Do these 5 things before you start your IT job search

Even in a hot job market, taking the next step in your career requires thought, planning and patience

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With unemployment rates in the tech sector the lowest in years, it’s a job seeker’s market -- a trend that experts expect will continue through the second half of 2015.

For tech professionals, that’s good news that could translate into higher salaries, as employers compete more aggressively to attract those with the right combination of skills, according to IT jobs site Dice.

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If you’re considering making a career move, now might be the time, says Matt Leighton, director of recruitment at IT staffing firm Mondo. “With IT being such a candidate’s market -- with the supply outnumbering the demand -- hiring becomes a challenge for us,” he says. “It’s important that candidates make good decisions about where they land in their next job, as there are more considerations than just money.”

Taking the next step in your career requires thought, planning and patience. Here are five steps experts say you need to take before you apply for jobs to better position yourself for success.

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