If you are a regular reader of NetAcad Advantage you will know that there is never been a better time to be working in a technology oriented career.
Digital density is disrupting every industry and sector. From taxis to telecoms, retail to recruitment, manufacturing to mobile – the pace of change is accelerating.
A whopping 99 percent of all jobs (yes, you read that right: of ALL jobs) now require some degree of tech savvy. And with an estimated range of 30 to 50 billion smart devices projected to be connected to the Internet around the world by 2020, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is set to change the playing field for as far as we can see.
So if you are planning on a career in tech, you are doing it at the right time. But the main question is: are you in the right place?
- How do you identify the right opportunity for you?
- How do you stand apart from your competition?
- And what does it take to really excel during a job interview?
We looked around the industry on your behalf and checked out what some of the biggest names in tech are looking for. Here we have put together five strategic tips to help you chart your own course through the complex process of recruitment. And land your dream job using technology.
It is basic, right?
All tech companies, from the social media behemoths to the smallest startups look for really solid technical skills in their engineers. Whether you are self-taught or formally educated with certificates, you will need a rock-steady foundation to build whatever it is they need: from networks to reliable software at scale.
That means mastering the technology skills needed. And keeping pace with innovation by ensuring that your knowledge and know-how are always up to date.
2. Got a passion? Share it.
Many tech companies will use tech to thoroughly researching their employees – goes with the territory, right?
If you blog or tweet about your experiences, passions, and hobbies then it is likely that a top search engine or social media recruiter will know. Which is why it is important to also share your passion about networking, VoIP, Java, etc. Recruiters and hiring managers can catch a glimpse of your interests, whether it is soccer, opera, scuba-diving, or volunteering. Whatever it is that you feel passionate about – and that tells the deeper story of you – share the love. Be passionate. And stand out that little bit further from the crowd.
3. Any time, any place, anywhere.
Be ready for that interview. Tech companies need to recruit talent fast and they tend to be dynamic recruiters at career fairs for instance. So if you happen to find yourself at a recruitment event, have your resume ready – and come psychologically equipped to ace that interview on the spot.
Always be prepared; know your elevator pitch.
4. Know your target.
It is important to do your research about prospective employers, industry trends, and latest technological developments. You do not need to know everything but it is important to be aware of basics. Twitter is a great resource for information, and knowing what the hot topics are in your industry.
HR specialists tell incredible stories about job candidates who come to interview without the slightest idea about their prospective employer. The message you send if you do not do your homework before you sit down to negotiate salary? You are not interested in them. So why should they be interested in you? Tech companies, big or small, are no different.
5. Stay hungry for information. Stay curious.
Wherever you secure that first interview, you would do well to come armed with a few questions of your own. Recruiters will be on the lookout for proactivity, curiosity, and self-esteem in potential employees. Interviews are two-way streets. Asking intelligent, thoughtful questions are your chance to find out more about the role while also impressing the hiring manager.
So there you have it our top five strategic tips on gaining an IT job. Of course, once you have aced that interview and scored the ideal job, you will need to continue honing these – and other – skills and attitudes to ensure your career stays well on track.
Keep on learning and you will keep on succeeding.
NetAcad Advantage Reading Note: As you strive to be successful in your future career, it is important to know that technology will be intertwined even more within all industries and job positions. Obtaining a strong base of knowledge through coursework at Networking Academy and also through certifications will be vital to your success.
As you search for jobs, make sure your resume is flawless and you adequately prepare for the interviews.