Career growth and development is always a topic of focus within the workforce, but especially amongst IT professionals. This is a six-part bundle full of expert-provided insights, resources and calls-to-action to help maximize CompTIA’s certification alumni IT career fulfillment.
Follow these six steps which include the tools you need to ensure your success in IT career growth and development! Most CompTIA resources are available free of charge to our Registered Users. Anyone can sign up, though some resources are only accessible to those who purchase Premier Membership.
1. Taking Inventory
You can’t set a realistic and achievable goal for yourself until you do some personal inventory. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? What resources do you have at your disposal? How can you use all that information to set a goal and achieve it? This initial planning phase is truly about building a foundation for your success.
Discover IT Paths
Test Drive an IT Career
2. Branding Yourself
Once you’ve set your goal, it’s time to start working toward it. You must put yourself out there and let other people know what you’re doing. Start with updating your resume to showcase your best skills and accomplishments, then use social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter to share your story. Create your elevator pitch and use it when networking.
7 Steps to a Stellar LinkedIn Profile
Stand Up to Stand Out
3. Finding the Job
Now that you have your tools in place, you are ready to start searching for that perfect job opportunity. Contrary to popular belief, just shooting off your resume to 50 different online job posts is not the most effective way to begin your search. The perfect job will most likely not fall into your lap – you have to do your homework. Research the companies you want to work for, conduct some informational interviews and take advantage of industry events.
In-Demand IT Careers
Common IT Employability Skills
4. Acing the Interview
After all this hard work, you have an interview on the calendar – now is your time to shine! Preparing for your interview – virtual or in-person – is key. Prep yourself on how to answer the questions you know they are going to ask you, but also have some questions that you want to ask them. Interviewing is a two-way street and it’s your responsibility to make sure the company is a good fit for you – just as much as you are a good fit for them.
How to Ace an Interview
5. Maintaining Momentum
Once you have landed the job of your dreams, you’ll likely be thrown into the whirlwind that comes with starting a new job. As overwhelming as it may be, don’t forget to maintaining momentum maintain everything you’ve worked on up to this point. Use these same skills to effectively manage projects and learn how others in your field are paving the way for new ideas.
Maintain a Work-Life Balance
QSG to 1st Year on the Job
6. Advancing your Career
Seeking out professional development will not only advance your career, but will also help you develop new skills that could be applied to other areas of your life. Attending ongoing continuing education workshops and working towards becoming certified are both ways to keep yourself engaged, fulfilled and satisfied at work.
Continuing Education Overview
The Impact of Certifications on Your Career