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Taking Control of Your IT Career in the Face of Layoffs

Taking Control of Your IT Career in the Face of Layoffs

With unemployment rates at their highest level in six years and layoffs planned at some of the biggest companies, tech workers are feeling anxious about their jobs and powerless in the face of economic uncertainty. Two IT staffing experts offer some empowering advice for all IT workers.

5. Meet with an IT Recruiter. A recruiter who specializes in information technology "not only can help you find a job-he or she also can provide useful feedback on your resume and how you present yourself in an interview," Estes says.

6. Think Outside Your Industry. Baschab says that operations and infrastructure (O&I) experience is portable to nearly any industry-for instance, e-mail servers are pretty much the same everywhere. "This means that people with O&I experience can conduct the broadest possible job search," he says.

7. Don't Overlook Smaller Companies with Bigger Opportunities. Now might be a good time to take a chance on a more senior position at a smaller company, Baschab says, such as a regional or local retail bank. It could be a "good opportunity to help them build an IT department using the skills learned in a large enterprise environment," he adds.

8. Broaden Your Functional Skills. "Applications and business analysts can also often make a lateral move into the finance and accounting area, thus broadening their job search to other functional areas within a company," Baschab notes.

9. Maybe It's Time to Move. "If you feel your opportunities truly are limited in your local market, ask yourself if a move to another city or state is a viable option," Estes says. "All factors considered, it could pan out to be a welcome change."

Baschab points out that finance industry IT salaries have historically been higher than IT salaries in other industries; but they also come with a higher cost of living. "This could be just the right opportunity to make a move to a different geography," he adds, "and take a somewhat lower salary but also a considerably lower cost of living."

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