The world of IT moves quickly and is always bubbling with opportunity. Even if you’ve landed a new job in the past year, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be open to considering other opportunities! New tech companies may be of interest, as long as you're active in the IT job market!
The truth is, you don’t need to wait until your next job hunt to pinpoint your personal brand; Maintaining your IT career happens on an ongoing basis. Here are our tips for making sure you’re ready to send off an application at any time!
to do every week
- Browse industry news (web development, IT, etc.) to keep your finger on the pulse of new developments.
- Read and comment on LinkedIn articles published by tech companies you admire.
- Follow changes in your professional network, and congratulate people who are promoted or entering a new position.
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to do every month
- Document your recent achievements and accomplishments. Given that they often need to be referenced during an interview, it’s great to have an updated list on hand!
- Participate in an industry event (hackathons, conferences, training camps, etc.) and never hesitate to introduce yourself to others – even if it requires a departure from your
- Evaluate advancement opportunities that come up within your company vis a vis your career plan.
- Participate in forums to remain on the lookout for technological changes that affect the contents of your professional toolbox.
to do every quarter
- Take a look at your resume to see if there are any changes to be made, such as the completion of a major project or a new programming language you’ve learned recently.
- Take a training course related to your development plan.
- Publish an article on LinkedIn or your company blog to expand your reach.
- Meet with your mentor to check in about the progression of your IT career.
- Remain in contact with recruiters in your network, and keep them up-to-date about important life changes, like a big move or a desire to switch jobs.