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IT careers can be dangerous. While some mistakes can be easily corrected, others can quickly turn into Resume Generating Events. Even if you are new to IT, or have more than 20 years of experience, there are certain things you should avoid. These actions can quickly lead to you being ostracized, and in some cases even cause your dismissal. These are the mistakes IT professionals and IT executives should avoid.

1. You are your own best (or worst) career manager (for better or worse).
If you don’t care about your career and goals, then no one will. You may even be a candidate for “right-sizing”. Examining your current skills is a critical task that all IT professionals must do. To determine if your skills are still relevant and in high demand, you must identify them and evaluate them (see the post). It is important to identify and evaluate your skills to determine if they are still relevant or in high demand. Your plan could include classes, self-education, or a new career in the IT industry. This plan should be realistic and achievable. It will help you to improve your skills. This is true for professional knowledge. You can read trade journals, attend conferences (many IT conference allow you to attend virtual sessions), and even attend product launches.

2. Not depth of skills, but breadth
You don’t want to be a one trick pony. Today’s IT environment places more emphasis on your ability to use your skills and not just your depth. Many of the new and emerging technologies combine skills from different areas. The new Private Cloud, for example, combines many skills that were previously distinct. You can’t have one skill in most cases. Think of small IT shops that each employee wears multiple hats to support their users. “Today’s trend towards services-based software, mobile applications, the cloud, and consumer technologies means that it is not the depth of knowledge or experience that wins or keeps IT jobs. * In the academic world, there is a saying: “Publish or perish.” It should be changed to “expanding your skill set or becoming extinct”. Besides, keeping your mind active may helps keep you younger.

3. Don’t be a Subject Matter Expert on Life
These people are familiar to us all – they seem to have the answers to everything and will not hesitate to share their “expertise” with others, regardless of whether you are listening. There is a big difference between self-confidence or arrogance. The former can be an asset, while the latter can lead to career failures. This can lead to a RGE (see earlier definition) or career-ender if you are unable to work well with others. This could be a sign that your managers or coworkers are making excuses not to work with you. You should not take credit for the success of a project or pass the blame to others. Instead, seek input from others. Ask for input from others. Your colleagues will feel like they contributed to the project and may even come up with innovative solutions to your problems.

4. Not being a tall poppy
This is where you WANT to be noticed (in an encouraging manner). To avoid being noticed, don’t try to blend in with your IT department. Despite the economy appearing to be in recovery, layoffs continue and consolidations, mergers, and buyouts continue. It is a bad idea to try to go unnoticed even though it seems like a good idea. It is important to be noticed but only the right kind of notice. Show imitativity and be more proactive

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