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Career advice: Keeping up with the industry

Daniel Wakeman | Jan. 31, 2011
A Premier 100 IT Leader also has advice on getting your company to perform a market adjustment for IT salaries.

If you were asked today to cut 20% of your staff, what skills or qualities would you most want to retain? Architecture (both technical and application), security, business analysis, business relations, senior developers, key DBA staff.

I worked in support at a newspaper for eight years until being laid off in a mass downsizing in April. I feel I should get out of the newspaper business, but I have a ton of know-how in things like Web publishing and desktop publishing. Any ideas on leveraging this knowledge in another vertical? Online content is growing rapidly, and much of it is in need of a professional touch. Many companies now realize that social media is here to stay, and that it's having a significant influence on sales and company perception. Your background is relevant here and may be just what many savvy companies are looking for. Start your own blog and show what you can do. Be involved as an expert in this area. Get noticed.


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