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9 Job Hunt Tips For Older IT Pros
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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7/26/2014 | 4:03:32 PM
Nice but worthless tips
The above referenced tips are all very nice but the fact is, only works IF you have your foot through the door long enough to be contacted for an interview.  The way interviewing for IT currently works in the US is a resume that contains 15-20 years experience, or is not a male under age 25, is immediately flagged and flushed down the ol' digital johnny.  Boom. Done.  The candidate in question is never even given a chance.  And on and on it goes.  Tips are worthless unless you are related to the hiring manager who has agreed to give you an interview.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/23/2014 | 12:53:25 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
@gzuckier0, you raise a good point. IT and HR managers both have a role to play in this process. And no one is penalized for passing over hidden gems in the talent pool.
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gzuckier0,
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7/23/2014 | 12:03:07 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
As you say, HR is looking for any kind of filter to screen out as many of the applications as possible. They can't carefully scrutinize 100 applications for a position, and they can't pass on to the hiring manager 50 of those applicants who might be qualified. So consider the consequences of either type of error in their selection, false positives or false negatives. If they pass on a candidate who is unqualified, or even just one who the hiring manager doesn't like, they get yelled at "Why are you sending me these people? You're wasting my time! You're supposed to be screening these duds out!". Whereas they could reject any number of perfect candidates, and the hiring manager won't say anything, because he/she has no idea that happened. So there is a huge bias towards tossing applications out, even if there is no good reason to.
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Laurianne,
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7/23/2014 | 12:01:29 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
@Dana, thanks for chiming in. I hear your frustration with the hiring process over and over. It can be incredibly hard to pass the first HR screen (often done by an outside firm, no less.) I believe that as a profession we must change this dynamic. I have had CIOs tell me: Smart people who want to work with my IT organization contact me directly.
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7/23/2014 | 11:48:13 AM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
I'm 64 in IT.  IT is ugly.  There are a few nice jobs out there, but Wall Street and globalization has decimated the country.  Now is the worst time for all jobs since the Great Depression.  Every type of filter is used to pick that one special employee out of hundreds of applicants.  Resume over 1 page, garbage can.  Hire only people who are already employed.  The skills list has to match the requirements exactly.  So, the one who adulterates his/her resume gets hired.  The company gets what they deserve.  This is typical.
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Laurianne,
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7/21/2014 | 4:43:28 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
I don't think you have to age out. Smart techies much older than 40 have tons to contribute to teams. Smart IT leaders know this.
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dforce441,
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7/21/2014 | 12:01:47 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
Make sure you check out those othe professions. Real Estate brags about the minority of agents who sell a million dollars in a year; that's about $30,000 in income. And even Starbucks is closing some of their coffee shops.
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David F. Carr,
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7/16/2014 | 8:55:32 PM
Time to go sell real estate?
Is this one of those careers where, if you don't advance to the top tier of management, you really need to switch to a different industry once you pass 40? In other words, if you haven't made CIO or CTO, it's time to go sell real estate or open a coffee shop.
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Technocrati,
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7/16/2014 | 8:04:45 PM
Stay Calm, Another One is Coming

Thanks Kevin for some great advice for older IT Pros.   I used to love that these articles mainly because they didn't apply to me, but alas it does now.    From getting older to still job hunting, hopping or whatever you want to call it.  

I think a major tip was not to hold a grudge.   The fact is business is heartless and most will promise you anything but with age you begin to clearly understand that it is just that - talk. 

 

So don't get angry, sure you can for a little bit - that is just human nature.  But don't take it with you because another one is just around the corner.

Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/16/2014 | 9:42:39 AM
More tips
A tip we have heard frequently from recruiters is use GitHub contributions to show your skills -- and show you're staying fresh. Do you have other tips to share, readers?


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