With the current state of the economy, finding a job in any industry can be quite a challenge. Even in the information technology sector, which is expected to be one fastest growing segments of the market over the next decade, IT professionals face numerous obstacles that may hinder their job search.
By building the right strategy, however, job seekers can avoid these most common mistakes when searching for IT careers.
1. Not having a job search strategy
Being unprepared for a job search is one of the most common pitfalls when looking for a career. Creating and implementing a well-prepared strategy to maximize whatever time can be allocated to a job hunt is the most effective approach.
2. Lack of networking
Candidates need to make sure they are maintaining relationships and routinely networking so that people in your industry can understand the skillsets and value you can offer.
3. Broad search scope
Many people frantically widen the scope of their job search hoping to find more opportunities, but this ultimately dilutes your message and wastes precious time. By defining a narrow target audience, IT professionals can identify the best opportunities that match their desires.
4. Little research into prospective employers
Perhaps one of the oldest and best pieces of advice is to research the company you want to work for. This will demonstrate to any potential employers your interest in the company, and it will help with formulating intelligent opinions about the company and the work they do.
5. Too much tech
Focusing too much on technical skills, instead of exhibiting your personality and key achievements, is another typical mistake made by IT job seekers. Showing how your achievements accomplished particular business objectives will distinguish you from other candidates. Additionally, while IT professionals normally have longer resumes, anything that exceeds three pages compels most recruiters to skip past or throw it away.
6. Focus on the right thing
Career seekers have formed an unhealthy habit of focusing on past job responsibilities when they should be highlighting how their past responsibilities helped provide an advantageous outcome for the company.
7. Relying too heavily on job boards and recruiters
Using job boards is one of the least effective search methods one can use, as is relying too much on recruiters.
8. Not showing interest or persistence
One of the best ways to get the attention of prospective employers is by routinely following up. The use of Applicant Tracking Systems increase chances of your application being lost in the mix is high. Reach out to current employees via LinkedIn to reiterate your interest and confirm that your resume was received.
9. Showing desperation or too much confidence
Coming off desperate is a sure way to not get hired, just as is projecting too much confidence. The best way to improve your chances is by highlighting your value and how you can address a company's problems and needs.
10. Talking negatively about past employers
Employers don't want to hear about negative job experiences or excuses on why it didn't work out. Instead, being honest, respectful, proactive and resilient are qualities that every employer wants in new hires.
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