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Taking control of your IT career in the face of layoffs

Thomas Wailgum | Sept. 23, 2008
There's quite a bit you can do right now to quell your anxieties and take control of your career.

7. Don't Overlook Smaller Companies with Bigger Opportunities. Now might be a good time to take a chance on a more senior position at a smaller company, Baschab says, such as a regional or local retail bank. It could be a "good opportunity to help them build an IT department using the skills learned in a large enterprise environment," he adds.

8. Broaden Your Functional Skills. "Applications and business analysts can also often make a lateral move into the finance and accounting area, thus broadening their job search to other functional areas within a company," Baschab notes.

9. Maybe It's Time to Move. "If you feel your opportunities truly are limited in your local market, ask yourself if a move to another city or state is a viable option," Estes says. "All factors considered, it could pan out to be a welcome change."

Baschab points out that finance industry IT salaries have historically been higher than IT salaries in other industries; but they also come with a higher cost of living. "This could be just the right opportunity to make a move to a different geography," he adds, "and take a somewhat lower salary but also a considerably lower cost of living."


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