Getting your IT job search back on track

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The recent recession hit the American workforce hard, and the IT industry wasn't spared. In 2009, U.S. technology companies cut almost 250,000 jobs, according to TechAmerica Foundation.

Out-of-work IT pros suddenly found themselves in a tough spot, as companies enacted hiring freezes to cut costs during the downturn. What's more, with each passing day, many unemployed workers' skills stagnated.

For many people, this scenario is still playing out. If you're one of the unemployed IT pros concerned about how you'll make your professional comeback, here are some tips on transitioning your skills, elevating your marketability and getting back into the workforce.

Getting back in the game

One way to get yourself in front of potential employers is to enlist the help of a staffing professional whose job it is to match you with the positions most closely aligned with your skills. Scanning online job boards, social networks and, of course, company Web sites are also effective ways to learn about job openings.

You can also sign up to get e-mails about the latest job postings from a job search aggregator like Indeed.com, which can simplify your search by pulling together listings from thousands of sites and letting you narrow your search by region, industry, job title and other criteria.

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