Tips for Landing an IT Job in the Recession: Page 2

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The key to pursuing work outside your traditional sphere is to highlight your transferable skills in your application materials. Transferable skills are those abilities you possess that could be applied to any number of jobs, such as communication, leadership and critical thinking.

Consider how these qualifications might translate in a different role or industry. For example, if you’ve enjoyed leading projects, you might apply for a position as a project manager, even if you’ve never held that title.

Network, network, network

The best way to find a job is through word of mouth, and this is especially true in a market like today’s, where opportunities are few and far between. A referral from a friend can make all the difference when a hiring manager is determining whom to call in for an interview.

Because of this, it’s crucial you continue to invest in networking activities. After all, the more people you know, the more likely you are to have a contact who can assist you in your job search.

Becoming involved in an industry association is a great way to meet others in the IT field. But don’t limit your outreach efforts to other “techies.” Professionals in other industries may be able to help you get an “in” with companies that are hiring through new channels.

Attend networking events that are open to workers from various fields or even “pink slip parties,” where out-of-work professionals can share leads and information. You can also meet a broad range of people by leveraging online communities such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

One word of caution, however: Don’t be overzealous when asking for help. You need to establish rapport with someone before requesting his or her assistance in your job search. A good rule of thumb is to do the other person a favor before seeking help from him or her.

In addition, many professionals today are suffering from “referral fatigue.” That is, they have been approached by so many people asking for a job lead or referral that they simply can’t accommodate every request. Be selective in who you approach for help and be aware that someone may not always be able to lend a hand.

Dave Willmer is executive director of Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half Technology has more than 100 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.rht.com. /p>

ALSO SEE: How to Not Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

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AND: Studying for Tech Certifications on a Budget

AND: Six Strategies for Securing an IT Interview

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