December 19, 2011, 12:06 PM — IT professionals have been through the wringer when it comes to managing their careers. They've had to keep up with ever-changing technology, endure the often painful aftermath of offshoring and outsourcing decisions, and learn new skills -- including communication and other so-called soft skills -- because of the blending of IT with the business. And those are just the biggest challenges they've faced over the years -- and continue to face today.
So when it comes to professional development and fortifying their resumes, where do IT professionals start? Which certification to choose? Which project to angle for? Which soft skill to develop?
We spoke with four IT leaders about their current hiring needs and the "dream resumes" they envision of the perfect candidates for entry-level, midcareer and technology-careerist positions.