Most jobs are found through professional networks, so get out there. Whether it's at events, developer meet-ups or social media, you've got to grow your network of trusted professionals. "You have to be proactive. You have to reach out and identify the folks who make the decisions and build a relationship with them. Most of us are so busy that we aren't going to go out and seek those meetings or connect with those people," says David Brookmire.
"Relationships are essential to getting anything done; and while they are skills that can be learned, they are not always ones that you are taught in the IT field," says Tana Heminsley, CEO and Founder of Authentic Leadership Global, a company that offers leadership development programs.