How to Leave an IT Contract Position

As of May, there was a national unemployment rateleave a tech jobof 8.2%. While in most industries this number scares people away from searching for another job, this isn’t the case in the technology sector. The job market is only heating up for technical consultants and many tech experts are finding that it’s time for a new challenge. If you’re considering this pathway, here are a few tips as you enter this new chapter in your career. 

 

1. Soul Search

If you’re considering searching for a new job, first ask yourself what you’re lacking in your current position. In many cases, your current company may be able to offer you bigger challenges, more responsibility, and a pay raise. In fact, your current company is often more likely to push you along your career in new and challenging ways, whereas new companies will want to see that you have a proven track record fulfilling a position’s responsibilities. 

Focusing on where you want your career to go will allow you to drive your job search in a focused fashion. So many people leave jobs they dislike only to find another job just like it.

 

2. Leave Quietly & Professionally 

Although it may sound like fun, bringing a band along or making a sliding exit will only burn bridges. Remember, the people you’re working with now may well be leading efforts that you’d like to join in 5 years. Explain your reasons for leaving — since the company is already aware of your career development desires (see above), your departure will not be a surprise. In many cases, they’ll be thrilled for you and your opportunity, although they will certainly be concerned with transitioning your responsibilities.

3. Help with the Transition 

Depending on your role, this may mean assisting with locating your replacement, interviewing candidates, and documenting procedures and tasks that you’ve been performing. In extreme cases, you may be asked to return part-time as a contractor in order to fully transition business processes. Be as flexible as you can with these requests, as a smooth transition will help leave fond memories behind. 

 

4. Ask for Recommendations 

Asking for recommendations now rather than years down the road will allow your LinkedIn profile to be filled with strong references. The people writing about you will have had recent interactions and will be able to use details to support that fact that you’re great at what you do. 

Leaving a job is never easy. If you follow these steps, however, the transition will be smoother. Know what you’re looking for, let your supervisors know this, be professional and help with the transition. This will ensure that you find a killer job without burning any bridges. You never know where they might come in handy along the line, do you? 

 

Do you have any advice for people who are considering leaving their technical consulting position? If so, write about it below or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!

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