It takes more than just applying for jobs to start your career in IT – here are some tips to help you choose the right job
Congratulations! You’ve just completed your coding bootcamp or university degree. You’re passionate and excited about technology and now looking for a great job that will kick start your career. So how do you go about not only finding a job but more importantly, finding the right role?
Here are some tips that will help you secure a great first job in IT!
• Do your research on the market, industry, technologies, languages – what is in demand (and what is not)
• Understand salary bands/market rates for the positions you’re applying for and interested in. Apart from looking at online salary guides, I would highly recommend you speak to specialist recruiters. Even though you might be flexible and ready to negotiate, have a figure in mind to discuss in the interviews.
• While looking for jobs, complete a few freelance projects, or even your own projects. Be sure to include the links in your resume – examples of your work are always considered as ‘experience’.
• Improve your LinkedIn profile – highlight your achievements. If you have done some freelance work, ask your clients for testimonials and recommendations. You can also ask for testimonials from your lecturers and professors if you excelled in certain subjects. Include your skills as they are often used in key word searches. Write something interesting and professional in your bio.
• Don’t underestimate the power of networking – go to various technology related meet ups, meet new people and make connections. Often you’ll meet the people representing various companies/employers and software houses who might be looking to hire. Get involved in various projects or hackathons that will let you expand your network.
• Talk to recruiters – ask them what’s happening in the market, and ask for their advice on your resume and career enhancing tips. Recruiters are in the market day in day out, they will be able to share some valuable information and provide some tips and recommendations.
• Always be prepared for interviews. Do your research on the company and have some questions ready to ask. How big is the team? Who you will be reporting to? What are the career and growth opportunities like? Who are their competitors? What are their biggest challenges?
• It is always good to follow up the results of the interview if you don’t hear back within a couple of days after the interview. Never make assumptions – there might be multiple reasons for a delayed response from an organisation.
• Be prepared to share contact details of your referees (at least 3).
Hope these tips help you in finding your first job! Best of luck with your job hunt!