The most important thing that you can do today is to stay current. With the field of IT in constant flux, that can be a daunting task. Here are some tips from CIO Rich Hein:
1. Stay current with industry news.
2. Attend classes, boot camps and conferences.
3. Choose certifications that are applicable to your area of expertise.
4. Get involved in online user communities.
5. Use industry magazines to stay current.
6. Pick some blogs and follow them.
7. Social networking is a must.
8. What to know what jobs are hot? Stay current by visiting job boards.