You are sitting at your desk and the phone rings…
“Hi, it’s Kyle from Anchor Point”
“Hi Kyle, I can’t talk right now, I am at work”
That’s ok, just wanted to let you know about an opportunity that your skills and background would be a good fit…will you have some time to chat later?”
“Nope, I am not looking for another job” (click)
What just happened? Well, you just let a golden opportunity pass you by. The opportunity Kyle called about, was it perfect? Maybe and maybe not, but what was perfect was a chance to talk to someone with great insight and knowledge on what is going on in Indianapolis when it comes to IT companies. Why is that important? It is important because you have a job. You work in the local IT community, you are employed. You have survived some tough times and have made it through budget cuts and layoffs and (shudder) rightsizing. You made it through because you are good at what you do, and make others look good. It is important because you could fill that job, or know someone who could. Maybe you know someone who doesn’t have a job, and would be perfect. Maybe your friend at the company down the street is looking (or should be)? How would Kyle know that if you don’t find out what he is calling about? How can you tell Kyle about your buddy who would be great at that job? What happened was a missed opportunity…for everyone.
Yes, I know you like your job. Yes, I know you don’t like being called at work. So tell me when a good time is to talk I will call you back. Let me call you back and learn more about you…your skills, your experience, what you like about your job, what you don’t. Tell me what would be the perfect job, life balance, compensation. Tell me who you know, and what is important to you.
Tell me what you see going on in Indianapolis. Ask me what I see going on. Are most companies in Indianapolis going away from Application Development Project Managers and hiring Scrum Masters? Are there Coldfusion shops in Indy. Does anyone still use an AS/400? Do I see more contract opportunities or direct hire opportunities. Use the opportunity to learn more, and to help us learn more. This is a small little network, this Indianapolis IT community. Use the opportunity to learn and educate. You may find out something that makes your job easier, or another job may make your life easier.
I understand you don’t want a new job today. Give Kyle 10 minutes anyway. He may have the perfect job for you, or at least some good insight. You may eventually say no…just don’t say no first.