There are a number of responsibilities for professionals in IT jobs that may not be listed in the initial job description. Help desk professionals and software designers cannot simply sit at their computers all day completing their work. The need to work outside of the job description can be an opportunity for professionals in IT jobs to show off their diverse toolbox of skills. There are tasks you can complete each day outside of your purview that can impress managers and supervisors. Many IT consultants and professionals need to take on responsibilities for purchasing hardware, software and accessories in their offices. Your knowledge of operating systems makes you an invaluable asset for office managers searching for new software.
The need to use data CDs, ZIP disks and other portable equipment on a daily basis gives you keen insight into the type of supplies needed in your office. You can take IT equipment purchasing off of your office manager's desk while searching for cost-effective solutions. Your knowledge of technology may come in handy when audio and visual equipment needs to be installed in your office. Most offices need IT professionals to connect projectors and other presentation equipment with computers. You may need to coordinate remote controls and other control devices with office equipment to streamline daily operations.
These tasks give you an opportunity to take a part in planning office operations while showing others how to be self-sufficient with new equipment. The daily projects of an IT department in a major company make project leadership a necessity for young IT experts. Departmental projects ranging from data archiving to installing new computers require leadership from an IT professional. You can build a name for yourself among sales, research and marketing professionals in your company by sitting on planning boards for company operations. These leadership opportunities add up quickly on your resume which can help you rise within the IT field.
The best role you can play in the workplace that goes beyond your job description is resource for new employees. You should avail yourself to new employees experiencing difficulty with proprietary software, finding passwords for company archives and looking for help setting up a teleconference. A good way to help out colleagues throughout the company is providing training sessions on a monthly basis in IT activities done frequently across multiple departments. Your presentations and conversations with non-IT personnel need to focus on simple directions to avoid alienation.
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