Hey everyone!! One of our partners, SpiceWorks, has recently put out a Career Tips eBook for people seeking IT job career growth. It's over at http://www.spiceworks.com/ebooks/2014-top-it-career-advice/
I want to direct your attention to page 6 (out of 56) ... Tip 4 on the list was written by yours truly. I talked all about having an online portfolio ... so get started and submit your CV in your edit profile page of DaniWeb :-P Seriously, though, check out all of the SpiceWorks career tips. Lots of good tidbits in there!! :)
The best advice I can provide for IT pros to advance their career in 2014? First and foremost, have a strong resume that includes a portfolio if possible. Expand this with an interactive portfolio online that concisely shows off all of your different skills, and be sure to explain, in a nutshell, what sets it apart. Be aware that the non-tech savvy (including HR people!) may not understand what they’re looking at, at first glance. Be a go getter today more than ever. The economy is tough nowadays and employers are being hit hard, so you really need to show off how you can bring a positive ROI to your company. If you don’t already have one, start a blog online, and write about your solutions to different tough problems you encounter at work. With social media such a big part of the world nowadays, employers are attracted to bringing on board rock stars – online celebrities who bring with them a following, have the ability to create buzz, and are able to summarize for their employers where the industry is headed and how to move forward. This is much more important in the SMB world than in enterprise, where tried and true still reigns supreme. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take as much time as you may think to nurture an online persona.