How To Secure Your Next IT JobApril 17, 2018
Polish That Resume
If your resume is tacky or out of date then its time for an overhaul. It’s the first thing employers will see, so you want to make it count. Remember, if you’re applying for a position listed publicly then chances are dozens or even hundreds of other applicants have also applied. To give yourself the best chance you want to make your resume stand out from the crowd.
Get To Work On Your LinkedIn Profile.
Your LinkedIn profile is another crucial tool for landing an IT position. In fact, some companies consider this profile more important than a resume. That’s why you should make sure it’s up to date with your latest work history. You should also try and develop your connection as much as possible.
Apply, Apply, Apply
Getting a new job is often a numbers game. It’s not always the best person that finds a job fastest but rather the one that applies the most.
Consider sending off ten well-written applications every day. If you do that for a month, you are pretty much guaranteed to line up some interviews for IT positions.
Don’t Stuff Up The Telephone Interview
Many recruiters will call a range of candidates that they’re interested in before deciding which ones to give a face-to-face interview. That why it’s important not to stuff up this first point of contact. Often important phone calls can hit you when you’re busy or least expect them. Regardless, you will need to maintain a professional manner.
Some people have a great phone manner while others struggle to communicate. If you’re one of the latter, then make sure you speak clearly and confidently.
Be Prepared For Tough Interview Questions
Interviewers are the gatekeepers to your next rewarding position, and you will need to work hard to get past them. Be prepared to be asked a range of technical questions that will require you to showcase your knowledge.
You’re also likely to have to field questions about your personality, people skills, and career ambitions.
Be prepared for the most common questions by reading an IT interview guide.
It’s not enough to simply answer questions with a "yes" or "no." You will want to go the extra mile to sell yourself. Describe your background, your skills, and your career ambitions clearly and explain how they can be of benefit to the company.
Job hunting is always hard going, but once you land a rewarding position, it will all be worth it. Remember to make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are looking sharp. Once you do reach the interview stage, make sure you’re ready with answers to common questions.