August 19th, 2014
Recent studies seem to show that IT professionals lie far more often on their resumes than their counterparts in industries outside information technology. While this may seem like an extreme conclusion to come to, it’s actually not hard to find instances in which IT recruiters spot inconsistencies in their IT consultants’ resumes. Sometimes it’s a big lie, but often these lies are really just IT contractors seeking to impress IT headhunters or land IT jobs they are almost (but not quite!) qualified for.
What are some of these lies that IT staffing firms have found on resumes? They include things that seem harmless like embellished skills and job responsibilities. These lies are definitely not helping anybody, though—least of all, the job seeker. Landing a job you’re not actually able to do as well as you say you can is no picnic. Not only can it be stressful and unpleasant, you may wind up being fired from it and hurting your career overall. So think twice about lying on your resume—for your own good!
Lies on your IT resume can hurt your career later!
August 17th, 2014
IT professionals all over the information technology field have been talking about the infamous ice bucket challenge. While the ice bucket challenge has certainly made it into the social media feeds of professionals everywhere, IT consultants and IT recruiters are particularly likely to have seen it because social media is so prevalent in the field and often actually used as part of IT jobs.
While we know the ice bucket challenge has become popular with IT contractors and IT headhunters everywhere, it’s especially surprising that some big CEO’s of IT companies are doing the ice bucket challenge now, too! Most recently, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Tim Cook, and Mark Zuckerberg have all gotten drenched for the cause. The high level of participation in this creative campaign highlights the can-do, up-for anything attitude that IT tends to have.
Bill Gates is just one of the big players in IT who recently took the ice bucket challenge.
August 14th, 2014
In a field like information technology, where people tend to move jobs a bit more often, IT consultants are often starting new IT jobs. While just landing a new job is a success, IT contractors shouldn’t view this as their opportunity to slack off. The first few months of a new job are crucial for IT professionals. Performing well in this window of time could yield a few benefits: creating a great relationship with coworkers, and bosses, as well as adding onto a good reputation that will impress IT recruiters and IT staffing firms. Be vigilant about these things in your first few months of a job.
-Follow the rules to a T. Don’t break the dress code, even if everyone else might. Don’t come in late or leave early. Take your allotted lunch time only. Leave your cell phone in your desk drawer during work hours. While you can (probably) ease up on the rules in the future, it’s better to give the best impression you can initially. Be a model employee while all eyes are on you, the newbie.
-Build a strong understanding of your job and how you fit into the company. Get training on your job if it’s offered and learn everything you can about what you can do to succeed in your role. But don’t stop there. Figure out what’s going on in the company at large so you have a better understanding of what you’re doing and how it impacts the company.
-Figure out the corporate culture. Fitting into the corporate culture can have a far higher impact on your job performance than you might think. Pay attention to how things are done and not done at your new company. You don’t have to conform completely, but changing your ways to fit the culture will go a long way with your coworkers and superiors.
You got the job! Just don’t be too busy celebrating to make a great first impression!