My clients come to me because they have a problem. They feel they've hit a brick wall in their careers.
If they were 100% in love with their current job - and felt complete security in that job - they wouldn't be contacting a professional IT resume writer.
Of course, every client is unique. That's the reason that I don't do cookie cutter IT resumes - because I know that every client, and every career is personal. And that's why I've developed a unique, highly personalized process that brings clarity to the job search, and produces IT resumes that really deliver results.
But there are patterns. So in this blog, I'm going to discuss the top three challenges that are impelling my clients to search for a new opportunity.
- Boredom. This is by far the single most common issue that I hear from my clients. They're bored. They're good at what they do. But they've been doing the same thing for so long that they can do their jobs in their sleep. IT professionals - whether executive leaders or hands-on - live for a challenge. So when they're not challenged, they start looking for an opportunity where they can again learn and grow.
- Overwork. Particularly in the current "buyer's market" for technical talent, many organizations are cutting personnel costs, letting go critical resources, and expecting those who remain to pick up the slack. Now, cutting the fat is something every business needs to do. But, too often, it's getting rid of solid IT professionals just to balance the books. So I frequently hear my clients talking about the fact that they're doing the work of three people. And being paid for one.
- The wrong kind of work. This is related to #2 - but is a bit different. I hear a number of my clients talking about how their time is taken up with mundane, routine tasks that are below their skill levels. In this situation, my client may be an IT Manager, Director, or VP - but still be doing system support or relatively lower level business analysis. The frustration, of course, is that those routine tasks take time from more critical, value added duties.
- IT isn't valued by leadership. This is another common, overarching theme that I hear quite regularly - and is common in a range of organizations. The issue is that IT delivers tremendous value to the enterprise, but is seen only as a cost center. This causes two problems. The first is practical - in organizations of this sort, investment in new technology can be a challenge. The second is more personal - no one enjoys being seen as a drag on an organization that couldn't function without their help.
- Lack of strategic input. This in another major theme that I see - especially in my executive level clients. Although they may be at a leadership level, they are - too often - seen as primarily providing a backoffice support, without the opportunity to deliver real strategic value and insight to grow the business.
This list, of course, isn't exhaustive - but does describe the most common issues I hear from my clients.
The good news?
There are options. There are companies that really do value IT talent, and provide challenging opportunities to really contribute to strategic business growth.
So if you do see yourself in one of the 5 categories I've detailed above, do reach out to discuss how my personalized process can help you get to a job you look forward to. Rather than dread.