Five Ways to Get Hired When Employers Are Picky
ByDon Willmott

You’ve probably heard about the so-called “IT skills gap,” the disconnect between available talent and the specific work that needs to be done, especially in areas like mobile app development, cloud computing and business analytics. Though a lot of job seekers say the gap is more about corporate manipulation, Computerworld says that, unfortunately, it’s real, and for some weird reasons.

Having said that, there are ways to jump over the gap. Bridging it is a challenge that can be met.

First, the reasons it exists:
•Automated resume scanning is unforgiving.

•The world is passing some IT workers by.

•Outsourcing and the cloud have changed what the IT department does.

•Tech positions are being embedded within business units.

•Downsizing leaves no room for average workers.

How can you succeed in this environment? Sure.
•Make career management your number one skill.
•Pursue training and certifications — on your own time and your own dime, if necessary.
•Frame your work as solving business problems, not tech problems.
•Develop soft skills like communication and use them to communicate your successes.
•Either commit to an industry and build business skills, or develop deep IT skills and work for an outsourcer or service provider.