You are a busy IT professional. You may be happy in your current position or you may not, but either way, it is likely that the thought of what else lies out there for you professionally has crossed your mind. Could I make more money? Find a great place to work that is closer to home? Or perhaps in a new state? A position with more responsibility?
Depending on who you talk to it can seem as though MSPs are the answer to everything or the worst idea ever. Most people’s opinions fall more reasonably on the spectrum, but where you land likely depends on what your role is and how you interact with an MSP. Procurement professionals are more obvious champions while hiring managers and suppliers might give mixed reviews. If you’re an IT manager working with an MSP you’ve certainly got your own opinion – a bane, a boon, or a little of both?
As we have talked about many times on this blog, finding and retaining IT talent has been, and for the foreseeable future will be, one of the most pressing business challenges for employers. The challenge has become so great that offering perks such as free gourmet lunches, five figure referral bonuses, and time to work on pet projects have become common place. So it is only natural that Computerworld would rank the top IT places to work.
Most job seekers are all too familiar with how competitive the market is these days. In order to be noticed in today’s crowded field, candidates must work harder than ever and employ a variety of tools and best practices. Resumes should be carefully tailored for each opportunity, persistence and follow up are critical, technology abounds, and networking, networking and more networking is the job search golden rule. For most, this advice is probably not groundbreaking but I can’t stress the importance of using these tried and true methods. In my experience, the people who do these things get better results and they get them more quickly. You can find advice all over the web – I think this summary by the American Staffing Association is a great place to start.