The past couple of weeks I have seen a
noticeable significant increase in the number of Minnesota IT professionals reaching out to me via Twitter, LinkedIn, email and shared people connections looking for job search, career, annual review and need to ask for a raise advice.
Maybe the increase is because I have not been attending user group events this summer (#GoneFishing) and absence has made the IT folks hearts grow fonder.
Could be... I doubt it.
My opinion: it’s the beginning of a shift in our IT community... those doing the work are more than ever weighing their options. And they (you) are being more aggressive about.
These are a sample of the questions from the past weeks:
Is this good time to back to consulting?
Is this a good time for me to get back to the corporate world?
Startups, good idea or not?
What can I do to make myself more marketable?
My resume sucks, can you help?
Should I work with a search firm, consulting firm? If so, how many?
What are the most active user groups in town?
Are there meetups, tech events?
My annual review is coming up, what is a fair increase in pay to ask for?
I have multiple offers and I don’t know what to do.
Career path, I need to find one. What do I do?
I post these so if you are thinking, “Am I the only one who…” the answer is no.
If you are looking for some advice, guidance, need someone to bounce an idea off of I am always looking to lend a hand as best I can.
Sometimes a simple and quick email reply works, other times a phone call and infrequently a sit down at a coffee shop.
To help get the conversation going when you send an email (preferred method to get started) give me some bullet points and thoughts on what is going on, how I can be of help… no need for something formal.
For those thinking about or already doing a job search include some of this info:
What do you want to do?
What kind of a company sounds good to you?
What are have/are you working on, what you like the next projects to be like?
Basically, give me a snap shot of what's going on in your head.
And if you don't know, that is OK too. Sometimes that helps.
If you have a resume, that helps. If it's old, that is OK.
LinkedIn, GitHub links... I’ll take those too.
NOTE: I know you are wondering and yes, all of these conversations are held in confidence.
Below is my April 2013 presentation at MinneBar 8 “Managing Your IT Career v5”. This was a 45 minute informal conversation and the video picks up seconds after I was asked, “Why do Recruiters suck?”
Send your questions, thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.
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