Getting your IT job search back on track

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.

Never stop learning

More so, perhaps, than any other industry, the technology sector can change radically at a moment's notice. New technologies arrive, and then soon must make way for yet another innovation. The skills you needed to succeed last year may not be enough to keep you relevant in the next.

High-profile degrees earned years ago depreciate in value as you progress in your career. Ultimately, your worth is determined by your response to the question, "What have you done lately?"

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