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In today's economy, employers are looking to connect with candidates with the right tech skills.


While layoffs have been occurring within the tech sector, companies continue to hire recent college graduates and experienced IT workers with the right technology skills to help them meet their business objectives. In fact, CompTIA recently launched a new recruiting campaign aimed at filling an estimated 400,000 tech job openings. To increase the chances of getting hired six months from now, experts advise job seekers to upgrade their skills and credentials in hot IT areas, while simultaneously seeking out those industries — such as healthcare — that are looking for job candidates with specific types of IT skills.

Even people with years of tech experience may need to upgrade their certifications and venture into new territory in order to adapt their careers for today's job market. The good news, though, is that young candidates don't necessarily need to be programmers or systems analysts, or have worked for a tech company, to get hired. Most IT jobs for recent graduates are in tech support, where employers are mostly looking for people who can do hardware and software integration or data security. Once hired at the entry level, a worker can add certifications from specific vendors, as well as other more advanced certifications in order to move on to network administration, security, database management, or some other specialty.

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