Information technology (IT) is one of the fastest-growing fields in the country, and IT professionals have a wide range of opportunities when it comes to finding jobs. But a mistake at the wrong moment can cost you the interview for a promising job – or a job offer at your dream employer.
Don’t let a great opportunity pass you by. Here are several job search “blunders” IT professionals make and how to avoid them.
Only talking tech.
Sure, IT professionals need superior technical skills. But those who rely solely on their technical skills and accomplishments to land them a job risk being dropped from the “top candidates” list altogether. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into life and work, companies need IT professionals who can deliver great technological results – and then explain them to tech “newbies” at all levels of the company.
To stand out, tailor your resume to include both your technical skills and your “soft skills” in communication or teaching. Ever taught a user how to update their operating system, or trained your co-workers in the use of the new email platform? Write it down and bring it up in the interview.
Forgetting to update “Internet You.”
Tech professionals are more likely than most to have a solid professional Internet presence. But, like any other professional, IT pros can also forget to check and update that presence regularly as the demands of their professional and personal lives command their day to day attention.
When you’re reaching out to the job market, take the time to clean up your social media presence and update your LinkedIn, Facebook, and other profiles. Employers will assume that as a tech pro, you’re comfortable on the Internet – so put your best foot forward online.
Focusing only on yourself.
Yes, your resume is a marketing document that describes what you have accomplished in your career. But even your resume should focus on what the employer who receives it is looking for. And your cover letter, interview responses, and follow-up communication should highlight what you can do for this employer – not just what you can do for yourself.
Remember, hiring managers ultimately want the answer to one question: “What’s in this for us?” Research the employer well enough to show how your skills address its particular needs, and you’re light-years ahead of your competition.
Assuming you can go it alone.
For every tech job that is posted online or in the help wanted ads, several more go unpublicized. By failing to connect with a recruiter who specializes in placing IT professionals, you may be depriving yourself of the chance to apply for a position with a company you love.
At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you find the IT job you want – and avoid making mistakes that could cost you valuable time. Contact us today to learn more about our great job opportunities in Southern California.