It’s common knowledge that sparkling resumes and references make IT consultants very attractive to IT headhunters and IT managers. Sometimes it’s what IT contractors don’t bring to the table that makes them so easy for IT recruiters to market, though. Here are a few things IT Professionals should never bring to their IT jobs.
- Limits to your job. Strike “that’s not my job,” or “I don’t have time for that project” from your vocabulary if you really want to stand out. Even if either, or both are true, finding a way to do them will eventually pay off. You’ll gain new skills and some truly glowing references when you leave the job. If you’re worried about being taken advantage of, start documenting these extra projects. Use them to ask for a raise at an appropriate time or a reference when you leave. Make sure you add them to your resume, too!
- Personal conflicts. It’s fine to want to avoid certain people outside the office or to actively disagree with people. At work, it can be the kiss of death. Work on your ability and willingness to work with and engage well with all types of people in the office environment. Being easy to work with is a special attribute, especially in IT. Stand out as a diamond in the rough with some outstanding interpersonal skills. You won’t regret it.
- Concepts of fairness. It’s easy to find little injustices all over some offices. But the truth is, you can’t do anything about them. The sooner you let the concept of fairness go, the sooner you’ll feel better and be able to focus better on your work. Complaining about injustices won’t change them. It will only bring negative attention to you. When you stop noticing or caring about these things, your silence will speak volumes because managers will understand that you have the same priorities they do: getting the work done!
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.