We’re no stranger to job burnout. For 20 years, we’ve watched IT professionals walk out on their old jobs because of pure exhaustion. They were sick of being workaholics in order to meet urgent deadlines, gain more recognition, and climb the ladder. Work-life balance in IT was non-existent.
For all the roles in the business world, IT in particular seems to find this problem. Innovation is ceaseless, and technology is the backbone of every company. From software engineers and data architects to network administrators and tech support, every drop of sweat and blood seems to pour into projects and initiatives until employees are left dry. [···]
Not many of us are very comfortable with change. It’s human nature. We like stability, predictability. But when that comfort zone settles around a job we’ve lost our passion for, it’s time to face the possibility of moving on.
Skyrocketing demand for IT talent is pervading the lives of even the most settled technology professionals, so it’s not all together unlikely that you’ve entertained the thought of quitting for a more tempting offer. But with opportunity inherently comes risk. How can you be sure that this is the right move to make? An opportunity that looks appealing from the outside may or may not be what you expected; after all, comfort zones exist for a reason – you don’t want to jeopardize your career just because you’ve had a rough week at work.
It’s no secret that the tech industry is experiencing a boom greater even than the dot-com era. With ongoing consumer demand, shifting business landscapes, and an increasing need for airtight cybersecurity, the supply of top tech talent is growing but seemingly not fast enough.
Companies are getting competitive in their hiring. If you’ve set the ball rolling by applying to a handful of positions and performing well in a handful of tech interviews, it’s likely you’ll see at least a couple of separate job offers.
It might be tempting to make a rash decision to accept whichever offer comes with the highest price tag and put a little extra cash in your pockets. But realistically you know that all the money in the world can’t make a miserable job any happier.
Once you’re past that initial temptation though, the reality of deciding between multiple job offers may be overwhelming. How do you decide? [···]
Let’s face the truth: these days in the tech world, talent is in high demand, but just having the technical skills is not enough to land the job. In today’s collaborative work environment, many teams are geographically and culturally diverse. Your future co-workers also have diverse technical skills that will overlap yours. Technology is ever evolving and while you may know Jira today, in a few months you may need to learn Bamboo, Hudson or Jenkins for Continuous Integration.
You’re probably well aware of your level of expertise, and you can expect common IT interview questions to drill into that knowledge. Sure, you may need to brush up on some of the more obscure tech skills, but if you can confidently walk your talk, then chances are you won’t be shocked by any outlier technical questions.
However, simply proving your knowledge may not be enough, especially when the next ten candidates in line have the same skills. So what differentiates you as the front runner for your next great career opportunity?