IT professionals, like most other professionals, are just as likely to experience being fired at least once over the course of their working lives. Technical recruiters certainly don’t prefer finding a firing (or two) on their IT consultants’ resumes, but they are not the end of the world. IT headhunters are not thrown if IT contractors handle firings in a professional, graceful manner both in behavior and on their resume. What are the steps to take to make sure a firing doesn’t dent your career?
Firstly, if your IT managers fire you, maintain a calm demeanor publicly. This especially extends to your social media and online presence. Giving anything less than a calm response could burn bridges, hurt your dignity, or result in legal action at the very worst case scenario.
Secondly, take time to be upset privately, but don’t let it hinder you from moving forward quickly. Start contacting IT staffing agencies and formulating a contingency plan. Looking at new IT jobs and working hard to get yourself into a new one, rather than wallowing, will be key in making sure your resume doesn’t really reflect this hiccup in your career.
Lastly, when you finally do land a new job, enter it as though you were not just fired. Don’t allow that event to dent your confidence in learning your new job, taking on new responsibilities, and interacting with your new coworkers. This firing may not actually say much about your competence as any employee, anyways. Even if it does point to a weakness, learn from it and move on. Focusing on past failures will be one of the surest ways to repeat it again in the future.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.