September 17th, 2014
All IT professionals have, at some point or another, had a tough time getting their IT managers or coworkers to read or respond to an email. Information technology is a busy field, and sometimes IT contractors are too swamped to be able to respond to all their emails quickly. In these cases, IT consultants should want to get attention with their emails, but not be too aggressive and build bad reputations (perhaps tarnishing their chances of working with IT recruiters again or getting new IT Jobs). Here are some ways to make sure that your emails are read, but IT headhunters and IT staffing firms don’t know you as the one who’s ‘difficult to work with.’
1. Start with a really positive re line. If you use things people want to hear, like ‘Good news,’ you’ll definitely increase the likelihood your emails will be seen and responded to. It’s always easier to respond to a pleasant, positive email.
2. Make a reference to a request they’ve made or one of their top priorities (if it’s actually relevant) in your re line and early on in your email. It’s always a sure way to get somebody’s attention if you write your email with their perspectives and values in mind.
3. Keep it quick. Whatever the content you use, keep your email short. Shorter emails are easier to respond to. In a time crunch, the easier your email is to deal with, the more likely you’ll get a response.
Want your emails read? Try these tips!
September 15th, 2014
Information technology has always had a lot of contracting, but as of late IT professionals are finding themselves in contractor positions even more. Why are IT recruiters and IT staffing firms searching for more IT contractors than ever? There are a few reasons.
Firstly, more and more start-ups are growing and starting in the recovering economy. This means that IT headhunters are more likely to look for IT consultants to work at these start-ups. Since a bad hire can be particularly disastrous for a small company in its early years, hiring contractors is a good way to minimize this risk. Companies and professionals can make sure the fit for IT jobs is good before really making a binding employment commitment.
Secondly, plenty of companies that aren’t strictly in the IT sector are finding a need for IT professionals to do small projects for them. Rather than needing these professionals full time, they only need them for a short period of time, thus making contracting a popular option.
Lastly, it’s worth reiterating that IT has always been a contractor-heavy industry. As it grows (and it is definitely growing) so will its demand for contractors.
More and more companies are embracing technology….and that means more opportunities for IT contractors.
September 12th, 2014
Since a lot of work is project-oriented in information technology, most IT contractors find themselves leaving IT jobs somewhat frequently. What IT consultants say on the last day of the job, whether their IT recruiters and IT staffing firms have found them a new job or not. Here are a few guidelines for IT professionals on what they should not be saying on their last day at job.
Don’t blast the company, job, your boss and coworkers, or the product or service. Assume anything negative you say will eventually get back to somebody. IT can be a small industry, and you’d never want to burn a bridge or tarnish your own reputation. It’s not worth it– no matter how good it would feel to let the criticism fly.
Don’t say anything about counteroffers and try to end all conversations about them ASAP. In the long run, nobody is actually happy at a place that gives them a counteroffer. It’s not worth getting into any haggling over one, either. Keeping things civil and clean is your best bet.
Don’t frame your decision to leave as something related to money. This will make things awkward and potentially do a lot of harm to your reputation. IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies don’t like to work with IT professionals who just jump from job to job, seeking the highest compensation. Don’t make it seem possible to view you in that light.
It might feel good to openly vent about a job you’ve hated, but it’s better in the long run to leave quietly and pleasantly.