12 effective habits of indispensable IT pros

Ditch the slackers, take on dirty work, do it with data -- here's how to get the inside track on a highly rewarding career in IT

12 effective habits of indispensable IT pros

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How do you keep your job -- or get a better one -- in an era when hiring is slow and budgets are squeezed? Follow these 12 maxims.

Some are practical advice you've heard before (and ignored). Being familiar with how technology can improve the bottom line is more important than ever. But so is expanding your portfolio of IT skills. You'll also want to reach out and communicate with your colleagues across the organization and take on dirty jobs nobody else wants. Eventually it may even mean leaving the comfort of a big organization and branching out on your own.

But remember: Becoming "indispensable" can be a double-edged sword. Get too indispensable, and you might find yourself unable to move beyond your niche.

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