In the early 2000s it may have been easy to nail down any IT job by simply submitting your resume to potential employers. Maybe you even added a cover letter, too. However, in this day, getting your dream IT job is a little more difficult than in the past. It definitely takes more to convince potential employers that you are just what they are looking for.
These IT companies, specifically in NYC are inundated with resumes that staffing firms pass along, all filled with possible employees that are pros at coding, building and hosting – so, it is not surprise that they are pretty selective when it comes to deciding on their next hire. In order to help you stand apart from the rest, we put together a short list of thing to do that will help you sell yourself to employers, beyond your resume…
- Play up your soft skills: Your resume is important; it probably is what got you in the door. But, interviewers and staffing firms want to know about your personal attributes, the intangibles – being independent, a self-starter, and quick learner. These are all crucial characteristics to being a successful IT professional.
- Network: While it may seem obvious, there is not much that is more important than networking. Going to job fairs, IT conferences, and even volunteering are great ways to expand your connections and meet new people that could possibly lead to new opportunities.
- Refine your elevator pitch: When you are at networking events, you need to be prepared to sell your brand. Preparing a brief ‘elevator pitch’ that include a couple major points about you and your experience is great to have in your back pocket. Just make sure it is informal and appear unrehearsed.
- Know your audience: No matter what part of the application or interview process, you always need to be prepared for your audience. In the IT field there are so many industries you can be placed in for jobs because, well everyone needs IT professionals. Always know how to tailor your skill set to fit the job you are interested in that solves the unique skills that employer is looking for.