I have benefitted my entire career from mentoring. I have also helped young men and women looking to get started in the career of Information Technology by mentoring them. When I have had the pleasure of that opportunity I like to explain that I believe that IT today is broken down into four categories.
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Throughout my article series I’ve shared the many benefits of using networking for a job search. Most jobs aren’t found on job boards or the newspaper, but by meeting people. Today’s message is about keeping in touch with your network contacts.
While, in general, I’d prefer to interview face-to-face, the phone screen interview does have its place during the initial selection process. Here is how to use the phone screen interview process to your advantage as the candidate.
You don’t normally have to go looking for recruiters. They usually find you. Just place your resume at some of the most popular job boards and it’s “open season” on recruiters seeking you out to fill their contract jobs. When you are unemployed, that can certainly be a good thing. I’ve found, however, that not all recruiters are created equally. Some are not worth your time and are just not a good match to help you.
When I lost my job at the end of November, I knew that it couldn’t have come at a worse time. There were those that told me that there would be few opportunities through the end of the year, and as hard as I worked to try to prove them wrong, they weren’t.
As part of my severance package for the job that I lost at the end of 2012 the company provided to me a company to help me through the job transition. I call the person assigned to me my Career Coach. Her name is Carla and she has been terrific to work with. Not only does her company provide group training sessions on such topics as interviewing and networking, but they also provide 1:1 guidance sessions.
Friends, I’ve come as close to NOT being unemployed any longer as I have recently. About 2 weeks ago I interviewed with a company where they revealed to me that I was 1 of 3 final candidates and that they would make a decision the next day. When I didn’t hear anything the next day, I was still undeterred. It seems unlikely that a company would interview 3 candidates and make an immediate decision. What transpired beyond that is a bit bizarre.
I’m not talking about working as an IT guy in healthcare versus working in IT in the finance industry. I’m talking about have you ever considered getting out of IT and doing something completely different?
I certainly remember starting my career where being in IT meant you knew everything about computers. You knew how to build one. You knew how to program one. Everyone came to you for advice on everything from writing software to creating a network. All of your family relied upon you for support. Okay, that part hasn’t changed!
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