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How to create a good tech resume — It's a common misconception by many IT pros that their technical credentials are the most important things to highlight on their resumes. The result is a laundry list of certification initials that goes on for days. Soft skills Although those credentials are important, you have to remember that your resume should tell a more rounded story about the person you are.

Is it better to be an IT specialist or a generalist? — Like the certification vs. degree question, this question is not easy to answer. I would venture to answer "a mixture of both." But what does that mean? Most people who get into IT already have a broad knowledge and interest in IT. There is a basic interest in tech that drives them there in the first place.

How to quit your job — All reports seem to indicate that IT talent is in short supply. For the IT pro, that means that there will be more job opportunities to choose from. That's good news for the unemployed but it's also good news for the unhappily employed.

How to network even if you're an introvert — One thing that I've learned over the years is that IT pros are not completely comfortable with networking. (And I'm not talking about using a WLAN!) I'm referring to making business acquaintances and developing contacts that will serve your career.

Save your career with good time management — I've been in the publishing business for over 20 years, all within the IT industry. I started out in print publishing and was there when the internet hit. In all those years, I've edited the work of some brilliant IT pros, some of whom met every deadline handed to them and some of whom missed more deadlines than they met.

Tech skills aren't enough for a successful IT career — Let me throw a few terms out there that you're probably tired of hearing about: Soft skills Time management IT/business alignment (holistic view of the enterprise) The reason you hear so much about those terms is that they remain some of the most important skills you need to succeed as an IT pro.

Make mistakes and take chances — Ralph Nader, American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney, once said "Your best teacher is your last mistake." I would say that is true as long as you choose to learn from your last mistake, i.e., ask yourself where you went wrong and what you can do to make sure you don't make the mistake again.

Here's why the hiring process for IT needs to change — I find it ironic that companies, while they have come to terms with the importance of technology in their businesses, still haven't figured out how to hire the best talent to use and maintain that technology. Here's what's wrong with the picture: Company A wants to build out their technology solutions to keep pace with their competitors.

How to answer the salary question in an interview — Some people think the philosophical interview questions are the hardest, e.g., Where do you see yourself in five years? What was the biggest challenge you faced in your prior position? Admittedly those can be tough and we'll cover those in a future blog, but one question whose answer can keep you in or put you out of the running by itself is "What are you expecting in terms of salary?"

IT sites and tools that can fuel your job search — It's an old adage that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. If you've ever been unemployed, you know how true the statement is. The good news is that technology has progressed so much that a lot of the drudgery is taken out of the task and networking and finding job openings has become a lot easier.
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