I wrote about the idea that people would alter their skill sets and
knowledge to land any gig in the area. At that point, it was not
unbelievable that people would do this, but unemployment remains high
in both the UK and the USA, with the added bonus of the potential for
government level austerity measures. So how far will people go to get a
job, here are Sarah’s stats:
When asked how they felt about using ‘out of the ordinary’ tactics
to boost their chances of getting IT jobs, the results were
• Morally wrong – 37.6%
• Not a big deal as long as you’re not hurting anyone – 23.4%
• A creative way to get ahead – 17%
• Necessary – it’s a tough market out there – 15.6%
• Normal – how else do you get your foot in the door – 6.4%
Of those that felt it was necessary or even normal to go to extreme
lengths to get IT jobs, I wonder how many would actually put their
ideas into practise.
Source: Blog The IT Job Board UK
There are always stories of people who did something interesting to land any job, some of which are very good like specifically targeting companies with ads when management people Google themselves.
There are other interesting ways of standing out from the crowd when
looking for a job that can make you a more interesting candidate
depending on how much money and patience you happen to have.
The basic premise of the 2009 article that I wrote was that IT is a
trusted position, and that means you have to hire trustworthy people.
The good part of Sarah’s research was that a 37.6% believed that it was
morally wrong to use out of the ordinary tactics to get an IT job. What
is worrying, and should worry IT managers are the number of people who
believed it was necessary, creative, or not a big deal if you are not
hurting anyone. It is still a tough job market out there, and I expect
it to stay that way for at least another year or two.
The world has changed the announcement that HP was moving completely over to the cloud, and laying off 9000 workers is just the indicator of what is coming. Another big shift in IT is going to mean less people for maintaining systems, but ironically more need for people who can program for the cloud.
That is where the growth is, and there is a lack of education and
training in this area, although colleges are scrambling to get that
into the pipeline.
In all, job seekers do need to work out ways of standing out from
the crowd, but if you are looking for an IT position, and have to get
the job dishonestly, being in a trustworthy position has the company
playing Russian roulette with their data and their systems. That is the
core issue of just how far will you go to get a job, are you
trustworthy enough to fill a trusted position within the company?
(Cross-posted @ IT Toolbox )