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Are your IT skills walking a tight rope? Plan your career to avoid falling.

Posted by Travis O'Rourke, Head of Hays Talent Solutions, Canada, on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016

Hays Blog: IT skills tightropeEmployers are still struggling to find the skilled IT workers they need, which is good news for you but don’t get complacent about your career planning.

IT experts who are proactive, plan ahead, and set high goals for themselves will be the ones who excel. Here are some tips on how you can start planning your career, whether it be short-term or long-term

1.    Invest in professional development
Of course technical skills are important but be sure you don’t neglect soft skills. For those interested in reaching management positions, the ability to communicate is a key differentiator when employers are choosing their next hire.

2.    Develop business acumen
Look into how your IT goals and tasks can connect with the business as a whole and when you recognize that connection make the appropriate changes to better align with the goals and results of the organization.

3.    Diversify to stay in demand
What will the next in-demand technology or software be? The skill you developed last year may not be needed after 5 years. Don’t become so specialized that your career depends on just one skill set. Learn another language, understand another area.

No matter your goals, planning ahead is crucial to focus on getting the skills and experience necessary. Employers are looking for IT professionals who stay at the forefront of demand by planning ahead and investing in their own professional development. Be an active participant in your career.

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