Marketing Yourself For A Great IT Job: 3 Simple Tips
August 28, 2013
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The Information Technology (IT) sector has a lot of to offer job-seekers at almost every rung of the employment ladder. From recent university graduates to upwardly-mobile managers, a career in IT can provide a comfortable living as well as job security. However, in order to move up (or into) this sector, marketing yourself strategically is incredibly important. The industry gatekeepers are generally more impressed with your skills and knowledge than they are with your degree or background. Here are three easy ways to get their attention and the right IT job:
Create a powerful resume
Any employer will want you to document your education, work history, skill set and awards in a well-written and professional manner. But when marketing yourself to hiring IT firms, you also need to prove that you have the competency to excel at the job for which you're applying. Tailor your resume to that specific job in order to show them you're the ideal candidate.
Develop a Professional Online Presence
If the job you want requires skill with writing code, designing or marketing for the IT industry, an online portfolio that showcases these skills is a great way to get your foot in the door. Even if the job doesn't lend itself to this sort of visual portfolio, a simple website that expands on your resume (and, perhaps, relevant interests) will showcase your Web and social-media savvy.
Talk to friends and other people in IT about what you are doing, what you want to do, and where you have been looking for work. This will keep your job search uppermost in their minds; you never know when one of them may be in a position to help you out. They may hear of an interesting opening, mention you to their hiring manager, or hire you themselves if a job should open where they work. So don't be mum — spread your own word!
By executing these three easy tips, you'll get your IT job search off the ground, and chances are good that you'll land the right job in no time!
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