There are times when a candidate walks into the interview and as a recruiter; you just know this person is a superstar. I’ve heard that feedback from clients as well, “We just knew he/she was the one!” What a great feeling, right? Landing the best IT jobs can seem easy when you are “the one!”
Tips for landing the best IT jobs
The thing is, it’s really hard to quantify what makes a person “the one.” In fact, there are plenty of things recruiters look for when assessing candidates. Want to land the best IT jobs? Here are some ways you can stand out as a superstar:
- Show drive and progression. IT is a dynamic industry—technology changes so fast, it can be hard for consumers to keep up. But to land the best IT jobs, technology professionals have to keep up. Candidates who show an upward progression in their career paths and a drive to learn more immediately stand out to recruiters and employers. Continued education and certifications, project work on sites like GitHub or Gradfly, or participation in local user groups help paint that picture and make you stand out. Coming from a long-term job within one company? Demonstrating career progression can be more difficult, but participation in those user groups, plus demonstrated enthusiasm and excitement over potential growth can help.
- Don’t forget the details on your resume. The resume will always be a critical tool for landing the best IT jobs. A resume with spelling errors will never be considered for the best IT jobs—imagine an employer spotting spelling errors on your resume…it can paint the picture that your code will also contain errors! Details really matter on your resume—employers are often looking for a specific skill set or experience for their projects. If your resume doesn’t give insight into your experience in those areas, you won’t be considered. Take the time to plan out your resume, including specific skills, projects (including your role) and results. Don’t forget, your recruiter can help you maximize how your resume looks and reads so that you stand out. We know what employers are looking for and we’ll offer you specific tips and suggestions to help you demonstrate that you’re the perfect fit!
- Look like a professional. Before even speaking with a candidate during the job interview, you can give enough information to form a first impression when dressed professionally. And as it is very often said, you only get one chance to make a first impression. That means walk-ing in confidently and dressed nicely (you don’t need a three piece suit, but a wrinkled shirt and pants will not help you land the best IT jobs), offering a firm handshake, maintaining eye contact and speaking confidently. Looking like a professional and conducting yourself appro-priately during a job interview is essential—your recruiter can help you prepare for interviews with tips and coaching. The more receptive you are to this coaching, the more prepared you’ll be to ace your interviews and land the best IT jobs. We help professionals like you find great IT jobs every day—it’s what we do! Be receptive to your recruiter’s input and feedback and you’ll be in great shape.
Putting together these few pieces of advice can help you stand out with employers and increase your odds of landing the best IT jobs. Visit our job board or contact a member of our team to learn how Synergis can connect you with some of the best IT jobs to help you reach your career goals.
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