More important, SEED graduates earn four times the promotions and receive double the number of top performance ratings as the average Sun employee, Dickinson says.
“We’re looking for people who can become the future leaders of the technology or business sides of our company” Dickinson adds.
11. Take Deadlines Personally
Deadlines and meeting budgets can often fall by the wayside when IT projects -- err, business projects with an IT component -- come round. Unfortunately, that’s given techies a bad rap in some circles, which is all the more reason to transcend the stereotype.
“Late and over budget is a moniker of sorts for IT people,” notes Reid Carr, president of Red Door Interactive, an Internet consulting company. “Part of that is probably because they’ve not been the ones to set the expectations, but are forced to comply.”
Professionals who fail to make deadlines and pay attention to details “are likely going to find they are low on the list of potential candidates for a promotion,” Hudson’s Taylor says.
12. Share the Wealth
Anthony Hill, CTO of Golden Gate University in San Francisco, says that beyond exhibiting technical competency, the best thing an IT worker can do is to share ideas and knowledge with co-workers and colleagues.
“The No. 1 attribute of technology leaders who get promoted quickly is their willingness to share their ideas and teach others,” Hill says. “You can be a brilliant programmer, but if you just display your brilliance in your code and don’t cross-pollinate, you won’t become a thought influencer and leader.
“Selfishly hoarding your knowledge and skill is part of the old economy,” Hill adds. “In the new economy, the more you give away, the better you do. It’s not about how smart you are. It’s about how many others you can bring along with you.”
13. Be Your Own Cheerleader
“Being the best doesn’t matter if nobody knows about it,” Chubb’s Drewry says. “You’ve got to find a way to get your accomplishments known. You can’t assume everybody knows what you’ve done.”
On the other hand, jumping up on the conference room table with pom-poms and a megaphone won’t win you any friends, either. So how you go about promoting your accomplishments is nearly as important as what you’ve done.
Turn your good deeds into agenda items when you meet with your supervisor, suggests Carly Drumm. “Just talk about them matter of factly -- ‘Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far, and here’s what we still need to do,’ “ she says. And, whenever possible, tie your accomplishments to their effect on the organization’s bottom line.
“Frankly, if you don’t do it, you’re not just cheating yourself, you’re cheating your company,” Drewry adds. “What happens to them after you’re gone and they don’t know what it took to make something happen? You truly owe them the full complexity of your accomplishments.”
14. Build Your Own Portfolio
When it comes time to review their own performance, many IT pros find themselves tongue-tied -- and their career at loose ends.
“One thing we often find missing in technology experts is an ability to communicate the successes they provided to the company,” KForce’s Bair says. “If you completed a project that was 30 percent under budget or developed an innovative technology that let the firm recapture millions of dollars in cost, that’s a big deal. But many IT pros don’t know how to communicate their impact on the firm.”