Next move: How can I capitalise on my IT experience?

I am unemployed and do not know in which direction I should go. The kind of positions I am looking for include technical author,...

How can I capitalise on my IT experience?

I am unemployed and do not know in which direction I should go. The kind of positions I am looking for include technical author, IT trainer and web content creator, and I would also consider any IT support position.

I have more than six years' experience in IT, including 16 months working as an IT manager/trainer, two years providing IT support, and 14 months as a web content creator.

The last position I held as an IT manager/trainer ended in August 2003 because of lack of government funding for a project I had successfully managed. I am looking for a new challenge and opportunities and would appreciate your suggestions.

The solution

Be specific about your experience.

Your experience is vast and provides you with an interesting mix of IT knowledge. All the roles you refer to suggest an ability to communicate a technical point, and this ought to provide a wider range of opportunities.

Not specifying in chronological order where your experience was obtained, or whether you feel your personal skills and aptitude are more suited to management or training support, can work against you.

Typically, an employer would look at your more recent experiences, or at projects you feel you have enjoyed and successfully completed.

It is advisable to be specific when applying for each role that comes your way. Think about the experience and knowledge you have and target them accordingly. Make sure the role would attract you for the long term and that it shows good signs of progression and career development.

Solution by Grant Seidner, operations manager, Reed Technology

The panel: Plan-Net Services, Spring Group, E-Skills UK, British Computer Society, Computer Futures, Hudson, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology.

E-mail your career questions to computerweekly@rbi.co.uk

This was last published in January 2005

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