Today’s talent markets change rapidly and is more prevalent than ever in the IT sector. Your success could very well rely on how well you navigate these changes and stay ahead of the curve. Whether you are looking to enter the IT world or stay in it, here are five tips to help you on your way.

Big Data

The demand for data scientists is large and expected to get bigger. Much bigger. The biggest concern recruiters have as they look forward is will there be enough skilled talent to feed this growth. Now is the time to get ahead of this and make yourself more than attractive to employers – make yourself indispensable. Take advantage of self-education, formal education and networking to create opportunities for your career. A few specific skills that will help you stand out are Python, Java, statistics, and SQL.

Machine Learning

Obviously, this goes hand-in-hand with big data. Many companies are investing serious amounts of money into machine learning. We are already seeing applications begin to unfold. From self-driving cars to video games, to fraud detection, machine learning is changing how advanced algorithms are created.

There are many resources online that will help you hone your skills in machine learning. Many are free, and some are not. A couple that are highly regarded are “Machine Learning in 11 Weeks” from Stanford, and the “Artificial Neural Network Course” from Brilliant.org.

Conferences and Continuing Education

Aside from being critical to helping you keep pace with a rapidly changing landscape, conferences and continuing education are vital networking tools. By making yourself relevant within the industry thought leaders, you can create vast opportunities.

Keep Up with the News

Utilize Google Alerts, newsletters, industry publications, and professional organizations to stay current on what’s happening, and what is expected to happen in the industry.

Take on Freelance Projects

Taking on freelance projects is a great way to increase your experience and proficiency, not to mention earn a little more cash. If you play this right, you get paid to learn new technologies.

Danielle Foppe is a Lead Technical Recruiter at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle directly at dfoppe@bct-corp.com or call us at 972-267-7950. Business Centric Technology specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.