Chasing dream IT jobs in 2012

Due to a number of market factors, 2012 is shaping up to be a banner year for IT job seekers who are willing to augment their existing skills with computer training from a certified instructor. Recent reports indicate that as more employers seek to bring their workplaces into the 21st century, these owners and managers are creating new jobs for those with skills in IT niche areas such as cloud computing, virtualization and voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

As a result, many highly qualified job seekers are in a unique position to land the job of their dreams, provided they are able to determine what exactly their perfect job would entail.

Before simply applying for an IT position because it's lucrative and in-demand, job seekers may want to ask themselves a few questions. For instance, by asking where they want to work geographically, what kind of work they enjoy and what type of job would lead to their long-term happiness, these individuals can weed out potential employers or work environments that may not offer them the kind of experience they desire.

"Those who are successfully working in their dream job are passionate about what they do, but your dream job doesn't always just fall into your lap," Christine Wright, a managing director at Hays, a global recruiting specialist, said in an interview with MarketWatch.

Individuals who survey the job market may find that they are best able to capitalize on the current number of openings and their personal aspirations by obtaining a Cisco certification. With this certificate, job seekers may be able to apply for jobs at Cisco itself, which was named sixth on CNN Money's 2008 list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."

Those who want to be truly engaged by their employer may find that this is their dream job, as Cisco offers on-site child care and solicits employee ideas on internet platforms.

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