While mass layoffs in the tech industry have hit the headlines this year, the demand for good IT professionals remains strong in mainstream business, as companies globally invest in modernization and digital transformation.
But the stakes are high. The use of data analytics, AI, and machine learning has never been greater, partly fueled by the viral popularity of ChatGPT, leaving many organizations seeking tech leaders and other specialists for new roles.
And with so many candidates vying for hot positions in a competitive field, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Here are seven tips that I think will raise your chances of getting hired in the IT space:
Finding a new job is akin to embarking on a unique project. If you've ever participated in any project throughout your career, you'll understand the significance of approaching it with a professional mindset and setting clear goals for future success. Take the time to explore what truly ignites your passion within your job and identify what you're seeking. Conduct thorough research on the labor market, companies, products, and current hiring trends to uncover potential opportunities. By aligning these aspects, you'll discover the intersection that leads to your dream job.
Don't hesitate to apply for positions that may not have a 100% match. Recall the examples of side projects you've worked on, self-taught programming languages, and other activities that showcase your skills and growth potential. It's important to note that over 50% of successful hires are made without a complete match. Seize the opportunity.
It goes without saying that conducting thorough research on your potential employer, their business, the specific role you're applying for, and the hiring manager is crucial. Nowadays, many companies maintain a news page on their website and boast a strong social media presence to showcase their latest announcements and updates.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the company's values and history, aiming to find genuine alignment. Customize your resumé and cover letter for each position you apply to, tailoring them to highlight relevant qualifications and experiences and provide a concise explanation of why you are the best candidate.
Don't forget to strategically incorporate keywords into your resumé and LinkedIn profile. This will enhance your visibility and increase the likelihood of appearing in recruiters' search results.
According to a recent survey by TechCareers, 75% of hiring managers in the IT industry prioritize technical skills over any other attributes when considering job candidates. While this may seem an obvious approach, many job seekers get wrapped up in the need to demonstrate their personal competencies instead of digging deeper into their technical abilities. It's important to make sure your resumé and online profiles emphasize your specific expertise in programming languages, software tools, and other relevant technologies, as well as any accreditations or online courses you have completed. According to the World Economic Forum, an analysis of 228 million job ads showed that the fastest emerging skills set are AI, machine learning, cloud computing, product management, and social media.
There's no escaping the fact that results matter. It can be easy to forget the part you played in a successful rollout, an infrastructure network upgrade, or a test plan. Be sure to highlight specific projects you have worked on, and the results achieved. Did you improve system performance, reduce downtime, or increase user satisfaction? Use concrete examples to convey your impact.
Attend conferences, read industry publications, and participate in online forums to stay abreast of emerging technologies and best practices. Although sometimes not relevant to the role you're seeking, being knowledgeable about the field you work in will definitely underscore your passion and give you kudos with the hiring manager. Also, there are lots of platforms that are useful and can help — showcase your work. Here are a few:
Don't hesitate to seek assistance. Identify someone who can conduct a mock interview with you, helping you prepare for the real deal.
Ultimately, employers seek to hire people — real individuals who are authentic and genuine. There's no need to pretend to be someone you're not or embellish your skills and experience. Instead, be honest, transparent, and let your passion for technology shine through. It's also important to be open about areas where you may need to improve a skill or where you lack as much experience as you'd like. Remember, the journey doesn't end with the hiring process. It can be exhausting to constantly pretend instead of engaging in meaningful work that genuinely interests you.
The job search is an adventure. It may be a short and vibrant journey, or a longer path of personal growth and finding the right fit. Along the way, you'll encounter opportunities and mistakes of your own making. Eventually, you'll discover your perfect match.
Kamal Rastogi is a serial IT entrepreneur with 25 yrs plus experience. Currently his focus area is Data Science business, ERP Consulting, IT Staffing and Experttal.com (Fastest growing US based platform to hire verified / Risk Compliant Expert IT resources from talent rich countries like India, Romania, Philippines etc...directly). His firms service clients like KPMG, Deloitte, EnY, Samsung, Wipro, NCR Corporation etc in India and USA.