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Don’t Say These Things As You Quit Your IT Job!

Friday, 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.

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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.


Words IT Professionals Shouldn’t Use in Their LinkedIn Profiles

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Any IT contractors looking for new IT jobs know that their LinkedIn profile is almost as important as resumes are.  IT recruiting agencies and new potential employers alike are drawn to IT consultants with concise, effective LinkedIn profiles that clearly demonstrate their experience in the information technology industry.  Here are some key words to scrub from your profile (and resumes) so technical recruiters and IT staffing agencies start calling you nonstop.

  1. Buzzwords: People-pleaser, synergy, team player, go-getter, etc.  Just hold back on these.  They don’t actually do you any favors because they’ve been used so frequently that they’re pretty meaningless.  It’s also far more effective to show you have these qualities through any achievements at work or recommendations you get from previous bosses, etc.
  2. I, Me, My, She, He, and other pronouns.  Generally, you don’t need to be speaking about yourself or others directly.  Doing so can get awkward at best and look downright narcissistic in the worst case scenario. While it wasn’t always true, IT companies currently tend to really value hiring somebody with a great personality.  Don’t risk making it look like you don’t have one by using pronouns in your LI profile.
  3. Ninja and other ‘creative’ titles.  While these might fit into your culture at work right now, they may turn off IT headhunters or potential new IT managers.  Better to keep your profile pretty conventional—your skills and experience is what will really turn heads.
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Don’t bore recruiters and potential new employers with stale words like ‘team player’ or ‘detail-oriented.’

Handling Big Mistakes in IT Departments

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

There are some fields, like information technology, where mistakes can make a big impact.  When IT contractors make large mistakes with big consequences at their IT jobs, how should their managers respond?  Here are some tips for both IT consultants and IT managers about how to handle big mistakes.

For the IT professionals who made the mistake: Start by taking action.  Don’t hide the mistake, because it will make things far worse—both for your company and for you.  IT recruiters and IT staffing firms will want to work with somebody who is honest with their bosses and coworkers.  Hiding mistakes looks very dishonest. Secondly, make sure that in addition to fixing it, you pay attention to why the mistake happened in the first place.  If you don’t know why the mistake happened, you can’t avoid it in the future.  Lastly, make a plan for how you’ll ensure that the mistake is fixed and will not happen again.  If you can handle it with grace and competence, you may even be able to bolster your reputation with IT headhunters.

For the managers dealing with the mistake: Start by removing any emotion from the situation.  Investigate the mistake and seek employees’ honest responses to questions like ‘what happened?’  Accusations may seem like the best way to go, but if you approach employees with a more collaborative attitude, you’ll get more help solving the problem and more information about why the problem occurred.  This leads to the second and most important point: don’t just solve the problem, figure out exactly why the mistake was made.  You need to know if your employee needs more training, if there are other factors at play, or if the employee isn’t able to meet the job’s expectations.  After the mistake is fixed, do some analysis and figure these things out.  Then work to fix these issues so you never have to deal with the same large mistake again.

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Don’t panic! Focus on fixing mistakes and making sure you understand why they happened.

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