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Ask a York Recruiter- The Resume Conundrum

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 @ 14:04 PM

Grab your resume. Set a timer for six seconds. Start the timer and read your resume until the timer goes off. What stuck out from your resume? Were you even able to interpret much from those six seconds? Well, according to many recruiters and hiring managers, on average, they spend six seconds skimming a resume. Yes, you read that13967828 glossy black button  clock 6 seconds right. Six seconds! We wanted to find out if this is true and discover what recruiters look for on a resume. So, we asked a few York recruiters and you might be surprised by what they told us. 

6 Seconds is Not Enough Time to Review a Resume

“I feel like I can get a pretty good gauge on whether or not a person would be a good fit, but of course you need to spend more than 6 seconds looking at the resume,” said Corey Johnson, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions. “Things I look for in order to gauge fit are
relevant past experience, experience at large, reputable companies, and long-term engagements versus short 2-3 month contract positions.”

Noel Novacek, Manager of Consulting Services at York Solutions, also agrees that he takes way
longer than six seconds. So, that is a sigh of relief that your resume is getting a decent amount of time being reviewed.

Resume Format is Key

whos reading your resume and why it mattersBoth Noel and Corey agreed that if a resume has a “clean” look and is organized, this tells the
recruiters that the candidate is an organized, detail-oriented person which is an essential quality in an IT professional. It is also recommended that a candidate does not use smaller than 11 point font or a font that is too fancy.

Do Not Use Third Person and Keep the Personal Details to a Minimum

It is a quick way to get your resume thrown to the side. Also, leave out the overly personal information. For example, our recruiters occasionally get resumes that share too much detail
about a candidate’s life. While recruiters definitely enjoy learning more about
who a candidate is, it might be best to save those details for the
interview.  Those extra details may make take away valuable space on your resume where you could be sharing additional professional achievements which are most important to hiring proofreading cvmanagers.

Triple Check Spelling and Grammar

If you keep your resume professional, free of errors, concise, and relevant to the job to which you are applying, you will greatly increase your chances of your resume standing out which might just lead to a job interview. So, once again, attention to detail is key!

What do you think is most important for an IT professional’s resume?

Topics: ITJobs, IT consulting, Job Search, Employer Insights, Fun, Professional Development, IT Job Search, IT Hiring, Information Technology

How to Handle a Role Change in the IT Industry

Posted by Sarah Brown on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

A changing IT industry results in changing roles for IT professionals. Adjusting to a new role and new responsibilities isn’t always easy. Our advice: prepare and adapt. Predicting when your role could change will help you adjust to new responsibilities and being open to the change will make for a much smoother transition.

MyRoleIsNow, more than ever, the role of IT within organizations is changing. IT departments are faced with new responsibilities as cloud computing gains steam, more employees are using their own devices, and more employees are working remotely. In this ever-changing environment it’s easy for previous roles to fall out of sync with the needs of your department and organization as a whole.

In the past, the role of many IT departments was to choose which software and products to use based on the needs of the company and which option would stay relevant the longest. The software and products were then managed and maintained solely by the IT department. Now, more employees are side-stepping around IT and making tech decisions for themselves; resulting in a cluster of systems that “the IT guys” will make sense of.

To regain control of the company’s technical profile IT professionals should start by being proactive when it comes to training on new innovations as they are introduced. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed if your company switches to a new system.

It’s also more important now than it has been in the past for IT to work cohesively with the rest of the company. Non-IT employees have a better understanding of new technology, and IT employees should have a better understanding of the “business” side of things. The world has become more tech-aware and so business plans rely on technology to succeed. Understanding how business in general is changing can help you to predict how the company’s IT needs will change, and in turn how your role might be affected.

If your role is affected, communication is a key component of a smooth transition. Sit down with your supervisor to discuss the exact parameters of your revised responsibilities. Convey the role change to the rest of the team/department to make sure everyone is aware and on the same page.

Finally, you shouldn’t think of a role change negatively. Look at your new responsibilities as a challenge and a chance to grow. Your role change may or may not come with a new title or a promotion; but it’s an opportunity to expand your skill set.

What are your tips for changing roles? Share your thoughts below!

Topics: IT consulting, IT industry, Professional Development

How to Be a Great Remote Worker

Posted by Sarah Brown on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

More and more companies are allowing their employees to work remotely as tech innovations are introduced that make it easier to do so. Here are a few tips on how to be an effective remote worker!

remote workerSo you’re allowed the luxury of being a remote worker? Gone are the days of stressing about traffic and train schedules; welcome to the world of more family time and working without your boss looking over your shoulder. But being a remote worker comes with new challenges. Here are 6 tips to be an effective remote worker:

Stay on Schedule – As a remote IT worker it can be very easy to get out of sync with the regular workday schedule. You should make sure to wake up and be available to your coworkers/clients at the same time you would if you were working from the office. It’s also important to track your hours, especially if you’re working at an hourly rate! If you are paid salary, it’s still beneficial to track your work hours because you are able to relay to your boss how much time you put in. You may also find that you tend to put in MORE hours working from home when you don’t keep track of your time because you don’t have to stop working and go home at the end of the day.

Eliminate Distractions – Distractions are inevitable whether you’re at the office or working from home. The problem is that when you’re working from home and get distracted, it’s much harder to get back on track without seeing your coworkers busy at work to remind you. If possible, you should set up a home office that is in its own specific area, preferably with a door you can shut that separates work and home. Explain to your family/roommates that you are “at work” for a specific length of time during the day and that they should avoid distracting you.

Dress the Part – Even though you might not see anyone except your cat it is important to get up, shower, and dress as if you are going into the office. This helps you get in the “work” state of mind and to remain in that state of mind for the entire workday. Dressing more professionally will help you think and act more professionally.

Avoid Downtime – Throughout the day you’re going to have downtime in between tasks. If you were in the office this time would most likely be spent on other work or catching up with co-workers, but at home you’ll be tempted to spend your downtime on personal tasks (i.e. laundry, cleaning, etc.). Rather than get distracted on personal tasks you could spend your downtime learning something new! Create a lab for yourself and use your downtime to self-train on new software or technology that you’re not familiar with. Worried about cost? Ask your company to pay for the software; you won’t need the top-of-the-line most expensive out there for a simple home lab.

Get Used to Working Alone – This may not seem like it would be hard to do, but making the transition will probably be harder than you think. While working in an office you may get distracted by your coworkers; but when you’re working alone from home you may find that you enjoy bouncing ideas off of them. You may also find that you’re not accustomed to working without the background noise of typing and phone calls. Experiment with quiet music in the background to cut the silence of your home office.

Stay in Touch – Although you work remotely, you’re still part of a team. As a remote worker you need to keep consistent contact with your boss. This allows you to remain updated on the progress of the team’s goals and keeps your boss updated on your own progress. You should also communicate with your co-workers regularly. You don’t want to go into the office one day or to a company event and realize you’re completely out-of-tune with the office culture. Use as many tools and avenues as possible to communicate with your team, not just email! Tech innovations allow you to call, text, and video conference easily. The variety will help to create a more “real” relationship and keep you more connected and accessible to the team.

What do you think makes a great remote worker? Let us know!

Topics: IT consulting, Professional Development

Staying Technical or Going Management: 8 Things to Consider

Posted by Madeline Stone on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

If you’re a techie, chances are high that at some point in your career, you will have the option to make the jump to a management role. When this happens, congratulations! Pat yourself on the back—and then pause. While management is a great track for some, it’s by no means the only way up, and it’s definitely not right for everyone. Here’s how to best decide what your next step should be:

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1.       What do you like about your 

job? Is your favorite part of your current role working with people, or are you more in love with your projects and your work itself?  The fact of the matter is that not everyone is an extrovert who enjoys constant engagement with coworkers. If the thought of doing twelve performance reviews makes you ill, it might be a good idea to stay put. 


2.       Management isn’t the only way up. Organizations realize that not everyone strives to be a manager. If your organization has architecture, security or enterprise resource planning positions, investigate these as great places to grow and take on additional responsibility doing the type of technical work you love instead of managing teams.


3.       What appeals to you about a management role? Again, consider your own tendencies towards introversion/extroversion and working with people in general. Are you interested in management just for access to interesting projects and a higher salary, or do people and leadership excite you?


4.       Will your work/life balance change in a management role? Managers have different obligations and responsibilities—will this change your job demands? If so, are you willing to make those adjustments?


5.       Long-term, would you like to grow your management skills or your technical skills? It’s as simple as this: when you idly imagine yourself five years down the road, is it working on an awesome new technical project, or running meetings for technical teams?


6.       Do you feel supported taking on a new role? At an organizational and departmental level, do you feel like you have a safety net of folks who want to see you succeed? Or would taking a career risk leave you on your own? If a management role does appeal to you, make sure you have resources within the organization who will help you through the transition period.


7.       If management really isn’t for you, specialize. Investigate other ways to become even more valuable to your department and your organization—and keep learning and growing your skills.

8.       No matter what you choose, grow your soft skills. Even if you opt to stay a techie, the higher up you advance the more you are representing the business to higher-ups and clients, and it’s critical that you are able to be a resource to non-techies when they reach out to you.

 

Are you interested in management, or are you happy with tech? How does that change your goals and future professional plans? Let us know in the comments!

Topics: ITJobs, IT industry, Professional Development

Succession Planning: The Key to Long-Term IT Success

Posted by Madeline Stone on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

When an employee moves on from their role in an organization they leave more than just an empty desk.  Senior IT professionals in particular can take with them years of knowledge about industry and culture as well as valuable soft skills that can’t be replaced overnight.  And talent isn’t necessarily easy to find either—when Zynga let a hundred or so developers go, recruiters started to comment on news articles about the layoffs with job offers. So what’s the secret to surviving loss of talent when talent is especially difficult to track down in the first place? Succession planning.

 

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                While there are dozens of stories about succession plans, none is quite as striking as the story of McDonald’s and its three CEOs in two years.  Jim Cantalupo was appointed CEO in 2003 out of retirement, and while he turned the company around after his predecessor’s overspending, he died suddenly and unexpectedly in April of 2004. He had a massive heart attack at 5 in the morning on the morning of a meeting of owners and directors in Florida. But because the board was already assembled for the meeting, and because Cantalupo had been grooming a successor, they were able to identify and elect a new CEO before the stock market opened. Charlie Bell was the young new leader, and he took to the role like a fish to water.

                But on the heels of on tragedy came another: mere months after taking on the role, Bell was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and had to step down by November of 2012. The board, though, never dreamed of looking outside the organization for the next CEO. Jim Skinner, McDonald’s current CEO, was the obvious choice for the same reasons why Bell had been months before: he had been groomed for such a role and was prepared to step in. Now, Skinner regularly asks his managers for the names of “two people who could replace you”, because it’s that sort of thinking that saved McDonald’s from suffering any more than it already had.    

                IT succession planning is just as critical as C-suite succession planning, for many of the same reasons. While success as an IT professional requires a certain amount of technical knowledge, soft skills are crucial as well, and these take longer to develop. It’s important for firms to be actively working with leadership candidates in technical roles so that if the unthinkable happens—from a McDonald’s-esque emergency to a top performer’s sudden departure—everyone in the organization is prepared.

                Succession planning allows critical organizational information and cultural knowledge to be maintained, too. When a role opens up, it’s almost always easier to fill it with a candidate who knows the organization and is already a good fit. In this time of IT talent shortages, it’s growing increasingly difficult to pin down talent—so planning ahead for inevitable brain drain with qualified, prepared internal candidates is a great investment.

                With that in mind, take a look at these keys to succession planning from CIO Zone:

  1. Develop a framework to identify high-potential employees
  2. Identify leadership criteria
  3. Provide  both training and development opportunities.
  4. Promote interaction between senior managers and promising employees
  5. Ensure the involvement of senior leaders.

Sticking to these criteria will ensure that your organization is prepared for whatever comes your way.

 

Anything we missed? What makes a great succession plan for an IT department?  Let us know in the comments!

Topics: ITJobs, IT industry, Professional Development

Communication Skills Every IT Pro Should Develop

Posted by James Sweeney on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Written By: Melissa Zeman, York Solutions

Communication is much more than a message between two parties; it is the channel used to get the message across, the audience you are communicating to and facial and body gestures.  When it comes down to it, the better you are at communicating, the better chance you have of achieving your goals. Whether these goals are personal or professional, you have the power to entertain, persuade, motivate, share ideas, and give advice to those around you. Overall, most IT pros can practice these skills more and develop them daily.

Communication Strategies

Audience       

Make sure to research your target audience as well as the intended goal for the message before communicating with them. Having your audience understand the message is the main IT communication skills component in achieving effective communication. In the IT field, being aware of your audience and their goals will help you communicate more efficiently and your audience will have a better understanding of the direction of the message. Let’s say you need to talk about a project’s requirements: would you talk to someone on the business side in the same way you speak with a software developer? Probably not. Before you prepare the message, you have to consider what language will work best with him or her.

Message

Message is one of the most crucial aspects of communication because both sender and receiver need to share a common understanding. Not only does the message need to reach an audience, but it also needs to provoke the receivers to do something with that message. Suze Orman’s Forbes article shares, “Too many people want to impress others with information so others think the speaker is intelligent. All I care about is that the information empowers the viewer or the reader.” You could have interesting statistics to present at a meeting, but will providing that information help the business? You need to communicate a message that’s both interesting and relatable to the listener.

Listening

The ability to be a good listener is just an important as sending a message. The way people interpret a message can change their attitudes in just a few moments.  In Toni Bower’s TechRepublic article about communication skills, she states, “I’d go further and say incorrect assumptions are the bane of the speaker too. Do you know how many opportunities there are in the average conversation for meaning to be misconstrued? Seemingly unimportant words can put a sentence’s meaning in a totally different light.” Being an attentive listener is essential in communication which is why many times messages get lost. How well are you responding and listening to others? Remember listening is just as important as sending a message.

By evaluating your own skills, you can change communication within your personal and professional life.  If you see yourself lacking certain communication skills, you begin to build walls with your co-workers as well as with important people in your life. Stated in How to Tap IT’s Hidden Potential article in the Wall Street Journal “Too often, there’s a wall between a company’s information-technology department and everything else. That wall has to go.” With proper business-IT alignment your organization should work harmoniously with IT and business workers. Having open communication channels, active engagement between parties and good listening skills can help your company achieve its overall goals and objectives.

Make sure you practice your communication skills, whether it is a presentation or just holding a conversation with a co-worker.  How do you see yourself in the conversation? Effective communication skills go a long way and by adopting these skills you will be able to achieve even more success.

What are your thoughts on the value of communication skills? Please share your thoughts below!

Topics: Professional Development

6 Reasons Why You Need to Start Networking

Posted by Briana Perrino on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Just last week we held a networking event at our offices for York Solutions clients, consultants, and Think IT members and it was a great success (putting contest and all)! Networking is hands down one of the best things that you can do for your career. Taking the time to meet new people and build your network will undoubtedly open new doors for you. At York Solutions, we are so confident about the power of networking and collaboration that we created Think IT Association for IT professionals in the Twin Cities.

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Think IT actually originally stemmed from a golf networking group (notice our obsession with golf?) that York created at the height of the recession for IT leaders who found themselves in transition. We discovered that a number of people were able to find a new position based on the relationships they had formed within our group and we knew we had stumbled upon something great! Cut to 3 1/2 years, 7 groups, and over 1,200 members later and we are even more convinced of what networking can really do!   

I’m sure we could go on and on about all of the benefits of networking, but here are 6 ways that networking can benefit you and your career:

  1. Expand Your Network. Dedicating time on a regular basis to network will greatly increase your connections. When you make a connection, you not only add someone to your network but you have the opportunity to build connections with people within their network as well.
  2. Increased Opportunities.  The more connections you have, the more opportunities will come your way. These opportunities can present themselves in many ways such as new business, new hires, or new job opportunities. Always remember that networking and referrals are one of the most popular ways companies fill positions!
  3. Gain Knowledge.  If you build a quality network, you will be privy to the knowledge and experiences of each and every person in it. This allows you to seek advice and gain outside perspectives. Just imagine how helpful it would be to bounce ideas off of people who have been in your shoes or from those who can see the other side of a situation.
  4. Better Your Reputation. The more time you spend at networking events, the more people will recognize you and all you have to offer. Show your expertise and that you are a reliable connection and people will be more likely to reach out to you with leads and opportunities. It is also important to remember that you should always be thinking about how you can help others. They will more than likely be willing to return the favor when they can.
  5. Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem. Networking pushes you to step outside of your comfort zone and allows you to develop your communication skills. The more comfortable you get talking to people you don’t know, the more confident you will be with yourself in a variety of situations. Presenting to the CEO? You’ve got this!
  6. Form Friendships.  Networking can be a great tool for your career, but you also might make some friends. Through networking with like-minded and trustworthy people, it is completely possible for great friendships to form. And, hey, we all need friends!

These are just a few ways networking can benefit you both personally and professionally. When it comes down to it, the more you put into networking, the more you will get out of it. There is a great pool of untapped knowledge for you and you just need to put yourself out there to reap the benefits! It really is fun and easy. So, come on and get yourself out there! Ready. Set. Network!

What are your experiences with networking? Please share your thoughts below!

Topics: Job Search, Professional Development

Work-life Balance: Can "Warming the Bench" Get You Back on Track?

Posted by James Sweeney on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

We recently held a Think IT Leadership meeting discussing the parallels between athletic coaches and business leaders and one of the biggest points of discussion was about managing your talent. It’s a common issue nearly everyone who’s been involved in athletics faces whether it’s in Basketball, Baseball, Hockey or any other team sport: when is it time to scale it back a bit and take a break? Is it on the manager to make sure their talent is in the best shape to perform? Is it the team members who must understand when they need to slow down and relax? The answer is probably a mix of the two, but perhaps the better question is how can you balance your work and life obligations?

No, We’re Not Talking about Vacations 
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Before we go any further, we need to talk about the difference between “I must balance my work and life responsibilities” and “I need a vacation”. Taking a regularly-scheduled vacation does not necessarily mean you’ve been able to complete the work-life balance high wire act. Ask yourself this: when you were on your last vacation, did you ignore any and all work-related phone calls and emails? CNN’s own Travel Editor Katia Hetter admitted even she had trouble with this. “I have no doubt that a real vacation free of work is good for me. I'm looking forward to time off with my daughter and my friends. And if I let the farmland that is my brain go fallow for a time and enjoy my vacation with friends and family, I might come back rested with more story ideas for CNN.com. So why is it so hard to put down work and enjoy time off?” Here’s a scary statistic: only 2% of respondents to a global survey from the Harvard Business School did not check in with work while on vacation.

Can You Balance it All? 

Professor Howard Stevenson of the Harvard Business School argues that the term “work-life balance ” is over-simplistic. He likens one's life to "juggling an egg, a tennis ball and a knife while walking on a balance beam -- at the Olympics...we all struggle to live at least seven lives: the family self, the social self, the spiritual self, the physical self, the material self, the avocational self, and the career self.” So is it even possible to balance it all yourself? According to Stevenson, it depends on what you mean by “balance”. The trick is that you need to constantly assess which “self” takes priority at different points, and then shift the emphasis as your situation changes.

How Do the Best Managers Handle their Talent?

It's difficult enough to handle your own work-life balance, let alone consider your entire team's. To bring the work-life debate back to athletic coaches and managing talent, let’s take a look at one of the best coaches in the NBA: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Earlier this NBA season, Popovich decided to bench his three biggest stars for the entire game against the Miami Heat. In fact, they didn’t even travel to South Beach with the team. The decision, while not popular with NBA and TV execs, is a strategy he’s used to keep his top performers fresh throughout the season. Most importantly, it’s worked. The Spurs have the best record in the NBA at the moment (40-12) and look poised to make another playoff run.

So will giving employees time off automatically make them more productive and efficient workers (or have the ability to flop like Manu Ginobili)? Not necessarily. Steve Kurutz, a Director of Information Services at McElvain Energy, says offering greater work-life flexibility to employees makes sense if it gets results. “[Employers] have a right to expect their employees to be exceptional when it comes to their performance. The easiest way to counter any objection by coworkers or management to periods of absence and short hours is to have a performance/results record that blows away the records of those people who measure their work in hours, not outcomes.” Whether it's you or a team you're working with, the ultimate mission is not to clock in and out at the right time, but to achieve organizational goals.

How do you handle your obligations at home and at work? Share your tips with us in the comments section below!

Topics: Professional Development

4 Ways Mentoring Can Boost Your Career

Posted by James Sweeney on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 @ 18:12 PM

It’s no secret that people who have a mentor are proven to be more successful. According to the American Society of Training & Development, 75 percent of corporate executives point to mentoring as playing a key role in their careers. Think IT has even created its own mentorship program. But what about becoming a mentor? Why would you want to spend your time helping someone else instead of focusing more on your own position and/or career? As it turns out, mentors have just as much to gain as their mentees.  Here are just a few reasons to become a mentor:

You may learn as much as you teach

“By the end of the mentorship, I gained as much knowledge as I shared with my mentee.” It’s something that many of our mentors have said since joining Think IT’s Mentorship program. Mentoring allows you to build your leadership skills by helping your mentee tap into his/her potential. That knowledge can also elevate your career. According to a study done by Sun Microsystems, both mentors and mentees were 20 percent more likely to get a raise than those who did not participate in a mentorship. Mentors were also six times more likely to receive a promotion.

You expand your network 
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The word “networking” is to career advisors what “location” is to realtors. What are three of the best ways to advance your career? Networking, networking, networking. Mentoring not only helps you learn from others, it expands your network to include people in other positions, companies, and generations. Mentorships go a step further than the typical networking event; you create a personal connection with your mentee, and that relationship offers some unique benefits. As one mentor said “By helping others I’ve also created a network of allies I can rely upon when I need help.”

You attract top talent 

As Management Mentors said in a recent blog post, mentoring is one of the most effective tools in attracting, winning and retaining top talent. Professionals who participate in these programs are highly motivated and passionate about their career, making them ideal candidates for positions at your company.

You help someone reach their potential

As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” The advice you give your mentee could completely change his/her career path or provide new perspective. Becoming this guide can be extremely rewarding both professionally and personally.

Think IT’s mentorship program, which began earlier this year, has been a huge success, introducing both senior leaders and IT professionals in junior roles together. What do you want to gain from your role as a mentor? Gain the perspective? Spread your network to other organizations? Tell us in the comments section below.

Topics: Professional Development

How to Craft an Amazing Elevator Pitch for IT Professionals

Posted by Briana Perrino on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 15:07 PM

We all know the importance of making a good impression with a potential client or employer. If you’re anything like me, the idea of the elevator pitch makes you cringe. Knowing that the next 30 to 60 seconds can basically make or break your chances with a person is enough to make you take the stairs.

However, it has to be done. Networking is essential to getting where you want to go and to meeting the right people. In an industry as competitive as IT, who you know is just as important as what you know. That being said, here are 6 tips for IT professionals on perfecting that pitch and ensuring that all of your elevator rides are stress-free:

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  1. Write Out Your Pitch. Take the time to create a written version of your pitch. Write down multiple ways to describe your accomplishments and what you do for a living. It will allow you to organize your thoughts and get it just right.
  2. Keep It Short. As I said earlier, your pitch should only be 30 to 60 seconds long. Summarize the important points about who you are and what you do. There will be time to discuss the details later after you dazzle them.
  3. Keep It Simple. Avoid using incredibly complicated IT jargon. We know you’re an expert at what you do and can probably code in your sleep. However, do not assume that the person you’re talking to understands the complex, technical details about what you do. Use vocabulary they understand. Tell them about the end product, not about every detail it took to get there.
  4. Practice Makes Perfect. When you deliver your pitch it needs to sound natural, not memorized. Recite your pitch out loud to yourself to familiarize yourself with the words.  Also, consider practicing it with a friend or family member.  See what feedback, if any, that person has about what you recited. Take what they say and make tweaks as necessary.
  5. Know What You Want. The goal of the elevator pitch is to accomplish something. Do you want a business card? Ask for it. An opportunity to send in your resume? Ask for it. Whatever the reason is, make sure you try to accomplish your goal.
  6. Keep Them Interested.  You’ve given them the most impressive and interesting 30 to 60 seconds of their life, right? Don’t end it there. Offer to send them examples of things you have done. Ask if they would be willing to meet for coffee to chat more. Even if they do not have an opportunity for you now, that doesn’t mean they won’t have one for you in the future.

These are just a few tips about how to make a great impression in the IT world. Do you have any tips you would like to add? If so, tell us in the comments below.

Happy elevator riding! Going up?

Topics: Job Search, Professional Development