Things You Should Never Say at Your IT Job

IT professionals are highly sought after in an information technology market with too few IT contractors and too many IT jobs.  However, this doesn’t make them infallible.  IT consultants still need to maintain high standards of excellence on the job.  IT recruiters and IT staffing firms can only place IT professionals who really wow their IT managers consistently.  To make sure you wow your manager start by avoiding saying these 3 phrases.

  1. That’s not part of my job description:  While some IT jobs will have very detailed job descriptions, it’s not acceptable to follow them to the letter.  The best IT professional is the one who is a true team player.  Doing your job description well is step one.  Stepping up and doing whatever else will help your team is also imperative.
  2. I haven’t gotten to that yet:  This, or any indication that you haven’t had time to get to something, is a big no-no.  You want to give the impression that you’re able to manage your time well and hit all your goals.  If you’re having trouble doing so, you may be able to seek out some help prioritizing.  However, it’s better if you couch things in those terms, rather than just looking like you’re overwhelmed and unorganized!
  3. So-and-So didn’t get that to me:  This, or any indication that it’s somebody else’s fault that something hasn’t been handled correctly should be avoided at all costs.  Being a team player, especially in IT, is crucial.  When you blame others, you make yourself look irresponsible and difficult to work with.


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