How to Land the IT Job of Your Dreams
Are you concerned about your job search? Do you need something to give it a kick start? It is easy to become frustrated while looking for a new job and not hearing back from interviews can make you want to give up. Before you throw in the towel, here are a few ideas to kick start your IT job search.
- Reevaluate and reinvigorate. While IT is hot, the job market is also highly competitive. With a high number of qualified people competing for limited open jobs it can be challenging to get interviews much less offers. It isn’t that you don’t have the skills to succeed but maybe you’ve been looking in the wrong places. Take a step back and review what you’ve been doing so far. Your strategy may need some improvement. Maybe you aren’t aiming high enough. Start by making two lists. One includes your skills and abilities and the other is your dreams and goals. Now, make matches that can spark a new idea for your career path.
- Improve your resume and cover letters. Did you know that resumes and cover letters are really marketing materials? If you’re not looking at them in this way you may be missing out on an opportunity to impress potential employers. These documents are the first things employers see and they need to represent you and engage the reader. Take out anything unnecessary or unrelated. Bullet points of your experience should include accomplishments rather than a list of duties. Be sure to customize each cover letter for each company to sell why you want to work for them specifically.
- Network face to face and online. The field of information technology has an unfair reputation of being introverted. While this can be a case by case basis, it is important to know that meeting new people is essential to finding the right job. Get out into the community and your industry to make connections with companies and individuals. Tell everyone you meet that you’re looking for a job because you’ll never know who they are or who they know. Leverage social media this way as well.
- Do open source projects. There are countless open source projects available online. While you are not working, take on some of these challenges. You can add this volunteer work to your resume to keep it current and you will maintain your skills. Open source projects can also lead to meeting new people and being open to new opportunities.
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