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Define Your Career Preferences

  1. Know your objectives and preferences
    • Define your own specific objectives, both personal and professional, before you begin.
    • Understand your preferences regarding work styles, environments, pace, etc.
    • Determine the job criteria that will help you meet your requirements.
    • Think about which technologies you enjoy most, especially if you are experienced in more than one area.
    • Consider what types of roles will help you achieve your long-term goals.
    • Factor in the importance of learning new skills as you work.
  2. Consider the size of organization you like most
    • Many professionals want to work for large companies on the international IT scene.
    • Others appreciate the opportunity to pave innovative new roads with smaller start-up firms.
    • For still others, the size of the organization does not matter at all.
    • Reflect on your own career experiences to date.
    • Have you found yourself happier in a small organization, or thriving in a large environment?
    • Factor your preferences in this area into your job search.
  3. Select hands-on work or management
    • Moving into a management role can be very rewarding.
    • Management roles, however, include added responsibility, paperwork and the development of careers of those working under your supervision.
    • If you enjoy hands-on technical work, management may not be the right direction for you.
    • If you are contemplating a move into a management role, consider the reasons why.
    • If you would simply like to pursue a higher salary, discuss that possibility with your current manager.
    • If you are certain that management is right for you, demonstrate your willingness to learn and to lead.
  4. Determine your salary or rate
    • Understand that there is a wide range of salaries and rates for every IT role.
    • Research the ranges for different organizations in your local area.
    • Base your range on the type of work you do, your years of experience and your financial obligations.
    • Seek a compensation plan that is appropriate for your given role.
    • Factor benefits, such as training, insurance coverage, retirement funds, etc., into your evaluation.
    • Avoid letting salary alone influence your decision to accept or reject a potential opportunity.
  5. Are you prepared to commute or relocate?
    • Some individuals view a commute as an opportunity for quiet time before the day begins.
    • Others prefer not to travel more than a few minutes to the office each day.
    • Think about your willingness to commute when evaluating positions.
    • Determine your transportation options to and from each workplace.
    • Decide whether you would be willing to move to an area closer to where a given office is located.
    • Consider asking whether the hiring organization offers telecommuting or other work-from-home options.
  6. Factor in your special needs
    • You may have very specific needs that affect your career choices.
    • Single parents, for instance, may require a daycare facility onsite.
    • If you have health considerations, you might need an organization with a comprehensive benefit plan.
    • You may be averse to accepting a position that requires travel.
    • Communicate your requirements up front so a potential employer can map an opportunity to those needs.
  7. Stay informed of market developments
    • Define your own specific objectives, both personal and professional, before you begin.
    • Understand your preferences regarding work styles, environments, pace, etc.
    • Determine the job criteria that will help you meet your requirements.
    • Think about which technologies you enjoy most, especially if you are experienced in more than one area.
    • Consider what types of roles will help you achieve your long-term goals.
    • Factor in the importance of learning new skills as you work.

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