It seems like a no-brainer but if you or somebody you know is debating a college major and they’ve narrowed it down to “Technology Industries” or “The Mullet’s Role In Today’s Fashions” than the obvious choice is tech studies. More and more businesses are becoming computerized and even One-Minute Mullet Hair Salon might hire an I.T. person some day. That being said, the tech job field is both saturated and scarce at the same time. Some of the jobs available are coveted by hundreds of applicants while other career fields are lacking quality employee prospects. These tips to landing tech jobs will help you explore the current state of technology hiring and ways that you can have the most prominent profile as you start your career.
Have A Large Online Presence
Many tech jobs these days are doing their hiring online and it’s important to have your resume on all the major I.T. job resource sites to get noticed. Not only that, you should have a wide trail on the Internet by now to prove to companies that you’re well-versed in all aspects that will help them market their business. Having a professional Twitter and Facebook page as well as a personal blog helps potential employers get to know you better as a person and ‘the brand.’ Some human resources departments these days are even asking for access to your Facebook, which I consider a huge invasion of privacy. That being said, if a password is all standing between me and 80K per year than I’d gladly fork it over. For this reason, make sure your online social networking accounts are clear of old pics of you and your mullet swilling PBR out of a hollowed out bowling pin. Many people take the route to create individual profiles for their professional life and their ‘fun’ life.
LinkedIn: A Must
Your LinkedIn profile is kind of like the scouting combine for potential NFL draftees. Middle age men in suits will poke and prod your background and go over all the detailed points of your career with a fine-toothed comb. Hiring experts say that a full LinkedIn profile shows attention to detail and a professional approach. It’s important to be a part of a number of LinkedIn groups and to have recommendations from industry professionals. Use plenty of keywords in your LinkedIn profile so that employers can find you in the pack. Also, make sure to link to all your social networking outlets within your LinkedIn profile and upload a relevant photograph.
Non-Convention Hiring Techniques
Tech companies like Facebook like to boast about their outside the box approach to their day to day operations – think hooded sweatshirt work attire and afternoon pick-up basketball game breaks. These unconventional methods start with the hiring process and new recruits should be prepared for almost anything. From group Skype interviews directly with your competitors to 5-minute interviews that resemble speed dating, the classic sit-down face to face meetings could be a thing of the past. Heck, some companies even purchase an entire business and sell off it’s assets and customers just to keep the engineering team in tact that developed the product. When you’re looking to find a tech job, research the type of interview you might be expecting and be prepared for it.
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A Field Of Hundreds : Why You?
Depending on what tech field you’re going in to, there might be hundreds of other applicants from around the globe vying for only a few jobs. You’ve got to make sure to stick out from the group in ways beyond your work skills. If you’re going into software development, you should at least have a familiarity with networking or hardware to become a more important asset to the company. Also, talk about ideas and the future and be very familiar with what products the company develops. Another thing to remember is that you should accent things outside the scope of your job that you’ve done in the past. Tell your potential employers how you started up a lawn care business, help your girlfriend with her Pinterest activities , or are the commissioner of your Fantasy Football League because it shows well-roundedness and self-motivation.
Finally, don’t fall into a depression if you don’t land any of the jobs right away. Take each interview as a learning experience and actually contact the interviewer after the fact for constructive feedback. Use the information to improve your online profile and soon instead of begging for any job in the field, you’ll be picking one out of a dozen offers.