- An employee profile that list jobs and roles you have held (be specific).
- An idea or goal position that includes positions within and outside of your company.
- An analysis of your skills and a plan to bridge any skills gaps.
- A network of professionals who you can work with and use for advice when necessary.
Building a career map of your own will help you do a better job focusing your job search. So get it done. To find out more about career mapping, here is a recent article covering the basics.
"Control your own destiny or someone else will." - Steve Jobs
3. Update Your Resume
Having your resume up-to-date and ready to go can do wonders when it comes to setting your mind at ease. You can be sure that occasionally checking in to update your resume is a lot easier than having to do an overhaul of your resume in crisis mode.
"Your resume is a marketing document. You need to sell your expertise and stand out among your peers who may be just as qualified as you," says Macpherson.
Build your resume with the position you want in mind. Highlight your skills that are relevant to that position. Look around on job boards and see what keywords recruiters are using and add them where they fit into your resume. Include honors, awards and any charity you actively participate in. Seminars or course are often over-looked here as well.
Don't feel like dealing with the actual mechanics of resume writing? Well, there are plenty of career services companies out there that will work with to achieve your IT career goals. Whether you want to craft a resume, build a social presence or change careers altogether.
For more information on resume writing check out our resume makeover series.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
4. Build a Personal Website for Your Brand
Most professionals could perhaps do without a website containing their professional brand but you work in IT, the web is a part of your life. This approach works best for people who want to display a lot of information on past jobs and products. It serves as their online portfolio. Macpherson's advice: "Don't make your site a data warehouse&make it dynamic, make it market your value."