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Kristin Burnham
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7/8/2014 | 10:46:23 AM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
@Technocrati, have you checked out the full results from our IT Salary Survey? You can download it here and find a breakdown of average salaries based on location -- that may help you determine whether you're paid fairly. 
Kristin Burnham
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7/8/2014 | 10:38:41 AM
Re: When to rock the boat?
How happy are you in your position? Is your work challenging and rewarding? Are the skills you're learning and using preparing you for what's next? If not, it may not be worth it to stay just for the purpose of stability in your resume. If your job isn't meeting your expectations, that's something you can discuss with hiring managers if they question your short stint. 
Alison_Diana
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7/8/2014 | 9:04:03 AM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
We have seen some commoditization of certain IT jobs, for sure. It's one reason IT professionals want to continue receiving training on new techs -- that, and because it's generally something IT pros are genuinely interested in doing for themselves, as well as for career development. As in many careers, specialization helps. If you become adept in a specific vertical -- finance, healthcare, retail, etc. -- as well as an area of technology, you will most likely be in more demand and command a higher salary than someone who is a generalist. 
Laurianne
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7/3/2014 | 12:28:33 PM
Job hopping
Good discussion here on money vs. longevity. There is indeed something to be said for growing with people as an individual and as a team.
Alison_Diana
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7/3/2014 | 9:46:13 AM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
When speaking with professionals over the years, micromanagement is one of the top peeves I've heard and one of the reasons many give for seeking alternate employment. If you're qualified enough for a position, once you've learned an organization's particular processes and preferences surely there's no reason for someone to oversee your every move! 
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 3:38:06 PM
Re: Other advice?
I am sorry there's a dearth of good jobs in your area, @tjgkg, and I admire your resolve to drive four hours round trip each day. That's absolutely incredible -- and shows your dedication to a job that doesn't sound particularly rewarding, given the way you've described it. I do hope the job situation improves in your area or you find a position at a company that allows 100% telecommuting, depending on what you do. 

On the good news front, it's not only research from InformationWeek that shows growing demand for technology professionals. I've seen several reports from a variety of different, respectable and unbiased researchers that all seem to say the same thing. Anecdotally I see a lot more job postings these days on both social media and email (i am on a few alerts). Of course, when you are unhappy at your job or unemployed, generalizations don't mean anything until you find a (better) position. Good luck.
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 12:01:48 PM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
I'm with you, @SaneIT. Salary is important, of course, but it's not necessarily the critical issue. Autonomy; a career path; opportunities for growth; interesting work; supportive management and peers, and an organization who I believe in all play a role. There's also the comfort level that comes with knowing your organization. Sometimes it's time for a new challenge, to learn a new organization (or even industry), and sometimes it's not. I think, though, if you plan to move jobs that's definitely the time to get more money. It is probably the sole time you can request a more sizable salary increase!

 
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:56:41 AM
Re: Getting creativewhen a raise is not an option
Yes, that's a great perk that doesn't cost organizations a penny but has a terrific, beneficial effect on employee morale and loyalty. I know several people who have stayed at their current positions, in large part because they can work from home one to three days per week and/or have flexible hours instead of the typical 9-5 or 8-4.
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:55:04 AM
Re: Other advice?
@tjgkg: Sorry about your experience but delighted you found a position at another organization that DID recognize your abilities and accomplishments. I'd imagine writing the paper at your prior employer was helpful as you interviewed for new positions, since you'd established ROI and other benchmarks for the tasks you'd done at the prior company. Bringing up a disparity in pay or proactively pursuing a promotion is dangerous. It can backfire and you must be prepared to leave if it does.

Those organizations that have a policy of never/always promoting from within blow my mind. It is so short-sighted to never/only consider candidates from a certain pool of individuals. Who knows the capabilities of the people within/outside your organization if you only look outside/within? Silly.
Alison_Diana
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7/2/2014 | 11:51:07 AM
Re: Getting creativewhen a raise is not an option
Training is a terrific benefit, @mejiac, especially because it benefits both your employer and you if you choose to move on to a different organization. I'd add attending trade shows is another plus, too. You can see panel discussions, keynotes, and product demonstrations and also network among peers to make new connections, find potential new positions (if you want to leave your current job), and see how other organizations are addressing the challenges you're facing.
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