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9 IT career resolutions for 2013

Rich Hein | Dec. 31, 2012
As 2012 comes to a close, IT job seekers should already be formulating a plan for career growth and professional development in 2013.

"A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him." - H. S. M. Burns

8. Personalize Your Cover Letters

A cover letter is designed to personalize your message. It is a showcase for your communication skills as well as transferable knowledge to prospective employers and recruiters. Use your cover letter to convey how your experience and knowledge will add value to the company. If your cover letter is compelling chances are someone will read it.

Make sure there are no typos. If you aren't sure get a friend or colleague to read it. If there was a person listed in the job posting make sure to address your cover letter to him or her. Macpherson's advice on cover letters is simple: "Make them concise and to-the-point. Avoid huge paragraphs and clearly articulate your qualifications and interest."

"Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." - Katherine Whitehorn

9. Expand Your Horizons

"If you're not growing, you're dying. Grow, expand, be distinct and make yourself invaluable," says Macpherson. Get out of your comfort zone and learn something new. There are plenty of free options available to you. That may be the library, a local course, college classes or seminars. The bottom line is never stop learning and growing.

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." - Buddha

Rich Hein is a senior writer for He covers IT careers. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

Read more about careers in CIO's Careers Drilldown.


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