The question: I was made redundant from my role as an IT director two years ago and seem unable to get another job. For personal reasons, I have only looked on and off over the past two years but there seems to be little available in senior IT management. In the meantime, I have been trying to update my technical skills (Java, Oracle, web design, Prince 2). Any suggestions for a flagging IT person?
The solution: Emphasise your practical experience
Repeated rejection can undermine your self confidence. To help rebuild it, write down the successes, both large and small, you have had in all your jobs. Refer to these when you are having a low moment.
Focus is key to success. Know your strengths (IT management, project management and business knowledge). If your desire to keep your skills up to date is high, build on those you already have rather than trying to gain new ones. Knowledge obtained through experience is better and more marketable than that gained by reading a book or attending a course.
Completing practical, daily activity will provide better results than your previous "on and off" method. It also helps keep your motivation high as you will feel that you are making progress. Know what you are looking for. Focus on defining your ideal job eg, small company or large, how far will you travel, what package will you want, what skills do you want to be using, what challenges must it offer?
As well as using internet recruitment services, use the contacts you have made through your work to see who they know who needs your experience and IT management skills. If you are keen to still work in the SME arena, contact your local Chamber of Commerce, Business Link or networking groups to see who they know who needs you.
Solution by Kathryn Proudlock, personal life coach, No Limits Coaching
The panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching
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