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Signs that your Sys Admin gig is about to end

Shane CorellianShane Corellian

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Some IT contracts end rather abruptly. I know 10 people (some of them actually intelligent) who were recently and unceremoniously removed from their long term contracts. What can we as IT Professionals (particularly those in contracting) learn from such experiences? Well we can, and should, be on the lookout for the signs that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. Be on the lookout for these 12 subtle events.

  1. You are excused from donating to the Sub-for-Santa bin.

  2. Your contract is with the government, i.e. you were TOO productive.

  3. Nobody complains when you miss a staff meeting.

  4. Next weeks action item to remotely deploy Adobe Reader suddenly appears on todays to-do list.

  5. Some socialist in your chain of command finds out from accounting what your billable is and goes apeshit.

  6. Co-workers suddenly take an interest in your life and career prospects.

  7. Managers avoid making eye contact with you in hall.

  8. You are asked, very nonchalantly, if you can bring in that one laptop you were given 2 years ago.

  9. Co-workers you don’t know keep saying, “Good luck!” and “Hey, are you on facebook?”

  10. You are invited to your own going away luncheon.

  11. The opposing organizations that want to take over the kick-ass project you’ve been working on finally get control of the budget.

  12. A snippet of your code makes it onto The Daily WTF.

Of course the best way to tell your contract is coming to a close is if that not-so-insignificant End Date is closing in fast. For missing that one we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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