3 Reasons Why Community-Involved KCITP Members Make Great Employees

Isabel Drost at FOSDEM answering questions about HADOOP
I’ve been fortunate to interact with some incredibly smart people in the KCITP community over the years.
As such, I’m not surprised when many hiring managers & entrepreneurs tell me that some of the best hires they’ve made have been individuals engaged in this community.

Here are a few reasons why I believe that people who participate make great employees.

Reason #1: You’ve gone the extra mile

If you’re passionate about something, you’ll take every opportunity to get better at it. By participating in the KCITP community, you’ve illustrated an enhanced dedication to your technology career.

Whether it’s sharing content or answering questions on our Linkedin forum, interacting on Twitter, or attending events…you’ve made it clear that you’re motivated.

Through these community interactions, a potential employer might be able to see that you’re simply not interested in doing the bare minimum.

You want to excel. That matters.

Reason #2: You want to learn more

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Some of the best people I’ve ever worked with know how to say these 3 words:

“I don’t know”.

No one has all the answers. So, it’s important to know how to ask for help. With over 6400 members, you recognize that KCITP has some of the best minds in Kansas City on a variety of tech topics.

By asking your tech questions on Linkedin or Twitter, you build relationships by working with others to find solutions.

This type of joint effort can lead to arriving at answers much more quickly than struggling on your own. Also, when surrounded by people of this caliber, you’re sure to learn new things at a faster rate.

Reason #3: You want to help others


As an experienced developer, sysadmin or other type of IT professional, you’ve solved many problems in different environments. So when you step up and answer a question by a community member, they benefit from your unique perspective & expertise.

In doing this, you show that you’re a team player & want to help others to be successful. Good collaboration helps to break down the silos and other barriers which can contribute to various inefficiencies within an organization.

Take your career to the next level

There you have it – 3 reasons why people engaged in the KCITP community make great employees. If you’re not participating yet, I highly suggest you do.

Here are some good ways to connect with us:

– Sign up for our Newsletter/Events invitations

– Join us for in depth tech discussions on Linkedin

Follow us on Twitter for real time updates & interaction.

– Like us on Facebook

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