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"IT Career Advice: Tech Pros Reveal Secrets for Making a Grand Entrance into the Industry" - Rasmussen College - May 30, 2016

posted Jul 11, 2016, 3:53 PM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Jul 21, 2016, 5:02 PM ]
“While stellar certifications are wonderful, nothing can replace the ability to demonstrate the work you can actually produce,” says Anjuan Simmons, project manager at Assemble Systems. Having projects to show potential employers will demonstrate your ability as well as your motivation and readiness."

Simmons recommends contributing to open source projects or using platforms like GitHub to publicly display your technology aptitude. 

Simmons adds that a personal bio on your website is also an excellent opportunity to elaborate a bit more than you can on a resume.

Simmons advises aspiring IT pros to blog about your specific interests in the industry. This provides a platform for displaying thought leadership in your field and can help you connect with others in the industry.

“Pick one area of expertise and blog a lot about it,” Simmons suggests. “I would rather see a series of blog posts about optimizing SQL database servers than a lot of posts about a variety of topics.” This will help hiring managers see how your interests and specialties match up with their organization.