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Video: Five tactics to ensure career survival in tough times

Achieving professional success as an IT leader is challenging enough during the best of times, but during a recession you need to really think strategically to stay at the top of your game. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives shares five tactics that can help.

Achieving professional success as an IT leader is challenging enough during the best of times, but when IT departments are squeezed and professional opportunities shrink, you need to really think strategically in order to stay at the top of your game. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives shares five tactics you can use to keep your career going in the right direction during an economic downturn.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the "Transcript" link underneath the video or you can read the original article from John McKee that this episode was based on: 10 things you can do to ensure career survival in 2009.

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15 comments
Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

It reads as this: [TechRepublic] Career survival tactics / Microsoft finds a new way to shoot itself in the foot? Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:11 AM What does MS have to do with this?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

That headline was simply referring to both articles being promoted at the top of the e-mail newsletter you received.

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

Sorry for the ditzy comment. The transcribed article is great! It's summarizes everything everyone should be doing during this crisis. It's really like fish trying to survive in a shrinking pond. Scary days ahead for a lot of folks - moi included. Thank you for posting.

han810p
han810p

I'm laid off - first time EVER! Ok - so one of my weaknesses is age. I'm 54, very energetic, certs and degrees, and still I seem to be getting nothing for the first time in 35 years of working in IT. What do you suggest?

MyopicOne
MyopicOne

Two industries seeing growth. Just recognize that the biotech/pharma side of the healthcare industry tends to be somewhat trailing edge for compliance reasons. 12+ years in biotechs, 4 in telecom, 4 in government contracting.

WiseITOne
WiseITOne

It might sound scarry but right now it just isn't a good time to be unemployed. Even with all of your credentials there just aren't enough jobs to go around. Additionally, you are in my opinion over qualified or would require a higher pay. Perhaps you should down grade your resume and look for an in at a lower level to at least get a steady income and then when the recession is over move up or look for a better paying job. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I hope it turns around. Lastly, SAVE MONEY. For everyone out of work you should reflect how you spent all of those dollars. It takes 3 to get back the 1 dollar that you spent. Was it spent wisely? DId you waste away your money and not get out of debt or save for the future? Did you have a years worth of food storage to hold you through hard times? Unfortunately, many neglet to look at these issues until it is way too late. A layoff will not affect the individual who is financially and mentally secure.

han810p
han810p

Well, I did save money, lots as a matter of fact. Unfortunately, that is down quite a bit because of the stock market issues. Like any smart person, I have 6 months living expenses in cash - something I recommend to everyone. I have just put in for the PMP and headed back for another MBA. I lopped 15 years experience off my resume, and am willing to travel 100%.... Still no bites yet, but Atlanta and Boston are 2 locations looking twice at my resume. Hoping for an interview in the next few weeks. Should I check out the market in TX? I have family there too, so I could stay with them while working.

MyopicOne
MyopicOne

Its not good enough to 'just' do good work - and I haven't even looked at the vid. You have to reinforce the value you are providing to almost everyone and that may still not be good enough. Because the bean counters and some (most?) IT Management doesn't understand the value in its employees anyway, so we are all permanently vulnerable. After all, according to them the work can be shifted to half-trained replacements seriously lacking in communications skills in a month! At 1/3 the cost! Laid-off last June, employed again in February.

han810p
han810p

Last in, first out got me laid off. I changed from a sinking company to one that is very stable last September. I've been job hunting since I first got the news. What do you suggest now?

mpyea
mpyea

I had the same exact thing happen to me. Let go on a last in first out basis. The company actively recruited me away from my prior position, and then HR cut me based on Seniority. Lucky for me that is was just under a year and my old position was still available.

john.oates
john.oates

I work in the Medical IT field. With Obamas HIT program there will be thousands of high level IT positions. Get out the resume and send it to hospitals and healthcare providers. Good Luck, John Oates, CIO

mudskipper2009
mudskipper2009

got the "due to the global economic downturn" speech, and it was a case of last in - first out. i know exactly what you mean. personally i might suggest getting some more qualifications under your belt to make you more employable, perhaps.

bs61014a
bs61014a

I believe this is excellent advice. I plan to internalize it and act on it.

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