How did I go from a High End Technical Guru to unemployed?
I see this every day. I get a phone call from someone that was recently laid off from Wall St. OR someone that is worried that there are coming layoffs at their firm. They reach out to me with their resume. With them on the phone and the resume in front of me, I begin to dissect the career.
From reading their resume I see that they worked on cutting edge technology earlier in their career. I can almost envision them years ago working in their respective investment firm.
Look at all those monitors….( this dude must be smart. Everyone knows that a lot of monitors means smart ). As I read on I see that their career just don’t progress. They go from career moves, to Job moves.
Jobs have no future! Jobs are a bunch of tasks with little to minimal creativity needed. Jobs get outsourced.
Careers take constant upkeep. One needs to constantly push the envelope to progress their career…
An example of pushing the envelope, Say you’re a recruiter & you start a blog 2-3 people read every 6 months 😉
But these guys just do the same routine everyday. They end up memorizing the tasks, they form like a run book in their mind. “Oh you ran into that problem again Tom, all you need to do is….blah blah blah” They have a break – fix mentality – not a Problem – Solve one. They never try to push themselves.
But hey its a steady 9-5 and they are making close to, or over 6 figures so they keep the status quo. But like all things, Technology advances.
They never update their skill sets. They never took the initiative to move forward. They are passed by.
So the day comes when said firm needs to cut costs. There is a big meeting. Many important people are making financial decisions on what to do. Who to get rid of, who to keep, who they need to progress…..And
Their name is called. They are no longer considered valuable to the firm. Either technology can now automate what they did, or the technology they are a subject matter expert on is no longer cutting edge….. Regardless……
Here they are. Now they need to get out into the work force and find a job. They realize that their skill sets are either too specific to the role they had or the skills are antiquated. But the bills need to be paid. So out they go. When asked what they do? They can respond well. However when the interviewer digs deeper, it is realized they are more of a people person and less of a technologist
And there they are…. on the wrong end of an interview. They realize that they were being paid for a CAREER, not a job. But a Career takes constant nurturing. Jobs just take you being present. These high checks aren’t for free.
When I am dissecting a background I ask a lot of questions that my employers will ask. Like do you work with emerging technologies? ( When the candidates I work with say “No, the firm I worked with didn’t use it” Or “it wasn’t important to my job so I don’t really know about it” – I know they are screwed. ) Technology is the way we progress in almost every single aspect of our lives.
Whenever you have a problem with your Iphone do you want a Apple Geek from the store working on your case. Or Would you be happy with a person taking 3 weeks to kind of help you with the problem because they used to do a lot of work with the Rotary Phones
Yeah that is what I thought. The Apple Geek Technician.
This is the same way companies view you as a candidate when you interview with them.
“We are about to make an investment in your technical know how. Are you worth the money? Are you a technical SME ( Subject Matter Expert )? When we have a problem or when something goes bump in the night, will you be able to handle it?”
– This is what they are thinking.
if you are in a dead end position and you aren’t a go get-er that will learn emerging technologies & their uses out side of your current company you have 2 options. You need to either LEAVE your firm and find a better opportunity to challenge yourself
You need to start figuring out what field you want to migrate yourself into outside of technology fast .
Or you are going to go from
High End Technical Guru to unemployed fast 🙁
THIS ABOVE Picture isn’t really relevant to the Blog I am addressing here. But in my search for the other pictures above to illustrate what I was saying, it popped up. It is so ridiculous I had to include it 🙂
Director of Executive Management & Technology Divisions