a few tips to get you started: Choose your skills The most important thing to make you marketable to potential employers is to get your mix of skills right. It depends on your area of speciality, but expanding your core skills into related areas will always stand you in good stead. If you are a systems administrator, for example, work toward a security qualification, because one definitely complements the other. If you are a software developer then perhaps you could learn XML.

Read the press The IT press gives you a valuable insight into current and future trends, which helps you decide which skills to focus upon. For example, do you know what the semantic web is? If you are unaware, you are not going to know what to study, and what to answer if an interviewer asks you about it.

Teach yourself

Self-teaching is a key activity.

Unless you are being trained in relevent areas at work, then study at home. O'Reilly is a good publisher to start with as it is excellent at releasing books that address up-and-coming technology areas. Computer-based training courses are also a good idea to give you a heads-up on the basics of relevant technologies.

Practice, practice, practice Perhaps the most overlooked part of any skills acquisition strategy is practice. It is not enough to learn the principles of web design. You will only become expert if you build web sites and push the boundries of the set rules. …

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