January 18, 2018

3 Reasons Top IT Consultants Should Consider Contract Work

As a top IT consultant, your career probably followed a specific trajectory: you spent your childhood taking apart and building TVs, radios, and computers; you studied programming at some point in school or your free time – and then you worked at various tech companies for years. Finally, you struck out on your own to become a freelance IT consultant. Tech consulting is a good gig. You get to advise clients on their IT tools, help them with setup and debugging, take care of a few emergencies and then rest in the knowledge of a job well done. So, why would you want to go back to working for a company again, even if only on a short-term basis? Well, there are three reasons actually.   Keep Up with Cutting-Edge Tech As we all know, this ever-exciting industry of ours can always boast some new, innovative tool – one that promises to disrupt everything that’s gone before. Some of these tools are highly relevant to your focus area and those are the ones you certify in. Other tools aren’t directly relevant to your consulting practice, so you may overlook them entirely. But that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. Today’s businesses use a staggering variety of technology solutions, so it’s important that you know about all the latest tools so that you can leverage them properly to streamline processes for your clients. Of course, there’s no better way to learn how a tech product performs than to experience real-life use cases, in […]
September 8, 2017

10 Job Search Tips Just for Techies

Hey there, tech professionals, guess what? In the current market, you’re a hot item! Over the last few years, companies of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises, have realized that the future lies in technology – and there’s a rush on to hire skilled designers, developers, and data engineers. However, just because there’s a job boom, that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy for you to find the right job. The right job includes challenging, fulfilling work that satisfies you somewhere deep in your soul. Find that work with these 10 job search tips for techies.   Decide How Much You Want to Make The work you do is critical to businesses right now. In a few years, your work will be essential. Adequate pay for technology employees today helps set the stage for tomorrow’s pay rates, so determine your value carefully and honestly by balancing the amount of work you can do with a salary that seems fair. This balance will help you maintain the passion and excitement you’ll need to sustain a productive career in tech for the rest of your working life.   Determine What Type of Work Would Improve Your Life Once you’ve decided how much you’re worth on the market, figure out the activities you’d like to continue as well the activities you’d like to learn more about. Like the DevOps work you’ve been doing? Note that. Want to focus more on computer-based art forms like fractal art? Note that too. If you currently have a […]
July 8, 2017
It's time to nail the job interview for IT. ISG can help show you the way.

How to Nail a Job Interview for IT

You’ve spent hours crafting a great resume. You’ve submitted that resume to your dream workplaces. You’ve hoped and wished they’ll call you back – and now they’ve finally called! It’s time for your interview. Worried about what they’ll ask? Not sure what they’re looking for? That’s okay. These three tips will help you nail that IT job interview, so you can look forward to passing this stage and starting your new job.   Know Your Interviewer There’s a high probability someone else your dream employer has interviewed shares the same skillset you do, so before you prove that you’ve got the skills to do the job, you need to prove you’re the right person for the job. The number one, most important thing you must do at your interview is demonstrate that you know your interviewer. Show up at your interview ready to answer questions or comment on your potential employer’s: Industry What are the trends in this industry? What’s changed over time? Do you know what the future may look like? Share your opinions.   Company Who are their clients? Who are their competitors? How has your dream company positioned themselves and why does that matter? Even if you don’t get the job this time around, the interview will be a great opportunity for you to talk about your favorite company with an insider. That’s exciting.   Culture What type of worker do they value? What is the typical path to the top at this company? Show them that […]
June 25, 2017

The Top 7 Things Employers Look for in IT Contract Work

Considering a switch to contract work as an IT consultant? You’re probably curious about how you can increase your likelihood of landing great, fulfilling projects repeatedly. We’re glad you asked. At ISG, we’ve spent nearly three decades helping IT consultants deliver incredible service to satisfied clients, and we’re confident we can help you do the same. Whether you’re interested in working with us for placement or you’re looking to strike out on your own, make sure you’re prepared by knowing the seven things employers look for in on-site IT contract consulting work today. Specific Skillset As a consultant, you’re required to have job-skill expertise. There’s a lot to know in the IT world and clients usually outsource to a consultant with a precise skill set who will complete a specific, time-bound, IT-related task. Perhaps the people you’ll work with don’t share your depth of knowledge or perhaps you’re the final puzzle piece in a team of similarly skilled professionals. Either way, you must be an expert in your field. It’s best to assume that your skillset will be comprehensively tested prior to project consideration.   Industry Experience Savvy companies understand that industry experience is the key to seamless contract work. Not only does your experience lead to better client communication due to your shared terminology, it also helps your clients realize a more competitive solution because you can quickly identify their nuanced positioning – and you already understand industry politics. In addition, leading IT consultants work with multiple tools and […]
May 1, 2017
Cover Letter

Your Cover Letter: How To Stand Out Among The Masses

Your resume provides a hiring manager with your qualifications and experience, but your cover letter is what makes the first impression. When a pile of resumes comes in, many with similar qualifications, it’s important that your introduction – your cover letter – stands out among the rest. Use these tips to help grab the hiring manager’s attention with your cover letter to help land the interview.   Make it tailored. Your cover letter should be completely tailored for the position to which you’re applying. First, make sure you address the specific person at the hiring company. This may not always be easy to find, but it’s worth the extra effort to track down. Second, if you’re responding to a job posting, tailor your cover letter as closely as possible to the ad.   Be specific. Do your due diligence in researching the company and position, and address it from the start. Yes, some parts of your cover letter may stay the same from one application to the next. But, the hiring manager wants to know you’re interested in a role specifically at that company, not just a generic position in the field.   Demonstrate your benefit to the company. Your achievements and skills are important, but don’t leave it up to the hiring manager to connect the dots. Make the connection between your successes and what you can do to directly benefit the company. If this is potentially your next dream job, don’t just focus on why you want it, […]