Voluntary Quits Among Tech Pros Stay High


As 2015 reached its close, tech professionals still felt optimistic about the economy, or at least their own chances of landing a new position: According to just-released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly 500,000 professionals in the Professional and Business Services category (which includes a range of tech jobs) decided to leave their current employers in November.

That’s a significant increase from November 2014, when 433,000 professionals in that category quit their jobs, but down from October 2015, when 519,000 quit.

Many analysts treat voluntary quits as a measure of economic health, assuming that employees will only leave their current positions if they feel the economy is strong enough for them to land a new (and better) one in short order. In support of that thesis, a high level of voluntary quits over the past twelve months has dovetailed neatly with low unemployment within the tech sector.

But given the rise in freelancing positions, it’s also likely that tech pros are quitting their current positions not for another full-time job, but a contracting or freelancing opportunity. If you’re considering the freelance life, here are three quick tips to remember:

Build Your Brand

Bulk up your social-media profiles to reflect your availability and expertise; depending on your skills, contribute to appropriate forums (for example, if you’re a software developer, you should volunteer work on communities such as GitHub and Stack Overflow). And make sure you have a Website, preferably one without cute kitten photos or gifs.

Personal Touch

A freelancer’s competitive differentiator is the ability to provide personalized service. Engage and anticipate client needs.

Differentiate Yourself

There are lots of freelance tech pros out there; find out what makes you different, and emphasize that skill-set in conversations with potential clients.

4 Responses to “Voluntary Quits Among Tech Pros Stay High”

  1. jake the face

    Ridiculous. Who in their right mind quits without having a job already lined up? Nobody just quits because they “feel the economy is strong enough for them to land a new (and better) one in short order”. You really think that statistic means half a million people decided “Ah, fuck it. I’ll find a job, I just know it.” Then you end the “article” with cereal-box advice on how to pimp yourself out 2K bubble-style. Classy.
    It would behoove you to read your own article before hitting submit… You know, to scan for solid logic.
    People warned me not to read dice.com material. And they were right.

  2. GetALife

    I recently quit my job, and ****OMG***!!!!! I DIDN”T ALREADY HAVE ANOTHER JOB LINED UP!!!!!! I MUST BE NUTS JAKE!!!

    Actually no, I’m not. A lot of tech professionals enjoy the flexibility of being able to do other things in their lives beside sitting in cubicles with no fresh air.

    Jake, my advice would be to get out more often, get some sunshine and fresh air, and realize there’s more to life than being somebody else’s drone.

    And one of the reasons I quit is because I felt confident in finding another job in this economy at this time.

  3. QuitNowIfItSucks

    I would like to back up GetALife’s statements, as I, too, recently quit a corporate IT job without knowing what was next.
    They have as much power over you as you let them.
    I decided the way people were being treated there was sickening, and I walked.
    Found a much less stressful, more rewarding, and better paying position within a few weeks.
    YMMV with that attitude though, Jake.