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The IT Career Builder's Toolkit, Chapter 20: Make Yourself Indispensable

Have Experts You Call On for Your Organization

You might fear that if your company knows of a resource that is technically better than you, your job is in jeopardy. This might stop you from referring your peers into your organization. The fact is, you can't have all the information and expertise. Being able to have access to other experts and willingly refer them to your company when needed positions you as a solution provider.

It doesn't matter that you did not directly solve every problem. It's more important that you understand the resources that you have available and make the right connections. This understanding is critical for several reasons.

Your company will come to identify you with a great list of resources. That alone is a career-enhancing perception. Secondly, however, is how you will be viewed with those professionals you refer. They, too, extend your professional network. They will perceive you as someone who passes opportunity when appropriate.

Maintain an active contact list that identifies available resources. Make sure these individuals share your passion for solving problems, have great attitudes, and communicate well.

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