December 10th, 2013
Information technology’s shorter, project-driven timelines tend to make it more common for IT professionals to find themselves with counteroffers from their IT jobs. IT recruiters of course often tend to vehemently argue against taking counteroffers. There are some solid reasons IT contractors should stop and consider this point of view.
The first reason IT staffing companies tend to recommend that IT consultants not take a counteroffer from their employer is that the outcome may not be particularly rosy. By indicating that you’re ready to leave, you’ve already demonstrated a breach of loyalty and trust. This won’t be forgotten, no matter how desperately your employer fights to keep you. Additionally, your counteroffer will certainly make its way around the office, so you may not only lose fans in your managers, but also your co-workers. Coworkers may resent your heightened compensation and the way you got it. Research suggests that over 90% of those who took counteroffers wound up leaving their employer anyways after less than a year. You may also wind up having to leave of your own accord. Even if your employer fights to keep you and your coworkers are not upset with you, the floor may fall out from under you when they find a new, more loyal replacement for you.
The second reason IT recruiting companies discourage taking counteroffers is that the change you’re seeking won’t likely come with a counteroffer. If you’ve been hunting for a new job, chances are that money isn’t your only concern. If your IT managers truly valued you, they’d respond with money or some other arrangement if you voiced concerns. Or perhaps you’re looking for growth that simply isn’t possible in your role or company. You may even simply be seeking a change. No matter the reasons, both the ones that are obvious to you and are more subconscious, you aren’t likely to find them back at your old employer, even with more money or a promotion. You started your job search because you couldn’t find something(s) at your current position. It’s time to go pursue those things elsewhere.
December 8th, 2013
Many people might advise IT consultants looking for new IT jobs to just hold off on their search during the holiday season. Though it often seems as though the holidays are a slow time for business and hiring, this just isn’t true in information technology. No matter how close it is to Christmas or New Years, IT recruiters have a full list of jobs they are actively seeking to fill with IT contractors. Beyond making sure you’re in touch and checking in with IT headhunters, there are a few other things you can be doing to make sure your job search is still productive during the holidays.
- Polish your materials, both online and off. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is fresh and up to date, as are all versions of your resumes.
- Send holiday cards. Send them to your technical recruiters, possible professional contacts who might be able to help you out, and to your references. Mention that you’re on the hunt to the appropriate recipients.
- Go to holiday gatherings, both personal and professional. Again, mention to the appropriate people that you’re looking for a new IT job. Get the word out and network. Holiday gatherings are generally happy and people will be in a good mood and more likely than usual to be helpful.
December 5th, 2013
Information technology requires IT professionals to move IT jobs a bit more often than the average professional for a number of reasons. But even IT contractors haven’t really considered going back to the previous employers a generally acceptable career move until somewhat recently. Now, it is far more acceptable for IT consultants to consider jobs from IT recruiters that are at a previous employer.
Should you consider going back to a previous employer if IT headhunters approach you with a job there? Only if you can honestly say yes to a few criteria:
1. You didn’t leave because of things that are likely still true of this employer. If you left because a contract ended and things were on good terms, this is an opportunity worth considering. If you left because the workplace culture was a bad fit and you can’t definitively, without a doubt decide if it’s changed, this is not a good place to return to.
2. You aren’t looking to go back because you don’t like your current employer. Going back to a previous employer, unless you loved them, is not the best way to remedy your unhappiness with a new job. IT recruiters would rather you find a job you are happy in and want to stay at and work hard at for your entire contract. If you were only mildly satisfied at this workplace, it’s best to look elsewhere for a better fit.
3. This job will help you continue moving your career forward, or at the very least won’t move it backwards. Don’t step back just because it’s comfortable. You’ll regret it later when you are ready to move forwards in your career. Change and new challenges can be scary, but it’s best to push through them rather than take a step back.