How to Get an IT Job You Love

A staggering percentage of American workers currently hate their jobs.  While it’s unknown what percentage of them are IT professionals, it’s safe to say that there are probably quite a few IT consultants who do hate their IT jobs.  When it’s time to look for a new job, IT contractors will really benefit from making sure they prioritize the right qualities in their search.  Here are the factors that will make the most difference in how much you’ll appreciate your job.

-Does the job feel significant?  It doesn’t matter who it’s significant to or on what scale, but if you feel like your job is impactful to people, you’ll feel good about it.  Maybe as a desk support technician your work is important to the people you help all day.  Maybe as a CTO at a big company, your work is imperative to people all throughout the company.  Either way, it will mean you’re that much more likely to report back to your IT recruiters that you love your job.

-Did your IT headhunters place you with manager and coworkers you like and respect?  Especially in information technology, when things are so often team-oriented, it’s imperative to like the people who you work with and for.  If you don’t, you will probably call your technical recruiters seeking a new job soon.

-Lastly, does the job challenge you in a way that you can still succeed?  If you’re challenged in a way that’s impossible, that will simply feel stressful and unmanageable.  If your job doesn’t challenge you at all, you’ll become bored and tired of your job quickly.  However, if you are learning new things often and constantly solving problems that interest you, you’ll enjoy your work.  This might mean you should make sure you work with particular technologies or with a certain pace of work.  Figure out if job descriptions are describing a job that you can succeed at, but is not too boring, and you’ll be ensuring that you really enjoy it for a long time to come.


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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.