We are blessed with more information and transparency than in any time in history. With each new technological service, today’s workforce is able to gain more understanding and knowledge about how to manage, improve and progress their careers. For example, researching a company several years ago meant having to read the last annual report – today, I shudder to think about the decisions we used to make based on such little (and dated) information. It also seems like just yesterday when we had no way of knowing what salary we should earn for our experience and skills. We have come so far and we are only just in the first decade of being able to network online with other professionals, research salary information specific to job titles and companies, and read up on the latest interview questions being asked in the hiring process. After all, last week was the 20th anniversary of the first website being developed. Wow, how far we have come in a short-time!
But, not all new technology is good for us.
I recently ran across QuitMyJob, a website that embraces the power of the Internet to help you quit your job, and I stood back in shock to think that someone thinks this is a good idea. This site is an example of how not all technology is good for your career. While it’s tough to give your notice, it’s far more respectable to have the courage and respect to resign the right way than to have someone do it for you.
If you are interested in alienating yourself from your current boss and company (which would then severely hinder your chances of securing any future job references), then this is a great tool. But, I suspect few of you desire to actively burn bridges on the way out the door, so I wouldn’t recommend that this technology be adopted. (I hesitate to even highlight the site as I know someone somewhere will be quoting PT Barnum: “Any press is good press.”) But, the similarities to Mr. Barnum to this service hold up, as using someone else to help you quit your job versus having the courage and respect to do it in the right way, might mean that it’s more about creating the spectacle than anything else.
So how do you know what technology is good for your career and what is not? Here are a few guidelines:
- Technology should provide you with information that helps you to prepare and to avoid being blind-sided
- Technology should give you the tools and data to accurately represent who you are
- Technology should effectively and efficiently speed up a process
- Technology should NOT make you less human or less approachable
I am sure that I am oversimplifying, but common sense is a good filter to use. Think about how technology is being used and always consider if you were to be on the receiving end of a new technological service: How does it make you feel about the person sending it? What is the benefit to the person using the service and to me? How does this service make us better as a society?