What are the unspoken rules of personal networking in the IT career arena? Here's how to stay polite with new and existing contacts - who may be the ticket to your next job
"There's zero doubt that networking can be a key factor in landing your next IT role," opines
Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project
"Who you know can indeed be as important as wh.at you know, particularly if you're attempting to advance into a new or bigger role, a novel industry, or a new geography. That CIO role you covet won't just land in your lap. However, networking can be more nuanced than it seems..."
In the March 10, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader will need time off for a medical procedure soon after starting a new job. Must the new employer be told before the employee starts work?
I tore my ACL playing volleyball. I just got over the hurdle of getting hired, but my new employer doesn't know about my injury. I start next week and I am hoping to schedule my surgery in the next couple of months. However, I am not sure how to have this conversation with my new employer. Do I pretend as if the injury is new? Do I tell them that my surgery is already scheduled? I will be out for 7-14 days after surgery, although I am hoping I could work from home after the first 7 days. How do I approach this conversation? Any advice would be so helpful!
Thanks so much, I love your newsletter. It has helped me see my value as an employee and has helped me stop feeling weird about taboo subjects like pay. I tell all my friends about it when they're having work trouble or are job hunting...." - Ask The Headhunter
The IT talent gap is driving up demand for skilled IT pros, but for certain roles and skillsets, finding - and signing - the right candidate can feel a bit like trying to capture a unicorn.
"CIOs are quick to point out that every company is essentially a technology firm, and demand for a broad range of skills has created a race for talent," notes Paul Heltzel in CIO
"The emergence of interactive technology such as augmented reality and virtual reality have made jobs in those areas a hot ticket. AR/VR developers are currently the most difficult positions to fill, according to Hired.com, with 1,400 percent growth in demand for in 2019...."
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