What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to Know?

The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field

What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to KnowIn many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.

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Is Contract-To-Hire A Win-Win For Both Parties? What To Consider:

Is Contract To Hire A Win Win For Both Parties Pros And Cons To ConsiderWorking with or in IT, you’ve undoubtedly encountered contract-to-hire. Since gaining popularity around 2010, these opportunities have been purported as “win-win” solutions for employers and employees alike, allowing individuals to contract with a company for a defined period under the mutual intention of considering a more permanent arrangement when the contract is over. But while many find this middle-ground arrangement to be the best of both worlds, others have concluded that perm-only or contract-only arrangements are their best fit. That’s why it’s important for both parties to consider the positives and negatives before pursuing a contract-to-hire arrangement. Who knows – after considering all the facts, you may find yourself making an unexpected choice.

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6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer

Whether you’re a Web .Net, Java, or Mobile Developer, or even a Software Consultant, integrating these habits into your daily life will help you rise to the top of your field.

Let’s face it – you know that “Software Developer” is a general term. Even within the tech6 Simple Habits To Make You A Top Developer stratosphere there’s a fine line between Computer Scientists, Programmers, Developers, and Architects, not to mention the plethora of technologies under the “Development” umbrella. And just as there are myriad “types” of Software Developers, there’s no one right way among IT pros to be the best. However, what we do know is that the people who are “the best,” all possess important commonalities – they employ simple, everyday habits that develop (pun intended) them as professionals and give them an edge over their competition. We’ve pulled out six that stand above the rest, and while this isn’t an all-encompassing list, your development career is sure to benefit from incorporating these practices into your normal routine.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your IT Career

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? A new year is a great time to implement change in your life, including a change in your career goals. Whether you’re happily situated at a company, consulting, or looking for a new opportunity, make some positive changes to your career this year with the following two resolutions.

Build Relationships:

Relationships are a key component to success. You’ve heard it said, “Who you know is what you know.”  Build your career by widening your network.  Several networking opportunities are available to the IT professional.  Fostering friendships with coworkers is a great place to start building relationships, even when your assignment is temporary.  Having friends at the office can add to your work-life satisfaction and build life-long connections. Industry Groups can help you learn new things about your field, meet industry leaders, find a mentor, and connect you to people who may be a powerful connection in the future.

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3 Skills Every IT Pro Should Have

job-interview- soft skillsYou may have the best technical skills of any IT pro in the market, but if you’re missing these three important soft skills, you could be in trouble on the job front.  While some soft skills are universally important, others take greater precedence depending on the industry in which you work. Whether you’re getting ready to interview or working to develop your skills, these three attributes are especially important for the tech professional.

Be Flexible

Ask any seasoned IT pro, and they’ll tell you that a flexible nature is a must-have in the tech world.  Flexibility means maintaining a positive attitude and reprioritizing as issues arise.  Software doesn’t always function properly, computers crash, and humans error at inconvenient times- like outside of business hours.  An ability to go with the flow is a great way to impress your employer and make you an invaluable part of IT.

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Are You Going For The Gold?

First Place Gold MetalWhile you may not be training for the Olympics, every day at work matters for your career success. You could just keep up the status quo, but that won’t even get you to the Olympics (so to speak). Instead of settling for bronze or silver, follow the Olympian path for gold to achieve your career goals:

Find Your Coach

No athlete makes it to the Olympics alone; they have coaches, mentors, family, and friends that help them achieve their goals. Find someone in the company who can mentor you and help you develop into a better person and employee. This can be your boss, another employee at the company, or someone in the same industry. This shows that you are open to development and eager to learn and grow.

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