Guest post by  J.M. Auron I help high-impact tech leaders clarify & communicate their value proposition via targeted coaching, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles.

As an IT resume writer, career coach, and former headhunter, I’ve interviewed thousands of people about their IT careers. In that time, I’ve discovered that there are a number of key questions that can have a tremendous impact on current and future career satisfaction.

Unfortunately, many of those questions aren’t obvious and may be easily overlooked I’d like to talk about several of the questions you should be asking about your IT career.

The first of these questions is something you probably haven’t thought about. But giving this due consideration can make a huge difference as your advance in your IT career.

This question is this:

What kinds of problems do you envoy solving?

Here’s why I think this is so important.

Think of career satisfaction as having an X and a Y axis.  The X axis is obvious: what are the things you’re best at? But the Y axis is much less obvious: what are things you really enjoy doing?

Maximal job satisfaction can be found at the intersection of high skill and high enjoyment. But doing something you’re great at that you hate? That’s a recipe for unpleasantness. Because, in any job, there are the things that get you excited to get up in the morning. There are also the issues that make you dread going in to the office or getting online. Those things differ radically from person to person.

It’s critical to get a clear sense of what problems energize you, and which drain you. Because without knowing what you’re good at that you also enjoy, you can end up with roles that play to the skills you hate. Here’s one example from my IT resume writing service.

I was working with an IT professional several years ago who was great at putting out fires. He was so skilled at saving the troubled projects and resolving the impossible issues, that he was called upon to do that more and more as his IT career progressed.

The problem, of course, is that he hated doing it. He couldn’t sleep at night. So a critical aspect of his career branding was downplaying the firefighter side of his character, and showing other skills more strongly. Had this client loved fighting fires, I would have taken a radically different approach to writing his IT resume. I could give you many examples of similar situations, but I’m sure this one example will suffice.

I encourage you to give some serious consideration to which challenges you want to work on, both now and as your career progresses.

It’s not enough to just be great at something. To be consistently happy and satisfied in one’s IT career, it’s also critical that you’re doing the things you enjoy. Solving the kinds of problems you want to solve. That’s what keeps the job interesting day after day and year after year.

But without this insight, there’s the very real risk that as you move up, you’ll be spending more and more of your time doing something you don’t enjoy. That’s not a pleasant prospect. For more ideas on maximizing your IT career satisfaction, please stay tuned for more articles here, or check out my blog at http://www.quantumtechresumes.com/blog/.

J.M. Auron leverages his extensive experience as a writer and recruiter to craft the best possible IT resume for IT pros globally.

What makes a good CIO? JM Auron founder of Quantum Tech Resumes


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