Want job security? Be a consultant

Your job title may read "IT" or "Windows administrator," but chances are that you are a de facto consultant too, especially if you make decisions, negotiate contracts, or manage a staff. Joe Webb is a trainer, application developer, network manager and author of "Start to Finish Guide to Becoming a Consultant," published by Netimpress. The book is helpful on two fronts. First, as 300 IT workers at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston learned this week, job security for IT professionals is not a sure bet. The IT pros were told their jobs would be outsourced. So it's a good idea to know your options. Second, the book offers advice, not just for those who want to take their Windows admin training and put out a shingle, but also for those who are very much employed but who may want to tweak their human relation skills. Webb spoke with SearchWin2000.com recently about what Windows administrators can do to polish these skills.

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