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Getting Hired in the IT Field
The Internet has not only evolved jobs, it has changed the way people find jobs. There are several jobs in the IT field that were previously non-existent, and these high-skill, lucrative jobs have become the main attraction for the most ambitious people.
But how will you stand out from the competition, get your ideal IT job and remain stress-free throughout the process? Simple: follow our tips below. The Internet has a lot to offer, so use it to its full potential. First, get acquainted with an Internet job search site; there are many available, so start with the popular ones.
How to Use an Internet Job Search Site to Find IT Jobs:
- Choose a job search site on the Internet. If you plan to stay local, make sure the site provides jobs in your area. Once you have picked a site, make an account on it.
- Follow the necessary steps to confirm your account. This will including verifying your email address and creating a password.
- Fill out any required forms to enable you to search for specific jobs in your desired field. Make sure the information you provide is correct to the best of your knowledge.
- Choose the type of work that best suit your needs: full-time, part-time, remote, internship, temporary or contract.
- Upload your résumé so your potential employers can view it. Ensure that it is up to date and has accurate and current contact information.
Voila! You are all set to search for jobs on the Internet.
However, with many jobs available and even more candidates applying, you may not always receive your desired response — or a response at all. Below are some tips to help you stay organized and focused throughout your job search.
Five Ways to Keep Your Job Search on Track:
- Complete these three steps:
- Decide on your preferred work location.
- Determine your salary requirements.
- Organize your career portfolio in soft and hard copies.
- Don’t talk about salary in the interview process. However, you should have a rough idea of how much you want to make, and it is important to have this number in your head when your potential employer brings up salary.
- Make sure to have several copies of your résumé. Some employers prefer soft copies of résumés (available on a disk or cloud drive) and some like to have hard copies; make sure you have both.
- Use job search sites to find listings for IT jobs. Once you have selected a few listings, apply in the order of your preference. If a cover letter is needed, make sure you tailor it to each individual company and job.
- Register for several different job search sites. This will help keep your options open and make sure you see all the IT jobs available.
Always be respectful and follow proper etiquette when applying for a job online. If an employer asks you to email a copy of your résumé, make sure you attach it to a professionally written email.
If an employer requests a Skype interview with you, follow proper interview etiquette; dress for the Skype interview as you would dress for an in-person interview, and look at the camera, not the screen. This will give the interviewer the impression that you are maintaining eye contact.
Finding a job takes time, so do not let rejection get the best of you. Stay calm and put your best effort into each job application.
If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.