10 Steps to Tech Employment - Slide 5

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In the past, networking was traditionally done at after business hour groups, at trade shows and at seminars. Today, networking takes on a whole new meaning. Sure, you can still find groups to attend to make face-to-face connections but online business networking can be done faster, can cover more geographic territory and can set you up for stronger meetings when you do meet a business colleague for the first time in a face-to-face setting. Groups on LinkedIn have taken off lately. You can join as many as 50 different groups that pique your professional interest. Before you join such groups, think about why you're joining the group, what you intend to contribute to the group and what you hope to get out of the group. Contribute help and answers to groups and one day when you need help, it just might be sitting there for you in the form of one of your group members.

Perhaps you’ve been fortunate to have not lost a job in the past two years.  Whether you have lost a job or not, odds are good that you know someone who has.  Every professional needs a plan for finding employment and for staying employed.

Who would have thought that working for companies like General Motors, AIG or Citigroup could be risky?  Recent history has clearly shown that the nation’s largest companies are not necessarily the most stable companies one could choose for employment.

There was once a perception that working for the nation’s largest companies equaled career stability.  Today however, stability and opportunity can be found in a well-funded start-up as much as it can be found in the largest employers.

Jeff Snyder, the President of SecurityRecruiter.com, a search firm highly specialized in information security recruiting, tells us that technology professionals today must be more proactive to take control of their careers than at any other time in the past.  Technology professionals need to consider their personal stock value as they make education, certification, networking and career move decisions.

Personal stock value refers to the traits, skills, characteristics and experiences that make a person unique relative to their peers.  Let your technical skills become rusty relative to the skills the market is demanding and your personal stock value slips.  It is far more important today to build a marketable portfolio of skills, traits and professional experiences versus concentrating only on working for the “best” companies.

Many elements can cause one person to stand out over another person in the job search process.  Consider these 10 topics when thinking about how to build your personal stock value, how to network and how to increase your marketability.

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